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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.

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Gold medal was most rewarding for Sue and Maya (2:33)
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Pondexter impacted by gun violence (2:58)
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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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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)
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"Queens of spades" detail life aboard basketball's cruise ship (1:06)
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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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22dMechelle 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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