Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ The 2001 Syracuse Orangemen entered their bowl game against Kansas State as an underdog with something to prove.Despite finishing the season 9-3, good for second in the Big East behind Miami (Fla.), SU was shut out of a more prolific bowl game. And to top it off, the team wasn’t even favored against a 6-5 Kansas State team in the Insight.com Bowl.But Syracuse didn’t let the pundits stop it in its 26-3 rout of Kansas State in the 2001 Insight.com Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. Led by running back James Mungro’s 112 yards and three touchdowns, the Orangemen (10-3) became the sixth SU team in 112 years to win 10 games.It was the Orangemen’s 12th win in a bowl game, a number that still stands today.‘The fact that Kansas State was favored was an incentive to us,’ Mungro told reporters after the game. ‘We just wanted to go out and prove to America that we are a better team.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game was a rematch between two teams that played in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl. Kansas State won that version 35-18. But outside of the school names, the two games held no similarities.Mungro, who ran for over 1,000 yards during the season, ran 65 yards for a score to give SU a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Orangemen would never look back, moving down the field with ease on four touchdown drives while holding Kansas State to just a first quarter field goal. Johnnie Morant had two big catches for a total of 93 yards and a score, and Syracuse outgained Kansas State 109 to 33 in rushing yards.But as quick and dominating as the SU offense was, its defense was even better. Kansas State entered the game averaging 255 rushing yards per game but were shut down completely. Orangemen junior linebacker Clifton Smith was a big reason for the Wildcats’ offensive ineptitude. Smith led the SU defense with 12 tackles and a sack.Syracuse forced Kansas State to four turnovers — two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. One Wildcats quarterback, Eli Roberson — KSU switched between two QBs throughout the game — was just 2-of-15 for the game.‘I think we played very aggressively because we were underdogs,’ Smith told reporters after the game. ‘Even with playing two quarterbacks, we knew they were a running team. But it’s nothing new in terms of our ability to stop the run.’Winning was nothing new for SU head coach Paul Pasqualoni’s 18th-ranked Orangemen. The team may not have been able to play in a New Year’s Day bowl, but the win against a previously Kansas State team that was favored by nearly a touchdown provided confirmation for Syracuse. The team was just as good as its record read.Even more impressive was SU’s record after its first two games. The team went 10-1 following an 0-2 start and had an eight-game winning streak.‘I feel very satisfied,’ Pasqualoni told reporters after the game. ‘We played 10 teams with winning records and nine of them went to bowl games. We are only the sixth team in 112 years of Syracuse football to win 10 games.’– Compiled by Asst. Copy Editor Rachel Marcus, firstname.lastname@example.org Published on December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: email@example.com
Published on September 25, 2017 at 10:18 pm Contact Billy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y.— Colgate had its best scoring chance. Countering after a Syracuse corner, Jared Stroud received a pass at midfield that led him beyond the last line of a pushed-up Orange defense. But near SU’s 18-yard box, a sprinting Tajon Buchanan recovered from his forward position and stifled Stroud. A box-to-box effort following Buchanan’s corner warded off the breakaway about 20 minutes into the game Monday night.“That was probably our only real mistake of the game,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It’s nice if your last man is the quickest guy on your team.”At Beyer-Small ’76 Field, No. 11 Syracuse (5-3-2, 0-2-1 Atlantic Coast) didn’t face much more pressure, allowing just one shot on goal to Colgate (3-6, 0-1 Patriot) in the Orange’s 2-0 win for SU’s first shutout of the season. Johannes Pieles and Hugo Delhommelle each scored for the Orange.The clean sheet that seemed so certain for the first 87 minutes of the match came under fire with 2:20 remaining. As a ball squirted out of a group of players in Syracuse’s penalty area, Colgate’s Steven DeLeo found himself all alone near the six-yard box. He tried to slot a left-footed shot into the goal’s bottom-left corner, but SU goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert threw his body in front of the ball and sent it wide for a corner.“It’s the biggest challenge I think for a goalkeeper, if you do not have that much to do during the game,” Hilpert said. “Even though I didn’t get a lot of shots, I just got one shot today. Communicating helps a lot to stay focused.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse went with a slightly altered defensive alignment on Monday. Justin Earle, a freshman, made his first collegiate start and just second appearance. He featured in the middle of SU’s back three, sandwiched by Kamal Miller on his left and Sondre Norheim on his right. Not tested defensively, Earle mostly acted as a fulcrum when the Orange played the ball from side-to-side. His biggest contribution may have come with his voice.With 10 minutes remaining in the match, Earle shouted: “Come on guys, we never stop.” Syracuse kept the ball in front of its back line basically all game, and much of that was due to Earle’s communication. He and midfielder Mo Adams yelled opponents’ uniform numbers to teammates to ensure they marked up.