The Los Angeles Sparks’ forward has had quite the week. On Monday, the Stanford alum was named to her sixth NBA All-Star team. She and sister Chiney Ogwumike, her teammate at Stanford and again with the Sparks, have been rumored to have joined the cast of “Space Jam 2.” And with L.A. teammates Candace Parker out with an ankle injury and Riquna Williams beginning her 10-game suspension for a domestic-violence incident, it’s up to Ogwumike to lead L.A. And that she did Thursday, scoring 13 of her 22 points in a decisive third quarter to help the host Sparks beat the Dallas Wings 69-64. Chiney Ogwumike added 12 points.
The Hall of Fame hockey player who is second in NHL history in assists behind Wayne Gretzky has a chance to provide his biggest assist of all: bringing winning hockey to Seattle’s expansion NHL club as general manager. Although the team won’t start playing until the 2021-22 season, Francis, the former Carolina GM, is already daydreaming about his team. “I think if you look at my past experience, it’s a team that’s fast,” said Francis, 56. “I think it’s a team that needs to have skill and hockey sense. I like a team that’s extremely competitive. And for me, I think you need a team that has character.”
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