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Los Angeles: Controversy Over WNBA MVP Absence from Team USA Roster

Basketball

Clippers fall behind in series, Sparks not represented on Team USA, and controversial run loses the game for the Angels.

June 24, 2021
Source: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group
Source: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

🏀Clippers: For the third time this postseason, the Clips fell behind 2-0 in a series. Ugh, déjà vu. Kawhi Leonard remains out for Game 3, so Paul George needs to lead the squad to a win tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A word of advice? Make your free throws.

🏀Sparks: The Sparks surprisingly have no players on the U.S. Olympic roster. Nneka Ogwumike (pronounced oh-gwoo-MIH-kay) was not named to the 12-person team on Monday, making the almost-31-year-old the only former WNBA MVP to never make an Olympic squad.

  • Ogwumike has been out with a knee injury since June 1st, but was reportedly set to return before the Olympics. In comparison, WNBA GOAT Diana Taurasi (from Chino!) is also injured but is going to the Games (her fifth). Hmm.
  • Former Spark Candace Parker, who was left off the 2016 squad herself and chose to never play for Team USA again, had some choice words as well.

⚾️MLB: Two-way star Shohei Ohtani allowed only one run in six innings yesterday, but the potential game-winning run was overturned and the Angels ultimately lost to the San Francisco Giants 9–3 in 13 innings. Sigh.

  • The Dodgers didn’t fare any better and were swept by the San Diego Padres last night. Wa wa wa waaa.