“I knew he was ready to come on and get the job done,” SU sophomore defender John-Austin Ricks said. “He’s one of those people who loves to communicate, loves to talk, loves to be a presence on the field. I’m happy for the guy that he did such a great job and he held us together.”After 10 games last season, Syracuse had six shutouts. It took until the 10th game of this season for the Orange to get its first. Coming off three consecutive losses, it was the result SU wanted.“The difference between being a good team and an elite team,” McIntyre said, “is keeping clean sheets and keeping that foundation from which to build.”With this result, Hilpert moves into a tie for fourth on Syracuse’s all-time leaderboard with 18 career shutouts and a tie for fourth in wins in Syracuse goalkeeping history, with 27.Following Hilpert’s lone save and two ensuing corners for Colgate, McIntyre shouted from the sideline: “Finish the game.” Two minutes later, the game was complete and for this first time this season, SU’s opponent had a zero beneath its name on the scoreboard.“It was about time,” Hilpert said. “Having a win and a clean sheet today is the perfect restart.” Comments
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has condemned Russian hackers for leaking confidential medical files of star US Olympic athletes.Athletes affected include tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and teenage gymnast Simone Biles.A group calling itself “Fancy Bears” claimed responsibility for the hack of a Wada database.After the leak, Ms Biles said she had long been taking medicine for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The hacker group had accused her of taking an “illicit psycho-stimulant”, but she said she had “always followed the rules”.The Rio Olympics quadruple gold medallist had obtained the necessary permission to take prescription medicine on the WADA banned drugs list, USA Gymnastics said in a statement.Wada said in a statement that the cyber attacks were an attempt to undermine the global anti-doping system.Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “out of the question” that the Kremlin or secret services were involved in the hacking, Russian news agencies reported.The hackers accessed records detailing “Therapeutic Use Exemptions” (TUEs), which allow the use of banned substances due to athletes’ verified medical needs.“By virtue of the TUE, Biles has not broken any drug-testing regulations, including at the Olympic Games in Rio,” USA Gymnastics said.Fancy Bears said TUEs amount to “licences for doping”.The leaked documents allege that Serena Williams was granted permission to use drugs commonly used to treat muscle injuries, such as anti-inflammatories, while Biles is said to use Ritalin – a treatment for her ADHD.Former – Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority head Richard Ings said: “Nothing I see here gives me cause for alarm,” adding it looked “totally normal”.“The issue here is privacy breach.”Russia’s track and field team were banned from the Rio Olympics over an alleged state-backed doping programme. All of its athletes are barred from the ongoing Paralympics.“Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia,” WADA Director-General, Olivier Niggli, said.This is the latest twist in what was already the biggest doping scandal in the history of sport, and further evidence of the bitter divisions it has sparked.The hack appears to be an act of revenge – retaliation for Wada’s damning report into Russian state-sponsored cheating.Although the Russian government has denied any involvement, it has always maintained that the country has been made a scapegoat for a much wider problem, and this will only add fuel to that fire.Although the athletes concerned have broken no rules, the revelations – along with the threat of more leaks of other competitors’ medical records – will inevitably exacerbate the controversy surrounding TUEs at a time when sport’s leaders are desperately trying to restore trust.Many athletes will now be nervously wondering if their private medical details records are the next to be made public.And with the future of WADA currently in the balance, the fact its security was so badly compromised will raise more questions over the entire anti-doping system, especially after the account of Russian whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova was hacked last month, leading to fears for her safety.US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart called the hack “cowardly and despicable”.“In each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication,” he said.The US Olympic Committee has had “zero adverse findings from the Rio Olympic Games that weren’t 100% within the medical guidelines set forth by anti-doping authorities,” spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.Earlier this month, Mr Niggli said WADA was experiencing almost daily cyber attacks originating from Russia.Fancy Bears, which is also known as Tsar Team (APT28), has pledged to release confidential records from other national Olympic teams.It’s an old adage in cybersecurity that the weakest point of any supposedly secure system is the people that use it.WADA says it believes this hack was made possible thanks to a successful spearphishing attack. Phishing is a term given to the technique of tricking a user into giving up crucial information – often by clicking a link that takes them to a malicious website disguised as a familiar one, such as the log-in page for a bank or social network.Spearphishing takes this one significant step further. While a phishing attack is often aimed at many people in the hope some will fall for it, spearphishing is highly targeted. Hackers perhaps identified a small number of people, or even just one person, and wrote a phishing attack specifically designed to trick them.Other than pushing a message of vigilance among staff, spearphishing is incredibly difficult to defend against. Attackers often scour the internet, looking for added information on the target that might make an email more believable. Sometimes even knowing a person’s favourite football team is enough to tip the balance in making a spearphishing email seem genuine.