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The Lynx led by six at halftime in a head-spinning game that featured 24 lead changes and 11 ties in front of a crowd of 19,423 The lead changed hands four times in the final 23.4 seconds before Nneka Ogwumike's game-winning basket.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve unloaded on WNBA officials after her team's 77-76 loss in Game 5, criticizing them for not calling a shot clock violation on Los Angeles with 1 minute, 12 seconds left in the game.
With a victory over Los Angeles in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, the Lynx can join the Houston Comets as the only teams to win four titles. "They were my favorite team," Maya Moore said.
Sunday's 85-79 loss, Los Angeles coach Brian Agler said, gave the inexperienced team a taste of what to expect in the deciding game at Target Center.
Coach Cheryl Reeve joked that the only thing that rattles Moore is when she gets taken out of the game. Not even a handful of mistakes could slow her in Game 4.
The Lynx reversed form completely from their lackluster Game 3, giving themselves a chance to play for a second consecutive WNBA title Thursday at Target Center.
To push the series to a Game 5 at Target Center — and give themselves a shot at a second consecutive league title — the Lynx must take a deep breath and move forward.
The reigning champion Lynx were forced to battle uphill all of Game 3 after a big first quarter gave the Sparks control in Los Angeles, and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
To win on the road, the Lynx need much more from Natasha Howard, Renee Montgomery, Jia Perkins, Janel McCarville and Anna Cruz.
Strength on the boards was part of an overall defensive effort by the Lynx that evened the best-of-five series, which resumes Friday in Los Angeles.
The Lynx got the victory they desperately needed behind Maya Moore's 21 points, evening the WNBA Finals series 1-1 with Los Angeles.
Coach Cheryl Reeve already had seen an encore performance of a game she called "a head-scratcher,'' looking at the video to catalog the shortcomings that gave the Sparks a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Before Alana Beard's game-winning shot, silencing most in the crowd of 12,113 for Game 1 of the WNBA finals, the Lynx were undone by turnovers and defensive miscues,
Moore entered the game averaging 25.7 points in the playoffs, and she averaged 18.7 against the Sparks in three regular-season games. Sunday, the Sparks held her without a basket on four first-half shots before Moore hit seven of 10 in the second, finishing with 18 points.
The Lynx set a franchise record with 28 regular-season victories and a WNBA mark by starting 13-0.
Both teams are so evenly matched and know each other so well that games are likely to be decided by details such as free throws or execution out of a timeout.
Coach Bruce Boudreau shows he isn't afraid to move underperformers.
The Lynx' mastery over talent-rich Phoenix made them the first WNBA team to make the finals five times, with all five appearances coming in the past six years.
Despite a pair of double-digit triumphs at Xcel Energy Center, the Lynx understand how tough it is to deliver the knockout blow
Minnesota defeated Phoenix 96-86 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center.
Reeve was named WNBA coach of the year for the second time and 6-foot-6 center Sylvia Fowles was named the top defensive player for the third time in her career.
Over the past 10 days, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve kept shooting down speculation that the long break before starting the playoffs could somehow be bad for her team in the WNBA semifinals.
While the Lynx rested and practiced, the Mercury roared through road victories over Indiana and New York, starting the playoffs on a powerful note after a rocky regular season.
Their first two games in the semifinals will be at the transformed X.
Though he's only been at St. John's for nine months, Jackson Erdmann knows all about the craziness that engulfs the campus when the Johnnies play St. Thomas.
Under the prodding of head Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, Sylvia Fowles won the league's top defensive player award again.
Their postseason opener isn't until Sept. 28, but they will keep busy until then.
The track lowers its take, but a bump in betting on live racing disappoints.
U.S. Bank Stadium was built with its wider audience in mind. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" plans to make it one big showcase this weekend.
For five months, she was out of the water—where she found strength after she was paralyzed n 2008—and nearly out of hope that her swimming career could continue.
The joyful Closing Ceremony crowd at Maracana Stadium radiated pride in Rio's ability to pull off the Games.
After a year of complete focus on the Rio Games, Gwen Jorgensen of St. Paul made sure the Olympic triathlon played out exactly as she wanted. She won the gold medal in her usual fashion: by dusting the field with her devastating run.
Former Gophers runner Hassan Mead made a move with four laps to go. But when the bell rang signaling the final lap he appeared to labor.
The former U runner took eighth in the 1,500 meters.
Gwen Jorgensen didn't balk at training for one more Olympic run after 2012 setback in London. The triathlete from St. Paul has eyes on gold for Saturday's race.
While not her desired result, St. Cloud's Alise Post is happy with second
Kiana Eide moved from St. Francis to suburban Chicago and trained eight hours a day. She will receive the ultimate payoff Saturday, when she competes for the U.S. in rhythmic gymnastics.
