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Sparks, all-star Cambage part ways

- FROM NEWS SERVICES AND STAFF REPORTS

The Los Angeles Sparks and four-time WNBA all-star Liz Cambage agreed to a contract divorce, the team announced Tuesday. It ends a five-month stint after the team signed Cambage in February.

Cambage, a 6-foot-8 center, averaged 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25 games.

“We want what’s best for Liz and have agreed to part ways amicably,” Sparks Managing Partner Eric Holoman said in a news release. “The Sparks remain excited about our core group and are focused on our run towards a 2022 playoff berth.”

The Sparks (12-15) are in sixth place in the WNBA and are led by interim coach Fred Williams. The team fired Derek Fisher last month after struggling early in the season.

— Caroline Pineda

Aces win Commission­er’s Cup

Kelsey Plum scored 12 of her 24 points in the first quarter as Las Vegas raced to an early 23-point lead, then the Aces held on for a 93-83 victory over the host Chicago Sky to win the second WNBA Commission­er’s Cup championsh­ip.

Plum, who was the All-star Game MVP in Chicago a few weeks ago, hit six of her nine three-point attempts.

Chelsea Gray had 19 points — including nine pivotal ones in the third quarter — and earned MVP of the game. A’ja Wilson had 17 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks for the Aces, who dominated early and then repelled several Sky runs in the second half. Jackie Young added 18 points.

Chicago and Las Vegas finished as the top teams in the Eastern and Western conference­s with 9-1 records in the Commission­er’s Cup in-season tournament.

Members of the Aces earned in excess of $30,000 per player, while those on the Sky earned $10,000 per player. Gray won an extra $5,000 as MVP of the championsh­ip game.

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