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Candace Parker's resume is complete with WNBA title

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For all Candace Parker had accomplished on the court, that glowing resume had one glaring omission - a WNBA title. The championship she'd been chasing with Los Angeles since the Sparks made her the first pick in the 2008 draft was all the more special at the end of a trying season. Nneka Ogwumike's short jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked...
Via AP on Fox
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

LA Sparks pop champagne after win over Minnesota Lynx (VIDEO)

The game of the night on Thursday wasn’t the Cubs-Dodgers game, nor was it the Packers and Bears squared off on Thursday Night Football. It was the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx, battling for the WNBA title. The Sparks won a thriller 77-76 thanks to a game-winning fadeaway jumper by Nneka Ogwumike, and they celebrated appropriately. Plenty of bubbly was popped in the locker...
Via The Sports Daily
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Candace Parker dedicates WNBA title win to Pat Summitt (VIDEO)

Candace Parker was named WNBA Finals MVP after being virtually unstoppable in Thursday night’s thrilling 77-76 victory. Parker dropped 28 points in the game, and she and league MVP Nneka Ogwumike literally carried the Sparks to a title win. After the game, Parker was seen tearing up with emotion, and she dedicated the win to the late Pat Summitt, who coached her in college. ...
Via The Sports Daily
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Candace Parker dedicates WNBA championship to Pat Summitt

The Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday won their third WNBA championship, and it was a special one for Candace Parker. Parker was named Finals MVP after leading the Sparks to a 77-76 victory with 28 points in the series clinching game over the Lynx. When asked by ESPN's Holly Rowe what winning the championship meant to her, Parker emotionally replied, “This is for Pat.” Prior...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

W. Basketball. Essence Carson Captures WNBA Title With Los Angeles Sparks

Former Rutgers women’s basketball Scarlet Knight Essence Carson wrapped up her ninth season in the WNBA capturing the 2016 WNBA title with the Los Angeles Sparks in the fifth and deciding game of the finals on Thursday night at the Target Center. Carson becomes the fourth Scarlet Knight to hoist the championship trophy.
Via ScarletKnights.com
October 20, 2016

Lynx rally falls short, Sparks take WNBA Finals 3-2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nneka Ogwumike's short jumper with 3.1 seconds left gave the Los Angeles Sparks a 77-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx for their first title in 14 years in the deciding game of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night.The league MVP joined her teammates in celebration as a stunned crowd slowly filed out after finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Candace...
Via AP on Fox
October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Ogwumike lifts Sparks to WNBA title, beat Lynx 77-76

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Nneka Ogwumike's short jumper with 3.1 seconds left gave the Los Angeles Sparks a 77-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx for their first title in 14 years in the deciding game of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night. The league MVP joined her teammates in celebration as a stunned crowd slowly filed out after finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds...
Via AP on Fox
October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Sparks win WNBA title, beating Minnesota Lynx 77-76 for 3-2 series victory

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Los Angeles Sparks win WNBA title, beating Minnesota Lynx 77-76 for 3-2 series victory.
Via AP on Fox
October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

With a WNBA title on the line in Game 5, relive this epic series between the Lynx and Sparks

It all comes down to tonight for the top two teams in the WNBA. Locked at 2–2 in the Finals, the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx will have to settle things in Game 5. Ratings have been solid for the series so far, with almost 600,000 watching Game 1 of the series on ABC. Thanks to some brilliant performances from the biggest names in the league right now, like Nneka Ogwumike...
Via Excelle Sports
October 20, 2016

Best winner-take-all games in WNBA Finals history

There’s something magical about the idea of a winner-take-all game. It’s why no matter how well or poorly the viewership may be for a playoff series in any team sport – save for the NFL’s single-elimination format – more eyeballs tune in for the last game where both combatants have no choice but to put any and every ounce of energy left to win. It’s the stuff clichés...
Via Yardbarker
October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Maya Moore leads the Minnesota Lynx over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 4

My oh Maya. You may have heard that phrase after Maya Moore put in 31 points and 9 rebounds in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals Sunday night. Her initiative helped the Minnesota Lynx squeak out an 85-79 win over the Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center to even the series at two games apiece and force a fifth and deciding game on Thursday in Minneapolis. “Any way that I can help my team...
Via Excelle Sports
October 17, 2016

Moore delivers clutch performance as the Lynx beat the Sparks to force Game 5

Behind the 31 points of Maya Moore, the team heads home to host Game 5 after beating LA 85-79. With their backs against the wall, who else to turn to but Maya Moore. She was absolutely magnificent tonight as she led the Lynx to victory, 85-79. Her 31 points were the most she has ever scored in the Finals and she had more free throw attempts in this game than the first three games...
Via Canis Hoopus
October 17, 2016

Maya Moore lifts Lynx past the Sparks as Minnesota forces Game 5

Maya Moore scored a game-high 31 points for Minnesota as the Lynx forced a Game 5 against the Sparks with an 85-79 win in Los Angeles. Moore chipped in nine rebounds and tied for a game-high five assists on the night. The Lynx defense held Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike to 14 and 11 points respectively on the night. Chelsea Gray led the Sparks in scoring with 20 points on 6 of...
Via Excelle Sports
October 17, 2016

