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July 30, 2010 | Sports Network
Cappie Pondexter poured in 20 points to lead the New York Liberty over the Sparks, 88-79, at Madison Square Garden. Janel McCarville added 15 points for the Liberty, who have won two in a row and six of eight overall. Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 14 points and nine rebounds for the victors. Tina Thompson finished with 18 points for the Sparks, who saw a two-game winning streak come to an end. Marie Ferdinand-Harris added 17 points in defeat.
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August 31, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks' most recent marketing campaign features a photo of Candace Parker looking over her shoulder with the words: "She'll be back! Will you?" It's a question that may be better suited for some of her teammates. Parker, who sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in June, isn't quite sure who will be joining her on the court next year since Ticha Penicheiro, Betty Lennox and Marie Ferdinand-Harris are free agents and Noelle Quinn is a restricted free agent. Meanwhile, Tina Thompson, the league's all-time leading scorer, is considering retirement even though she has a year left on her contract.
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SPORTS
August 31, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks' most recent marketing campaign features a photo of Candace Parker looking over her shoulder with the words: "She'll be back! Will you?" It's a question that may be better suited for some of her teammates. Parker, who sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in June, isn't quite sure who will be joining her on the court next year since Ticha Penicheiro, Betty Lennox and Marie Ferdinand-Harris are free agents and Noelle Quinn is a restricted free agent. Meanwhile, Tina Thompson, the league's all-time leading scorer, is considering retirement even though she has a year left on her contract.
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August 25, 2010 | Sports Network
SEATTLE — Swin Cash had 20 points and five rebounds to lift the Seattle Storm to a 79-66 win over the Sparks in Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinal series. Lauren Jackson had 17 points and nine rebounds while Camille Little and Jana Vesela each chipped in 11 points for the Storm, who finished the regular season with the best record in the WNBA, including an unblemished home mark. Marie Ferdinand-Harris had 18 points and Tina Thompson chipped in with 16 points and six boards for the Sparks, who finished in fourth place in the Western Conference.
SPORTS
May 27, 2010
Sparks tonight VS. WASHINGTON When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: Prime Ticket. Records: Sparks 0-3, Mystics 3-2. Record vs. Mystics (2009): 1-1. Update: The Sparks are winless as they prepare for their home opener, even though Candace Parker collected her third double-double of the season last Saturday. A new system under new coach Jennifer Gillom has caused the team to struggle a bit. But veteran guards Ticha Penicheiro (Achilles')
SPORTS
July 1, 2010
SPARKS TONIGHT VS. SAN ANTONIO When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: LiveAccess on WNBA.com. Records: Sparks 3-11, Silver Stars 5-8. Record vs. Spurs: 0-1. Update: In the teams' last meeting, on May 22, forward DeLisha Milton-Jones led all players with 20 points in an 88-81 loss. Jones — and a few others — will need to step up in hopes of ending the Sparks' four-game losing streak. The team has yet to find itself without forward Candace Parker (shoulder)
SPORTS
June 27, 2009 | Associated Press
Lauren Jackson scored 32 points and had eight rebounds as the Seattle Storm withstood a late rally to beat the Sparks, 69-67, on Friday night. Sue Bird scored 15, and Tanisha Wright had eight points and eight rebounds for Seattle (6-2), which won its third consecutive game. Tina Thompson scored 20 points, and Marie Ferdinand-Harris and DeLisha Milton-Jones had 10 apiece for the Sparks (2-5), who dropped to 0-5 on the road.
SPORTS
August 17, 2010 | Sports Network
Kara Braxton led a balanced attack with 16 points and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Sparks, 90-84, at Staples Center. Candice Dupree and Panny Taylor each contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor also had seven assists for the Mercury, who have already clinched a playoff spot and are locked into the second seed in the Western Conference. Diana Taurasi also scored 15 in the win. Tina Thompson registered 33 points, making a career-high 14 field goals (14- of-22) for the Sparks, who remained in a third-place tie with San Antonio and Minnesota as those teams fight for the final two playoff spots in the West.
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July 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
SACRAMENTO -- The Sparks, playing in the second of back-to-back games, ran out of energy as the host Sacramento Monarchs pulled away in the second half for an 87-69 victory on Thursday night. Candace Parker, coming off a career-high 40-point game in an overtime victory against Houston on Wednesday night, looked sluggish in the opening quarter, getting two points and committing two of the Sparks' 10 turnovers. The Sparks finished with 27 turnovers for the game as Sacramento matched its season-high point total and broke open the game in the third quarter by outscoring Los Angeles, 29-11, to take a 15-point lead.
