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December 15, 2009 | By Mark Medina
Former Minnesota Lynx Coach Jennifer Gillom, who once starred at the University of Mississippi and won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics, was named the Sparks' coach Monday, ending a months-long search for a successor to Michael Cooper. Gillom played seven seasons in the WNBA: six with the Phoenix Mercury and her final season, 2003, with the Sparks, in which she was a teammate of forward DeLisha Milton-Jones. The job search began as soon as the season ended, although it had been known since May that Cooper, who led the Sparks to two WNBA championships, was leaving to coach the USC women's basketball team.
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January 5, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
After missing the playoffs last season for only the fourth time in 15 years, the Sparks made a coaching change, hiring Carol Ross to replace Joe Bryant, the team announced Thursday. Ross was an assistant with Atlanta for three years, helping the Dream to the WNBA Finals the last two seasons. The Sparks finished with a record of 15-19 last season, when Bryant replaced Jennifer Gillom as coach after a 4-6 start. Bryant's contract expired at the end of the season. "It hurts when you underachieve, but anyone in sports knows it can happen," Sparks General Manager Penny Toler said.
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April 7, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Life is tightfisted with certainties. It gave us death and taxes, not much else. But women's basketball-wise, it bequeathed Connecticut, a sledgehammer squad whose national collegiate championship win Tuesday was as "no duh" as a gridlocked 405 Freeway come 5 p.m. In the same category, it bestows another guarantee Thursday: With the first pick in the 2010 WNBA draft, the Connecticut Sun will select center Tina Charles from the University of...
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July 12, 2011
When: 5 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: NBA TV. Records: Sparks 4-6, Silver Stars 7-3. Record vs. Silver Stars: 0-1. Update: This will be the Sparks' first game since Joe Bryant replaced Jennifer Gillom as head coach. San Antonio has the best record in the WNBA's Western Conference, while the Sparks have lost five straight — their longest losing slide since 2007. The Silver Stars already have a win over the Sparks this season, 90-80, and that was with Candace Parker in the Sparks' lineup.
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July 11, 1998 | Associated Press
Jennifer Gillom had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 76-60 victory over the Cleveland Rockers Friday night before 13,407 at Phoenix. Phoenix (9-3) pulled away from the Rockers (6-6) with late runs of 7-0 and 14-2. Charlotte 63, Sacramento 55--The Monarchs (4-9), coming off a victory over the Sparks on the road, lost to the Sting (10-3) before 5,985 at Sacramento as Andrea Stinson scored 18.
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March 16, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Tori Harrison had 18 points and 14 rebounds as fourth-ranked Louisiana Tech stifled Illinois State's inside game in an 81-57 victory at Ruston, La., in the first round of the women's NCAA Midwest Regional. Tech (28-3) held center Marla Maupin, averaging 17.7 points and 10.9 rebounds for Illinois State (23-6), to four points and two rebounds. Mississippi 81, So.
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January 5, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
After missing the playoffs last season for only the fourth time in 15 years, the Sparks made a coaching change, hiring Carol Ross to replace Joe Bryant, the team announced Thursday. Ross was an assistant with Atlanta for three years, helping the Dream to the WNBA Finals the last two seasons. The Sparks finished with a record of 15-19 last season, when Bryant replaced Jennifer Gillom as coach after a 4-6 start. Bryant's contract expired at the end of the season. "It hurts when you underachieve, but anyone in sports knows it can happen," Sparks General Manager Penny Toler said.
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May 18, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks finally had their entire roster at practice on Tuesday — two games into the season. With veteran players trickling in from overseas last minute and a huge chunk of the training-camp roster being cut at the league's Friday deadline, the Sparks tried to use last weekend's back-to-back road games to adjust to one another, a new coach and a new system. It didn't go as planned. The Sparks opened their season 0-2 for the first time since 1997, falling to the Phoenix Mercury, 78-77, and the Seattle Storm, 81-67.
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May 10, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Russia toughened up Candace Parker . The cold, sure. It gave the Sparks' star forward thicker skin. Once the temperature drops past zero degrees, "you just put a coat and a hat on and keep moving," she said of her recent four-month stint. That thicker skin may have developed on the court too, as her game toughened up because of the physical style of play prevalent in overseas basketball. "You're allowed to get away with more defensively" overseas, she said Monday during the Sparks' media day. "You're allowed to push a little bit more.
