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Unique season: August reserved for Athens

Updated: January 21, 2004, 3:59 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- The WNBA season will last four weeks longer than usual when the league takes a break in August to allow its top players to compete in the Athens Olympics.

The league released its schedule Wednesday, with three games on opening day May 20, and a rematch (televised by ABC) between 2003 WNBA title finalists Detroit and Los Angeles on May 29.

The Sparks won back-to-back titles before the Shock rallied after losing the series opener last year.

The Olympic break is Aug. ...

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