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Russian star Maria Vadeeva enjoying time in WNBA with Sparks<
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By DOUG FEINBERG<
AP Basketball Writer<
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Maria Vadeeva dreamed of playing in the WNBA after growing up watching Diana Taurasi and Lauren Jackson compete in the Russian Basketball League.
It fueled her love of the sport.
Now the 20-year-old Russian star is living out those childhood hopes with the Los Angeles Sparks, who drafted her ...