Since Maya Moore gave up soccer as a little girl because she thought it was too slow, her athletic life has been one competitive thrill ride after the other. On Thursday, the four-time UConn all-American was named the WNBA's Most Valuable Player, a just reward for a player who kept the defending champion afloat when injuries threatened to drag them under at the start of the season.

Mo'ne Davis, who idolizes Moore, continues to wow the country. Her latest start drew record-setting television ratings for the Little League World Series, earning the highest preliminary rating for the LLWS on ESPN. The 8-1 loss Wednesday received a 3.4 overnight rating, up 143 percent from the corresponding game last year.

The WNBA held its 2015 draft lottery on Thursday night and the Connecticut Sun, fresh off its second straight last-place finish in the Eastern Conference, has landed the third and fourth picks in the first round. The Sun also owned New York's pick in exchange for Tina Charles. The Sun will have eight months to decide what to do with their riches since the college class is not considered stellar.

Is this nuts or is it just us? Kevin Durant's representation, Roc Nation Sports, informed Nike that he has a deal on the table with Under Armour worth between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years. The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives, such as a community center built in his mother's name. Nike will have the right to match, which is a condition of Durant's current contract. Durant can still choose Nike if it doesn't match, but can't legally choose Under Armour if Nike does. If Under Armour wins it would be the largest sponsorship deal the company has ever committed to and means it would be devoting nearly 10 percent of its current annual marketing budget just on him.

Imagine what the Tampa Bay Rays were thinking Thursday when their former long-time ace, David Price, took the mound at Tropicana Field to pitch against them for the first time with the Tigers. He allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings but lost, 1-0. What an emotional day for Rays fans, all 19,189 who showed. … Happy 75th birthday, Carl Yastrzemski.

One day after his former fiancé, Caroline Wozniacki, was eliminated from a Connecticut Open tennis tournament she'd won four times, golfer Rory McIlroy, reigning PGA Championship winner, shot a 3-over-par 74 at the Barclays at Ridgewoord CC in Paramus, N.J. McIlroy trails three leaders by eight strokes following his highest score over par since a 78 during the second round of the Scottish Open in July. He had shot 14 straight rounds under par. … Goalie Tim Howard, perhaps the world's best, told USA Soccer he wants to take a year off to rest. Meanwhile, Italian Mario Balotelli and his most distinctive hair, is leaving AC Milan to play for Liverpool after the two clubs agreed to a fee of 16 million pounds (20 million euros or $26.5 million). Take that, A-Rod.

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