Seimone Augustus started in place of injured Sue Bird, and the Americans overcame another slow start to move into Saturday's gold medal game against Spain.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross rebounded Wednesday, beating the Brazilian team of Larissa and Talita 2-1 to claim the bronze medal in beach volleyball.
Confidence, heart are booming as team enters semifinal round.
Lynx star Maya Moore scored 19 points as Japan made it a game against the U.S. women's basketball team until the Americans found their groove.
St. Cloud native Alise Post has high hopes for an Olympic medal in BMX, and rides to honor her late mother.
The last time the track world gathered for the Olympics, Blankenship was enduring a year filled with injuries.
The U.S. women have charged through the Olympic tournament, going 4-0 and outscoring their opponents 47-17. They weren't bothered by another ill-mannered Brazilian crowd — "We enjoyed their booing,'' Makenzie Fischer said — or by the rough play.
The Chaska wrestler went 1-1, and opponent's next loss ended his tourney.
Several problems spotlighted before the Olympics - and a few new ones - have stubbornly refused to yield the stage during the first week in Rio.
Andy Bisek, the two-time world championships bronze medalist, ranked No. 5 in the world in the Greco-Roman 75-kilogram weight class, opens against Yurisandi Hernandez Rios of Cuba.
Britain posts a world record in taking gold from Arden Hills' Catlin and Co.
Adren Hills' Kelly Catlin, a newcomer to U.S. pursuit team, is up to gold medal challenge
For about five minutes Saturday morning, the U.S. held the world record in women’s team pursuit. Kelly Catlin of Arden Hills and teammates Sarah Hammer,…
Plymouth's David Plummer could wind up with a gold to go with his bronze after helping the U.S. into the 4x100-meter medley relay finals.
Simone Biles lived up to the expectations by taking top honors in the women's all-around while teammate Aly Raisman got some redemption by grabbing silver.
Heptathlete Heather Miller-Koch has juggled jobs, sports looking for edge
As the U.S. shoots for a sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball the question was (again) raised: Is a team this good ultimately bad for the game?
Paula Lynn Obanana never gave up on her goal - and by making the Olympics she made a decade-old prediction come true.
Minneapolis native Megan Kalmoe, who helped the U.S. capture the world title in France last summer, is part of a foursome that will make a run at Olympic supremacy Wednesday.
The interviews, congratulations and celebration haven't stopped since Plummer became the first Gophers swimmer to win an Olympic medal for the U.S.
The American women were as dominant as expected in Tuesday's team competition, blowing past runner-up Russia by more than eight points to take their second consecutive team gold at the Summer Games.
At age 30, David Plummer was the oldest first-time Olympian on the U.S. men's swim team since 1904. He also was the first Gophers swimmer to make it in 52 years.
The star quality Martha Karolyi infused into the U.S. program won't fade when she steps away.
As a 30-year-old Olympic rookie, Plummer has become a favorite story line on the U.S. men's swim team. He swims for the gold medal Monday night.
In her teens, Muhammad was mostly interested in using fencing as a path to an elite college. She began to see a more universal goal as she rose up the national ranks.
Considering how long it took David Plummer to get to the Olympics, he doesn't mind a few more days of discipline.
The Americans won their 22nd Olympic medal in the women's 4x100 free relay, but they have not taken gold since 2000.
Rio Olympics organizers were counting on the start of competition to push the focus of the Games away from the city's many problems and onto the feats of the athletes.
What the Opening Ceremony lacked in extravagance, it made up for with the immense spirit and energy that attracted the Summer Games to Brazil in the first place.
A Disneyland for athletes, where Olympians live, eat and mingle with their counterparts from all over the planet, the Olympic village is ground zero for the spirit of the games -- and sanctuary from all that troubles them.
As the city scrambled to make final preparations for the first Olympics in South America, the Olympic torch arrived in Rio to an enthusiastic, complete with samba dancers.
Chaska's Andy Bisek persevered through injuries, disappointment and debt to become an Olympian.
With a whirlwind of concerns surrounding Rio, athletes and families hope for the best.
Gwen Jorgensen enters the Rio Games as the most dominant, decorated athlete in her sport's history.
Many athletes without major sponsors must cobble together the money to pay for expenses, and financial stress can distract from the focus required to become an Olympian.
The 2012 gold medalist wants to justify the faith placed in her over others such as Little Canada's Maggie Nichols.
Simone Biles leads the five-person U.S. team. Little Canada's Maggie Nichols, despite finishing sixth in the all-around standings, did not make the team even as an alternate.
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