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NEW YORK -- Nneka Ogwumike put up career numbers this season for Los Angeles and was arguably the most consistent impact player in the league.Her efforts earned her Associated Press WNBA Player of the Year honors on Tuesday. The award was chosen by the 14-member media panel that votes for the weekly power poll.Its special that there are different perspectives on so many things we do, Ogwumike said in a phone interview. Players, coaches, GMs, media. Its interesting to see the support coming from all different angles.She averaged 19.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists and shot 66.5 percent from the field, helping lead the Sparks to the second best record in the WNBA and a bye until the semifinals of the playoffs.Its a great thing for someone like Nneka to win an award like this as it shows that hard work and perseverance and continuing to develop your game can elevate you to superstar status, said Los Angeles coach Brian Agler, who was named the APs coach of the year.Agler narrowly edged Minnesotas Cheryl Reeve for coach of the year honors Los Angeles also had the sixth woman of the year in Jantel Lavender.Atlantas Elizabeth Williams was voted the most improved player. She was traded in the offseason from Connecticut to the Dream and helped them reach the playoffs.The change of scenery is the first main thing that would pop up, said Williams on the biggest difference for her this year. I think coming to this team, coach (Michael) Cooper having a lot of confidence in me in the beginning. Getting healthy and playing overseas in Turkey also helped me gain some confidence.Connecticuts Chiney Ogwumike earned comeback player of the year honors after recovering from microfracture surgery in her right knee that sidelined her last year.Theres nothing more humbling than coming back from an injury, said Chiney Ogwumike. Being named comeback player of the year means the absolute world to me because, like many athletes who fall down, we keep fighting to not only get back up, but also to exceed expectations.Minnesotas Sylvia Fowles was defensive player of the year while leading the Lynx to one of the top-rated defenses in the league.Seattles Breanna Stewart won rookie of the year, finishing third all-time for points by a rookie and breaking Lisa Leslies WNBA record for defensive rebounds in a season. The former UConn star was the only rookie on the AP WNBA first team. She was joined by Ogwumike, Tina Charles, Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne.Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Angel McCoughtry, Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles were on the second team.Stewart also headlined the all-rookie team. She was joined by San Antonios Moriah Jefferson, Dallas Aerial Powers, Chicagos Imani Boyette and Indianas Tiffany Mitchell.---POWER POLLThe Minnesota Lynx finished the season where they started, atop the AP Power Poll . The Lynx were a unanimous choice at No. 1. The team held the top spot in the poll 10 of the 15 weeks.Our team prides itself on being efficient on both ends of the court, Reeve said. Finishing No. 1 in the power rankings exemplifies that commitment.Los Angeles, which was first the other five weeks, finished second. The Sparks were followed by New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Indiana and Seattle. Phoenix, Connecticut, Washington, Dallas and San Antonio rounded out the poll.---PLAYER OF THE WEEKNneka Ogwumike had 20.5 points, 10 rebounds and four assists last week to help the Sparks win their final two regular season contests. Others receiving votes included: Minnesotas Maya Moore, Connecticuts Jasmine Thomas.---Follow Doug on Twitter at Stitched Nike NBA Jerseys . Down by seven with 90 seconds left in regulation, thats where they looked comfortable. Wholesale Nike NBA Jerseys .ca look back at each of the Top 10 stories of 2013. Today, we look back at Boston Strong - a citys recovery from tragedy. . Bradwell was scheduled to become a free agent Tuesday. Born and raised in Toronto, Bradwell is entering his sixth CFL season, with all six played for his hometown Argonauts. Signed Nike NBA Jerseys . Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 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The Adelaide 36ers have stunned NBL pacesetters the Sydney Kings with a last-gasp 82-80 triumph.Adelaide banked a sixth consecutive win after coming from nine points down at the last change to dethrone the Kings in a thriller on Friday night at Titanium Security Arena.Daniel Johnson netted two clutch free throws in the frenetic final stages to give the 36ers a one-point lead with four seconds remaining in their home fixture.The Kings botched their chance of winning when, in possession, Kevin Lisch rammed into the back of Adelaides Nathan Sobey as the 36er tried to block.Lischs foul denied the visitors a chance to pinch victory as the Kings slipped to their seventh loss of the season for a 10-7 win-loss record.Adelaides sluggish start to the season is a memory, with the 36ers now 8-6 and having played three fewer games than the Kings.Lischs blunder marred an influential game from the King, who led the scoring for his team with 19 points.He also recorded five rebounds and three assists.ddddddddddddAdelaide linchpin Jerome Randle netted a game-high 24 points - 15 of them coming in the first half - while Johnsons pressure-cooked late free-throws lifted his game return to 10 points.Sobey potted 15 points for Adelaide, who streeted to a 31-26 lead at quarter-time, with Randle bagging 10 points in a dominant opening.But the influence of the 36ers star import waned in the second stanza as the Kings shut him down and Adelaide were unable to find little scoring power.Sydneys rally silenced the home crowd as the visitors took a 42-41 lead into halftime.The Kings then continued their momentum, stretching to a 65-56 break after the third period.But Adelaide produced a stellar final quarter to pinch the win before another meeting between the clubs in Sydney on Sunday. 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