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Comets tie mark with 7-0 start; Sparks fire G.M.

WASHINGTON -- The Houston Comets tied a WNBA record for longest winning streak at the start of a season Friday night, rallying from 12 points down in the second half to beat the Washington Mystics 72-69.

Cynthia Cooper had 28 points and eight assists and Sheryl Swoopes had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Comets improved to 7-0, matching the start of the 1997 New York Liberty.For a while, however, the Mystics (1-6) were on the verge of making history as they bid for the biggest upset ever in the three-year-old league. After blowing a 49-37 lead with 14:13 to play, Washington missed three chances to tie in the final 20 seconds.

STING 59, ROCKERS 57: At Cleveland, Vicky Bullett scored 18 points and the Charlotte Sting held off a late rally to down the winless Rockers.

SPARKS FIRE GM: The Los Angeles Sparks have fired general manager Rhonda Windham, it was announced Friday. Team president Johnny Buss informed Windham of his decision following an 86-73 loss to Minnesota on Thursday, Los Angeles' third straight and fourth in six games.