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Breanna Stewart plays like the MVP she is in Storm’s Game 2 win

Breanna Stewart already has an extensive trophy collection at age 24: four NCAA titles at UConn, the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year award and this season’s MVP honor. So there was absolutely nothing unexpected about her performance in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday in a 75-73 Storm victory. Nor about what she did in Friday’s Game 1, an 89-76 Storm win that set the tone for this series.

Still, when you come up big when the spotlight is the brightest and the stakes are highest, that’s how you build “legend” points. Stewart scored 25, plus had 7 rebounds and 3 assists, as the Storm took a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals on Sunday. That followed her 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists in the opener.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

If you’re a longtime Seattle fan, it might have made you think about the last time Seattle was in the WNBA Finals — 2010 — and another stellar performance by a Storm MVP post player.6

Of course, Bird referring to her own closing game of the semifinals as “lucky” is self-deprecatingly hilarious. If point guards were more fairly considered for the season MVP award, Bird would also have one by now. But her point about the consistency of Stewart’s success is well taken, because that requires mental toughness and no fear of the moment, as well as pure physical skill.

Stewart has that feeling for being good all the time, but also knowing how to find another gear to really crank it up. Jackson had that, too, and Stewart celebrated the Storm’s previous dynamic duo with Bird’s and Jackson’s names on her sneakers for Sunday’s game.

Bird is still at it, Jackson is cheering on the Storm while watching the series from her home in Australia, and both, no doubt, are proud of Stewart. Other than two missed free throws with 16.9 seconds left — which could have come back to haunt the Storm, but didn’t — Stewart did her MVP best.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“Right from the jump, I just wanted to be really aggressive,” Stewart said. “You knew that this was Game 2, and they were going to come out like a better D.C. team than we saw in Game 1.

Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot ready to repay Jose Mourinho for faith in him

Diogo Dalot stood in the tunnel at Old Trafford after his first 78 minutes in a Manchester United shirt.

There is an ice pack strapped to his right knee — “precaution,” he says with a smile — having played a game of football for the first time in more than five months.

Since his last appearance — a 2-0 win for Porto over Boavista in March — he has undergone knee surgery, joined United in a £19 million deal and been hailed as “the best young full-back in Europe” by Jose Mourinho.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

It has been a meteoric rise for a 19-year-old who has still only made eight senior appearances. “It has not been easy,” he tells ESPN FC when asked about how life has changed in the last few months.9

“It has felt like a dream. You have to be prepared mentally for these things and I think I have done that. I have prepared for all the challenges I could face and I think I’m ready.

“I have had my friends and my family to help me. They are the reason I have come so far so quickly and the reason why I am here.”

Dalot’s dad and sister were among the family members who flew to Michigan in the summer to watch the preseason game against Liverpool in the Big House even though they knew he would not play, walking around Ann Arbor with “Dalot 20” proudly plastered across their backs.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

He has enlisted friends and relatives to help him settle in Manchester after jetting off to the United States almost immediately after signing with the club in June.

“I like to keep my family close,” he said. “I keep switching from friends, family and cousins so there are a lot of people here to help me. They go everywhere with me.

“It has been good. I’m settled. I like the city and I like the people. The people are nice. I think I’m a nice guy too so hopefully we match!”