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ROSEMONT, Ill. Cheap Philadelphia Phillies Jerseys . -- She scored her 29 points Tuesday night as she usually does, any way she could, any way that was necessary: 6 of 10 from the field, 3 of 3 from the 3-point line and 14 of 15 from the foul line.But it was that final shot, the one she took her time on, measured and let soar from 25 feet with 1 minute, 10 seconds left in the Sparks decisive Game 4 of the WNBA semifinals, that made Candace Parker smile.The Sparks victory was a foregone conclusion by then, the 3-pointer extending Los Angeles lead to 20 en route to a 95-75 victory over Chicago. But for the nine-year WNBA vet and two-time league MVP, it was a long time coming.My rookie year, I came in and we went straight to the conference finals and we were like a Sophia [Young] falling-out-of-bounds bank shot away from getting to the Finals, Parker recalled of L.A.s 2008 loss to San Antonio to force a decisive Game 3 in a series won by the Silver Stars. And of course, youre young and you think, Oh, well be back next year. ... Then you look up and its eight years later.So just for me, I really appreciate this. I appreciate it more so having been through the journey that weve been through.The Sparks journey continues with the franchises third trip to the WNBA Finals but first since 2003 as they advance to meet Minnesota, a finalist in five of the past six years and the defending WNBA champion. The Lynx won the season series 2-1, with each team winning on the others home court. Two of three games were decided by three points.I dont like to call it a rivalry until we hold up our end of the bargain and make it that, Parker said. Obviously, theyve been there, theyre experienced, they know what it takes to win a championship, and this is our first time. So we have a lot to learn and we have to learn it fast.The Sparks were quick learners after Sundays Game 3 loss -- their first in six games against the Sky this season -- in which the Sky virtually shut down the L.A. offense with a zone defense that held the normally high-powered Sparks to 66 points.Parker had nine points in the first half Sunday and was held scoreless in the second as the Sky turned the game with a 19-8 third quarter. Tuesday, the Sparks again were staggered with a 28-14 third quarter. But a 28-point first-half lead coupled with a strong finish led by Parkers 15 fourth-quarter points -- including 9 of 9 from the foul line -- kept the Sky no closer than eight points early in the final period.We just countered it with movement. A lot of times you can get stuck literally without moving the ball and bodies against the zone, said Nneka Ogwumike, who finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. I also think we did a much better job with our on-ball defense.Kristi Toliver was also instrumental for the Sparks with 21 points on a perfect 5-for-5 night -- four coming from beyond the arc -- along with five steals and four assists.The Sky deserve praise for their fight, persevering despite numerous injuries this season, most notably the one that kept former MVP and Olympian Elena Delle Donne out of the playoffs because of a thumb injury.We got off to a slow start ... said coach Pokey Chatman, whose Sky trailed by 12 at the end of the first quarter. Obviously L.A. had a sense of urgency and aggression. But I will say Im proud of the way we fought back.It was Chatman who warned early in the season that the rest of the league better watch out for Parker after she was shockingly left off the U.S. Olympic team.I think the Olympic situation was probably a little bit of motivation for her, Chatman said, but Candace is an MVP-type player her entire career.Parker downplayed any personal storylines, including how the loss of college coach and mentor Pat Summitt has impacted her. Sparks coach Brian Agler said Parker has endured an emotional year.For two things like that to occur during the course of your season is very difficult, Agler said. But she stayed the course. She accepted the decisions made in regard to the Olympic team. She made her way to Knoxville to say her goodbyes to Coach Summitt. She went back to Knoxville to be a part of all the ceremonies there to honor Coach Summitts life. It was important to her.But she hardly missed anything in regard to practice and games. ... We all know Candace is one of the best in the world and shes had a great year and a great playoff.At the end, her teammates waited not so patiently for Parker to finish her TV interview before rushing a Finals T-shirt to their leader in a joyous mosh pit. She had won in her hometown, a half-hour from where she grew up and led her high school team to two straight state titles.It was great to do it in Chicago where it all started, where I first picked up a basketball, Parker said. ... Its really special to do it anywhere but especially in front of my family and friends.Beyond that, you werent going to get Parker or Ogwumike to wax poetic. Not yet.Its sweet for me because this franchise is competing for a championship, Parker said, and this is what my goal was back in 08 when I was drafted, to be in this situation and compete.I dont think either of us [Parker or Ogwumike] have to prove anything else individually in our careers. But can we win an WNBA championship? Thats all we wanted to prove this year. Cheap Phillies Jerseys Authentic .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Wholesale Phillies Jerseys . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. . Following a lopsided 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, Paul MacLean told reporters that "theres a lack of focus, theres a lack of leadership and theres a lack of preparation" with his struggling team. That came on the heels of Bryan Murray taking the unusual step of going into the locker room at the Prudential Center and addressing the players himself. Move on, but leave no one behind.Injured Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy has spoken of the theme at the AFL club this week as they cope with last Saturday nights trauma, as well as prepare for the massive game against Geelong.Their upset 15-point loss to St Kilda was nothing compared to the devastating atmosphere in their changerooms after the match.Mitch Wallis was still in the rooms, yelling in agony from the broken leg he suffered during the last quarter and clearly audible to his teammates.Fellow Bulldog Jack Redpath had also suffered a serious knee injury during the match.Like Wallis, Redpath has needed surgery and his season is over.The theme of the week really has been `we move on, but no one gets left behind, Murphy told AFL360.Its a really important distinction to make.This footy team has to play Geelong on Friday night in a massive game and theres still plenty of life in this season for our footy club.The Bulldogs remain top-four contenders, despite a horrible run of injuries that included Murphys knee reconstruction in the first month of the season.Every year, every footy team, every player, you kind of go in with the armour on, that the footy season is a roller-coaster, he said.But this year has been extreme, with the injuries - the amount and then the severity of them, thee circumstances. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic. Weve been a resilient team and a resilient club.It just tests that a little bit more.Murphy was in the rooms after Saturday nights game and said he had never encountered anything like it in his 17-year AFL career.Coach Luke Beveridge has admitted to feeling plenty of emotion in the wake of what happened.Its off the radar of what youre prepared for as a footballer, Murphy said.It really was a double blow thats hit us, no doubt about it.It just heaps more emotion on the bonfire.Murphy said the players met for lunch the following day and Redpath lifted spirits by also visiting.It was a day to have a couple of beers, put an arm around each other and let each other know were all okay, he said.The Bulldogs play in Geelong, with the Cats determined to honour Jimmy Bartels 300th game and Corey Enrights club-record 326th match.Murphy is adamant they will be ready.You either believe or you dont. 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