Sun blazing into matchup with struggling Sparks


Owners of the best record in the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun will aim to improve that mark on Tuesday night in Uncasville, Conn., when they host the Los Angeles Sparks for the first meeting between the teams this season. The Sun (12-1) are coming off an 85-67 road win over the Dallas Wings on Saturday in which five Connecticut players finished with double figures in scoring. Rachel Banham had 16 points, while Alyssa Thomas flirted

Sparks’ coach sees team’s potential going into game at Dream


There are glimmers of hope for the Los Angeles Sparks as they continue to grind through a difficult start to their WNBA season. Coach Curt Miller noticed as much after his team dropped its second consecutive game, falling 81-76 to the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night. “I saw so much potential in this group tonight,” Miller said in a postgame interview. “I told them after the game we are coming together and are starting to

Lynx on the rise, won’t ‘settle’ with Sparks up next

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Hanging 100 points on the two-time defending WNBA champions didn’t provide nearly enough satisfaction for the Minnesota Lynx. Coming off its best offensive performance of the season, Minnesota will try to keep raising the bar on Friday when it faces the Los Angeles Sparks in Minneapolis. The Lynx (9-3) faced little resistance during Tuesday’s 100-86 victory over the Las Vegas Aces, posting season highs in points in regulation, assists (34) and 3-point percentage (55.6 percent).

Sparks hope to extend win streak vs. Storm


The Los Angeles Sparks will attempt to extend their first winning streak of the season when they face the host Seattle Storm on Tuesday night in the opener of a seven-game road trip. Tuesday’s contest will be a Commissioner’s Cup game. After snapping a three-game skid with an 81-72 victory over the Dallas Wings on Friday, the Sparks (4-7) scored a 96-92 win over the Aces on Sunday. Los Angeles weathered 31 points from A’ja

Aces see need to raise level going into game at Sparks


The two-time defending champion Las Vegas Aces have targets on their backs, and other teams are delivering dart-like blows. The Aces aren’t displaying title-winning form early this season and have dropped two of their last three games as they arrive in Los Angeles for Sunday night’s contest against the Sparks. Las Vegas (5-3) was severely outclassed by the visiting Seattle Storm on Friday night while falling 78-65. The Aces shot 31.3 percent from the field

Sparks, Wings meet in search of more physical play


When the Los Angeles Sparks host the Dallas Wings for Friday’s Commissioner’s Cup matchup, both will be trying to snap three-game losing streaks. Los Angeles (2-7) fell to 0-2 in Commissioner’s Cup play Wednesday with its third consecutive loss overall, an 86-62 setback at home against Minnesota. Following their 87-68 loss at Phoenix on Sunday, the Sparks’ Kia Nurse said that slow starts were plaguing the team, and Wednesday’s contest was more of the same.

Lynx to test strong finishing kick in visit to Sparks

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With double-digit wins in four of their last five games, the Minnesota Lynx come into Wednesday’s Commissioner’s Cup contest against the host Los Angeles Sparks, who are trying to get on track early into the WNBA campaign. On Sunday, Minnesota dominated the Dallas Wings in the second half for an 87-76 home win. The Lynx (6-2) outscored the Wings 48-38 after halftime, marking the third time in its last four wins that Minnesota overwhelmed its

Seeking consistency, Mercury, Sparks meet


The Los Angeles Sparks or host Phoenix Mercury will get a much-needed victory when the Western Conference rivals meet on Sunday night. The Mercury (3-5) are trying to end a four-game losing streak, with three of those defeats coming by at least 15 points. The Sparks (2-5) have fallen in three of their past four games, but the losses have come by a combined 16 points. Phoenix’s first-year coach, Nate Tibbetts, was looking for answers

Turnover issues loom large as Sky host Sparks


Turnovers plagued the Chicago Sky in a home loss on Tuesday while the Los Angeles Sparks prevailed elsewhere despite them. Limiting miscues will be the goal for both teams Thursday as the Sparks (2-4) visit the Sky (2-3). Chicago committed 21 turnovers during Tuesday’s 77-68 home loss to Seattle, a key factor to the Sky trailing by as many as 19, then fading again after a fourth-quarter rally. “Some of it was indecision,” center Elizabeth