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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Olympics ended with a game worthy of the surroundings. Miguel Montero Cubs Jersey .And in a tournament in which every team showed its imperfections, there was a worthy winner in Germany, which defeated Sweden 2-1 for its first gold medal in womens soccer.All of which made for a fitting send-off for one of the sports most successful coaches.In front of a crowd of 70,000, the game provided all the twists, turns and skill associated with the iconic Maracana. A scoreless first half featured chances for both teams, but it wasnt until Dzsenifer Marozsans goal in the opening minutes of the second half that Germany did what neither the United States nor Brazil could manage in preceding games: force Sweden to play from behind.Germany then doubled its lead on a Swedish own goal, but Sweden quickly cut the deficit to a single goal to set up a tense finish over the remaining quarter of the game, right down to a scramble for the ball yards from the German goal in stoppage time.In the final game of coach Silvia Neids tenure, Germany joined the United States and Norway as the only countries to win both Olympic gold and World Cup titles in womens soccer.More to come after the medals are awarded, but here are some thoughts at the final whistle.1. Healthy Marozsan makes a differenceAn injured Marozsan was far less than 100 percent when Germany and the United States met in a World Cup semifinal a year ago. And the day before the gold-medal game, German coach Silvia Neid suggested Marozsan was the only potential health concern for her team.Well, Marozsan started this final and looked no worse for wear in the first half, as Germany slowly built offensive momentum. And she looked simply world class when a deflected cross fell to her feet in the 48th minute. A few yards outside the 18-yard box and unmarked, Marozsan took her time, picked her spot and curled a beautiful shot past the diving goalkeeper.Time and again, the United States and Brazil hammered away at the Swedish goal in this tournament, but barely any of the shots from a bevy of talented players actually went on frame. Maroszan made the most of her first opportunity. Then her free kick from 20 yards in the 61st minute caromed hard off the post and into Swedens Linda Sembrant, who scored an own goal on a failed clearance.Put it on frame and good things happen. Have a healthy Marozsan and good things happen.2. Sweden played for the goldIt took less than a minute for Sweden to earn a free kick near the German goal. The Swedes accumulated six first-half corner kicks. At times they had all 10 field players in the German end without the added enticement of a set piece. Really, they did. They even had an edge in possession through the first 45 minutes. All right, Sweden wasnt trying to pull off a Scandinavian ode to Barcelona. They played their way, which meant two organized and tightly synced lines of four on defense and a lot of long balls over the top. But they played.All the hubbub about Swedens defensive tactics in penalty-shootout wins against the United States and Brazil seemed forced anyway. And Swedens supposedly dire soccer didnt stop 70,000 people from showing up to watch them play for the gold medal. But Sweden played to win -- or lose -- the gold medal for 90 minutes Friday night.The Swedes almost paid for it on a couple of occasions in the first half, and it cost them when the back line found itself stretched on Marozsans opening goal and the sequence that led to the own goal. But it also gave them a chance to threaten Germanys goal -- an Olivia Schough misfire on a Lotta Schelin cross and Schelins missed shot on a counter were moments that will leave some Swedish fans to wonder what might have happened had their team scored first.3. Meanwhile, in Sao PauloA tournament that began so promisingly for the host ended in bitter disappointment. Brazil left without a medal of any kind after a 2-1 loss to Canada in the bronze-medal game played in Brazils largest city. By the time Brazils goalless drought ended late in the second half -- the team going without a goal for nearly seven consecutive hours of soccer during the tournament -- Canada already had a two-goal cushion. But if its a sad finish to what looked like a great Brazilian story, dont expect the Canadians to apologize for playing spoiler.Canada becomes the fifth country to medal in womens soccer in back-to-back Olympics, taking the sting out of its own mildly disappointing showing as host of last years World Cup. Although Christine Sinclair fittingly scored the eventual bronze-clincher against Brazil, Canadas feat is perhaps most impressive for how different the two medal-winning Canadian teams were.In the span of those years, coach John Herdman successfully set the table for the post-Sinclair era. Fridays starting lineup included current West Virginia standouts Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence. And they are all but old-timers compared to 18-year-old