Bird, Hammon lead voting

NEW YORK -- San Antonio teammates Becky Hammon, Sophia Young, Michelle Snow and Jayne Appel finished in the top 10 in fan balloting for next month's WNBA vs. USA game.

This year's version of the WNBA All-Star Game, to be held July 10 at Uncasville, Conn., features the U.S. national team facing a squad of the league's remaining All-Stars.

The top 10 vote-getters announced Tuesday were guaranteed roster spots on either team. Players in the national team pool will play for the U.S., coached by UConn's Geno Auriemma. The others will be on the WNBA team led by league-leading Seattle's Brian Agler.

The Storm's Sue Bird, an two-time Olympian, was tops with 127,490 votes. Hammon, who won a bronze with Russia at the Beijing Olympics, was second with 116,391.

Joining Bird on the U.S. team will be Indiana's Tamika Catchings (100,248), Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (93,649) and Storm teammate Swin Cash (85,236). Los Angeles' Candace Parker (78,624) was sixth but is out for the season with a shoulder injury.

Hammon will be joined on the WNBA All-Star team by Seattle's Lauren Jackson (80,392) -- a three-time Olympian for Australia -- and Appel (69,316), Snow (67,906) and Young (65,974).

USA Basketball is scheduled to announce the remainder of its team on Thursday. Members of the national team who are not in the league, such as UConn's Maya Moore, will be allowed to join their teammates for the game.

The remainder of the WNBA squad will be announced July 6 after voting by the league's coaches.