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MINNEAPOLIS -- In a championship series filled with stars, Alana Beard sometimes can get lost with so much attention on Minnesotas four Olympians and the two MVPs in Los Angeles. Nike Air Max Dynasty Msl .Thats exactly what happened in the closing moments of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, and Beard hit a jumper from the baseline just before time expired to lift the Sparks to a 78-76 victory over the defending champion Lynx.With the defense collapsing on Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike in the paint, Beard found herself all alone in the corner. She took the pass from Chelsea Gray and knocked down jumper with Maya Moores in her face.As the ball splashed through, Moore put her head in her hands, and the Sparks celebrated a thrilling victory, their second on Minnesotas court this season.You may not recognize the importance of her statistically for us a lot of times, Sparks coach Brian Agler said. But her presence, her leadership, obviously how disruptive she can be defensively, and then for her to hit a shot like that, it was incredible.Kristi Toliver scored 19 points to lead Los Angeles and Parker had 14 points and nine rebounds in her finals debut. League MVP Ogwumike added 19 points for the Sparks in the opener of the best-of-five series.Sylvia Fowles had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Lindsay Whalen scored 18 points for top-seeded Minnesota. Moore scored all 18 of her points in the second half to move into first place on the WNBAs career finals scoring list, but the Lynx committed 16 turnovers and got caught scrambling on the final possession of the game.I think we were more worried about not letting anyone get to the hole, Fowles said. Im not sure exactly what happened on that last play to make her get wide open. But we learned from this.There was a time not too long ago when Beards name belonged on the marquee with players Parker and Ogwumike or Lynx stars Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. She was the national player of the year at Duke, the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Mystics in 2004 and a four-time All-Star before injuries set her back.She re-emerged in Los Angeles as a defensive specialist, but she took center stage in Game 1. Before she hit the game-winner, Beard also had a spectacular block of a shot by Whalen and then a steal off an inbounds to set up Ogwumikes bucket for a 76-72 lead.Moore scored on a coast-to-coast layup to tie the score at 76 with 24.7 seconds to play, but she helped aggressively on Grays drive on the other end, leaving Beard open for just her second bucket of the game.I dont think Ive ever hit a game-winner, Beard said quietly. So its pretty cool. Pretty cool.NEW LOOK: In years past these two teams never could have met in the finals because both are in the Western Conference. But the league changed its playoff format this year and seeded all of the teams based on record, not geography. The result in the first year could not have been better for the league with the top two teams throughout the season meeting.I dont think its a fluke that were here now in the finals, Fowles said. Im loving this new format.PARKERS DEBUT: Parker has been one of the leagues brightest stars for years, but has never been able to reach the leagues biggest stage. She hit 5 of 12 shots and had three assists.At first obviously theres some nerves, but you kind of get lost in the game and just trying to execute, Parker said. We had to take it possession by possession because you never know whats going to happen.MOORES MARK: The Minnesota star was 0 for 4 in the first half, but made 7 of 10 shots in the final two quarters to move past Diana Taurasi for first place on the WNBAs career scoring list for the finals. She set the mark with 5:20 to play after hitting a jump shot and converting the three-point play.TOP 20: The WNBA hosted more than a dozen members of the top 20 players in league history for a halftime ceremony. Each player was presented with a ring to commemorate it. Whalen, Moore, Parker and Augustus all participated in the ceremony, and the league extended the length of halftime to allow them to receive their rings and then get back to the locker room to meet with coaches and teammates.UP NEXT: Game 2 is on Tuesday in Minneapolis.Nike Air Max Dynasty Womens Pink . Laudrup revealed Thursday he was notified of his dismissal in "the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary. Nike Air Max Dynasty Blue . Just not the game. Kyle Palmieri scored two straight goals in the third period to rally the Anaheim Ducks past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night. http://www.airmaxdynasty.com/air-max-dynasty-womens-85-et/ . Its 1987 and a Brazilian playmaker, known as Mirandinha, is being paraded around St James Park to the passionate Newcastle fans. MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola brought down the footballing superpower he helped to create, leading Manchester City to a 3-1 win over Barcelona in a landmark Champions League result for the English club on Tuesday.The victory that City and its Abu Dhabi ownership has craved since joining the Europe elite in 2011 was achieved the hard way, too, coming after Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 21st-minute lead with his 90th goal in the Champions League.City took advantage of a defensive error to equalize through Ilkay Gundogan in the 39th minute and swarmed all over Barcelona in the second half, with a free kick from Kevin De Bruyne and Gundogans second goal completing the comeback.City has modeled itself on Barcelona -- in the boardroom, on the field and most recently in the dug-out by bringing in Guardiola, who coached Barcelona to 14 trophies from 2008-12 and turned the Messi-inspired team into perhaps the greatest club side ever.For that reason, it will be the sweetest of wins for City.Now we realize we won against the best team (in the world), Guardiola said. For the future generations, they are going to realize, `Wow, these guys are able to beat the best team.It was also crucial in the short term for City, reigniting its Group C campaign that would have been on the rocks with a loss at Etihad Stadium. City is now two points behind first-placed Barcelona after four games, with both teams big favorites to progress to the last 16.For 38 minutes, Barcelona looked like rolling to a sixth straight win over City in the last four seasons in the Champions League, the most recent being a 4-0 victory in Camp Nou two weeks ago. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said it was one of the best passages of play his team has ever produced, with Citys defense carved open by the potent front three of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.Messis goal came at the end of a length-of-the field counterattack, which started after a City free kick was cleared. Citys defending was reckless, with its deepest defender 10 meters inside Barcelonas half when Messi fired a crossfield pass toward Neymar to instigate the move.Neymar ran to the edge off the area and timed his pass perfectly to the onrushing Messi, who took the ball in his stride before gliding between two defenders and placing a low shot inside the near post. Nike Air Max Dynasty Black. The turning point in the match was an error from Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto, whose inside pass to Sergio Busquets was wayward and collected by Sergio Aguero. He slipped in Raheem Sterling, who had the vision to slide a cross over to Gundogan to tap in left-footed at the far post.When you concede a goal in that way, it is normal that you go through a bad period, Luis Enrique said.That bad period lasted the rest of the game.Barcelona was without defenders Gerard Pique, Jeremy Mathieu and Jordi Alba through a mixture of injury and suspension, as well as injured playmaker Andres Iniesta. Those losses told in the second half, when the makeshift defense made errors and Busquets -- the usually unflappable deep-lying midfielder -- was swamped and rattled.De Bruyne, pushed into a more central and attacking role for the second half, was at the heart of everything, on and off the ball.Following Busquets foul from behind on David Silva, De Bruyne curled a 25-meter free kick over the wall and beyond flailing goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, whose slight sideways movement as De Bruyne approached the ball appeared to unbalance him.The Belgium playmaker then provided a stunning through-ball to Jesus Navas in the lead-up to the third goal, which was slammed in by Gundogan from close range in the 74th. Navas cross hit the arm of Aguero, who had the goal at his mercy, but the ball fell kindly for Gundogan to slam home from close range.We started a bit nervously, Gundogan said, but after we scored, we had our confidence back and the second half was incredible. We dominated Barcelona.City will advance with a draw at third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach in round five, provided Barcelona doesnt lose at Celtic. Barcelona only needs a point to secure a place in the knockout stage for a 13th straight season. Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys 2018 Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '