Arrow-right Camera

Storm tip off WNBA season

WNBA: The WNBA season tips off tonight when the Los Angeles Sparks visit the Seattle Storm, but area basketball fans looking forward to a chance to go see local products Briann January (above) and Courtney Vandersloot have a long wait.

The league is taking a monthlong break for the London Olympic Games, beginning in mid-July. Play will resume Aug. 15.

January, the Lewis and Clark High School and Arizona State player who missed last season with a knee injury, visits Seattle with the Indiana Fever on Aug. 23. Vandersloot, the former Gonzaga star who was a first-round pick last season, and the Chicago Sky are in Seattle on Sept. 18.

A third local product, Katelan Redmon, was cut by New York on Thursday. The former LC and Gonzaga University standout was a third-round pick by the Liberty.

The Storm, who are hoping to make the playoffs for a league-record ninth straight season and have won two championships, the last in 2010, will be without star center Lauren Jackson, who will stay with the Australian national team until after the Olympics.

Dave Trimmer

Memorial Cup begins today

Junior hockey: The Memorial Cup, the Canadian Hockey League’s championship tournament, begins today in Shawinigan, Quebec, and runs through May 27.

At the Cup are the host Shawinigan Cataractes, the OHL champion London Knights, the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings and the QMJHL champion and defending Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs.

Each team plays each other in a round-robin format. The team with the best record after the round robin advances to the championship game, while the second- and third-place play off to determine the other finalist.