Sports Digest: NCAA committees in favor of expanding women’s basketball tournament
The NCAA women’s basketball tournament is close to expanding its field to 68 teams – equaling the men’s bracket.
Both the Division I women’s basketball committee and the oversight committee unanimously voted to approve a proposal to add four teams to the NCAA Tournament, starting this season. The proposal, which was announced Thursday, will now advance for consideration by governance committees. A final determination is expected by the middle of next month.
The expansion of teams was one of the recommendations stemming from an external review of gender equity issues of the tournaments. The report released in August was sparked by outrage at the disparities between amenities at the two tourneys, including weight rooms and other features.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Lily Houser scored twice in the first half and Shelby Howard added a goal and an assist to lead Bates (3-6-2) to a 5-0 win over Thomas (3-9) in Lewiston.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Jon Rahm’s struggles at home continued with a 7-over 78 that matched his second worst round ever as a professional and left him 11 shots off the lead at the Andalucia Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.
Rahm also shot 78 in the second round at the British Open in 2018. His worst score was an 82 in the third round of The Players Championship in 2017.
Julien Guerrier was the early leader after shooting 4-under 67. Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello, the winner at the Spanish Open last weekend, was one shot behind.
WNBA: Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart underwent surgery for a minor repair and reinforcement of the Achilles tendon in her left leg, the team announced.
Stewart had the surgery performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York on Wednesday. Stewart injured her left foot on Sept. 7 against Washington and did not play in the final two regular-season games or Seattle’s playoff game. The Storm were eliminated by Phoenix 85-80 in overtime in the second round of the playoffs.
TORRES INJURED: Manchester City forward Ferran Torres has broken a bone in his right foot, the English club said, potentially ruling him out of Spain’s crucial World Cup qualifiers next month.
City said the injury was a “small fracture” and happened while Torres was on international duty. He played for Spain in the Nations League last week, first in a 2-1 win over Italy – when Torres scored twice – and then a 2-1 loss to France in the final on Sunday.
Spain is two points behind Sweden in their World Cup qualifying group heading into their final two games. They play each other in the last one, on Nov. 14, and only the first-place team automatically advances to next year’s tournament in Qatar.
NWSL: The National Women’s Soccer League is moving its championship game from Portland, Oregon, to Louisville, Kentucky, at the request of players.
The Nov. 20 title match was originally scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m. local time to fit the CBS broadcast window. But players objected to the early morning start.
The start time at Lynn Family Stadium, home of Racing Louisville, is at noon local time.