Sparks top Sky to reach Finals

The Sparks topped the Sky, 95-75, to take game 4 of the semifinals and close the series, 3-1. They advance to the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2003, and will face the Minnesota Lynx.

Playoff schedule: Oct 9 and 11 in Minnesota; Oct. 14 and 16 in LA. Game 5, if necessary, Oct. 20 in Minnesota.

More on the Finals teams:

Minnesota will rest before beginning their next title quest.

They are back in the Finals, yet again.

The Lynx dynasty continues to roar.

Minnesota’s path to the Finals.

Renee Brown:

News of this morning: Renee Brown is stepping down as the WNBA’s chief of basketball operations and player relations after 20 years.

Brown has been a constant for the league.

Other team news:

Diana Taurasi says the Mercury need to toughen up after a disappointing season.

College team news:

Fewer players means more practice planning for Tennessee.

New Mexico is full on posts and thin on guards.

Kansas State is hungry for deeper postseason success.

College player news:

DePaul junior Mart’e Grays will miss the season with a torn ACL.

Jewel May is now making a difference for South Carolina off-court.

College coach news:

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said the goal is the same this year: win a national title.

Brandon Schneider has built a new home and foundation for Kansas.

Navy’s new assistant coach is Ryenn Micaletti.