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18-16, 3rd in Western
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What's next for Team USA's backcourt?

After helping USA Basketball win two Olympic gold medals, Lindsay Whalen has retired from international ball. What does that mean for Team USA's backcourt, and which guards might be poised to make the roster for this fall's World Cup?

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Picture this: 6-foot-5 Elena Delle Donne in a bobsled

Brittney Griner on a snowboard? Skylar Diggins-Smith as a curler? Elena Delle Donne in a bobsled? What Winter Games events do the members of the USA Basketball women's national team player pool fantasize about pursuing? Diana Taurasi is all about hockey.

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Bird, Taurasi headline U.S. women's hoops pool

Eleven members of the 2016 Olympic team that won a sixth consecutive gold medal for the Americans are in the pool of 29 players that was announced Thursday.

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2 WNBA players denied visas into Turkey

WNBA players Emma Cannon and Brionna Jones have been denied visas for entry into Turkey with their Russian team this week, fallout from a diplomatic dispute between the United States and Turkey.

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Sparks, Lynx to meet in WNBA Finals once again

It's no surprise that Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet for the second consecutive season in the WNBA Finals. But that doesn't mean both teams didn't have to work really hard to get here.

Sparks edge Mercury to cap three-game sweep (1:22)
Sparks advance to WNBA Finals on Parker heroics (1:43)

Parker's layup helps Sparks sweep Mercury

Candace Parker's driving layup with 2.9 seconds to play gave the Los Angeles Sparks an 89-87 win and three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semifinals Sunday.

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Griner's toughest obstacles are already behind her

With all she has overcome this summer, Phoenix center Brittney Griner relishes the challenge of trying to come back against the Sparks, who are looking to sweep the Mercury out of the playoffs Sunday (ESPN, 5 ET).

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Parker puts Sparks on brink of return to WNBA Finals

Despite suffering an ankle injury two days before, Candace Parker was a threat all over the court Thursday. The Sparks star set the tone from the opening tip and finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists as L.A. took a 2-0 lead over Phoenix.

Sparks take 2-0 series lead (1:12)

Parker helps Sparks beat Mercury 86-72 in Game 2

Candace Parker had 24 points and 13 rebounds -- showing no effects of an ankle injury -- to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 86-72 on Thursday night in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinal series.

Ogwumike hits the dagger against Mercury (0:46)
Mitchell closes the gap against Sparks (0:36)
Sparks make Griner pay on turnover (0:34)
Taurasi banks a shot over Parker (0:37)
Griner easily makes the finger roll (0:19)
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Mitchell, Turner bolster Mercury's backcourt

This time last year, Yvonne Turner wondered if she'd ever get a chance in the WNBA, and veteran Leilani Mitchell just wasn't sure where she'd be. But both guards are now starting for Phoenix this postseason.

Balanced Sparks take Game 1 (0:48)

Sparks rally to beat Phoenix 79-66 in playoff opener

Nneka Ogwumike scored 19 points to lead five starters in double figures, and the Los Angeles Sparks opened defense of their WNBA championship with a 79-66 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the semifinals.

Parker threads the needle to Beard (0:20)
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Despite loss to Sparks, Mercury remain optimistic

While all five Los Angeles starters scored in double figures, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi struggled and Brittney Griner fouled out, and the Mercury trail the Sparks 1-0. Yet Tuesday's semifinal was still a close game in the final minutes.

Team Stats

Points Per Game81.9
Rebounds Per Game32.1
Assists Per Game17.6

Team History