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August 28, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin, Los Angeles Times
Sparks on Sunday VS. SEATTLE When: 6 p.m. PDT Where: KeyArena. On the air: TV: ESPN2. Records: Sparks 12-16, Storm 16-12. Record vs. Storm: 1-1. Update: The Sparks gave Tulsa its second win of the season Friday, and they remain in fifth place in the Western Conference. They are 21/2 games behind fourth-place San Antonio, which is sitting in the final playoff spot, with six games remaining in the regular season. Seattle, which is in second place, has won three games in a row and is led by Sue Bird, who is averaging 14.7 points and 4.8 assists a game.
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July 24, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Sixteen years ago, Tina Thompson was sitting in a law school preparation class in her senior year at USC when a WNBA official left a voicemail inviting her to play for the new league. Thompson had always wanted to be an attorney, so she was hesitant to go in another direction. "They weren't offering very much money," Thompson recalled. "I think the initial offer that the WNBA offered me was below the poverty line in California. " But a few hours before the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, Thompson decided that she couldn't pass on an opportunity to play for a pro sports league that was backed by the NBA. The Houston Comets made her the first player chosen.
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July 6, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
When: 7 p.m. Where: Staples Center On the air: ESPN2 Records: Sparks 11-6, Storm 7-8 Record vs. Storm: 3-0 Update: The Sparks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 96-90 win over the reigning champion Minnesota Lynx on Thursday. The Sparks play Seattle in their second game of a three-game homestand. Seattle is in fourth place in the Western Conference, three games behind the second place Sparks. The Storm is led by guard Sue Bird, who is averaging 13 points and 5.2 assists.
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July 20, 2013 | Wire reports
Alana Beard made a shot with 10.2 seconds left to lift the Sparks over the host Seattle Storm, 65-64, on Saturday at KeyArena. Nneka Ogwumike, who blocked layup attempts by Seattle's Temeka Johnson and Tina Thompson in the last second, led the Sparks with 24 points and nine rebounds. The Sparks (12-5) trailed 39-31 at halftime and were down 64-61 with 37.9 seconds left. But point guard Lindsey Harding got a quick layup with 30.9 seconds left to cut Seattle's lead to 64-63, and the Storm's Shekinna Stricklen missed a three-point shot with 22.9 seconds left, setting up Beard's game-deciding pull-up jump shot that gave the Sparks their first lead of the fourth quarter.
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October 1, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Sue Bird had 22 points and seven assists and the Seattle Storm defeated the Minnesota Lynx in double overtime at Seattle, 86-79, to force a deciding Game 3 in the WNBA's Western Conference semifinals. The winner will face the Sparks. ... Tamika Catchings had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Briann January scored 24 points and the Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream, 103-88, in Game 2 at Atlanta to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series. ETC. The Izod IndyCar Series next year will again finish its season with a night race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, the series announced Sunday night.
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May 25, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Sparks forward Candace Parker feels as though her resume is incomplete. She's won two Olympic gold medals on Team USA, a Euroleague championship with a Russian team, two NCAA titles with Tennessee and nearly every individual accolade that a player can win, including the WNBA's most-valuable-player award. But there's one thing missing from her checklist: a WNBA championship. "I think that's on my mind every day," Parker said. "That's the one thing I haven't been able to accomplish.
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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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June 16, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Sonic boom Oct. 25, 2006: NBA approves Howard Schultz's sale of the SuperSonics and Seattle Storm to an Oklahoma City group led by businessman Clay Bennett for $350 million. Feb. 13, 2007: Bennett asks for at least $300 million in taxpayer money for a proposed $530-million basketball area in Renton, south of Seattle. The idea never gets traction. Aug. 12, 2007: Billionaire Aubrey McClendon, co-owner of the Sonics, tells an Oklahoma business newspaper, "We didn't buy the team to keep it in Seattle.
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July 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Lauren Jackson burned the Sparks again, scoring 11 of her 23 points in the third quarter to help the Seattle Storm pull away from Los Angeles, 90-71, on Tuesday night. Jackson was seven for 15 from the field as Seattle won for the fourth time in five games. Jackson matched her career high with 35 points on June 24 when the Storm beat the Sparks at Staples Center, 83-71. Betty Lennox had 18 points Tuesday and Sue Bird had 10 points and 11 assists for the Storm (9-7).
