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Mystics Insider: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

Mystics Edge Dream 81-75

Three games into the Jessie Kenlaw era, the Mystics are 2-1. And Taj McWilliams-Franklin credits a dramatic change in coaching style for the team's improved play. "Coach Kenlaw is definitely more enthusiastic," McWilliams-Franklin told the Associated Press. "She is constantly...

By Melissa Rosenberg  |  July 26, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gameday: Mystics at Dream

Just got off the phone with Jessie Kenlaw, who is one of a few awake members of the Mystics this afternoon as the players have all settled in for their pre-game naps. Heading to Atlanta is close, but not quite...

By Katie Carrera  |  July 25, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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WNBA Officials on Suspensions

WNBA league officials including President Donna Orender and Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Operations Renee Brown tried to explain the logic of the group involved in evaluating the fight at the end of Tuesday's Shock-Sparks game. Orender ultimately had...

By Katie Carrera  |  July 24, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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WNBA Announces Shock-Sparks Suspensions

Sparks and Beijing teammates Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker were each suspended for one game for their roles in the fracas. (AP) The WNBA is suspending so many people from Tuesday's incident that the players will have to serve...

By Margaret McElligott  |  July 24, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Without Ford, Shock Bring Lieberman Out of Retirement

When Lieberman played for Phoenix at the age of 39, she set the WNBA's record as the oldest player in the league. Now 50, she'll break her own record. (AP) The domino-row of events triggered by Tuesday night's fight...

By Katie Carrera  |  July 24, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Waiting Game, Mystics-Liberty Notes

I'm waiting for the WNBA to announce the repercussions of the Tuesday night's fight between the Shock and Sparks and I'll provide updates as that develops. But in the meantime, what do you think about the league not dolling out...

By Katie Carrera  |  July 24, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fallout From Shock-Sparks Skirmish

The initial version of this blog post incorrectly reported the cause of Cheryl Ford's injury. She tore her ACL coming down with a rebound with 2:06 to go in the fourth quarter. This version has been corrected. A WNBA spokesman...

By Margaret McElligott  |  July 23, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Mystics Fall to Liberty, 80-73

After battling back to get within one to start the fourth quarter, the Mystics fell to the Liberty in a morning game held before screaming summer basketball campers. Katie was at Verizon Center and said that the team was focused...

By Margaret McElligott  |  July 23, 2008; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Gameday: Mystics-Liberty

Today's 11:30 a.m. game is going to have a lot of people trying to follow the action from their desks. To help you out, here's the live play-by-play and radio Webcast. And here are starting lineups: Washington: Taj McWilliams-Franklin Monique...

By Margaret McElligott  |  July 23, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Fight Breaks Out During Shock-Sparks Game (UPDATED)

Holy moly. In the waning seconds of the Detroit-Los Angeles game, a scuffle on the floor led to the ejections of three players and a Shock assistant coach. Plenette Pierson, Candace Parker, former Mystic DeLisha Milton-Jones and coach Rick Mahorn...

By Margaret McElligott  |  July 23, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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No Time To Waste

"We don't have time to waste," interim head coach Jessie Kenlaw said over and over at practice today. She ran the Mystics through their longest session of the year, despite the smooth jazz (the kind you hear in elevators) that...

By Katie Carrera  |  July 22, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Adrenaline, Shaken Not Stirred

If nothing else, the law of averages suggests the Mystics were bound to win a game. Does the law of averages explain the fashion in which they won? Well, who knows, but it was quite the dramatic reversal. The ultimate...

By Katie Carrera  |  July 20, 2008; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Gameday: Mystics-Storm, Kenlaw's First Game as Head Coach

While the past two days have been dominated by the coaching change, the Mystics' fundamental problems have remained the same. (More on what this past day has been like for Jessie Kenlaw further down in this post.) The Mystics are...

By Katie Carrera  |  July 20, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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