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1dMechelle Voepel

Which teams will join Sparks, Lynx in playoffs?

L.A. and Minnesota have clinched playoff spots and New York isn't far behind. But with half the league sporting losing records as the WNBA resumes, expect a free-for-all for the final berths.

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8dJohnette 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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17dMechelle 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.

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19dMechelle 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.

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What an intriguing twist to the WNBA season re-start, with the top two teams, the Sparks and Lynx, losing on the road tonight.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Agler still yet to win in three trips back to KeyArena as Sparks head coach since leaving the Storm before last season.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Seattle beats Los Angeles by a 79-72 final in the first game back from the Olympic break. The Sparks suffered their third loss in their last four games since starting 20-1 but remain a half-game up on Minnesota for the WNBA's best record. With the win the Storm take sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot.