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July 13, 2006 at 11:39 AM

Seeing stars

After looking around at the modest crowd at Madison Square Garden for the All-Star game on Wednesday, you again wonder why the WNBA won’t host the game on the West Coast, particularly Seattle. Holding the event in New York made perfect sense because of the ties to the 10-year celebration, but only 12,998 people trekked through…

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July 13, 2006 at 11:37 AM

Undefeated

Detroit All-Star Katie Smith and Connecticut All-Star Margo Dydek were not only the first players to win All-Star games while playing for both conferences — Smith represented Minnesota from 2000-05 while Dydek represented San Antonio in 2003 — but Smith can also claim a perfect record spanning two leagues. She said she also was on…

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July 13, 2006 at 11:36 AM

Powerful words

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Madeleine Albright, was the keynote speaker at the WNBA’s inaugural Inspirational Lunch on Wednesday, where the league presented its Inspirational Award. The elegant event featured the players from the All-Decade team, but Albright stole the show with her humor and riveting insights that captivated the athletes, particularly Storm All-Star…

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July 12, 2006 at 11:52 AM

Out and about

This is the first time Houston forward Sheryl Swoopes wasn’t the leading vote-getter for the All-Star game, aside from 2001 when she was injured. It’s rumored that her announcing that she’s a lesbian last fall has something to do with it. Folks in Houston even said that’s why some of their compatriots dumped their season…

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July 11, 2006 at 1:19 PM

New kicks

Storm forward Lauren Jackson didn’t participate in the open practice today as expected, choosing instead to rest her chronic left shin. The five-time All-Star did try to win $200 from West coach John Whisenant (Sacramento) for making a halfcourt shot, but the cash went to Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi. Jackson, who said she’s having fun socializing…

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July 3, 2006 at 1:09 PM

Lots of teams in the mix

The Western Conference hasn’t been this cramped for space in ions it seems. As teams head into the All-Star break, only 4 1⁄2-games separate the currently fifth-seeded San Antonio from conference- and league-leading Los Angeles. Normally it’s the Eastern conference that comes down to the final day to decide the four playoff teams, but they’re…

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July 1, 2006 at 10:44 PM

Championship snub

Well, the Storm’s 2004 championship win doesn’t rate with the 1,300 voters who participated in ESPN’s Web vote for the best WNBA championship team. Seattle lost to the 2000 Houston Comets in a play-in game that advanced the Comets to the real tournament as a No. 8 seed facing the No. 1 seeded 1998…

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July 1, 2006 at 9:04 PM

Feeling it

Sonics center Johan Petro sat courtside for the Storm game against Minnesota along with coach Bob Hill. But Petro didn’t just sit in his seat when the Storm went on an 8-0 run to regain a lead in the fourth quarter. Petro got up and showed his funky dancing moves with the Storm dancers during…

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July 1, 2006 at 6:51 PM

Injured with style

Storm forward Wendy Palmer rivals center Janell Burse in terms of chic style off the court on the Storm roster, so you know when doctors placed Palmer in a cast and crutches, she had to find a way to make it cool. Well, she entered KeyArena before Saturday’s game against Minnesota with her injured left…

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June 30, 2006 at 6:17 PM

Lennox star worthy?

The WNBA had an interesting tag on its homepage today. With the headline “Most Deserving,” there was a photo of Storm guard Betty Lennox driving to the hoop while being defended by Sacramento center Yolanda Griffith. The excerpt wanted fan feedback on who folks thought should be named as reserves, which will be announced on July…

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