Getting ready for the WNBA All-Star game, second half of club ball season

In the standings department:

Seimone Augustus scored 25 points to help the Lynx beat the Mercury tonight, 106-98. Not only did Phoenix see its six-game winning streak snapped, but Minnesota moves into first place in the West.

The Sun is on a red hot roll. They haven’t lost at home this season.

All-Star business:

Tulsa Shock rookie Liz Cambage will replace Candace Parker in Saturday’s All-Star game.

Becky Hammon leads the All-Star reserve list.

Other pro business:

Diana Taurasi is spending more time on the bench for the Mercury this season than ever before. But she’s cool with it.

Former Colorado coach Kathy McConnell-Miller is the Tulsa Shock’s new assistant coach.

Laurel Richie is trying to translate soccer into basketball.

Club ball:

Today seems to be college verbal commit day. Look at this list.

ESPN has learned a lot from the first half of July recruiting.