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June 17, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
Candace Parker, the WNBA's rookie of the year and most valuable player in 2008, will have surgery on her dislocated left shoulder and will be out for the season, dealing a devastating blow to the struggling Sparks. The surgery will be scheduled "in the next few weeks," a Sparks spokeswoman said Thursday night. Parker, who is expected to be out for four to six months, had taken herself out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Lynx, holding her arm and clearly in pain after pulling down a defensive rebound late in the second quarter.
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July 10, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks have fired Jennifer Gillom as coach and replaced her with assistant coach Joe Bryant, the team announced Sunday. The coaching change was made after the Sparks fell to fifth place in the six-team Western Conference with a record of 4-6. They have lost five games in a row, their worst skid since 2007. Three of those losses have come after 2008 WNBA most valuable player Candace Parker suffered a knee injury in a June 26 game; she is expected to be out about six weeks. Parker played in just 10 games last season after needing surgery on a dislocated left shoulder.
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June 30, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks' Tina Thompson, one of the most decorated players in WNBA history, has a problem she doesn't know how to fix. She's not sure why her team, one of the league's most successful franchises, can't seem to win. "If I knew, I'd definitely let everyone else know so we could fix it," said Thompson, a four-time WNBA champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time All-Star. "We feel like we're coming out and playing hard." The Sparks, who once captured back-to-back championships behind three-time league most valuable player Lisa Leslie and who last season made it to the Western Conference finals, are 3-11 and have lost eight of their last 10. Some quick answers: They no longer have Leslie, who retired at the end of last season, and are now without Candace Parker, the team's top scorer, and the indomitable Betty Lennox, a tough veteran shooting guard.
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June 21, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The way DeLisha Milton-Jones sees it, it's pretty simple what the Sparks need without Candace Parker in the lineup for the rest of the season. "Someone who looks like Shaq," Milton-Jones said. Help soon could be on the way. Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said that the club is "looking for some free agents" and that she is particularly interested in acquiring free-agent center Courtney Paris . "I really like the physicality of Courtney Paris," Gillom said.
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June 17, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
Candace Parker, the WNBA's rookie of the year and most valuable player in 2008, will have surgery on her dislocated left shoulder and will be out for the season, dealing a devastating blow to the struggling Sparks. The surgery will be scheduled "in the next few weeks," a Sparks spokeswoman said Thursday night. Parker, who is expected to be out for four to six months, had taken herself out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Lynx, holding her arm and clearly in pain after pulling down a defensive rebound late in the second quarter.
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May 27, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The Sparks are lost. They're trying to find themselves but haven't had much luck. They don't seem to be anywhere they're looking. They could try checking the last place they were, but that wouldn't help. They've changed since then. There's a new coach, a new system; players have come and gone. This identity crisis has left them with three straight losses to start the season, all coming on the road. Friday night's game against the Washington Mystics is their first home game.
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May 18, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks finally had their entire roster at practice on Tuesday — two games into the season. With veteran players trickling in from overseas last minute and a huge chunk of the training-camp roster being cut at the league's Friday deadline, the Sparks tried to use last weekend's back-to-back road games to adjust to one another, a new coach and a new system. It didn't go as planned. The Sparks opened their season 0-2 for the first time since 1997, falling to the Phoenix Mercury, 78-77, and the Seattle Storm, 81-67.
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May 27, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The Sparks are lost. They're trying to find themselves but haven't had much luck. They don't seem to be anywhere they're looking. They could try checking the last place they were, but that wouldn't help. They've changed since then. There's a new coach, a new system; players have come and gone. This identity crisis has left them with three straight losses to start the season, all coming on the road. Friday night's game against the Washington Mystics is their first home game.
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May 10, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Russia toughened up Candace Parker . The cold, sure. It gave the Sparks' star forward thicker skin. Once the temperature drops past zero degrees, "you just put a coat and a hat on and keep moving," she said of her recent four-month stint. That thicker skin may have developed on the court too, as her game toughened up because of the physical style of play prevalent in overseas basketball. "You're allowed to get away with more defensively" overseas, she said Monday during the Sparks' media day. "You're allowed to push a little bit more.
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May 6, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Let it be noted that I am an in-your-face, slam-dunking, jive-talking beast of a ballplayer, raised on the polished playgrounds and cobbled driveways of suburban America. Some nights, I'd shoot for 45 minutes after school. Then I'd rush inside for trumpet lessons and 30 minutes with my Latin tutor. So it makes perfect sense that I join the L.A. Sparks' all-male practice squad -- also known as "live bait" -- for a boy vs. girl scrimmage in El Segundo on Tuesday night. It was a revelatory and squeamish experience, like the first time you discovered that your parents still have sex when you're actually in the same house.
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