SPORTS
August 4, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
With less, the Sparks did more. The team entered Wednesday's game against the Chicago Sky (12-16) with an eight-player roster, missing Candace Parker, Betty Lennox — both injured — and Tina Thompson. But the Sparks (9-17) came together and pulled off an 82-77 win at Staples Center in front of an announced crowd of 9,732. "That just goes to show that the team with the most heart can win games, and I thought we played with heart tonight," Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said.
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August 24, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks' season has played out like a melodrama. Their 1-6 start was the worst in franchise history. Days later, 2008 most valuable player and rookie of the year Candace Parker was lost for the season. Eleven days later, veteran guard Betty Lennox was lost too. Yet they won seven of their last 12 games to clinch a playoff berth. "We had enough drama for four seasons combined, compacted into this one year," forward DeLisha Milton-Jones said. "I'm just elated we made it to this point after everything we've been through.
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August 17, 2010 | Sports Network
Kara Braxton led a balanced attack with 16 points and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Sparks, 90-84, at Staples Center. Candice Dupree and Panny Taylor each contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor also had seven assists for the Mercury, who have already clinched a playoff spot and are locked into the second seed in the Western Conference. Diana Taurasi also scored 15 in the win. Tina Thompson registered 33 points, making a career-high 14 field goals (14- of-22) for the Sparks, who remained in a third-place tie with San Antonio and Minnesota as those teams fight for the final two playoff spots in the West.
SPORTS
August 6, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
For a while, it looked as though the Sparks weren't going to best the league's worst. Then came the second half. The Sparks (10-17) came back from a 34-26 halftime deficit to beat the Tulsa Shock (5-23), 77-70, at Staples Center in front of an announced crowd of 8,962. "I knew we were going to be OK," said forward Delisha Milton-Jones, who had a game-high 23 points. "It was just a matter of time before we collected ourselves. " After scoring the game's first two points, the Sparks trailed the Shock until late in the third quarter, when Marie Ferdinand-Harris converted two free throws with 1:33 remaining to give the Sparks a 45-44 lead.
SPORTS
August 4, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
With less, the Sparks did more. The team entered Wednesday's game against the Chicago Sky (12-16) with an eight-player roster, missing Candace Parker, Betty Lennox — both injured — and Tina Thompson. But the Sparks (9-17) came together and pulled off an 82-77 win at Staples Center in front of an announced crowd of 9,732. "That just goes to show that the team with the most heart can win games, and I thought we played with heart tonight," Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said.
SPORTS
July 30, 2010 | Sports Network
Cappie Pondexter poured in 20 points to lead the New York Liberty over the Sparks, 88-79, at Madison Square Garden. Janel McCarville added 15 points for the Liberty, who have won two in a row and six of eight overall. Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 14 points and nine rebounds for the victors. Tina Thompson finished with 18 points for the Sparks, who saw a two-game winning streak come to an end. Marie Ferdinand-Harris added 17 points in defeat.
SPORTS
July 1, 2010
SPARKS TONIGHT VS. SAN ANTONIO When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: LiveAccess on WNBA.com. Records: Sparks 3-11, Silver Stars 5-8. Record vs. Spurs: 0-1. Update: In the teams' last meeting, on May 22, forward DeLisha Milton-Jones led all players with 20 points in an 88-81 loss. Jones — and a few others — will need to step up in hopes of ending the Sparks' four-game losing streak. The team has yet to find itself without forward Candace Parker (shoulder)
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June 23, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
AT WASHINGTON When: 4 p.m. PDT. Where: Verizon Center. On the air: WNBA.com. Records: Sparks 3-8, Mystics 7-4. Record vs. Mystics: 1-0. Update: With Candace Parker out for the season because of a dislocated left shoulder, first-year Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said she's going to use the team's two-game trip as an "evaluation period" to determine whether signing free agents is necessary....
SPORTS
June 13, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks won Sunday, but they also may have suffered a loss. Candace Parker, the 2008 WNBA rookie of the year and most valuable player, was taken to a hospital after she aggravated a left shoulder injury while grabbing a defensive rebound with 2 minutes 55 seconds left in the second quarter. After suffering the injury, Parker went directly from the court to the locker room. After the game, Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said she was not sure how badly Parker was injured or how long she will be out. Later, Sparks co-owner Kathy Goodman reported in The Times' Fabulous Forum blog that Parker had "dislocated her shoulder — the same injury that has plagued her since college."
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