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Saturday Links: WNBA Preseason Begins Today With Three Games

Normally I don't plan to do links on weekends, but today is unique: it's the first day of exhibition games for the WNBA.

A look around the league as the Atlanta Dream, Indiana Fever, Los Angeles Sparks, San Antonio Silver Stars, and Tulsa Shock take the court for the first time in 2012.

  • Mike Brown of the Tulsa World writes that everyone is optimistic about the Tulsa Shock's coaching change, talking to three players making a return to the franchise this season for various reasons: Chante Black, Scholanda Dorrell, and Shanna Zolman. Tulsa's projected starters for today are apparently Dorrell, Ivory Latta, Glory Johnson, Kayla Pedersen, and Riquna Williams. Read more >>>
  • Terrence Thomas of the San Antonio Express-News provides an update on San Antonio Silver Stars wing Shameka Christon who is attempting to make comeback after missing most of the last two seasons. Her persistence in trying to regain her All Star form is what made the Silver Stars pursue her. Read more >>>
  • Josh Flynn of Slam Online reports that Tully Bevilaqua is wondering whether 2012 will be her final season in the WNBA. Bevilaqua will turn 40 this summer and is taking things year-to-year at this point, as she has said for the last five years. Read more >>>
  • Richard Oliver of the San Antonio Express-News reports on a first for San Antonio: all six professional sports teams will be playing tonight for the first time ever, including the San Antonio Silver Stars who will be hosting the Indiana Fever. It probably goes without saying that the San Antonio Spurs, the #1 seed in the NBA's Western Conference playoffs, are the headliner tonight. Read more >>>
  • Jānis Kacēns of Love Women's Basketball writes about New York Liberty wing Nicole Powell and the Croatian Basketball Union working out a mutually beneficial agreement that would include her playing for Croatia in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. It's unclear when she would actually report, but sources say there is apparently a deal in place. In any event, it's nice to finally have some Liberty news. Read more >>>
  • John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant writes 10 Things About The Connecticut Sun, in which he previews the season of a team that has not won a playoff game in three years (the first point). Two of the more interesting points: backup center will be the toughest competition in camp (the second point) and Kara Lawson is disappointed about not making the U.S. Women's Basketball Senior National Team. Read more >>>
  • Roman Augustoviz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that both Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen participated in her first preseason practice yesterday. Whalen's return to the Lynx practices came after taking a week off to recover from playing in the Czech Republic. Unsurprisingly, practice was better yesterday. Read more >>>
  • The Knoxville News Sentinel has a short piece about Indiana Fever forward Shyra Ely-Gash's second ACL injury in three years, which will force her to miss the entirety of the 2012 season. They hoped it would be ok at first, but are now focused on her getting healthy for next season. Read more >>>
  • Marc Allard of the Norwich Bulletin wonders what impact the Olympic break will have on the Connecticut Sun, a question that obviously applies to every team in the league. Renee Montgomery, who wasn't yet in the league during the last Olympic break, thinks the break might have a bigger impact on the coaches. Read more >>>
  • has a piece describing the situation of the 8 Duke players currently in WNBA training camps: "Mistie (Bass) Mims (Connecticut Sun), Alana Beard (LA Sparks), Chante Black (Tulsa Shock), Karima Christmas (Tulsa Shock), Monique Currie (Washington Mystics), Lindsey Harding (Atlanta Dream), Jasmine Thomas (Washington Mystics) and Krystal Thomas (Phoenix Mercury). Ultimately, all 8 have a reasonable shot to make a roster. Read more >>>
  • Augustoviz of the Star Tribune also takes a look at Lindsay Whalen's off-season with her team in the Czech Republic, which decided to blow up the roster and not re-sign Whalen. Whalen says that, "[In European basketball], there are great teams over there as well but the WNBA is [filled with] high-caliber, high-quality players, 11 players on a team that can really play." Read more >>>
  • Josh Little of KOLO TV reported that former Nevada Wolf Pack point guard Dellena Criner has been cut by the Seattle Storm. Read more >>>
  • Sue Favor of They're Playing Basketball (and elsewhere) responds to the claims by Lauren Richie and David Stern that there are no news media publications adequately covering the WNBA. Favor notes Hoopfeed, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Seattle Times, and Swish Appeal as sites that have been covering the league during training camp and suggests that the league should do a better job of promoting those sites as places where the WNBA is coverage. Read more >>>

Feel free to add any other links you have in the comments.