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SPARKS: HOPES HIGH AS TRAINING CAMP ENDS

In Los Angeles Sparks, WNBA on May 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

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LOS ANGELES — Sparks insider Mirin Fader previews the upcoming season after spending time with the team on Media Day.

Expectation.

That was the feeling that permeated the Sparks’ training camp as the league’s 16th season commenced.

Former WNBA MVP Candace Parker is healthy, number one draft pick Nneka Ogwumike has already averaged 15 points a contest in preseason, and Head Coach Carol Ross enters her first year at the helm in Los Angeles after 25 years of combined experience in the WNBA, the elite Southeastern Conference, and USA basketball.

With a balance of seasoned veterans and younger acquisitions, the Sparks look to reclaim the WNBA title they haven’t had since 2002.

“A lot of people were disappointed from last season because people are so used to winning, and anything less than a championship is just a failure,” forward newcomer Nicky Anosike said. “This training camp we were all very focused on this season.” (READ MORE.)

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