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Sports Round-up: The championship goals of the Dodgers and Sparks

by KPCC staff | Take Two®

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03: Joc Pederson #31 outfield the Los Angeles Dodgers approaches home plate after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of an Opening Day game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Seven more wins. That's all the Dodgers need to reach their first World Series in 29 years. For their millennial fans, that's an entire lifetime. That handful of playoff victories has been hard to come by for the Dodgers lately, but this year could be different.

The Boys in Blue won 104 games, which is the most of any team in Major League Baseball. It's also the most they've ever won since coming to Los Angeles. That gives them the home-field advantage all the way through the World Series. But they have to get there first.

Brian Kamenetzky on how the Dodgers made history on their road to the play-offs.

They went on a streak where they won 43 of 50 [games] in the middle of the year after a somewhat slow start. At that point, everyone said this has the potential to be the greatest team of all time. Then they turned around and lost 16 of 17 and 20 of 25 and everybody freaked out. They have become the first team in baseball history to win a division with those kinds of streaks. No good team is ever so bad to lose 16 of 17 and still win their division.

Los Angeles could be in to take another title. The WNBA's Sparks are in Minnesota to play the Lynx for the Women's basketball championship. For the Sparks, that would mean back-to-back titles and a WNBA record-tying fourth overall.
 

Andy Kamenetzky on why he's looking forward to the upcoming Sparks-Lynx game.

This game tonight between the Sparks and the Lynx should be terrific. It's actually a rematch of last year's finals, which came down to the wire in Game 5. Sparks won 77 to 76. They're really well matched teams. Since the start of last year's finals, the combined score of the last 12 Sparks-Lynx games is 908 to 908. And during this series, neither team has won two games in a row and two of the games were decided by two points or less.

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