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July 25, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
The WNBA suspended five Sparks players, including Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie, and five Detroit Shock players and assistant coach Rick Mahorn Thursday for their involvement in an on-court fight in Tuesday's game. As a result, the Sparks were without four starters, including Olympians Parker, Leslie and DeLisha Milton-Jones for their game against the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sparks lost, 87-61, to the Sun.
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May 23, 2012 | Wire Reports
Same opponent. Different location. Same result. After losing to the Sparks in the teams' season opener on Friday, the Seattle Storm spent three days, including a shoot-around earlier Tuesday, working on jelling with one another offensively and playing more aggressive defensively. Yet, as if on cue in a rematch at Staples Center, glitches by Seattle helped trigger the Sparks' 74-61 victory Tuesday night. Candace Parker scored 21 points and Kristi Toliver had 18 for the Sparks.
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September 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO -- When he became coach of the San Antonio Silver Stars and directed a team that won seven games his first year, Dan Hughes didn't have far to look for the role model to build a championship team. "My role was right outside my back door," Hughes said. "You had the Spurs sitting here. And the things they represented just reinforced in me that even when we won seven games, you know what, keep going, keep going, keep going."
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May 15, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones
Before its game Saturday night against Sporting Kansas City in Carson, the Galaxy was one-third of the way through its 16th Major League Soccer season. But whether that season would end with the team in the championship match, MLS Cup 2011 at the Home Depot Center on Nov. 20, was debatable. "It's important that we try to reach it because I think it would be heartbreaking for us if we're not in that final," midfielder David Beckham said Friday. The way things are going, Beckham and Co. are nowhere close to being a lock to make it to the title game.
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October 27, 1999
Restitution paid by a cruise ship line for causing an oil spill in Los Angeles Harbor will help expand girls basketball programs in Watts and Wilmington, Los Angeles City Atty. James Hahn said Tuesday. Hahn presented a $20,000 check to the basketball programs run by a partnership between the Amateur Athletic Foundation and the Watts / Willowbrook and Wilmington Boys and Girls Clubs. The Los Angeles Sparks women's basketball team will support the program by conducting clinics at the two clubs.
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August 23, 2003 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
Forward Rhonda Mapp of the Sparks has been dismissed from the WNBA and must serve a two-year suspension for violating the league's drug policy, according to a two-sentence statement issued Friday by the league's New York office. Mapp, 33, is the first player the league has ousted for a drug policy violation. She had rejoined the Sparks this season after sitting out last year because of a contract dispute. She appeared in 24 games, four of them starts, averaging 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds.
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July 20, 1997 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Take a short walk with Zheng Haixia, one of China's most famous personalities, and see how she is making an immediate impression wherever she goes. Walk the two blocks from Cleveland's Ritz Carlton hotel to Gund Arena for a workout, as her Los Angeles Sparks team did one day earlier this month. The team, dressed in shorts and T-shirts, walks through the shopping mall attached to the hotel. Zheng strides along, pony tail bouncing.
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June 20, 1997 | MIKE DOWNEY
Zheng Haixia takes a seat. Practice is over, and Zheng lowers her 6-foot-8, 254-pound body onto a stainless-steel chair, planting her size-18 shoes. At her side sits Wendy Chang, a student from Cal State Long Beach, who is 18 inches shorter and comparatively light as a feather. On her, a chair like this looks as roomy as one from an aircraft's first-class cabin. We enjoy a nice three-way conversation.
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July 17, 1997 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spark Coach Linda Sharp was fired by her former USC point guard Wednesday, about three hours before the WNBA team played the Houston Comets. Assistant coach Julie Rousseau, 32, a former UC Irvine player, was named interim head coach. General Manager Rhonda Windham cited the underachieving team's emotional deportment as a key reason for the quick hook on Sharp, 47, who was only 11 games into the 28-game season. The Sparks were 4-7 before defeating Houston, 77-52.
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June 8, 2007 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
The new owners of the Sparks walked right past the floor seats set aside for them last Saturday night in Arco Arena. Carla Christofferson and Kathy Goodman, longtime Sparks season ticket-holders, instead veered to their right and climbed up an aisle behind the Sparks bench toward the upper reaches of the arena's lower bowl, cheerily settling in among two busloads of Sparks fans who had made the trip from Southern California.
