Parker back to help Sparks win; Mystics snap Lynx winning streaks

She’s baaaaaaack: Candace Parker returned to the Sparks tonight to help them beat the Fever, 74-64. Jantel Lavender came off the bench for Los Angeles to lead them with 18 points, and Parker added 17.

The Mystics have the Lynx’s number. They beat them for the second time this season, 79-75. In the process, Washington snapped Minnesota’s two winning streaks: their 18-game regular season winning streak and their current 10-game streak.

More on the Corey Gaines firing:

The Mercury are getting a coach who hasn’t watched them play much.

Q&A with Russ Pennell.

WNBA team news:

Lynx….podcast features Rebekkah Brunson.

Sky….Allie Quigley is reunited with her family in Chicago.

Silver Stars….rookie Davellyn Whyte will have a sweet homecoming next weekend, once again, when San Antonio visits Phoenix.

Tomorrow’s game previews:

Sky at Sun

Shock at Mercury

Silver Stars at Storm

College news:

Rae Rippetoe-Blair has stepped down as coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is vacationing in Africa with Bill and Chelsea Clinton.

USC has landed Keneisha Horn from Alabama.

Cal forward Gennifer Brandon had successful surgery to repair a recurrent right tibial stress fracture.

Meet the Tennessee rookies: Mercedes Russell.