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Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Lynx lead Sparks 38-32 at halftime of teams' 2018 WNBA opener at Target Center. Centers Candace Parker (back injury), Jantel Lavender, and Maria Vadeeva (haven't reported to team yet) are not with Sparks, who have guard-heavy lineup around forward Nneka Ogwumike. Not surprisingly, Sparks are being out-rebounded 20-12 in first half. But they have taken nine more shots than Lynx and have kept the game close. Point guard Chelsea Gray leads Sparks with 12 points, while forward Rebekkah Brunson leads Lynx with 13 points. Game is live now on ESPN2.

Ogwumike hustles for tough putback layup (0:20)
Puig's 2-run HR frustrates catcher Severino (0:32)
Grandal takes Strasburg deep for the early lead (0:29)
Hernandez's deep blast puts Dodgers on top (0:26)

Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Rematch of WNBA Finals the past two seasons is today at Target Center in Minneapolis: defending champion Lynx vs 2016 champ Sparks, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. But Los Angeles will be without Candace Parker, who is dealing with what was described as a minor back injury. She didn't travel to Minnesota. All 12 teams are playing Sunday in first full day of WNBA action this 2018 season.

Trout connects for 14th homer (0:29)
Nats' relay to the plate fails, Dodgers take the lead (0:33)
Bellinger goes yard in the 8th (0:29)
Muncy ropes double to extend Dodgers' lead (0:22)
Trout breaks out of slump with HR (0:20)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Rain strikes in DC. Again. The opener of Nats/Dodgers has been postponed and will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday. Official pitching matchups have not yet been announced, but there's word that one of the games may feature Noah vs. a pair of giraffes.