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Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"

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July 11, 2008 6:21 PM

Sparks coach hospitalized

Posted by Jayda Evans

Los Angeles coach Michael Cooper was rushed to a local Seattle hospital this evening after suffering a flare-up with a herniated disk in his lower back.

The Sparks arrived today and Cooper traveled with the team to the Storm's training facility for practice. But toward the beginning of the session, he felt a sharp pain in his side. He was taken to a hospital because the last time he felt a similar pain, he needed surgery. No more information was given on his condition.

Assistant coach Marianne Stanley conducted the remainder of practice and the Sparks were a lively bunch. Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie teamed for finally shooting to end the session then Parker had to give seven phone interviews.

The Sparks lost to Sacramento on Thursday in the second of a back-to-back set. Leslie said her team played 34 minutes of good basketball then just gave the game away.

Meanwhile the Storm is reporting everyone healthy and star Lauren Jackson left to spend the remainder of the afternoon packing for Beijing. She leaves Sunday for a small vacation in the states, then will leave for her native Australia on July 17. Her national team is going to a retreat together then Jackson will have a few days with family before leaving for the Games.

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