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21hMechelle Voepel

More to Sparks-Sky clash than MVP showdown

When the Sky host the Sparks on Tuesday (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET), former MVPs Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker go head-to-head. But both players insist the matchup has much more to offer.

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1dMechelle Voepel

Ogwumike is 'glue' behind Sparks

Forward Nneka Ogwumike will do whatever her team asks -- and needs -- as the Sparks look to challenge the likes of Minnesota and Phoenix for supremacy in the WNBA this season.

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A heavy heart and high hopes

No. 1 sophomore prospect Charli Collier lost her dad to cancer last month shortly after celebrating her invitation to Team USA trials with him. Now she vows to do great things in his honor.

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First stars reminisce about inaugural season (2:26)
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8dMechelle Voepel

WNBA oral history: Moving the ball forward

Twenty years after the WNBA's launch, the key pioneers reflect on how the league came to life, the obstacles it surmounted and the legacy it has created for a generation of women's hoops stars.

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9dMechelle Voepel

Sparks ruin Stewart's pro debut

With a 30-point rout, the Sparks and Candace Parker opened the season exactly as they wanted to. But rookie Breanna Stewart showed that she is going to adapt to the league relatively quickly.

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WNBA20 issue cover gallery

To commemorate 20 years of the WNBA, ESPN The Magazine gathered some of the league's brightest stars -- past, present and future -- to grace its cover.

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Maya Moore: 'They came out firing, but we responded' (2:25)
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9dPat Borzi

Minnesota sends message in opening win

While a lot of focus fell on preseason favorite Phoenix and the return of a well-rested Diana Taurasi, defending champion Minnesota looked healthy, deep and as formidable as ever.

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S.C. to host SEC tourney after flag removal

The SEC women's basketball tournament heads to South Carolina next season, the first planned NCAA postseason event in the state since the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds.

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Cooper-Dyke laid a solid foundation in the WNBA (2:19)
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Stefanie Dolson on coming out in the WNBA

Deputy Editor Ty Wenger is joined by espnW writer Katie Barnes, general editor Rachel Ullrich and Mystics C Stefanie Dolson to discuss Barnes' story "Open Court," which details Dolson's coming out as an LGBT player in the WNBA.

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Delle Donne takes Sky to Delaware (1:43)
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15dMechelle Voepel

Five big questions before WNBA season tips

There's much to celebrate this season as the WNBA turns 20. But how will the Olympics and new playoff format impact the season? Who are the MVP front-runners? Will Dallas embrace the Wings?

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12d

WNBA 20th anniversary: Full coverage

As the WNBA celebrates its 20th season in 2016, espnW's season-long series will look back at the league's history and focus on the current stars and storylines.

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18d

Lost and found in Russia

Unlikely comrades Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner play overseas for the money. As it turns out, they also simplify their lives.

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ESPN Sport Science: Stewart's shot a hard one to block (2:51)
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25dMichelle Smith

Stewart embraces pressure to elevate Storm

Weeks after wrapping up her college career with a fourth consecutive NCAA title, Breanna Stewart is facing huge expectations again. Can the No. 1 pick help return Seattle to the WNBA playoffs?

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