Lynx beat Sparks 85-79, claw back to tie WNBA Finals

LOS ANGELES (AP) Maya Moore scored 31 points and Minnesota's defense held Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker in check to help the Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 85-79 on Sunday night and force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals. Lindsay Whalen added 13 points, Seimone Augustus had 12 and Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 13 rebounds in tying the series 2-2 and sending it...
Via AP on Fox
October 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Sparks look to close out Lynx in Game 4

What is making the 2016 WNBA Finals a special one is the level of competition -- it's off the charts. No longer shackled by the demands of having an Eastern and Western Conference representative in the best-of-five series -- for the first time, the WNBA seeded its top eight teams regardless of conference -- means the league's two best teams, the defending champion Minnesota Lynx...
Via FOX Sports
October 15, 2016

Parker-led LA Sparks on brink of 1st WNBA title since 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) For their first 11 years, the face of the Los Angeles Sparks was Lisa Leslie. Three-time WNBA MVP. Eight-time All-Star. Two league championships. Leslie retired in 2009, a year after the Sparks took Candace Parker as the No. 1 pick in the draft. Parker was expected to pick up where Leslie left off. Individually, the former Tennessee star certainly did. She's...
Via AP on Fox
October 15, 2016  |  Discuss

No pressure for Sparks, Candace Parker in Game 3 win

Winning Game 3 of the WNBA Finals was no pressure for the Los Angeles Sparks. Using a pressure defense to catch the Minnesota Lynx off guard, along with a more aggressive stance on offensive rebounds, the Sparks pulverized the Lynx for a 92-75 win Friday night at Galen Center. With the win, Los Angeles holds a 2-1 series lead and sits one victory away from ending a championship drought...
Via Excelle Sports
October 15, 2016

Sparks rout Lynx 92-75; move within game of WNBA title

LOS ANGELES (AP) Candace Parker scored 24 points, Nneka Ogwumike added 21, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 92-75 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five WNBA Finals. The Sparks could win their first league championship since 2002 with a victory in Game 4 on Sunday. They built a 22-point advantage in the opening quarter when the Sparks shot 60...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Lynx guard Moore named to All-WNBA First Team

NEW YORK -- Minnesota Lynx guard Maya Moore has been named to the All-WNBA First Team, while center Sylvia Fowles is a member of the All-WNBA Second Team.Los Angeles Sparks forward and WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike was the only unanimous pick, receiving 39 first-place votes and 195 points from the media panel.New York center Tina Charles was second with 38 first-team votes and 193 points...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Mercury coach Brondello signs multi-year extension

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello has agreed to a new multiyear contract.The Mercury announced the deal Thursday. The 48-year-old former WNBA and Australian Olympic player also will continue to serve as vice president of player personnel."I'm very excited to continue to be the head coach of the Phoenix Mercury," Brondello said. "I appreciate the organization believing...
Via FOX Sports
October 13, 2016

Parker looking to regain form as WNBA Finals shift to LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Candace Parker has waited her entire pro career to make the WNBA Finals. Now in her ninth year, she has a shot at winning the only major title to elude her and she's not living up to her lofty standards. Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks are back home tied 1-1 with the Minnesota Lynx heading into Game 3 on Friday night. The Sparks could close out the series with...
Via AP on Fox
October 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Mercury coach Brondello agrees to multiyear contract

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello has agreed to a new multiyear contract. The Mercury announced the deal Thursday. The 48-year-old former WNBA and Australian Olympic player also will continue to serve as vice president of player personnel. ''I'm very excited to continue to be the head coach of the Phoenix Mercury,'' Brondello said. ''I appreciate the organization...
Via AP on Fox
October 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Lynx veteran Augustus' leadership key in WNBA Finals

MINNEAPOLIS -- It doesn't take long for Maya Moore to recognize when teammate Seimone Augustus has found her groove."Those dreads get to popping, nostrils get to flaring," Moore said, a big smile creasing her face. "I mean, my nostrils flare, too. We're both nostril-flaring kind of players. Just that look in her eye."And to think, if at least one team had its way, Augustus never...
Via AP on Fox
October 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Augustus comes alive for Lynx at crucial moment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) It doesn't take long for Maya Moore to recognize when teammate Seimone Augustus has found her groove. ''Those dreads get to popping, nostrils get to flaring,'' Moore said, a big smile creasing her face. ''I mean, my nostrils flare, too. We're both nostril-flaring kind of players. Just that look in her eye.'' And to think, if at least one team had its way, Augustus...
Via AP on Fox
October 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Maya Moore, Lynx rebound at home to even it up in Game 2 of WNBA finals

To say the Minnesota Lynx awoke from their proverbial slumber would be an understatement. In Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night at Target Center, Minnesota stepped up their efforts on the boards, providing the fulcrum for a 79-60 runaway win to even the series at one game apiece. This guarantees a pair of games in Los Angeles for the best-of-five series. Minnesota was most...
Via Excelle Sports
October 12, 2016
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