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Sparks' Parker headed back to LA for MRI

Sparks forward Candace Parker is headed back to Los Angeles to have an MRI on her right knee that she injured in Sunday's loss to the New York Liberty.

Parker, who was limited to 10 games last year due to a shoulder injury, suffered the injury after grabbing a defensive rebound with 5:56 to go in the third quarter and making contact with New York's Quanitra Hollingsworth.

After staying down while holding her knee for a few minutes, she limped off the court and went to the locker room and did not return. The Sparks announced later Sunday that Parker would have the MRI in Los Angeles on Monday.

The Sparks have lost consecutive contests to start a seven-game road swing that continues at Connecticut on Tuesday night.