Jessie Fleming and 17-year-old Deanne Rose, who scored the opening goal in the game. Add in Janine Beckie, who didnt start Friday but had such a strong tournament, Rebecca Quinn, Nichelle Prince and others, and Canada can celebrate both another medal and what the future holds. Mark Grace Cubs Jersey .com) - The red-hot Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games when they visit the Edmonton Oilers for Sundays clash at Rexall Place. Sammy Sosa Cubs Jersey . The giant slalom world champion slipped during her first run in the morning, landing on her back and then twisting forward before getting her leg caught in the protective material on the side of the slope. . - Derek Wolfe says hes finally healthy after suffering a seizure in November that doctors now believe was related to the spinal cord injury he suffered in the preseason. LOS ANGELES -- Candace Parker is one game away from getting the Los Angeles Sparks to the WNBA Finals. This time, she doesnt want to miss.Parker had 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in a 99-84 victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 semifinals.My rookie year, it seems like just yesterday, barely missing the finals, said Parker, now in her ninth season. When I left the court, I was like, `Oh, well be back and that hasnt happened.The Sparks havent won the WNBA championship since taking back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002, when Lisa Leslie starred for the franchise.Weve learned these opportunities dont just come around and we have to take advantage of it, Parker said.Parker wasnt chosen for the U.S. womens Olympic team that won gold in Rio de Janeiro after helping them to gold medals in 2008 and 2012. But she resisted Chicago coach Pokey Chatmans assessment that shes playing with a chip on her shoulder.I dont think there was anything to prove but that we could get to the finals and were capable of winning a championship, Parker said. Our team has played as such. Thats the way you have to play when you want to put yourself in position to win a championship.League sixth woman of the year Jantel Lavender added 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting, league MVP Nneka Ogwumike had 18, Kristi Toliver 17 and Essence Carson 11 in the Sparks return to their home court at Staples Center. They won Game 1 by 20 points in Long Beach on Wednesday.The Sparks shot 54 percent from the field.Toliver hit four of the Sparks 10 3-pointers. The Sky was 3 of 13 from long-range.Reserve Clarissa Dos Santos scored 15 points and Jamierra Faulkner added 14 off the bench for the Sky. Cappie Pondexter had 13.We didnt start off well, Faulkner said. We allowed them to get comfortable and we cant allow that to happen again.Chicago rallied to close within 10 after trailing by 21 early in the third, led by Courtney Vandersloot and Tamera Young, who finished with 12.The Sparks recovered, going on a 10-1 run that extended their lead to 78-59 going into the fourrth. Kyle Schwarber Cubs Jersey. Chelsea Gray had a three-point play and passed to a streaking Lavender, who converted on the fast break before hitting a 20-foot jumper herself.Shes a microwave. Thats what I call her, Parker said of Lavender. She comes and she heats up.Just as in Game 1, the Sparks rode a big second quarter to a dominating lead. Two nights earlier, they scored 30 points in the period. This time, they outscored the Sky 29-15, including a 12-0 run to open the quarter. The offensive load was distributed among four players: Carson had eight points, Ogwumike added seven, and Parker and Lavender had six each.When were playing well and were cheering for each other its always going to be fun, Ogwumike said, and we want it to be that all the way.TIP-INSThe Sparks improved to 5-0 against the Sky, including three regular-season victories. ... Sparks G Alana Beard and Ogwumike were named to the WNBAs All-Defensive first team. ... Brian Agler of the Sparks finished second to Minnesotas Cheryl Reeve in the voting for league coach of the year. ... Sparks co-owner Magic Johnson introduced Olympic track champion Allyson Felix to a standing ovation in the third, drawing a shy smile from the low-key Felix. ... Also on hand was Clippers All-Star Chris Paul, retired Lakers star Derek Fisher and Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBAs vice president of basketball operations.WHAT A SHOTToliver hit a 3-pointer that beat the buzzer to end the first quarter. Sandwiched between two defenders, she tossed up the ball from the left side while falling down, giving the Sparks a 28-27 lead after they had been outscored 11-2.Kristi shoots typical Kristi shots, Ogwumike said. You really cant explain them.STILL SIDELINEDChatman said Sky star Elena Delle Donne would not suit up for Game 3. She watched in street clothes because of a right thumb injury. Delle Donne shared the league scoring title with New Yorks Tina Charles, averaging 21. 5 points.WHATS NEXTGame 3 is Sunday in Chicago. 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 ' ' '