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  • 16 Apr
    With two games to play before taking a monthlong break for the Summer Olympics, the Connecticut Sun and the Dallas Wings square off in a Wednesday matinee with a few things in common.They both struggled the past four games. They both had a chance at notching upset wins Sunday. They both lost, and both now must try to rebound and close out the first part of the season on a positive note.That next step comes at Wednesday at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.How the Wings respond coming off a crushing overtime loss to the Minnesota Lynx will say a lot about the mental toughness of the team. Dallas (9-14) fought back from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit only to lose 98-87 in overtime to the team with the second-best record in the WNBA.On Sunday against the New York Liberty, the Sun fell behind early, then scored 19 of 22 points in the second period to take a seven-point, third-quarter lead. Connecticut (6-16) led midway through the fourth until running out of steam and falling 83-76.Even though the Sun have lost three of four, they have shown signs of life. Before they were unable to close out the Liberty, they took a 16-point lead in the third quarter Friday against the Los Angeles Sparks, the team with the best WNBA mark, before succumbing.Alex Bentley continues to lead the Sun in scoring at 14 points a game. Three others of her teammates also are in double figures: Alyssa Thomas (11.1), Chiney Ogwumike (10.2) and Jasmine Thomas (10.0).The Wings have lost four straight. However, throw out a 37-point loss to the Lynx, and they dropped the other three games by a total of eight points.Dallas has plenty of firepower, as six players, led by Odyssey Sims (14.7), Karima Christmas (13.5) and Glory Johnson (13.2), are scoring in double figures.The Wings added some much needed experience on Monday when they signed guard Tiffany Bias and waived Brinna Kiesel.Tiffany brings energy, speed and tenacity to our roster, Dallas general manager Greg Bibb said. She has playoff experience and has won a WNBA Championship. We are excited to have her join our team and help us improve.The Sun travel to Chicago to take on the Sky on Friday, while the Wings head to Atlanta to take on the Dream the same day.Play will resume following the Olympics on Aug. 26. Balenciaga Outlet France . Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Balenciaga Pas Cher Livraison Gratuite . 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TROON, Scotland -- Zach Johnson faced the inevitable rite that goes with being a British Open champion.After 51 weeks in possession of the claret jug, it was time to let it go Monday.Not pleasant, he said, managing a weak smile.Now, Johnson wants to get it back.After winning a three-man playoff at St. Andrews last summer, the 40-year-old American arrived at Royal Troon looking for any motivational edge he could find.His sports psychologist, Morris Pickens, suggested that Johnson focus on the painful ritual of returning the cherished silver prize to the Royal & Ancient. If it was tough giving up the jug, imagine how sweet it would be to claim it for another year.Use it as a positive, find motivation there, find it as an opportunity, the golfer said.Johnson hasnt won a tournament since his triumph at the birthplace of golf, but he has hardly dropped off the map. The two-time major champion reached the Tour Championship last fall, led the triumphant U.S. team at the Presidents Cup, and has five top-10 finishes in 2016.He certainly has plenty of passion for the sports oldest major championship.My love for it was immense and immediate, Johnson said. Its my favorite to play. I mean, I just appreciate it. I love it. I think Ive embraced it. You have to. I mean, the conditions are what they are.Players got an idea of the challenge theyre likely to face during Mondays practice round. A stiff breeze whipped across the seaside course in western Scotland. Dark, gray clouds lingered overhead, doling out an occasional smattering of showers just to make things a bit more unpleasant.Bring it on, said Johnson.Growing up in Iowa, he learned to play in conditions that werent always pristine. And given his diminutive stature -- hes generously listed at 5-foot-11 and 164 pounds -- hes never been one of those guys who can simply overpower a course with his booming shots. Hed rather rely on a wide variety of shots, get a chance to show off his entire repertoire.A mudder, he said. Im not saying it defines me, but I think I fall into that category.dddddddddddd. I mud it out, yeah. Thats all I know. Maybe its where I grew up, in the sense that the weathers not always terrific in Iowa.Indeed, his first major title came in bitterly cold conditions at the 2007 Masters.Maybe, Johnson went on, its something thats just innately in me. I enjoy and love embracing difficult, challenging conditions. Its just something that I consider part of my talent, if that makes sense.Before leaving his home on Georgias St. Simons Island, Johnson, his wife Kim and their three young children all posed with the claret jug one last time, each of them showing off their best pouty faces on Twitter.That said, Johnson sure got the most out of his limited time with the trophy. One of his favorites was a ceremony on the 50-yard line at Kinnick Stadium, home of the University of Iowa football team. He showed it off plenty in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, both at the foundation that bears his name and the club where he grew up learning the game. Other stops are marked by stickers plastered on the outside of the jugs protective case, including Old Rip Van Winkle, a bourbon distillery in Kentucky, and Fox Bros., a famed barbecue joint in Atlanta.Just seeing family and friends and sponsors and fans of golf embrace it has been pretty awesome, he said. The thing has a lot of weight to it, in the sense that it represents golf and sports as far as Im concerned.Once he arrived in Scotland, Johnson spent one more night enjoying the jug with several of his best friends.We had a glass of wine out of it, he said, before correcting himself. Well, we didnt have a glass of wine, we had wine out of it. It is a claret decanter, so it serves its purpose in that regard.Hed like to get a bit more use out of it, thats for sure.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . ' ' '