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Sunday, August 8, 2010; D2

Booker gets degree

Wizards forward Trevor Booker will head into his NBA career with a degree from Clemson in his hand.

The first-round NBA draft pick was scheduled on Saturday to receive his undergraduate degree in parks, recreation and tourism management. Booker is not expected to attend the ceremony, but says his degree played a major part in his return to school for his senior season.

The 6-foot-7 Booker helped the Tigers to their third straight NCAA tournament appearance. He was selected to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team and set a Clemson mark by starting all 134 games of his career.

In June, Booker was drafted by Minnesota with the 23rd pick and became the first Tiger selected in the opening round since Sharone Wright in 1994. Booker was soon after traded to Washington.. . .

Seimone Augustus scored 27 points, including the tiebreaking three-pointer with 26.9 seconds left in overtime to lead the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx to a 87-82 victory over the Chicago Sky.

Lindsay Whalen had 19 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, Charde Houston added 17 points and Monica Wright added 11 to help the Lynx (9-16) rally from a 10-point deficit in the 4th quarter.

Jia Perkins led Chicago (12-16) with 16 points and Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Dominique Canty added 13 points and Tamera Young scored 10.

After Augustus's go-ahead three-pointer, Fowles made a layup to pull the Sky to 83-82 with 19.3 seconds to go.

A year ago, Carl Edwards started 33rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International and finished third. This time he'll start at the front.

Edwards turned a lap of 124.432 mph in 70.882 seconds to easily outdistance Jamie McMurray's lap of 123.814 mph in 71.236 seconds. It was just the fifth pole in 215 starts for Edwards, his first on a road course in Cup competition, and it was fast. Edwards was just a few ticks off Jeff Gordon's 2003 track record of 124.58 mph in 70.7979 seconds.

"Unbelievable! I can't tell you how much that helps our team," Edwards said.

"That's a great lap. We're just enjoying the wave we're riding," Crew Chief Bob Osborne said.. . .

Marcos Ambrose has won the Nationwide Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International for the third straight time.

Ambrose started on the pole and dominated the race, leading the final half of the 82-lap race around the 11-turn, 2.45-mile layout, and beat Joey Logano by 2.8 seconds in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Kevin Harvick somehow avoided a 10-car wreck and overcame a dustup on the first lap and a speeding penalty on pit road to finish third. Points leader Brad Keselowski was fourth, followed by Kyle Busch, who was seeking his fourth straight win.

Talk about a one-two punch: No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic are teaming up to play doubles together at next week's tournament in Toronto.

The ATP said it believes it's the first time the men holding the top two spots in the singles rankings have partnered for doubles at a tournament since No. 1 Jimmy Connors and No. 2 Arthur Ashe did it in 1976.. . .

Svetlana Kuznetsova beat fifth-seeded Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the finals of the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, Calif.

The unseeded Russian used her powerful forehand to overpower Pennetta and win nine of the final 10 games.

Kuznetsova will be matched against the winner of the other semifinal between No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and unseeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.

Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland says Chris Chelios is going to work for the team.

Holland said that Chelios's new job doesn't have a title yet and his specific responsibilities haven't been determined.

The 48-year-old Chelios played for the Atlanta Thrashers last season. The defenseman helped Detroit and Montreal win the Stanley Cup, won the Norris Trophy three times as the NHL's top defenseman, and was an 11-time all-star.

- From news services

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