Big performances to go into the break; Black Lives Matter protest updates

Today’s results:

The Sparks routed the Mystics, 95-75, to go 21-3 before the break. Nneka Ogwumike had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Candace Parker, 18 points and six assists to lead LA.

The Dream held off the Wings, 93-88. Reshanda Gray had a career high 22 points and 10 rebounds in leading Atlanta.

The Lynx downed the Storm, 79-72, behind the efforts of Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles.

The Sun edged the Sky, 94-89, with five players in double figures on each side.

And now we’re on Olympic break until Aug. 26:

I don’t think the league has needed a break this bad in its life, for many reasons.

More on the WNBA fines:

The Washington Mystics have joined the Black Lives Matter protest.

So has Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm.

Tamika Catchings explains the decision to hold a media blackout.

Liberty center Tina Charles said players will keep using their platform.

Welcome to the suddenly apolitical WNBA.

The gulf between the WNBA and its players has widened in the wake of the protests.

Why black T-shirts matter.

The WNBA and NBA diverge at a political crossroads.

One analysis of the situation.

Player news:

Dream forward Elizabeth Williams has won the June WNBA Community Assist Award.

Lisa Borders Q@A:

Interesting timing.

Olympics news:

Here’s the Canadian Olympic basketball roster. They are eyeing a medalat the Games.

Australia’s path to the podium.

Australia’s Marianna Tolo is focused on gold.