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June 19, 2004 | From Associated Press
Lauren Jackson scored 18 points and Betty Lennox 13 to give the Seattle Storm its fifth consecutive victory, a 69-63 win over the Comets in front of 7,409 at Houston. Sheryl Swoopes tied her career high with 33 points for Houston and surpassed 3,000 career points. She was 14 for 25 from the field, playing all 40 minutes for the Comets, who were missing injured leading scorer Tina Thompson. Houston had won three in a row.
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May 26, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The announcement over the loudspeaker before the Sparks' game drew claps from the Staples Center crowd. "Tonight the Sparks report no injuries. " It was a sharp contrast to the injury-riddled Seattle Storm team they were facing, which was playing without superstars Sue Bird (knee surgery) and Lauren Jackson (hamstring surgery), both of whom are sidelined for the season. The Sparks' relative depth showed in a big way in their 102-69 win in their season opener Sunday evening.
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May 25, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Sparks forward Candace Parker feels as though her resume is incomplete. She's won two Olympic gold medals on Team USA, a Euroleague championship with a Russian team, two NCAA titles with Tennessee and nearly every individual accolade that a player can win, including the WNBA's most-valuable-player award. But there's one thing missing from her checklist: a WNBA championship. "I think that's on my mind every day," Parker said. "That's the one thing I haven't been able to accomplish.
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October 1, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Sue Bird had 22 points and seven assists and the Seattle Storm defeated the Minnesota Lynx in double overtime at Seattle, 86-79, to force a deciding Game 3 in the WNBA's Western Conference semifinals. The winner will face the Sparks. ... Tamika Catchings had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Briann January scored 24 points and the Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream, 103-88, in Game 2 at Atlanta to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series. ETC. The Izod IndyCar Series next year will again finish its season with a night race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, the series announced Sunday night.
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July 6, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
When: 7 p.m. Where: Staples Center On the air: ESPN2 Records: Sparks 11-6, Storm 7-8 Record vs. Storm: 3-0 Update: The Sparks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 96-90 win over the reigning champion Minnesota Lynx on Thursday. The Sparks play Seattle in their second game of a three-game homestand. Seattle is in fourth place in the Western Conference, three games behind the second place Sparks. The Storm is led by guard Sue Bird, who is averaging 13 points and 5.2 assists.
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June 16, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Sonic boom Oct. 25, 2006: NBA approves Howard Schultz's sale of the SuperSonics and Seattle Storm to an Oklahoma City group led by businessman Clay Bennett for $350 million. Feb. 13, 2007: Bennett asks for at least $300 million in taxpayer money for a proposed $530-million basketball area in Renton, south of Seattle. The idea never gets traction. Aug. 12, 2007: Billionaire Aubrey McClendon, co-owner of the Sonics, tells an Oklahoma business newspaper, "We didn't buy the team to keep it in Seattle.
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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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March 25, 1987
It took two overtime periods and a five-kick shoot-out, but the California Kickers finally outlasted the Seattle Storm, 2-1, before a crowd of approximately 800 at North Campus Stadium in Northridge on Sunday night. California, 2-1 in the Western Soccer Alliance, won the game on midfielder Richie Torres' kick in the shoot-out. A shoot-out under WSA rules consists of five penalty kicks for each side.
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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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April 16, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
It didn't hit Stanford star Nnemkadi Ogwumike until the WNBA draft Monday when she stood in a studio under the glare of bright lights, surrounded by makeup artists and hairstylists. "I thought, 'This is really about to happen, I'm really about to be a professional basketball player,' " she said. A short while later, Ogwumike was selected by the Sparks with the top overall pick in the draft. That's when she was struck by something else. The 6-foot-2 forward had watched Sparks superstar Candace Parker on television and had often tried to emulate her moves.
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August 28, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin, Los Angeles Times
Sparks on Sunday VS. SEATTLE When: 6 p.m. PDT Where: KeyArena. On the air: TV: ESPN2. Records: Sparks 12-16, Storm 16-12. Record vs. Storm: 1-1. Update: The Sparks gave Tulsa its second win of the season Friday, and they remain in fifth place in the Western Conference. They are 21/2 games behind fourth-place San Antonio, which is sitting in the final playoff spot, with six games remaining in the regular season. Seattle, which is in second place, has won three games in a row and is led by Sue Bird, who is averaging 14.7 points and 4.8 assists a game.
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