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2dMechelle Voepel

Time for the Sparks to prove they're a contender

Opening with two losses has marked a difficult WNBA re-start for Los Angeles, but it's also showed the Sparks what they have to do -- and avoid doing -- to have a long postseason run.

Gold medal was most rewarding for Sue and Maya (2:33)
Pondexter impacted by gun violence (2:58)
USA came together quickly to win gold (1:59)
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Augustus tears up talking about hometown, Baton Rouge (1:04)
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13dJohnette Howard

No Sue Bird, no problem for U.S. women

Although a bit uncomfortable without their cornerstone point guard Sue Bird, the deeply talented U.S. women's team rolled through France in the semis and into Saturday's final against Spain.

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Auriemma says his team is 'on a mission' (4:16)
Team USA visits Christ the Redeemer statue (0:27)
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22dMechelle Voepel

At 35, point guard Bird is as good as ever

Sue Bird says her last couple of seasons didn't live up to her standards. So the Seattle star fine-tuned her fitness and diet and proved again why she is the premier point guard for Team USA.

U.S. women's basketball have fun practicing (0:57)
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24dMechelle Voepel

Catchings: 'It's been a dream come true'

She has done it all, from NCAA and WNBA titles to MVP accolades. As her career winds down, 37-year-old Tamika Catchings hopes to add a fourth Olympic gold medal to a legacy defined by hard work.

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Full coverage: Remembering Pat Summitt

She was one of sports' most accomplished figures but also universally beloved. To say there will never be anyone like Pat Summitt is not hyperbole.


Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Seattle Storm pull away late to beat the Dallas Wings, 78-66. Seattle moves to 11-16, a half-game ahead of the Washington Mystics for the eighth and final WNBA playoff spot with seven games to play. Dallas drops to 9-19, 2.5 games back. The Wings have lost their last nine games.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Williams has not played Courtney Paris since halftime. Glory Johnson and Plenette Pierson have yet to rest.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas tied but never took the lead in the third quarter and we're headed to the fourth all square at 54.