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  • June 15, 2018 1:26 AM PDT

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Sylvia Fowles admitted she was almost too hyped up at times Tuesday. White Mexico Jerseys . She wanted a victory in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals badly, and knew it would take the kind of defensive effort her Minnesota Lynx are known for -- but didnt quite get enough of in their loss in the opener.Knowing this was a must-win night, I just let it all out on the floor, said Fowles after Minnesotas 79-60 victory over Los Angeles at Target Center. And my teammates respond well when I show that leadership.At one point, though, she was so intense that Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve was about to sub her out.I had to look at her with the evil eye across the court, like, Im all right! Fowles said, smiling. And she was like, OK, shes all right.Fowles was more than all right, actually. The WNBAs Defensive Player of the Year was the dominant force that the Lynx needed, reminding everyone yet again how critical it was that Minnesota made the trade last year to bring her here.Fowles had 13 points and 15 rebounds, leading the Lynxs dominance on the boards, 46-32. The Lynx have won the rebounding battle four of the five times the teams have met this season. But twice, its been by double digits -- in their first meeting on June 21 and Tuesday.This was Minnesotas third win this season against Los Angeles, but the score was close in the previous two. Tuesday, it was the second and fourth quarters that really made the difference, as the Lynx outscored the Sparks 46-25 in those periods. This one tied for the lowest point total the Sparks have had this season; they lost 78-60 at Seattle on Sept. 11.Defensively, we were way better today, Reeve said. I just thought our commitment to our concepts was better. I dont know that we could have been worse than what we did last game as far as the types of easy baskets we gave up, so obviously we cleaned some things up. I was happy about that.Los Angeles Nneka Ogwumike, the leagues MVP this season, was efficient as usual. She just didnt get many shots, going 5 of 6 from the field and 4 of 6 from the line for a team-high 14 points. Sparks center Candace Parker was 3 of 12 from the field and held to six points.I think we limited them from what they do well, Fowles said. Our defense gets us going, and once that happens, our offense flows more smoothly.Fowles was primarily responsible for guarding Ogwumike, and Rebekkah Brunson was on Parker. Post players Natasha Howard and Janel McCarville didnt play a lot of minutes, but both came in and were effective as well.The posts are the backbone of our team and our defense, Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen said. Theyre so strong; theyre all fighters and are relentless. They showed it tonight with their play on both ends, but defensively they were really impressive.In Sundays opener, a 78-76 L.A. victory, the Lynx put a lot of pressure on the Sparks, but they also surrendered some backdoor cuts for some of those easy baskets that so irritated Reeve.Today, they were a little less aggressive in that aspect, and that worked for them, Sparks guard Kristi Toliver said of the Lynxs defensive approach. And we missed a lot of shots. But I think the main thing that triggered their defensive effectiveness is that we werent getting the stops that we wanted. We werent getting the rebounds, and we werent able to run.When we did, thats when we were able to make that surge and get the game back to within three points in the third quarter.But there was something else that was obvious, and both Toliver and Sparks coach Brian Agler pointed it out.They really wanted to win. You could tell, and youve got to give them a lot of credit, Toliver said. We just kind of didnt do the things we wanted to do or should do. Well be able to go back and watch the film. We need to keep our composure and remain confident.Agler thought the want to factor that the Lynx had eventually overwhelmed the Sparks. Maya Moore had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Minnesota, and the team defense was the rock that the Lynx have so often relied on.We played like this game was more important to them than it was to us, and thats unfortunate, Agler said. You dont get these opportunities often. I was impressed with how they played tonight, and so well go back and regroup.The Lynx know its probably unlikely theyll hold the Sparks to 60 points again. But they also can be confident that when they play defensively like they have most of this season, thats difficult for any team to beat.Oh, yeah, and about Fowles evil eye -- it wasnt really that evil. Theres not a nicer person off court than Big Syl, but she did get her dander up a few times Tuesday, and Reeve was a little bit worried about that. But it all turned out OK.Im proud of Syl, Reeve said. She didnt always keep her cool, but ... she hung in there through what I thought was a really, really physical game for her. I told her thats what its all about.Game 3 is Friday in L.A. at 9 p.m. ET. Womens Mexico Soccer Jerseys . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. Cheap Mexico World Cup Jerseys . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. . Tuesdays surgery at Atlantas Piedmont Hospital was performed by Dr. Xavier Duralde and Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Bernot. DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins received some surprisingly good injury news Monday when quarterback Ryan Tannehill was diagnosed with ACL and MCL sprains in his left knee.Head coach Adam Gase said surgery is not required and that the team doesnt have an exact timetable for Tannehills recovery, but the quarterback is expected to miss at least the next couple of games.This is not going to be one game, Gase said. Its going to be longer than that.The Dolphins were bracing for the worst Sunday evening after Tannehill was hit low late in the third quarter by?Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell. Tannehill left the locker room on crutches.Its better [news] than what we thought yesterday, Gase said.Campbells hit on Tannehill has drawn criticism on social media but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians defended his player Monday and said Campbell was blocked into Tannehill.Arians said Campbells hit was just a football play.?Campbell said he reached out to Tannehill on Monday and apologized for the hit that injured him. Mens Mexico Jerseys Soccer. It definitely wasnt on purpose, Campbell told reporters. Ive never been that kind of guy, I never will be that kind of guy.Backup quarterback Matt Moore will take over the offense this week as Miami (8-5) prepares for the New York Jets (4-9).Tannehill, 28, has been one of the NFLs most durable quarterbacks. He hasnt missed a start in nearly five seasons.Even if Tannehill doesnt return this season, he made quality strides in his first year under Gase. Tannehill posted the first winning record of his career and threw for 2,995 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also finished with a career-high 93.5 passer rating.The Dolphins trail the Denver Broncos (8-5) for the final wild-card spot in the AFC via tiebreakers. Miami will play three consecutive division games to wrap up the regular season.ESPNs Josh Weinfuss contributed to this report. NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Gear China NFL Jerseys White Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback China NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys White ' ' '