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Candace Parker (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Los Angeles Sparks Coach Michael Cooper didn't commit to taking Candace Parker with the first pick – Bill Laimbeer needled him for sandbagging – but it seemed pretty clear from the coaches and analysts that the Tennessee All-American was the prize of the WNBA draft.

The draft will be held next Wednesday, the day after the national championship game in Tampa, and Candace Parker and her Tennessee teammates hope to be playing next Tuesday evening at The Forum. First, the Lady Vols must face SEC foe LSU in a Sunday semifinal game. UConn and Stanford meet in the other semifinal. The winners will play Tuesday for the 2008 NCAA title. The players expected to go...

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