WASHINGTON -- The Eastern Conference lost the first six WNBA All-Star games before breaking through with a victory last year. Now, the East wants to establish its own streak in the midseason contest set for today.
"Of course, you always want to win, especially in the All-Star game, especially when you know you only won one," Detroit's Deanna Nolan said. "The past reasons I think we haven't been winning is we've been coming out thinking it's all fun, and the West comes serious. Now, we have to be serious from the start."
Nolan will be joined in the East's starting lineup by Shock teammates Cheryl Ford and Kara Braxton, and Indiana's Tamika Catchings and Anna DeForge. After four Connecticut players -- led by the game's MVP, Katie Douglas -- helped the East to last year's 98-82 win in New York, Nolan is hoping the team can benefit from a familiarity once again.
"I think it can help a little bit," she said. "We play each other so many times during the season. We know what each other likes to do."
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Although the West will be without usual All-Stars Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes and Sue Bird, the team will start four of the league's top seven scorers -- Seattle's Lauren Jackson (22.4. points per game), San Antonio's Becky Hammon (19.1), Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (18.8) and Houston's Tina Thompson (18.3).
• PRO FOOTBALL -- Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and speeding.
Chambers, 28, was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police around 2:30 a.m., several miles south of downtown, said police Capt. Lisa Goelz. He faces charges of driving while impaired, speeding, and reckless driving, she said.
He was later released on a $1,750 bond, according to Goelz. No other details were available.
• SOCCER -- The United States was eliminated from the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with a 2-1 overtime loss to Austria in the quarterfinals as Erwin Hoffer scored the go-ahead goal in the 105th minute, just two minutes after he entered the game.
Josmer Altidore of the New York Red Bulls put the United States ahead in the 15th minute with his fourth goal of the tournament, scoring on a glancing downward header off a Freddy Adu cross. Rubin Okotie tied the score for the Austrians in the 43rd with his second goal, beating a defender to get the rebound of Sebastian Proedl's shot and putting the ball past goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
• TENNIS -- Venus Williams overcame a terrible second set to beat Nadia Petrova in the semifinals 7-6, 0-6, 6-4 to tie the Fed Cup match between the United States and Russia at 1.
Earlier Saturday, Anna Chakvetadze gave Russia a lead by dominating Vania King 6-1, 6-3.
Two more singles matches will be played Sunday, and if necessary a deciding doubles match will follow.
The winner meets the winner of the other semifinals between Italy and France for the championship in September.