Og­wu­mike plays, but Sparks fall to 0- 5

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS -

Tierra Ruf­fin- Pratt and Emma Meesse­man scored 20 points apiece and the Washington Mys­tics beat the win­less Sparks, 84- 80, to ex­tend the Sparks’ worst start to a sea­son in fran­chise history.

The Sparks ( 0- 5) lost their f ifth straight game in a sea­son for the fourth time in fran­chise history. The club record is seven, set in 2007.

Nneka Og­wu­mike started in her sea­son de­but for the Sparks af­ter sit­ting out the first four games be­cause a sprained an­kle. She had 11 points, six re­bounds and f ive as­sists in 36 min­utes be­fore foul­ing out with 1: 51 left.

Jan­tel Laven­der led the Sparks with 18 points and nine re­bounds.

The Cleve­land Cava­liers made their first move of the sum­mer, pick­ing up the $ 5- mil­lion op­tion on cen­ter Ti­mofey Moz­gov’s con­tract for next sea­son.

Har­vey Pollack, the last orig­i­nal em­ployee of the NBA’s inau­gu­ral sea­son to still be work­ing in the league, has died. He was 93.

Pollack died Tues­day. Pollack worked for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time of his death, spend­ing the past 28 years as the team’s di­rec­tor of sta­tis­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion.

In 1946, Pollack be­gan his ca­reer with the Philadelphia War­riors of the Bas­ket­ball Assn. of Amer­ica, which later merged with the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League to form the NBA, as the team’s as­sis­tant pub­lic­ity di­rec­tor.

The Char­lotte Hor­nets will host the NBA All- Star game in 2017, Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver an­nounced.

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