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Ogwumike can't save Connecticut in its loss to Fever

Stanford grad Chiney Ogwumike scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds but the Connecticut Sun failed to hold a double-digit lead in the second half and fell to the host Indiana Fever, 72-68, in a WNBA contest Thursday night.

Cardinal grad Kayla Pederson added four points and five rebounds for the Sun, who has lost six of its last seven games. They held Indiana to an opponent-low nine points in the first quarter but the Fever held a 33-21 edge in the fourth quarter.

The Sun (9-12) returns home to host the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday in a game featuring the Ogwumike sisters Chiney and Nneka, as well as Pederson and Stanford grad Candice Wiggins.

Cardinal grad Jayne Appel and the San Antonio Stars host the Seattle Storm on Friday night.

Appel has been credited with helping San Antonio limit opponents to 72.6 scoring average over the past five games, four of them victories, after opening the season allowing 79.9 points a game.

"Jayne Appel doesn't get a lot of credit in a lot of situations," Stars coach Dan Hughes told the team's website. "She does so many things that we appreciate . . . her ability to kind of anchor our defense inside. For a player that scored only two points, she gets nine boards and she to me is one of the best defensive players in the league."

Men's golf

Stanford senior Patrick Rodgers shot a first round 1-over 72 on Thursday in the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL.

"It's been an adjustment for me. This is my fourth straight week playing out here on the tour," Rodgers said. "Amateur golf isn't quite so full of weeks. I've felt like I've learned a little bit each week."

Rodgers, who finished in a 15th-place tie as an amateur at the event last year, had two birdies to partially balance three bogeys on the day.

Rodgers shot four rounds of 69 or better last year in his top career finish at a PGA Tour event. He's playing in his fourth tournament as a professional and will need a good round to avoid missing his first cut.

"Everything is a big comfort here," said Rodgers, who grew up in Indiana. "Just seeing familiar faces, knowing where the tees are and where to eat. I think that will help me this week."

Women's tennis

Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs, seeded fourth, dropped a three-set match to Louisa Chirico in the second round of the FSP Gold River Challenger in Sacramento on Wednesday.

Gibbs, currently ranked a career-best No. 152, hopes to qualify for a wild card at the U.S. Open at the end of the summer through the U.S. Open Series, which kicked off with the event at the Gold River Racquet Club.

The series continues at the Carson Classic next week and finishes with the Lexington tournament that begins July 21. The Bank of the West Classic opens at Stanford on July 28.

Gibbs received wild cards into the U.S. Open the past two years as a result of winning the NCAA singles championship. Stanford grads Mallory Burdette and Bradley Klahn have earned wild cards through the U.S. Open Series.

Gibbs most recently reached the semifinals of the ITF-level tournament in Nottingham, Great Britain, leading up to Wimbledon. She's also reached the championship match at Innisbrook, Fla. this year.

Men's tennis

Stanford grad Bradley Klahn, currently ranked No. 74, has not played since losing to fellow American Sam Querry in the first round at Wimbledon.

Klahn is 1-9 in ATP Tour events, which includes a setback to former Menlo School star Dmitry Tursunov at Hertogenbosch in mid-June.

Klahn has won two events this year, earning $7,200 in Maui and another $7,200 for taking the West Lakes tournament in Australia.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/WNBA.com

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