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Nico Rosberg took a stunning second practice session on Friday because pole position at the Singapore of a technical problem and struggling to get Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton a good lap in before that.was demoted to third by Red First qualifying went better for Hamilton – he Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Hamil- was fourth quickest, 0.15secs quicker than ton was a massive 0.704 seconds slower than Rosberg but the German was faster in the Iheanacho congratulated by teammate John Stones after scoring against Bournemouth yesterdayRosberg after a difficult qualifying session, befitting what has been a troubled weekend throughout. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took fourth ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start last after a technical problem as Jenson Button starts 13th. Rosberg’s was a remarkable performance – he has surely never been as superior to Hamilton when both have been gunning for pole.For his part, Hamilton has looked out of sorts all weekend, missing half of the second session, again on the first runs in the top 10 shoot-out and then he made a mistake on the entry to Turn One on his final lap.It was in some ways reminiscent of Hamil- ton’s weekend at the European Grand Prix in Baku in June, when he crashed out of qualifying and lined up 10th.However, it later emerged that his car may have had a problem – Mercedes’ data was showing it was producing less aerodynamic downforce than Rosberg’s, which would explain the lack of grip.RosbergAt least this time he starts close to the front, but unless Rosberg makes a poor start – a Mercedes weakness at times this season – Hamilton will find it difficult to beat his team-mate, whom he leads by two points in the championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: LA billboard woos ‘King of SoCal’ for Clippers According to the report by Ric Bucher, the first meeting between the two superstars occurred while Durant was dealing with a strained right calf suffered against the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, with the second meeting happening after Durant underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors.Irving has been linked to the Nets in recent weeks following news broke of his intention to sign with Roc Nation after splitting with longtime agent Jeff Wechsler. Brooklyn has created space for two max contracts, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Nets should be considered the front-runner for Durant. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Are these two teams the front-runners to sign Al Horford? The soap opera that is the NBA offseason turned it up a notch Monday as another report regarding Kevin Durant’s future surfaced.According to Bleacher Report, Durant has met with Kyrie Irving about signing with the same team not once, but twice. “The Nets are gaining confidence that they can pull this off,” Windhorst said Friday on “The Jump” in reference to Brooklyn’s bid to add two max players. “I think the Nets are the front-runner to land KD. … I’m not ruling out the Knicks, but I think the Nets are the front-runners and people are not giving them their (respect).” Durant can become an unrestricted free agent if he declines his $31.5 million option with the Warriors, which seems likely, as according to Bucher, a league executive said Durant is “really pissed off at the Warriors” for their handling of his calf injury that may have led to the Achilles tear.The Knicks and Clippers have also been mentioned as teams interested in signing the forward in free agency, which begins June 30 at 6 p.m. ET. Chris Paul addresses trade rumors, says he’s ‘happy’ with Rockets
USWNT star forward Alex Morgan was thrilled with the U.S. women’s national team’s 2-1 win over France in the quarterfinals Friday to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. “It did live up to expectations. I’m happy to say that,” Morgan told Fox Sports after the game. “We lived through a couple of storms during the match. I think we finished things off really well at the end. We did well. We knew there would be tough times and adversity, but we faced it straight on and we’re moving on. We’re so happy about it.” Morgan also gave credit to Megan Rapinoe, who scored the United States’ two goals, as she said her teammate was “on fire.” Rapinoe’s two goals Friday see her join Morgan, Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm in fourth place on the USA’s all-time Women’s World Cup goalscoring list. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match There was a brief scare for the U.S. as France scored in the 81st minute, but the Americans were able to hold off France with a strong defense. “This team just showed so much grit and so much heart and we weathered a couple storms during the match and obviously having them score goal a late, we had to finish the game strong,” Morgan said. “I think we wound down the clock really well at the end.” Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over France What’s more is Rapinoe became the first player to score four straight goals for the U.S. at a Women’s World Cup. She’s also the first player to score two or more goals in back-to-back knockout stage games in tournament history.The United States will now face England on Tuesday (3 p.m. ET) in the semifinals.
