St. Louis Slam to play for national title
The St. Louis Slam women's football team will be seeking its third national title in four years when it takes on the Detroit Dark Angels in the Women's Football Alliance II championship game at 1 p.m. (St. Louis time) Saturday at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.
The Slam, which won national titles in 2009, 2016 and 2017, sat out last year to reorganize and responded by going 10-0 this summer. The opponent, Detroit, is 8-2 with playoff wins over the two teams that defeated it in the regular season.
All-league players for the Slam this season included quarterback Jaime Gaal, running back Taylor Hay, wideout Danielle Price, offensive linemen Tammie Moore and Caitlin Erickson, linebacker Chelsea Vinson, safety Kaylee Nuetzling and kicker Danielle Thompson. (Joe Lyons)
STLFC takes on Charlotte: Fresh off Wednesday's 2-0 road loss to Major League Soccer's Atlanta United in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup, St. Louis FC returns to action at 6 p.m. Saturday (St. Louis time) with a United Soccer League Championship match against the Charlotte Independence in North Carolina.
STLFC (5-4-6) is looking to get back on track in league play after going through a recent 0-3-3 stretch. Charlotte is 4-7-8 but is 3-0-3 in its last six. (Joe Lyons)
Home finale for Surge: The St. Louis Surge of the Global Women's Basketball Association will close their home schedule Saturday, taking on the Chicago Breeze in a 6:05 p.m. contest at the Washington University Athletic Complex.
The Surge is 2-3 with all three losses coming to the GWBA-leading Wisconsin Glo.
From 4:30-6 p.m., the Surge will offer the first 350 fans free corn dogs and hot dogs during a tailgate party. After the game, fans will get a chance to meet players and get autographs. (Joe Lyons)
Custer wins Xfinity race: Cole Custer grabbed an Xfinity Series-high fifth victory of the season Friday night with a win over Christopher Bell at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Custer, Bell and reigning series champion Tyler Reddick have dominated the series all year and finished 1-2-3 at Kentucky. Bell, who has four wins this season, won the first two stages and led 72 laps.
Custer dominated by leading 88 of the 200 laps in a Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. He took the lead for the final time on lap 155 and beat Bell by 1.651 seconds. (AP)
Dutchwoman breaks mile record: Sifan Hassan broke the long-standing women's mile record in 4 minutes, 12.33 seconds at the Herculis Diamond League meeting in Monaco. The Dutchwoman fractionally beat the 4:12.56 set in 1996 by Svetlana Masterkova, a two-time Olympic champion that year in Atlanta. Hassan knocked two seconds off her personal best and finished five seconds clear of Britain's Laura Weightman. (AP)
Incognito suspended for two games: Oakland Raiders guard Richie Incognito has been suspended without pay by the NFL for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Incognito, 36, pleaded guilty in April to disorderly conduct in Scottsdale, Ariz., after being accused of threatening employees at a funeral home where his father's body was being held. The Raiders signed Incognito in May. The former St. Louis Ram sat out last season in retirement. (AP)
Packers' bottom line tumbles: The Green Bay Packers reported a profit of just $724,000 in their latest fiscal year, which included their second straight season without a playoff appearance, a large contract extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and change in coaches from Mike McCarthy to Matt LaFleur. Green Bay's profit in the year ending March 31 was down from $34.1 million in the year ending March 2018 and from $75 million in the previous fiscal year.
"From a financial standpoint, it was a unique year for the Packers," Green Bay President Mark Murphy said. (AP)
NHL moves: Carolina and free-agent center Ryan Dzingel agreed on a two-year, $6.75 million contract. The 27-year-old split last season between Ottawa and Columbus, and had career highs with 26 goals, 30 assists and 56 points.
• Buffalo re-signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract worth $1.55 million. Larsson, who had been a restricted free agent, had six goals and eight assists in 73 games last season. (AP)