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  1. WNBA - Defending champion Minnesota Lynx opens 2014 WNBA season a...

    Mechelle Voepel

    With all five starters back from its 2013 championship team, Minnesota opens the league's 18th season -- which opens Friday -- as the WNBA favorite.

    Story | Conversation | May 11, 2014
  2. WNBA's 16th season as wide open as ever

    Mechelle Voepel

    The start of any WNBA season hinges on how quickly teams jell with new combinations and how players perform after their overseas experiences. But which teams deal best after the monthlong break for the Olympics might have the biggest impact this season.

    Story | Conversation | May 14, 2012
  3. Joe Bryant a good fit for Los Angeles Sparks

    Mechelle Voepel

    Joe Bryant seems like a good fit in Los Angeles, and might be the right coaching move to help the Sparks, mired in a five-game losing streak, turn around their season.

    Story | Conversation | July 11, 2011
  4. Phoenix Mercury move on to WNBA Finals after beating Los Angeles ...

    Mechelle Voepel

    In Saturday's decisive Game 3, the Mercury's brisk pace and speed prevailed over the Sparks' pound-it-inside game. And now, Phoenix moves on to try to win the franchise's second WNBA title.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2009
  5. Los Angeles Sparks' Lisa Leslie retiring at the right time

    Mechelle Voepel

    Lisa Leslie's final season fell short of adding a third WNBA championship, and the Sparks legend is content with her decision to retire. Those around her know she'll still impact the game for years to come.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2009
  6. Los Angeles Sparks finally back on track in WNBA

    Mechelle Voepel

    Riding a five-game win streak, the Sparks are finally playing like the postseason contender we expected to see in L.A. this season.

    Story | Conversation | August 24, 2009
  7. Los Angeles Sparks take aim at WNBA title No. 3

    Mechelle Voepel

    Loaded with talent, the Sparks are one of the favorites when the WNBA season tips off Saturday.

    Story | Conversation | June 04, 2009
  8. Minnesota Lynx relying on fountain of youth

    Mechelle Voepel

    Minnesota's roster this summer is actually younger than last year's team. But even without a lot of veterans, the talented group could go far.

    Story | Conversation | June 01, 2009
  9. After years of success, Lisa Leslie decides to retire

    Mechelle Voepel

    After leading the U.S. women to Olympic gold and helping to make the WNBA a success, Lisa Leslie will finally retire from women's basketball later this year.

    Story | Conversation | February 05, 2009
  10. With these four left, rest of playoffs should be win-win

    Mechelle Voepel

    No matter what happens in the conference finals, the WNBA Finals pretty much can't go wrong with these four teams left.

    Story | Conversation | September 23, 2008
  11. Sparks' inside combo should be among league's best

    Mechelle Voepel

    The first time Lisa Leslie paired up with a former Tennessee superstar, it worked out OK in L.A. Now, can Leslie's one-two punch with Candace Parker put the Sparks back atop the WNBA?

    Story | Conversation | May 13, 2008
  12. Parker and Fowles prepare to leave mark on WNBA

    Mechelle Voepel

    After being drafted No. 1 and No. 2, Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles prepare to leave their marks on the WNBA.

    Story | Conversation | April 09, 2008
  13. Sparks seek identity in topsy-turvy season

    Mechelle Voepel

    No WNBA franchise had the same "identity" longer than L.A. The Sparks have always been Lisa Leslie's team. But with the star still on maternity leave, who, exactly, are the Sparks now?

    Story | Conversation | July 03, 2007
  14. Inside the Sparks's experts each tackle a burning question facing Los Angeles as the 2007 season nears.

    Story | Conversation | May 16, 2007
  15. Time to laugh with (but not at) Sparks coach Bryant

    Mechelle Voepel

    With the league's history, it's easy to question if Joe Bryant is the right person to lead the Sparks. But the coach needed one phone conversation to convince Mechelle Voepel to give him a chance.

    Story | Conversation | April 20, 2006
  16. Teams need to improve hiring practices

    Mechelle Voepel

    Ex-NBA players can make fine WNBA coaches -- so long as they're competent at their jobs, writes Mechelle Voepel.

    Story | Conversation | August 19, 2005