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Friday morning links: Mystics snap Lynx's streak and Whalen having career year

The Mystics shocked the league again and could finish the year as the only team to sweep the Lynx.

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The Mystics recaptured some of their early season magic Thursday night.
The Mystics recaptured some of their early season magic Thursday night.
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  • The Associated Press reports that the heir to Pat Summitt, Holly Warlick, has received a one-year contract extension at Tennessee through March 2017.
  • Glory Johnson recaps her All-Star/birthday weekend on SLAMonline. It sounds like she is really hoping for a dunk contest at future WNBA All-Star Games and will be prepared if one happens.
  • Cassandra Negley of azcentral writes about the basketball background of new Mercury head coach Russ Pennell.
  • Aman Ali of released's "Race to the MVP: Week Ten." Lindsay Whalen headlined the promo headline on's home page. Even though Whalen only moved up one spot from last time (No. 5 to No. 4) she is the story because she wasn't necessarily expected to be in the top 5 of the race this year.
  • Christian Mordi of SLAM gives the same top 10 as Aman Ali in the MVP race, but two major differences are Diana Taurasi at No. 6 instead of No. 2 and Tamika Catchings at No. 3 instead of No. 9.
  • Mark Ambrogi of The Indianapolis Star recaps the Sparks' win over the Fever Thursday night.
  • Kent Youngblood of The Star Tribune recaps the Mystics' improbable win over the Lynx that snapped Minnesota's 10-game winning streak and 18-game home winning streak. The Mystics needed their best player to be at her best to get the win: Ivory Latta scored an incredible 19 points in the first half alone and overcame foul trouble to add five more in the fourth. Matee Ajavon prevented Washington from blowing another late lead with a clutch layup at 21.3 seconds remaining that put the Mystics up for good.