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August 22, 2010 | Wire Reports
Seattle — Tanisha Wright hit a 13-foot baseline jumper with 50 seconds left to give the Seattle Storm a 76-75 win over the Sparks in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday night. The Storm finished 17-0 at home, a league record. The Sparks were 16-0 in 2001. The Storm also tied the 2001 Sparks for most regular-season victories. Camille Little scored a career-high 22 points and Lauren Jackson added 21 to lead Seattle (28-6), which won its third straight. Tina Thompson scored 20 points, Noelle Quinn had 18 and DeLisha Milton-Jones had 15 for Los Angeles (13-21)
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August 6, 2010 | Melissa Rohlin
Seven weeks ago, Tina Thompson sat in the Sparks' locker room, elbows on knees, head in her hands. She had piled up a team-high 24 points in the game, surpassing 6,000 career points along the way — the second woman in WNBA history to do so. Only there was no joy. "I don't care," Thompson said with painful bluntness, staring at the floor. "Maybe tomorrow I'll think it's cool, but right now we just lost." Losing is not something the nine-time all-star takes easily. Neither is being in the spotlight, though that is where she finds herself going into Friday's game against Tulsa at Staples Center.
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September 24, 2009 | Mark Medina
After the final buzzer sounded, Sparks forward Candace Parker untucked her jersey in frustration. She had seen the Sparks fluctuate between two phases: allowing Phoenix to dictate its fastbreak system before the Sparks fought to chip away the deficit. The end result -- a 103-94 Game 1 loss Wednesday to the Mercury in the Western Conference finals in front of 6,389 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion -- was a reflection of what Parker described as "allowing them to play their game." It also resembled a broader theme, one she and other teammates noticed throughout the season when the Sparks sputtered to an 8-13 record despite boasting five Olympians.
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September 23, 2009 | Mark Medina
This was the matchup Lisa Leslie had hoped the Sparks wouldn't have in the first round of the WNBA postseason. Yet, she also knew that facing the Phoenix Mercury was inevitable if the Sparks were going to win the West. The inevitable is now. Phoenix, seeded No. 1 in the West, visits the Sparks for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion tonight, boasting the league's top offense (92.8 points per game). "I don't have any magical formula where we do one, two or three things and we'll win," said Leslie, who could be playing in her last home game before retiring after a storied 13-year career.
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September 18, 2009 | Mark Medina
After playing for Pat Riley in the Lakers' Showtime era, Sparks Coach Michael Cooper says he has followed one philosophy regarding the postseason. "Coach Riley used to say the playoffs don't start until the other team wins on the other team's home court," said Cooper, whose team has a 1-0 lead entering Game 2 tonight at Seattle in the Western Conference's best-of-three semifinals. "We're trying to get this second one and hopefully we won't have to make adjustments after that."
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September 9, 2009 | Mark Medina
Once the game ended, a sense of relief permeated the arena. Sparks Coach Michael Cooper ran up to hug General Manager Penny Toler and discussed what he called a "friendly GM-head coach thing." Center Lisa Leslie hugged forward Candace Parker before making her way to her daughter, Lauren, and husband, Michael Lockwood. Forward Tina Thompson did the same with her son, Dyllan. The Sparks' 76-68 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Tuesday in front of a crowd of 10,476 at Staples Center created a festive mood for good reason.
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October 3, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Expectations for a No. 1 overall draft pick often exceed reality. That's not the case for Sparks forward Candace Parker. She was better. Tonight, one day after accepting WNBA rookie of the year honors, Parker is expected to be named the league's most valuable player. The announcement will come during Game 2 of the WNBA finals in San Antonio and it will make her the first WNBA player to win both awards, regardless of the year.
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July 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Lisa Leslie stood between Seattle's Betty Lennox and the lane with the Sparks leading the Storm by three points in the final seconds. So when Lennox opted not to pass and instead drove in for a shot, Leslie was more than willing to let her have the basket. "I was like, 'Oh, you can have two,' " Leslie said. "I thought she was going to make that pass, but she didn't. It was clearly a mistake on her part."
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August 27, 2009 | Mark Medina
Sparks tonight VS. PHOENIX When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: NBATV. Records: Sparks 14-13, Mercury 18-9. Record vs. Mercury: 0-2. Update: The Sparks are looking to extend their six-game winning streak and move closer in securing a postseason berth. The Mercury is the first team to clinch the playoffs and is two games ahead of the Seattle Storm for the top seeding in the West. Sparks guard Kristi Harrower attended her grandmother's funeral in her native Australia on Wednesday and will miss the next three games.
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August 19, 2009 | Mark Medina
As if the Sparks haven't been reminded enough, their game Tuesday provided another indication of the challenges they face sitting on the playoff bubble. This reminder came in the form of a mirror image. In a 72-69 victory over the Washington Mystics at Staples Center, the Sparks played host to a team that's also been rattled this season with inconsistency, losing four of their last five games. Both teams are on the edge of either slipping through a closing door into the postseason or having the door slam in their face.
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