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Friday links: Bill Laimbeer's challenge to Cappie Pondexter, Brittney Griner's latest interview, and Elena Delle Donne's future with DuPont

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There are no games in the WNBA today, but plenty of news from the past couple of days to review.

Despite leading all guards in the Eastern Conference in All-Star voting, New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer had to challenge Cappie Pondexter recently.
Despite leading all guards in the Eastern Conference in All-Star voting, New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer had to challenge Cappie Pondexter recently.
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With only one game in the last two days and no games today, links were a bit light but thankfully we also found some complementary links from Twitter to fill this thing out.

Also, an aside that might help explain the inclusion of one of these tweets: I was a San Francisco 49ers fan long before becoming a basketball fan or a Seattle Storm fan.

  • The AP reports that the Los Angeles Sparks were up by as many as 27 points in their win over the New York Liberty yesterday, led by a career-high 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting from a more aggressive Kristi Toliver. On the other end of things, Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer has been dissatisfied with the play of Cappie Pondexter lately, who is coincidentally the leading All-Star vote getter among Eastern guards, and reportedly let her know in no uncertain terms. Pondexter responded with 34 points on 13-for-25 shooting. Read more >>>
  • Gene Wang of the Washington Post previews Maryland alum Tianna Hawkins' return to the DC-MD area when the Seattle Storm face the Washington Mystics tomorrow at the Verizon Center. Storm coach Brian Agler noted that she's been in a supporting role thus far but believes the sky is the limit for her, "... if she can carry over and develop a professional work ethic." Read more >>>

  • Aaron Lommers of the Everett Herald reports that Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird has been in practices and team meetings everyday since rejoining the team on June 16. Bird says the decision to have surgery and miss the season was made easier by the doctors: the surgery was a matter of preserving the longevity of her career. Read more >>>
  • Kevin Tresolini of The News Journal reports that DuPont is working on a three-year plan for Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne's recently agreed upon sponsorship deal that will begin in 2014. Tresolini writes that, "...she was attracted to the deal in part because DuPont is headquartered in her home state." Read more >>>
  • 254 Sports.com has released Part II of a Ricardo Lecompte conversation with former Baylor Lady Bear Brittney Griner, examining her relationship with former coach Kim Mulkey (click here to see Part I of the interview). The article includes a quote from fellow Baylor product Sophia Young in addition to a video with Griner saying she still loves the school and would like to go back at some point in a show of support. As an aside, the video also shows Young working out and running with a knee brace - could that be a positive sign for her recovery? Read more >>>

  • Danielle Young of Hello Beautiful comments on Sharnee Zoll-Norman officially coming out recently and her point that she didn't feel the need to make an official announcement. "Norman’s coming out doesn’t come along with a ton of fanfare, but this doesn’t discount the courage it takes to make that announcement official. Gay doesn’t always have to look, walk or feel a stereotypical way." Read more >>>
  • ABC News’ Linzie Janis previews PBS' upcoming documentary Age of Champions, which includes a profile of a women's basketball team competing for their eighth gold medal in America's Senior Olympics. The story focuses on Mavis Albin, a 76-year-old grandmother of eight who graduated from high school prior to Title IX and wasn't able to play college basketball. Read more >>>
  • The Women's Game has launched its pilot episode for a proposed Australian Women's Football (or soccer, for those of you in the U.S.) web series produced hosted by former Australian women's national team member Sarah Walsh. It's not at all basketball related, but hey, we support any additional coverage of women's sports. Read more >>>

If there's anything I missed, feel free to drop it in the comments or create a fan post if there's something you feel the need to elaborate on.