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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Lynx were backed into a corner after a Game 1 loss on their home floor to the star-studded Los Angeles Sparks.No time to panic for this battle-tested group. The defending champions know just how to respond.Maya Moore had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Lynx even the WNBA Finals at one game apiece with a 79-60 victory in Game 2 on Tuesday night.This team bounces back well. We cant stay down for too long, Moore said. And Im a part of that. I wanted to bring that energy and thats what I took on myself personally today.Sylvia Fowles had 13 points and 15 boards and Minnesota held Los Angeles to 32.9 percent shooting to bounce back from a last-second loss in Game 1. Seimone Augustus scored 14 points and Minnesota dominated on the glass, 46-32, to pull away.We played like this game was more important to them than it was to us and thats unfortunate, Sparks coach Brian Agler said. You dont get these opportunities often, so you have to play like you might not get this game back.Nneka Ogwumike had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Sparks, who head back home for the next two games in the best-of-five series. Candace Parker was quiet with six points on 3-for-12 shooting and the Sparks missed 17 of 20 3-pointers.The Lynx are trying to become the first back-to-back champions in the league since the Sparks repeated in 2002. A win in this series would also give Minnesota its fourth championship, which would tie the Lynx with the Houston Comets for most in league history.Last year the Lynx lost Game 1 at Target Center to the Indiana Fever, but rebounded to win that series in five games. But they know they face an even more capable challenger this year.We know what we needed to do, Augustus said. We watched the entire footage from Game 1 and saw where we made mistakes.Neither team led by more than five points during an air-tight Game 1 that Los Angeles won at the buzzer on a jumper from Alana Beard. The first 16 minutes of Game 2 were just as competitive, but Moore and the Lynx seized control in the final four minutes of the second quarter.After going scoreless in the first half of Game 1, Moore got rolling during a 17-3 blitz to close the period. She hit two 3s and a layup, then picked Parkers pocket and heaved a three-quarter length outlet to a streaking Lindsay Whalen for a three-point play and a 37-25 lead.Moore had 12 points in the first half and the Lynx took much better care of the ball after coughing it up 11 times in the first half of Game 1.The Sparks made things interesting with a 14-0 run in the third quarter that made the score 44-41, but Augustus and Moore took over in the fourth to turn back the charge.I think it had a lot to do with our effort, Ogwumike said. Not to say that we dont want it. But you get tired and muddled and youre not focusing on what youre doing, a lot of times confusion can seep in. And I think thats what happened.MVP DISAPPEARS: Ogwumike, the league MVP, scored just two points in the final period, and took just six shots in the entire game. Its a hard job. (Our post players) made it look easy, but its not, Moore said. Shes such an explosive player.REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE: The Lynx parlayed their edge on the glass into a 17-7 advantage in second-chance points. They shot a pedestrian 45 percent from the field, but had 13 offensive rebounds to create more opportunities. When the ball went up on the glass and a shot was taken on either end, they outworked us, Agler said.QUOTABLE: Now I know how Shaq felt in the NBA, -- Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve on the physical play on Fowles in the paint.RECORD RATING: The WNBA instituted a new playoff format this year that seeded teams based on record, not geography. It resulted in the two best teams during the regular season meeting in the finals despite both playing in the Western Conference. Game 1 drew an average audience of 597,000, the most-watched Game 1 ever on ABC, the network announced on Tuesday. It peaked with 693,000 viewers and was the most-watched Game 1 since 1998 broadcast across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.UP NEXT: Game 3 is Friday in Los Angeles. Levine Toilolo Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Miles Killebrew Jersey .com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena. http://www.cheapdetroitlionsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-anthony-zettel-jersey . John Lucas, signed as a mentor for rookie Trey Burke, showed he can score if required, scoring 12 points of his 16 points in the second quarter as Utah built an 18-point lead. T.J. Jones Jersey . The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. The New Westminster, B.C., native plowed three yards into the end zone for the last score of a heated, see-saw battle between the two teams with the best records in the CFL. Ricky Wagner Jersey . