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Magic-era Los Angeles Sparks shape roster for a defensive lockdown
Magic-era Los Angeles Sparks shape roster for a defensive lockdown

With a change in ownership and several key additions to their roster, the Sparks will renew their chase for their first WNBA championship since 2002 when they open their regular season Friday in Seattle. Much has changed for the Sparks since a Brittney Griner turnaround jump shot with 4.9 seconds to go in the final contest of their first-round series against the Phoenix Mercury knocked them out of last year's playoffs. An investment group led by Lakers great Magic Johnson and Dodgers' controlling owner Mark Walter bought the Sparks in February after the team's previous owners said they could no longer finance the unprofitable franchise. Since then, the new owners have bankrolled...

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