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Swoopes topped WNBA All-Star voting

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NEW YORK — Sheryl Swoopes of the Houston Comets finished as the leading vote-getter in balloting for the WNBA all-star game.

Swoopes received 171,576 votes for the game, to be played in Phoenix on July 17. More than 2.4 million votes were cast in internet balloting and in arenas, almost double the 1.25 cast last year.

Swoopes will be joined on the Western Conference starting lineup by teammates Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson along with Lisa Leslie of Los Angeles and Tina Penicheiro of Sacramento.

The Eastern starters include Chamique Holdsclaw and Nikki McCray of Washington; Sue Wicks and Teresa Weatherspoon of New York and Taj McWilliams of Orlando.

The coaches in each conference will pick the reserves. Richie Adubato of New York and Van Chancellor of Houston will coach the teams.