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Thursday, May 18, 2006
Survey: No clear favorite to win WNBA title

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- There is no clear favorite for the WNBA championship, though Seattle's Lauren Jackson is expected to be the MVP this year, according to a survey of the league's general managers.

Connecticut, Detroit, Houston, Seattle and defending champion Sacramento all received about 18 percent of the votes by the GMs who participated. The Shock and the Monarchs were selected by 46 percent to win their respective conference.

Jackson, the 2003 league MVP, was selected by 46 percent to win this season's award after narrowly missing out last year. The Sparks' Lisa Leslie, a two-time MVP, and the Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings were second, with each receiving nearly 20 percent.

Jackson also tied with Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Detroit's Deanna Nolan -- each with 15 percent of the vote -- as the player GMs most want taking the final shot with the game on the line.

The WNBA's 10th season opens Saturday with four games, including the Mercury visiting the Monarchs.