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Dunn steps in as Eastern coach

Dan Hughes of the San Antonio Silver Stars and Lin Dunn of the Indiana Fever will coach the WNBA All-Star game at 3:30 p.m. July 25 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Hughes will lead the Western Conference All-Star team and Dunn the Eastern Conference team.

Under WNBA guidelines, the coach of the previous season's conference champion serves as the All-Star coach, provided that coach stays in the same position. Hughes earned the honor by virtue of the Silver Stars' 2008 Western Conference championship.

Since Bill Laimbeer, coach of the 2008 Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock, stepped down from his post in June, a new coach was selected. The Eastern Conference coach was picked based on the club with the best winning percentage through games on July 15. With an 8-2 record, Dunn gets the job.