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July 14, 2009 | Mark Medina
AT CONNECTICUT When: 4 PDT. Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. On the air: ESPN2. Records: Sparks 4-7, Sun 5-6. Record vs. Sun (2008): 1-1. Update: The Sparks have averaged 18.5 assists, 74 points and 45.7% shooting in their victories and 13.6 assists, 69.7 points and 38.9% shooting in their losses. In the Sparks' most recent loss, to Washington on Saturday, the Mystics stormed out to a 22-7 first-quarter lead.
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August 5, 2009 | Mark Medina
The wait is over. Sparks center Lisa Leslie returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing 11 games because of her sprained right knee. The Sparks' problems, though, remain. In a game that featured eight lead changes and five ties, the Sparks fell, 63-59, to the San Antonio Silver Stars before 13,865 at Staples Center. Leslie was one of four Sparks players to score in double figures, contributing 13 points on four-of-13 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench.
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August 30, 2008 | Dan Arritt
vs. San Antonio, 7:30 Site -- Staples Center. Radio -- 1150. Records -- Sparks 16-12, Silver Stars 19-9. Record vs. Silver Stars -- 1-1. Update -- Sparks Coach Michael Cooper made it clear in the opening minutes of Thursday's game against the Sacramento Monarchs that no slack will be given during the stretch run. Candace Parker, who leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists, failed to block out on a rebound 3 1/2...
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August 4, 2009 | Mark Medina
After sitting out 11 games because of a sprained right knee, center Lisa Leslie said doctors cleared her to play today when the Sparks play host to the San Antonio Silver Stars. However, it remains unclear when she will make her debut. When Sparks Coach Michael Cooper was asked whether Leslie will play today, he said "probably not."
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July 9, 2009 | Mark Medina
AT NEW YORK Time: 4:30 PDT. On the air: Webcast, wnba.com. Where: Madison Square Garden. Records: Sparks 3-6; Liberty 3-6. Record vs. Liberty (2008): 0-2. Update: The Sparks face a six-game road swing with one gaping problem -- their 0-5 road record. "I think we need to go 3-3," Sparks Coach Michael Cooper said of the trip. "It's just about sustaining your defensive effort for 40 minutes.
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August 4, 2009 | Mark Medina
After sitting out 11 games because of a sprained right knee, center Lisa Leslie said doctors cleared her to play today when the Sparks play host to the San Antonio Silver Stars. However, it remains unclear when she will make her debut. When Sparks Coach Michael Cooper was asked whether Leslie will play today, he said "probably not."
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March 21, 2002 | Mike Terry
Former Laker player and current Sparks' Coach Michael Cooper, who had expressed interest in the vacant coaching position at the University of New Mexico, said Wednesday he should not be considered a candidate. "I'm happy with the Sparks and I am loyal to them," said Cooper, who led the team to the 2001 WNBA championship and signed a two-year contract over the summer.
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September 2, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
The Sparks no longer appear to be searching for answers. Quite the contrary, they seem to be creating all the problems. A preseason pick to win the WNBA title but stuck in third place in the Western Conference after posting a 5-8 record in July, the Sparks matched their season high Monday night with their fourth consecutive victory, blowing past the Minnesota Lynx in the third quarter and maintaining the pressure into the fourth quarter of...
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July 10, 2009 | Associated Press
After getting off to a slow start this season, Sparks Coach Michael Cooper says he thinks his team is close to hitting its stride. Betty Lennox scored 20 points, Tina Thompson had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Los Angeles beat the New York Liberty, 69-60, on Thursday night. Candace Parker, playing in her second game since returning after the birth of her daughter in May, had eight points and six rebounds in 23 minutes for the Sparks (4-6).
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August 28, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Meanwhile, back in the WNBA . . . As the league tries to re-build momentum after the Olympic hiatus, a few dormant questions have sprung back to life. Who will emerge atop the Eastern Conference, where the New York Liberty and Detroit Shock trail first-place Connecticut by half a game with 2 1/2 weeks remaining? Can the San Antonio Silver Stars continue to hold off injury-riddled Seattle in the West? And what about the Sparks? Will they begin playing like the front-runners many envisioned, or continue to cement themselves as one of the league's all-time biggest underachievers?
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July 14, 2009 | Mark Medina
AT CONNECTICUT When: 4 PDT. Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. On the air: ESPN2. Records: Sparks 4-7, Sun 5-6. Record vs. Sun (2008): 1-1. Update: The Sparks have averaged 18.5 assists, 74 points and 45.7% shooting in their victories and 13.6 assists, 69.7 points and 38.9% shooting in their losses. In the Sparks' most recent loss, to Washington on Saturday, the Mystics stormed out to a 22-7 first-quarter lead.
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July 10, 2009 | Associated Press
After getting off to a slow start this season, Sparks Coach Michael Cooper says he thinks his team is close to hitting its stride. Betty Lennox scored 20 points, Tina Thompson had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Los Angeles beat the New York Liberty, 69-60, on Thursday night. Candace Parker, playing in her second game since returning after the birth of her daughter in May, had eight points and six rebounds in 23 minutes for the Sparks (4-6).
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July 9, 2009 | Mark Medina
AT NEW YORK Time: 4:30 PDT. On the air: Webcast, wnba.com. Where: Madison Square Garden. Records: Sparks 3-6; Liberty 3-6. Record vs. Liberty (2008): 0-2. Update: The Sparks face a six-game road swing with one gaping problem -- their 0-5 road record. "I think we need to go 3-3," Sparks Coach Michael Cooper said of the trip. "It's just about sustaining your defensive effort for 40 minutes.
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June 22, 2009 | Mark Medina
Sparks center Lisa Leslie made her way to the locker room on crutches with a television camera locked in on her every move. It was a visual reminder of what the Sparks will be missing for at least six games after Leslie, the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, sprained her right knee Friday in the first quarter against Phoenix. As backup guard Noelle Quinn said, "Nobody is going to do what Lisa does. Everybody has to do what they do great, but even better."
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June 6, 2009 | Mark Medina
A preseason conference call illustrated how deeply rooted the rivalry between the Sparks and the Detroit Shock has become. Sounding chippy, Sparks Coach Michael Cooper and Shock Coach Bill Laimbeer immediately traded barbs. "Go ahead, Coop," Laimbeer said, when both coaches were asked about their teams' season opener today at Staples Center. "No, Bill, you're first," Cooper responded sarcastically. "You're the champion."
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April 14, 2009 | Mark Medina
Sparks Coach Michael Cooper is having discussions with USC about becoming the Trojans' women's basketball coach, Sparks co-owner Carla Christofferson confirmed today. "From our perspective, he's under contract to coach our season," Christofferson said. "We've confirmed with him he's coaching our 2009 season." The WNBA regular season runs from June through mid-September. USC's regular season starts in mid-November.
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June 6, 2009 | Mark Medina
A preseason conference call illustrated how deeply rooted the rivalry between the Sparks and the Detroit Shock has become. Sounding chippy, Sparks Coach Michael Cooper and Shock Coach Bill Laimbeer immediately traded barbs. "Go ahead, Coop," Laimbeer said, when both coaches were asked about their teams' season opener today at Staples Center. "No, Bill, you're first," Cooper responded sarcastically. "You're the champion."
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September 15, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
No need for the Sparks to send a message in a bottle to their opening-round playoff opponent. The Seattle Storm stood directly in front of them Sunday afternoon. Without giving away too much postseason strategy or energy, the Sparks showed they remain a dangerous team when they want to be, surging to a double-digit lead in the first five minutes at Staples Center and pulling away for a 65-48 victory in front of 13,142, their second-largest home crowd this season. Heading into the regular-season finale, the teams already knew they'd meet again Friday at Staples in the opening game of the best-of-three Western Conference semifinal.
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September 15, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
No need for the Sparks to send a message in a bottle to their opening-round playoff opponent. The Seattle Storm stood directly in front of them Sunday afternoon. Without giving away too much postseason strategy or energy, the Sparks showed they remain a dangerous team when they want to be, surging to a double-digit lead in the first five minutes at Staples Center and pulling away for a 65-48 victory in front of 13,142, their second-largest home crowd this season. Heading into the regular-season finale, the teams already knew they'd meet again Friday at Staples in the opening game of the best-of-three Western Conference semifinal.
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September 2, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
The Sparks no longer appear to be searching for answers. Quite the contrary, they seem to be creating all the problems. A preseason pick to win the WNBA title but stuck in third place in the Western Conference after posting a 5-8 record in July, the Sparks matched their season high Monday night with their fourth consecutive victory, blowing past the Minnesota Lynx in the third quarter and maintaining the pressure into the fourth quarter of...
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