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Citing family issues, Leslie withdraws from USA roster

Updated: September 6, 2006, 3:04 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the first time in 14 years, the U.S. women's basketball team will head into a major competition without center Lisa Leslie. The Americans will compete in the FIBA World Championship, which begins in Brazil on Sept. 12, but Leslie won't be there, citing family issues.

"Unfortunately, I won't be participating," Leslie said here Sunday afternoon, just after receiving her third WNBA MVP award at Arco Arena, where Game 3 of the WNBA Finals was being played. "With ...

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