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Fever, Dream square off

Homecourt advantage might not mean much for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA Eastern Conference finals.

The Fever fought all season to earn the No. 1 seed in the East, but they lost both home games against Atlanta this season. Indiana gets a chance to change its fortunes against the Dream tonight in Game One (7 p.m., ESPN2) of the best-of-three series.

These are the last two East champions: Indiana in 2009, Atlanta last year.

Indiana needs to slow Atlanta guard Angel McCoughtry, who averaged 23.8 points and shot 49 percent in four games against the Fever this season.

Indiana's Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas are among those who will share the responsibility of guarding her.


K-Mart bolts to China

Kenyon Martin becomes the third Denver Nuggets free agent to sign a contract to play in China this season.

Martin's agent, Andy Miller, confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday that the 33-year-old forward has agreed to a deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

By doing so, Martin won't be able to return to play in the NBA if there is a 2011-12 season. Owners have locked out the players in a labor dispute and the league has said players won't be able to opt out of their deals to return to the NBA.

J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler also are playing in China.


Ex-Mizzou player guilty of assault

Former Missouri running back Derrick Washington was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a former tutor who said he attacked her in her sleep.

The jury deliberated 2 1/2 hours after a two-day trial before delivering its verdict late Wednesday afternoon. Washington faces a possible seven-year prison sentence.

The tutor and her former roommate testified that in June 2010 Washington entered the woman's bedroom while she slept at her off-campus apartment and fondled her without permission.

Washington, a Kansas City prep star, was Missouri's leading rusher as a sophomore and junior until he was kicked off the team before his senior year after the accusations surfaced. He did not testify in his own defense.


Reuter to be honored Saturday

Prior to Saturday's North Tonawanda at Kenmore East varsity football game, former Bulldogs coach Lou Reuter's name will be permanently associated with Dick "Sparky" Adams Field as the press box will be named in his honor.

The ceremony will take place at 1:50 p.m. A hospitality tent will be at the north end of the field for alumni and other guests. After the game, a reception will be held at Caputi's Pub on Sheridan Drive (pizza and wings provided, cash bar).