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Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 3:10pm EDT

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First of all, Sylvia Fowles and Lauren Jackson were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, respectively. It's Fowles second such honor this season, and Jackson's fourth. Jackson didn't play in the Storm's noon game today against the Liberty, which they won, 78-70, thanks to a fourth quarter surge. She's still being evaluated for a concussion.

The new MVP rankings are out today, and right now it's:

1. Lauren Jackson
2. Tina Charles
3. Cappie Pondexter
4. Diana Taurasi
5. Angel McCoughtry
6. Crystal Langhorne
7. Sylvia Fowles
8. Tamika Catchings
9. Sancho Lyttle
10. Monique Currie

The WNBA-USA Basketball teams were announced today:

WNBA

Player Team

Jayne Appel San Antonio Silver Stars
Rebekkah Brunson Minnesota Lynx
Becky Hammon San Antonio Silver Stars
Iziane Castro Marques Atlanta Dream
Katie Douglas Indiana Fever
Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
Crystal Langhorne Washington Mystics
Sancho Lyttle Atlanta Dream
Michelle Snow San Antonio Silver Stars
Penny Taylor Phoenix Mercury
Sophia Young San Antonio Silver Stars

USA BASKETBALL

Player Team

Sue Bird Seattle Storm
Swin Cash Seattle Storm
Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
Tina Charles Connecticut Sun
Candice Dupree Phoenix Mercury
Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky
Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream
Maya Moore University of Connecticut
Renee Montgomery Connecticut Sun
Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty
Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury

The Mercury beat the Sparks tonight (I didn't go). Maybe the LA Times' piece this morning on rookie guard Andrea Riley helped, because the youngin played over 12 minutes and put up nine points. Very nice.

San Antonio actually won a game, beating Connecticut 79-66.

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