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Florida reported an increase of 1,180 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, making it the fifth day in a row of more than 1,000 new cases in the state.The Department of Health says the state now has 63,938 cases. By comparison, last weekend the state reported an increase of 739 cases from Saturday to Sunday.At least 2,700 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as 12 new deaths were reported.Palm Beach County: 7,230 cases-372 deaths-Men: 3,586; Women: 3,526-1,309 hospitalizations-156 new reported cases since Saturday-2 new reported deaths since Saturday Broward County: 7,804 cases-339 deaths-Men: 3,741, Women: 3,889-1,621 hospitalizations-114 new reported cases since Saturday-5 new reported deaths since SaturdayMiami-Dade County: 19,547 cases-765 deaths-Men: 9,652, Women: 9,692-3,172 hospitalizations-248 new reported cases since Saturday-0 new reported deaths since SaturdayTesting in Florida:-Total Tests: 1,217,105-Positive: 63,938-Negative: 1,152,220-Overall Percentage of Positive Cases: 5.3%
You would be hard-pressed to find anybody who expects Carrick to make the playoffs this season. And that’s no job at Carrick. The Raiders simply have not had much success in recent years. They went 1-8 last season and only averaged one touchdown per game. The offense will be led by quarterback L.J. Orbovich and running back Tayvon Greene.At University Prep, after starting last season with a losing record, U-Prep’s coach, Louis Berry, moved his best player, running back and defensive back, Dorian Jackson, to the quarterback position. After the move, U-Prep surged, going 4-1 in City League play. It speaks to the talent level of Jackson who was primarily a rusher and defense-minded player prior to the switch.A goal for U-Prep this season is to become more disruptive on defense, a potentially difficult task with the absence of Jackson in the backfield. The outcome of U-Prep’s season may depend on how well new players step up and lead the charge offensively and defensively.“Last year’s quarterback situation was a revolving door until we moved Dorian Jackson to quarterback and we made the playoffs,” Berry told the Courier. “The kids are hungry to try to get back on that big stage.” It’s no secret senior Damon Macklin will be U-Prep’s star in 2018.SMOKIN’ JIM FRAZIERHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLMacklin has been in the starting lineup for the last three years and Coach Berry doesn’t plan on going away from Macklin for the sake of surprise or keeping defenses honest. In fact, Macklin will likely get even more touches than he did as an underclassman.After sharing the spotlight with Jackson for a couple of seasons, Macklin will step up as the undisputed workhorse for U-Prep in 2018, and whether the Eagles can return to the City League playoffs will rely largely on how much help they can give him and how much he needs in the first place.Macklin, a 5-foot-5, 145-pound tailback who also plays cornerback, is also a great receiver and kick-return specialist. The Eagles will be led by seniors Macklin and fullback Tyrese Wright.Former NFL coach, Chuck Knox, who was born in Sewickley, earned the nickname “Ground Chuck” for the emphasis he placed on the running game. At Westinghouse, Coach Monte Robinson offers a similar philosophy. His team runs the ball 70 percent of the time. “Ground Monte,” anyone?OK, so it doesn’t have the same ring as “Ground Chuck.” But there is no denying that Robinson prefers land travel.The Bulldogs made the playoffs the last two years and will be led by middle linebacker and running back Eryk Burgess, Dana Morris and Willie Knight.Brashear has reached the final four years in a row, winning titles in 2014 and 2015, and finished as a runner-up in 2016 and 2017. The Bulls are led by All-City defensive back Jayon Blair, Keshawn Towsond and Anthony Carrington.Perry was once known for its winning football tradition, but the program hasn’t seen those heights in recent years.Coach Rod Rutherfordwas hired last year. He was part of Perry’s prior success as a quarterback for the program 20 years ago. Under coach Gus Catanese, Rutherford helped the Commodores win City League titles in 1997 and 1998. It’s tough to establish a winning culture, but Rutherford has confidence in not only his roster, but his coaching acumen. Besides former Perry coach Catanese, Rutherford spent time at Pitt, his alma mater, as the quarterbacks coach, and at IUP as the wide receivers coach.While he appreciates his time as a college coach, coaching high school has always been his true passion. And he said he’s embracing the challenge of bringing good times back to his former high school as a head coach. Perry will be led by quarterback Jakar Tucker and tight end Nate Miles.“We have some really good players at the skill positions and if our players keep the faith, we have a chance to be good,” said Rutherford. “This game is fun when you’re winning. We got to do the little things because doing the little things right leads to victory and winning is fun.” BRASHEAR’S CHEERLEADERS hope to help propel their team to a City League title in 2018. KESHAWN TOWSOND is back for another year with the Brashear Bulls. DAMON MACKLIN is prepped to lead University Prep to a star-studded season. ALLDERDICE’S CHEERLEADERS witnessed history last year, as the Dragons won their first City League title since 1967. ALLDERDICE won the City League football championship for the first time in 50 years last year in a victory over Brashear. Can they repeat as champs this year? (Photos by Courier photographer Will McBride)Just days after winning a city title last November, Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett was already thinking about this season. If he could repeat last season, he would win the City League Championship and all the accompanying glory once again.They even beat Brashear, a team that historically has given them problems in the City League Championship game.While the goal for the season remains the same as last year, Allderdice may have to find a new identity to reach it.