September 20, 2013 |
At least Thursday began as a good day for Sparks forward Candace Parker. The WNBA announced that she won the most-valuable-player award in the early evening. It was downhill from there, as the Sparks lost, 86-75, to the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs at Staples Center later that night. So much for a celebration. "We let it slip away," Parker said after scoring a team-high 28 points and grabbing eight rebounds. In front of an announced crowd of 8,500, including boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, the Sparks fell apart in the third quarter.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON -- With smiles on their faces and gold medals hanging from their necks, Diana Taurasi gathered Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird together late Saturday night at North Greenwich Arena. The three shook hands. Who knows what time and upcoming talent will do to the pact the players made to return for a fourth Olympics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games? But this much is as clear and convincing as the U.S. women's basketball team's 86-50 victory over France: What a run it is. "I usually don't get very emotional when we win," Taurasi said.
June 9, 2011
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: Internet: WNBA.com. Records: Sparks 1-1, Mercury 0-1. Record vs. Mercury (2010): 1-4. Update: This game pits Candace Parker, the 2008 WNBA most valuable player, against Diana Taurasi, the 2009 MVP. Three of the teams' five meetings last season were decided by one point. When the Western Conference rivals met in May for an exhibition, the Sparks won, 83-72. Parker leads the Sparks with 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
June 9, 2011 |
It was as if Diana Taurasi had stepped through a wildly unpredictable looking glass. Last December, the women's basketball star received a phone call from her team in Turkey telling her she had failed a doping test, and right then and there Taurasi's life began feeling as if it weren't her own. Modafinil was the name of the drug she had allegedly ingested. It was a stimulant. And how did Taurasi know that? Only, she says, by looking it up on Google. Before that, she didn't know what it was. All she was sure of was that she hadn't taken the drug, notoriously misused by college students to stay awake.
June 2, 2011 |
For (WNBA) openers Defending champion: The Seattle Storm finished last season with a 28-6 record and swept each of its playoffs opponents — the Sparks, Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream. Top players: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury — A five-time All-Star and two-time WNBA champion, she led the league in scoring last season with an average of 22.6 points. Candace Parker, Sparks — The 2008 most valuable player and rookie of the year was averaging a career-high 20.6 points and 10.1 rebounds before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury.
February 1, 2011 |
Diana Taurasi insists she did nothing wrong. The former Connecticut basketball star says she hadn't even heard of the banned stimulant modafinil until she found out she had tested positive for it. And no matter what those results showed, Taurasi is adamant that she never used performance-enhancing drugs. "I've never needed anything to help me. Only thing that I'm guilty of is taking too many jump shots," she told the Associated Press by telephone from her parents' home in Chino.