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Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver to sit out WNBA season

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NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Sparks will be without Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver for the WNBA season so they can focus on their health the team announced Friday.

Ogwumike, the No. 1 pick by the Connecticut Sun in 2014 has missed two seasons to deal with injuries and with the shortened schedule felt that it would be smart to take care of her health. She missed the 2015 with a knee injury and 2017 because of an Achilles tendon injury. Both were suffered while she played overseas.

"If you know me, you know that I have overcome some of the biggest challenges an athlete can face on the court," Ogwumike said. "My previous injuries have given me strength and built character, but unfortunately they require me to be careful with my preparation leading up into a season,"

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