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Sparks Release Cappie Pondexter

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Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Sparks released two-time WNBA Champion, and 2007 WNBA Finals MVP, Cappie Pondexter, due to her inability to find regular playing time, according to head coach Brian Agler.

“We really enjoyed having her on our team,” Agler said. “It came down to playing time, her desire to play more. We just couldn’t provide that for her with the way Riquna [Williams] and Odyssey [Sims] are playing.”

Pondexter is coming off a season with the Chicago Sky where she averaged 27.2 minutes per game. Those numbers dropped significantly this season, where she saw only 10.2 minutes over 13 games.

“Now she has the ability to talk to 11 other teams,” Agler said, “and we have the ability now to free up cap space to potentially sign somebody else.”

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WNBA’s Sue Bird Attending World Cup Final to Cheer on Girlfriend Megan Rapinoe

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As the countdown to the Women’s World Cup final taking place at Lyon, France on Sunday continues to tick away, the United States Women’s team is ramping up for their attempt at a fourth World Cup title.

During the tournament, USA’s Megan Rapinoe has been the center of the spotlight, for both her phenomenal play, and for comments she made about not attending the White House in the event that the American’s win, which drew the ire of President Donald Trump.

The Americans have also been called “arrogant” by the press across the pond.

When the big game kicks off on Sunday, Rapinoe will have the support of her girlfriend, WNBA star Sue Bird.

“What they’re doing right now, it’s amazing,” Bird said (h/t ESPN).

Bird has already come to the defense of her girlfriend, taking Trump to task during an article she penned on The Players’ Tribune.

“On some levels, if you read it, there is some humor in there. It’s a light, fun way to use your voice, but also address some things,” Bird said. “More than anything, I wanted to hype Megan up a little bit and also have her back. … It was challenging at times trying to get the right messaging across that I wanted to convey, but I think all in all I’m happy with it. There has been a lot more love than hate. Unfortunately, there has been some hate, but that’s just reality we live in right now.”

“I don’t feel political. To me, this isn’t a matter of tax reform and things of that nature,” she said. “This is treating people with respect, treating people like they’re a human, just like you are. That’s where I stand with it. That’s what I believe in. It’s very similar to what Megan believes in. More than anything, I wanted to have her back, and talk about some soccer.”

Bird said that she can relate to Rapinoe, who is hoping to be 100% for Sunday’s game, and spoke about her continued rehabilitation from left knee surgery that took place back in May.

“I was actually ready right around the playoffs. Then it becomes this team has played an entire season without me, is that fair? And I’m already putting the carriage before the horse because who knows if I’m going to be ready by then?” she said. “It was definitely more extensive than we had initially thought going in. Which isn’t a bad thing, I think long term it’s a good thing. It just kind of sucks for this season.”

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Mercury’s Diana Taurasi: ‘I still love to play too much’

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Phoenix Mercury superstar Diana Taurasi will make her season debut, returning from injury, on Friday as the Mercury take on the New York Liberty.

Should Taurasi not play on Friday, the Mercury’s next game is Sunday when they take on Atlanta at home.

Taurasi, who is a four-time gold medalist, three-time WNBA champion, five-time scoring champ, 10-time all-WNBA first team, nine-time All-Star and 2009 MVP, has missed the entire season thus far while recovering from surgery to repair a bulging disc in her back that took place back in late April.

Taurasi, who has dealt with a number of back issues throughout both her college and WNBA career, admits that she hasn’t felt “this good in a while.”

During an extensive interview with ESPNW, Taurasi says that despite her injury and her storied career, she has a lot more basketball left in her.

“No, no, no, no. I got … no way. I still love to play too much” Taurasi said. “No, that wasn’t even in my mind frame.

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Mercury’s Diana Taurasi Could Return Friday

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Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi could be set to make her season debut on Friday when the Mercury host the New York Liberty, according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss.

Taurasi has missed the entire WNBA season thus far, and was recently cleared for full contact five months after she suffered a back injury that forced her to the sidelines.

Taurasi had surgery back on April 24th to repair a bulging disk in her L-3 vertebrae and was initially expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks of action.

Taurasi has missed 10 weeks of action thus far, and while she could return on Friday, a decision has not been made yet and won’t be until later this week.

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