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Sparks forward to have ACL repaired

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Sparks forward DeLisha Milton-Jones, a member of the U.S. Olympic team, will undergo surgery on her right knee and miss the Athens Games.

Milton-Jones, who was injured in a WNBA game on Friday, underwent an MRI on Monday. It showed a torn medial meniscus and sprained medial collateral ligament. She will have ACL surgery, and the medial meniscus will be reassessed then, the Sparks said.

"I'm disappointed but at the same time it feels good to know that I will be able to come back new and improved," she said.

The 6-foot-1 Milton-Jones, who was a member of the 2000 Olympic team, also will miss the rest of the WNBA season. No timetable for her recovery was given.

She was injured in the Sparks' 66-61 victory at San Antonio on July 9. She was on a fast break trying to avoid a defender when she fell under the basket.

"It's a very, very tough loss for our team," Sparks general manager Penny Toler said. "She's one of our most valuable players. She came to camp in great shape, and has put together an amazing comeback this year."

In February, Milton-Jones tore a ligament in the same knee while training with the U.S. national team in Florida.

Milton-Jones averaged 10.1 points in 19 games this season for the Sparks.

USA Basketball will announce Milton-Jones' replacement for Athens.