“We have to replace both our running backs and receivers, so we are lacking in the skill department,” Haslett told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “But we return 315-pound Justin Salmon, Kenny Hardin and Andrew Williams on our offensive and defensive lines and 6-foot-5 quarterback Dalen Dugger.”On the other side of the spectrum, when Ed White took over as Carrick’s coach four years ago, he soon realized he faced a massive rebuilding job. Since then, White’s biggest concern hasn’t just been with wins and losses, but with fielding a full team that can compete on a weekly basis. 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Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard (6) and Washington Mystics forward Monique Currie (25) fight for the ball during the second half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals, Wednesday, Sept. 18 2018, in Fairfax, Va. The Seattle Storm won 98-82. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) “We thought, ‘Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?’” Bird reminisced.The answer came nearly four months later with a championship.Stewart led the Storm to their third WNBA title Wednesday night, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.Natasha Howard added career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm. Seattle won 26 games during the regular season — 11 more than the 2017 campaign — entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and swept the finals.Stewart was the league MVP and was selected the Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points in the three games. She scored 17 points in the first half as the Storm raced to a 47-30 lead.“Stewie was just amazing,” Storm coach Dan Hughes said. “She truly was the MVP of this league. She truly was the MVP of these Finals. God blessed me with an opportunity to coach her and I will be forever grateful.”Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart holds and poses with the trophy with her teammates after Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals against the Washington Mystics, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fairfax, Va. The Storm won 98-82 and the title. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Bird, also a member of a Seattle’s championship teams in 2004 and 2010, was certainly appreciative of the title — and the growth of the Storm’s younger players. Seattle landed Jewell Loyd and Stewart, both All-Stars in 2018 with Bird, with the No. 1 overall picks in 2015 and 2016 respectively.“Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me,” said the 37-year-old point guard who had 10 points and 10 assists. “There is probably no comparison to be honest. I didn’t know if I’d be playing at this point. Our team went through a rebuild and yes, I decided to stay. Once we got Stewie and Jewell, we knew we’d get to the other side, but how do you know you’re going to get to the other side this fast?”The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise. Following the Phoenix loss, Seattle won five in a row.“I think this was our year,” Hughes said. “All year you could just see the escalation.”Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points for the Mystics. Kristi Toliver had 22 points.“Obviously, this finals didn’t go the way we wanted it. The great thing is we can still improve. We don’t feel like we peaked and this is it for us,” Delle Donne said.Washington reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history. Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart, back, celebrates and hugs guard Sue Bird (10) after Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals against the Washington Mystics, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fairfax, Va. The Storm won 98-82. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart fretted following the regular-season opener after the Seattle Storm lost at home to the Phoenix Mercury. “There’s been a huge transformation with the culture of this team,” said Delle Donne, who was acquired by Washington before the 2017 season. “Last year we were brand new. I didn’t know (Toliver’s’ favorite) beer. That’s a pretty important thing to know about Panda. Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs.Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in. “I’m going to need a lot tonight.”Alysha Clark had 15 points for Seattle.Washington battled Seattle and history. Since the league went to a best-of-five format in 2005, four teams trailed 0-2. Each lost Game 3. The Mystics joined that unwanted club. Poor perimeter shooting contributed. Washington finished 8 of 23 on 3-pointers in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3) in the series.Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining. Starting with a Stewart 3-point play, Seattle countered with eight consecutive points and pulled away.“We were up at halftime, but we knew D.C. was going to come back,” Stewart said. “It was how we countered that when things got close. That’s what really separated us again.”This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of Connecticut.“It didn’t feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game,” the poised Stewart said.Bird understands her career is nearing the end, even though she remains among the league’s best. One of the league’s most decorated players also grasps the impact of her latest triumph.“This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career,” Bird said.TIP-INSThe location, George Mason University, marked the third arena Washington has called home this season and the second in the playoffs. … Washington starting center LaToya Sanders sprained her left ankle diving for a loose ball in the third quarter. She was carried to the locker room and did not return. … Among those in attendance were Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, University of Maryland coach Brenda Frese and Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice.