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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve is an expert at analyzing her team, but this is one thing she really cant explain. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic .In each of their five WNBA Finals appearances, the Lynx have had the best record and been the host for the first two games. However, theyve lost the opener now three times.Isnt that crazy? Reeve mused. I kind of went back and thought about it. I think each year is different, but it was surprising to me.Los Angeles won 78-76 on Alana Beards buzzer-beater on Sunday in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Even while the game was being played, the Lynx knew what their biggest problems were: turnovers and fouls. But they werent able to satisfactorily fix those things before it was too late.Its two good teams going against each other, Minnesotas Maya Moore said. We cant give up easy points in transition off their aggressive defense. Its about moment-by-moment getting the ball where we want it on offense.Of course, the Sparks feel like they have things to clean up as well, despite winning the game.Theyre going to adjust to our pressure, for sure, L.A.s Candace Parker said. But we lost a lot of statistical categories, too. So this isnt just about them having to adjust to us. We have to make adjustments, too.Now well see which path the series takes from here. The teams meet again at Target Center on Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET) and the Lynx will try to become the first team to hold court in this series in 2016. The visiting team has won all four previous meetings this season.Sometimes, results of past seasons are irrelevant because personnel is different. But since Minnesotas core and coaching staff are the same, there is some reason to look back on those two previous Game 1 losses to see what the Lynx did then and how they responded.In 2012, the Lynx lost Game 1 to Indiana 76-70, and turnovers cost Minnesota then, too. The Lynx bounced back and won the second game, but then lost twice at Indiana, and the Fever got the championship.Then last year, again going against Indiana, the Lynx lost 75-69 in Game 1. Once more, turnovers were a factor, as was the Lynxs 15-of-23 shooting from the line, while the Fever went 16-for-16.But the Lynx ended up winning the series, taking the second game behind powerful performances from Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles, and the third game on Moores buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Indiana won Game 4, but Minnesota won the decisive fifth game basically by attrition, 69-52. The Lynx had worn out the Fever by then.That might be a factor in this 2016 WNBA Finals, too, especially if it goes five games. Sunday, Los Angeles coach Brian Agler stuck with a seven-player rotation, while Reeve used 10 players.I think well go deeper, but [Sunday] just wasnt that time, Agler said. It was sort of a gut feeling, and sometimes you just go with what was working. Im sure that going forward, well use our eighth and ninth players a little bit more.When the teams first met this season, on June 21 in Los Angeles, it was close throughout with the Lynx winning 72-69 on Renee Montgomerys 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left.Three days later in Minneapolis, the Sparks took over the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lynx 29-17 for a 94-76 victory.They didnt play again until Sept. 6 in Los Angeles, and the Lynx were up by 10 with 35 seconds left. Game over? Not quite. The Lynx won 77-74, but a scoring surge from Sparks guard Chelsea Gray kept things uncomfortable down the stretch.The Sparks prevailing on Sunday in Minneapolis sent the crowd home disappointed, and the Lynx players were frustrated, too. But not overly so, since theyve been through this before. The Lynx dont lose a lot of games, period. But they especially dont lose much when they shoot 51 percent from the field, as they did Sunday (31 of 61).Minnesotas Seimone Augustus said after the game, she shut off her phone -- I didnt want to talk to anybody -- and went home to get a good nights sleep. She knew Mondays film session wouldnt be much fun, but would help.You can hit the rewind button and play it again. And hit the rewind and play it again, Augustus said of reviewing mistakes the Lynx made. Its something that we need.Its minor details that weve got to work out. Weve got to be smarter with the passes. Just knowing that theyre going to collapse on the ball. Youve got to be able to handle the pressure. Its the Finals and [the Sparks] came in to win, and thats what they did. Now weve got to put the pedal to the metal. 