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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: WNBA Western Conference Finals begin tonight

MINNEAPOLIS  --  The WNBA Western Conference Finals between Minnesota and Phoenix begin tonight at Target Center at 8 p.m. 

The Lynx went 5-0 against the Mercury during the regular season, but All-Star forward Maya Moore says the postseason gives every team new confidence.  Moore says the Lynx have to go in knowing that Phoenix is ready to upset anyone, and make sure they establish their home court to begin the playoffs.  The home-court advantage is especially important in a best-of-three playoff series.  Moore says Minnesota has to be able to knock down jumpshots with six-foot-eight center Brittany Griner guarding the paint for Phoenix.  

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The quarterback situation for the Minnesota Vikings remains a tad unclear.  The team continues to practice this week in England, getting ready for Sunday's game in London against Pittsburgh.  Starting QB Christian Ponder is nursing sore ribs and was limited in practice yesterday.  Head coach Leslie Frazier says they have to trust the team's medical staff -- but if they can't assure that Ponder won't be in a situation where there could be further damage, then they won't risk using him.  If Ponder can't play Sunday, reserve quarterback Matt Cassell will get the start.  The game begins at noon, Minnesota time.

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