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. (STATS) -- With a month to go in the regular season, CAA Footballs list of championship contenders is starting to shorten -- somewhat.Albanys hopes for a Cinderella run were likely dashed with last weeks 24-13 loss at Villanova, as were Elons after the Phoenix were beaten 35-7 at home by Richmond. With Stony Brook, New Hampshire and Maine joining the Wildcats and Spiders in the victory column, half of the conferences 12 teams still stand with no more than one league defeat.Saturdays showdown between No. 22 Stony Brook -- still unbeaten in conference play -- and New Hampshire could help clear up the cloudy picture, or perhaps muddle it further. The same goes for the following weeks marquee matchup between James Madison and Richmond, the CAAs two teams currently in the top 10 of the STATS FCS poll.One things for certain, the race promises to provide plenty of excitement and drama. With that in mind, heres a glimpse of those still harboring realistic title aspirations and their remaining schedules:JAMES MADISON (4-0, 6-1 overall)Remaining games: Oct. 29 vs. Rhode Island, Nov. 5 at Richmond, Nov. 12 at Villanova, Nov. 19 vs. ElonWhile the No. 8 Dukes are a virtual lock for a third straight playoff appearance, a CAA championship is far less certain despite their unblemished record in the league. Back-to-back grueling road tests with Richmond and Villanova to begin November will ultimately decide JMUs fate.STONY BROOK (4-0, 5-2 overall)Remaining games: Oct. 29 at New Hampshire, Nov. 5 vs. William & Mary, Nov. 12 vs. Maine, Nov. 19 at AlbanyHaving already beaten Richmond and with no JMU or Villanova on the schedule, the surprising Seawolves appear to have an easier route to a first CAA crown among the two unbeatens. The path still wont be easy, though, with both the New Hampshire game and the Empire Clash against Albany on the road.RICHMOND (4-1, 7-1 overall)Remaining games: Nov. 5 vs. James Madison, Nov. 12 vs. Delaware, Nov. 19 at William & MaryWith five consecutive victories and a win in Harrisonburg last year, the sixth-ranked Spiders should be entering their high-stakes meeting with JMU with confidence. Two other factors could work in the Spiders favor, as theyve won 11 straight at Robins Stadium including the playoffs and get an extra week to prepare.VILLANOVA (4-1, 6-2 overall)Remaining games: Nov. 5 at Maine, Nov. 12 vs. James Madison, Nov. 19 at DelawareThe No. 11 Wildcats havent had too difficult a road, as their four CAA wins have come against teams a combined 2-15 in league play. Some potential obstacles lurk following this weeks bye, though, in the always-tricky trip to Maine and a home date with high-powered JMU. Villanova would lose a tiebreaker to Richmond due to its head-to-head loss to the Sppiders on Oct.dddddddddddd 15.NEW HAMPSHIRE (4-1, 5-3 overall)Remaining games: Oct. 29 vs. Stony Brook, Nov. 12 vs. Albany, Nov. 19 at MaineThe CAAs model of consistency is back in the hunt for another CAA title and playoff berth after rebounding from a 1-2 start. A win over Stony Brook and a late-season stumble from JMU would aid both causes, as the Wildcats lone conference loss came at the Dukes hands.MAINE (3-1, 4-3 overall)Remaining games: Oct. 29 at William & Mary, Nov. 5 vs. Villanova, Nov. 12 at Stony Brook, Nov. 19 vs. New HampshireThe Black Bears have emerged as the conferences midseason sleeper with four straight wins, but a daunting final stretch beginning with Saturdays visit to enigmatic but still-dangerous William & Mary will reveal whether or not theyre a true contender. Joe Harasymiaks squad still seems like the longest shot among the group.GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 22 Stony Brook at New HampshireKickoff: Noon ET at Wildcat Stadium, Durham, N.H.Series: UNH leads 3-1Last Meeting: Stony Brook 31, New Hampshire 6 (Sept. 19, 2015 at Stony Brook, N.Y.)The Skinny: A huge game for both teams, with the winner likely gaining an inside track at a playoff berth in a league thats garnered four bids in each of the past two seasons. The Seawolves enter Durham on a three-game winning streak, while the Wildcats have won four of five to keep their goal of a 13th straight postseason appearance viable. UNH should have further motivation from last years blowout loss, in which it was held to 253 total yards by an SBU defense that recorded six sacks and forced three turnovers. The Seawolves have stayed stingy on that side of the ball, ranking eighth in the FCS in yards per rush attempt (3.0) and 11th in scoring defense (17.9). A smash-mouth rushing attack has also played a key role in Stony Brooks rise, as its averaged 219 yards on the ground during the streak. Top back Stacey Bedell has gained 120 or more in all three wins and produced 10 touchdowns over a five-game stretch, and he ran for 193 yards and a TD in last years rout of UNH. The Wildcats have been tougher against the run this season, owning the distinction as the only team to hold James Madisons prolific ground game under 200 yards. The Wildcats possess a more balanced offense headlined by versatile back Dalton Crossan and the strong receiving duo of Malik Love and Neil OConnor, though quarterback Trevor Knight (1,322 passing yards, 9 TDs, 9 INTs) will need to limit mistakes. New Hampshire has won 33 of its last 38 CAA home games and had a 17-game regular-season win streak in Durham end with its 42-39 loss to JMU on Oct. 15. 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