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"Im a vet now so I know how to control it but its going to be emotional and Im going to feed off that and play well. "We came in (Wednesday) night . . . I used to live down here and we drove by my condo. Its tough but something Im looking forward to." Rider fans will have to continue waiting for slotback Geroy Simons season debut. Head coach Corey Chamblin said Simon wont play against the Argos because of a lower-body injury. The Roughriders acquired Simon, 37, in an off-season trade with the B.C. Lions but he has yet to play for his new team. Simon is the CFLs all-time receiving yards leader (15,787) and needs 29 catches to break Ben Cahoons league record of 1,017. But Foley has two reasons to look forward to his game at Rogers Centre since Torontos Grey Cup win over Calgary last November. Hell be able to renew acquaintances with many of his former teammates and also receive his Grey Cup ring from Argos GM Jim Barker, who opted to present it to Foley personally rather than simply mail it to him. "Thats nice," Foley said. "Me and Barker were pretty close when I was here and I really appreciate him doing that. "That will be just another little emotional thing you have to conquer before the game. Got to be a vet, got to lock in, got to go out there and win this game." Foley began his CFL career with B.C. after the Lions selected the native of Courtice, Ont., fourth overall in 2006 out of York University. He was named the leagues top Canadian in 09 after posting a career-high 12 sacks before signing with Toronto as a free agent. But Foley had just 10 sacks over three seasons with the Argos. Last year, he had 35 tackles and three sacks before adding four tackles and a sack in the Grey Cup to be named the games top Canadian. Foleys job in Toronto defensive co-ordinator Chris Joness scheme was more than just rush the passer. He was also required to sometimes drop back into pass coverage like an outside linebacker. With Saskatchewan, hes being employed in a more traditional role coming off the edge although he has four tackles but no sacks this season. "Defence is defence, at the end of the day youre told to do a job, you get paid to do a job so you have to go out there and do it," Foley said. "But I definitely do enjoy my job a liittle bit more now, I think I contribute more to the team. Cheap MLB Jerseys. "But as Ive said, Im pretty grateful for last year with what coach Jones did and what the rest of the staff did because we won a Grey Cup. You cant complain." Argos slotback Andre Durie, a longtime friend of Foleys from their university days at York, is expecting his former teammate to play with a chip on his shoulder. "He plays with his heart and a lot of passion so I expect him to really come out and want to prove a point and win the game," Durie said. "Thats the type of player he is, he wears his heart on his sleeve. "He was a good leader when he was here and for us we just have to go out there and play our game and continue to focus on what we do best." And Foley has a little bit of a score to settle with Durie. "Weve gone against each other on special teams when I was in B.C. and his first year he caught me on punt one time," Foley said. "I thought I had beat him but he blew me up so I guess I have to pay him back. "But I consider him a brother . . . wed do anything for each other and thats family to me. His family is my family and vice versa." Chamblin has no worries about Foley allowing emotion to get the best of him against his former team. "Its a former team but thats in the past," Chamblin said. "Hes green and white now and thats what he has to look at. "Ive been on like five former teams here so Id be emotional every time I coached up here. Its time to move on. Hell see his friends and after the first quarter it will be about green and white and I think hell take that next step." Saskatchewan (2-0) comes in as the CFLs only unbeaten team following an impressive 36-21 win over Calgary. Although Toronto (1-1), dropped a 24-16 road decision to B.C. last week, the Argos boast the leagues second-ranked offence, averaging 365.5 net yards. "Theyre a good offence," Chamblin said. "Theres a reason they were in a Grey Cup last year but we faced a good offence last week against Calgary so it will be a good test for us and our defence." Saskatchewan running back Kory Sheets is off to a great start, having rushed for more than 100 yards in both of his teams games thus far. Sheets already has 26 runs of five or more yards in 2013 and has definitely caught the eye of Argos head coach Scott Milanovich. "You talk about elite players and I believe he is but I thought that a year ago to be honest," Milanovich said. "He can do just about anything you want him to do. "He can catch passes, he can run with breakaway speed, he can be patient and run zones and pick his hole. Hes one of the best in our league for sure." NOTES: Milanovich said Toronto kicker Noel Prefontaine wasnt with the club Tuesday because his wife gave birth to a daughter, the couples third child. Prefontaine is expected to play Thursday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '