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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 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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August 8, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The crowd stood, clapping and cheering wildly for Tina Thompson. But she was unmoved. Her team was trailing. Becoming the WNBA's all-time leading scorer was little solace to Thompson as the Sparks lost, 92-83, to the San Antonio Silver Stars in front of an announced crowd of 9,793 on Sunday night at Staples Center. "It's only points," Thompson said. "That scoring record isn't going to give us wins. " Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom agreed, calling the fuss over Thompson's point total a "distraction.
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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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August 3, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
SPARKS TONIGHT VS. CHICAGO When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: NBA TV. Records: Sparks 8-17, Sky 12-15. Record vs. Sky: 0-1. Update: Tina Thompson, who leads the Sparks in scoring (14.9) and rebounding (5.9), is on bereavement leave and will miss Wednesday's game because a close friend died. The nine-time All-Star, who is 26 points away from breaking Lisa Leslie's career scoring record, should be back for Friday's game against the Tulsa Shock.
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March 12, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
T.J., T.J. Jr., and . . . Tina? In the masculine, knock- down, no-holds-barred world of inner-city playground basketball, the story of T.J., T.J. Jr., and Tina Thompson is a good one. This was four, five years ago, and Tina Thompson--now a standout on USC's women's team--was developing her game against men, not girls. "Even when she was a high school sophomore, Tina could flat-out play," said T.J.
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March 12, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
T.J., T.J. Jr., and . . . Tina? In the masculine, knock-down, no-holds-barred world of inner-city playground basketball, the story of T.J., T.J. Jr. and Tina Thompson stands out. This was four, five years ago, and Tina Thompson--now a standout on the USC women's team--was developing her game against men, not girls. "Even when she was a high school sophomore, Tina could flat-out play," said T.J.
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February 24, 1993 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Canyon's 1-0 victory in the second round of the Division II girls' soccer playoffs Tuesday, the Comanches weren't about to pat themselves on the back. Moore League champion Long Beach Wilson also thought Canyon, which advanced to Thursday's quarterfinals against Kennedy, could have played better. "They're seeded second," Wilson Coach Bill Myers said. "I was expecting to see something more fancy. They played kick ball. We made one mistake and they scored."
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August 20, 2010 | Sports Network
Tina Thompson scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and DeLisha Milton-Jones netted 24 points to lead the Sparks to a 98-91 comeback win over the Minnesota Lynx, clinching a Western Conference playoff spot. The combatants came in tied with San Antonio for the final two positions in the West, and the Silver Stars upended the Fever earlier on Friday to give the Sparks a win-and-in scenario as a result of them sweeping the season series with Minnesota, which would be the odd-team out if the teams ended in a three- way tie. Kristi Toliver and Noelle Quinn tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively, for LA, which was coming off a 90-84 loss against Phoenix on Tuesday.
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March 4, 1993 | KIRBY LEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rules are rules, but Morningside Coach Rod Tatum was willing to be a little flexible Wednesday night in the case of Cha-ron Walker. Walker did not start a Southern Section Division III-AA semifinal game against Newport Harbor after missing a practice because of the flu. Tatum, though, didn't keep the 6-foot senior forward on the bench for long. Walker entered the game in the first quarter and scored 20 points to help the Monarchs to a 61-57 victory at Marina High in Huntington Beach.
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August 30, 2011 | Wire reports
Candace Parker scored a season-high 27 points and the Sparks defeated Seattle, 68-62, Tuesday night at Staples Center, denying the Storm a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Parker scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including three free throws in the final minute to secure the win. Tina Thompson had 12 points and Ebony Hoffman scored 11 to help the fifth-place Sparks (13-17) remain 11/2 games behind San Antonio for the final playoff spot in the West. The Sparks have four games remaining, three at home, including a showdown next Tuesday against San Antonio at Staples Center.
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July 17, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin
It was Joe Bryant's first loss since returning as head coach one week ago. And it was the Sparks' first loss at Staples Center this season. But the most painful part for the Sparks was that it happened during the greatest second-half comeback in WNBA history. The Washington Mystics rallied from a 24-point deficit and beat the Sparks in overtime, 89-85, Sunday night. In the locker room after the game, the players hung their heads and sat in silence. When prodded, Tina Thompson said she was disappointed "beyond words.
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June 19, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin
It seemed as if the Sparks were doing well, but they hadn't yet undergone the ultimate battle test. It came on a cloudy Father's Day evening, in the form of 6-foot-5 center Lauren Jackson and the defending champion Seattle Storm. The upshot? Western Conference, watch out. The Sparks won, 74-50, breathing a real sense of excitement into a crowd of 9,119 at Staples Center. After all, the Sparks (3-1) had just crushed a team that didn't lose a playoff game last season, while snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Storm (2-2)
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June 10, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin
Enough was enough. The Sparks sang the blues far too many times last year, losing to the Phoenix Mercury four times, twice by one point. Instead of morosely swaying to the tune of "One Is the Loneliest Number," the Sparks were all smiles, winning by a comfortable margin, 98-84, over the Mercury on Friday at Staples Center. The Sparks remained in control throughout the second half, their lead never falling below nine, in a team effort that left them two three-pointers shy of tying their franchise record of 15. "When we share the ball, it's going to be hard to lose," Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said.
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May 25, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Ten weeks into the owners' lockout of the players, Commissioner Roger Goodell noted the negative effect the labor dispute is having on the NFL. "Clearly it has had an impact on the fans," Goodell said Wednesday as the owners completed their spring meetings in Indianapolis. "We see it in various metrics. There's been a noticeable change. TV ratings were down on the draft roughly 4 million people. NFL.com traffic [is down], we see that. " Ticket sales also are down. "Fans want certainty," Goodell said.
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May 14, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin
When training camp began last year, things looked pretty grim for the Sparks. They had a new coach, three-time WNBA most valuable player Lisa Leslie had retired, and more than half of the team was still playing overseas. This year, with audible tinges of excitement in her voice, Sparks General Manager Penny Toler said everything will be different when camp opens Sunday. All 15 players will be in attendance, including 2008 WNBA MVP and rookie of the year Candace Parker, Tina Thompson (the league's all-time leading scorer)
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July 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Tina Thompson took a page from Boston Celtics star Ray Allen's playbook and helped the Sparks end a losing streak at three games. Thompson shook off a three-for-11 start from the field to score a season-high 30 points to lead the Sparks to a 76-70 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday. After the Sparks let a 13-point halftime lead evaporate and trailed by as many as three points in the fourth quarter, Thompson scored 10 points in a late 14-6 run.
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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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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.
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