8hMechelle 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.

USA came together quickly to win gold (1:59)
Auriemma, McCoughtry proud of Team USA (0:44)
Augustus tears up talking about hometown, Baton Rouge (1:04)
The Women of Team USA (2:08)
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7dJohnette 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.

Bird's inspiration pushed Team USA in second half (1:42)
Auriemma says his team is 'on a mission' (4:16)
"Queens of spades" detail life aboard basketball's cruise ship (1:06)
Team USA visits Christ the Redeemer statue (0:27)
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16dMechelle 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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18dMechelle 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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The rise of Nneka Ogwumike

Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike is having an out-of-this-world breakout season -- one FiveThirtyEight says ranks as one of the greatest single-season performances in WNBA history.

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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.