WNBA opens 16th season on May 18; Seattle vs LA

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks will open the 16th WNBA season against Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm on May 18.

The defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, featuring finals MVP Seimone Augustus and rookie of the year Maya Moore, will play Phoenix on May 20 on ABC.

The 12-team summer league will take a break for the London Olympics from July 14 to Aug. 15. As many as 20 WNBA players are expected to represent various countries at the Olympics.

The regular season ends Sept. 23, followed by the playoffs Sept. 27.