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SEATTLE -- Breanna Stewart had 20 points and eight rebounds to help the Seattle Storm secure a playoff spot with a 78-60 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday night.The Storm led 49-27 at halftime behind double-digit scoring by Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. Eighth-ranked Seattle started the second half on a 7-2 run, capped by Stewarts 3-pointer, to extend its lead to 27 points and the Storm cruised to their first playoff berth since 2013.Los Angeles, which already had a double-bye in the playoffs, rested starters Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver.Crystal Langhorne added 15 points and 10 rebounds as all five starters scored in double figures for Seattle (15-17). Alysha Clark scored 15 points, Bird had 12 points and Loyd added 10 for the Storm, who won their fourth straight. Seattle was 18 of 18 from the free-throw line.Candace Parker had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Chelsea Gray, making her first career start, added 13 points for Los Angeles (24-8). The second-ranked Sparks lost their third game in a row for the first time this season.MERCURY 86, DREAM 75PHOENIX -- Brittney Griner had 21 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to help the Mercury beat the Dream.The Mercury need either one more victory or a loss by Washington to clinch a postseason berth.Phoenix (14-17), ranked No. 6 in the AP power poll, never trailed and took control during the second quarter with an 18-0 run that made it 47-29 with 1:25 left in the half.Fifth-ranked Atlanta (16-15) got back to 53-46, but the Mercury rebuilt their lead to 18 at 72-54 and went unchallenged through the fourth quarter.Tiffany Hayes had 22 points and Bria Holmes added 14 for the Dream, who fell into a three-way tie for fourth place with Indiana and Chicago.LYNX 81, STARS 76SAN ANTONIO -- Seimone Augustus scored 20, Maya Moore had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and the Lynx beat the Stars.Augustus put the Lynx ahead for good with 45 seconds left on a jumper from the right wing and made both free throws to extend the lead to 79-76 with 23.2 seconds left.Minnesota clinched homecourt throughout the playoffs with Los Angeles loss to Seattle later Sunday.Rebekkah Brunson iced it with two more free throws at 10.8 seconds and the top-ranked Lynx (26-5) won their fifth straight and 11th of the last 12. Brunson finished with eight points and 11 rebounds for the top-ranked Lynx.The last-place Stars (6-25) never trailed by more than 10 but took their first lead of the game at 73-71 with 4:58 left when Moriah Jeffersons layup capped an 11-0 run.Jefferson had 26 points and eight rebounds, Monique Currie scored 18 and Astou Ndour added 14 for the Stars.WINGS 84, LIBERTY 81ARLINGTON, Texas -- Skylar Diggins driving layup gave Dallas a four-point lead with 14.9 seconds left and the Wings held on to beat the Liberty.Sugar Rodgers hit a deep 3 with 5.6 seconds left that pulled the Liberty back within one. Diggins then made both free throws and Rodgers missed a difficult 3-point attempt from the baseline as time ran out.Karima Christmas had 23 points, Aerial Powers added 15 and Courtney Paris scored 13 for 11th-ranked Dallas (11-21).Tina Charles had 29 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for third-ranked New York (21-11). Rodgers scored 15 and Carolyn Swords added 14.FEVER 80, MYSTICS 73WASHINGTON -- Erica Wheeler scored nine of her 17 points in the final 2:17 to help the Fever pull away from the Mystics and clinch a playoff berth.Wheelers 3-pointer with 2:17 left gave the Fever (16-15) the lead for good at 72-69 and sparked an 11-4 run in which she made all six free-throw attempts to secure the victory. Indiana is currently in the fifth playoff spot, holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Chicago Sky (16-15).Lynetta Kizer added 17 points, Briann January had 15 and Shenise Johnson scored 12 for the seventh-ranked Fever.Emma Meesseman had 19 points, Tayler Hill scored 15 and Kia Vaughn added 12 for the No. 10 Mystics (12-19), who are one spot out of the playoffs.Washington led by seven early in the third quarter before the Fever scored 10 straight and it went back-and-forth from there. Mitch Williams Jersey.Y. -- Jayna Hefford scored the winning goal Friday as Canada survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Sweden at the Four Nations womens hockey tournament. Maikel Franco Jersey. Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. Pete Rose Jersey. The team says the Spain international has a muscle pull in his right leg. Barcelona hosts third-division side Cartagena in the return leg of their round-of-32 tie after winning their first meeting 4-1. Juan Samuel Phillies Jersey. Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After Gonzaga upped its season-opening winning streak to 10 games on Dec. 10 with a 61-43 win over Akron, coach Mark Few didnt sound like someone ready to bask in the glow.I live for the next game, he said. I dont spend a lot of time looking back.Fews next game takes him to a venue known more for hockey -- Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. The No. 8 Bulldogs and Tennessee will meet Sunday in yet another test against a top 10 foe for the Volunteers (6-4) and the last stiff non-conference contest for Gonzaga (10-0).Aside from an opening night loss to Chattanooga, the preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference, the list of Tennessee losses reads like a whos who of college basketball royalty. The Volunteers fell to then-No. 16 Wisconsin and No. 13 Oregon before Thanksgiving in Maui, then suffered a tough 73-71 loss last Sunday at No. 7 North Carolina after leading for most of the game.This game also gives the Vols an opportunity for some revenge on the Bulldogs, who beat them 89-79 last December in Seattle.Theyre a terrific team, second-year Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. Theyre always good, but people that see them a lot tell me theyre Final Four good. Its a good opportunity, and well see what we can do.The Vols are coming off a 92-77 win Thursday night over Lipscomb, outscoring it 43-19 in the second half after allowing 11 3-pointers in the first half. Freshman forward Grant Williams was the spark offensively with a career-high 30 points.Williams performance came a day after Barnes told him that he was disappointed beccause he was drifting outside too often offensively and not staying in the post.ddddddddddddHe expects more out of me and I should do a better job of that, Williams said. Bringing it every night is something I should be doing and need to do a better job with.Williams is Tennessees second-leading scorer at 10.7 points per game while guard Robert Hubbs is pacing the team in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.1). Lamonte Turner is contributing 10.1 points for the Vols, who are averaging 80.2 points and canning nearly 77 percent at the foul line.Gonzaga counters with great balance and depth. All five starters average at least 9.4 points. led by guard Nigel Williams-Goss (13.4 ppg, 4.7 assists). Center Przemek Karnowski tallies 12.4 points and point guard Josh Perkins averages 11.7, sinking 22 of 41 3-pointers.The Bulldogs also get 10 points per game off the bench from 7-0 freshman Zach Collins, whos canning almost 70 percent of his field goal attempts, and are averaging 82.7 points despite their season-low output against Akron.Few wasnt terribly upset with having to engage in a half-court grinder against the Zips. After all, his team figures to face that style of play more than a few times in the West Coast Conference when they arent dueling No. 20 St. Marys or high-octane BYU.They push you to the limit physically, Few said of Akron. They are a heck of a program. We didnt let our frustrations on offense bleed over to the defensive side. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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