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Taurasi to skip WNBA season; Russia offers money to rest

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PHOENIX (AP) The toll of playing year-round basketball finally caught up with Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi.

Less than a year after leading the Mercury to their third WNBA title, Taurasi announced Tuesday that she will skip the WNBA season this summer after accepting a lucrative offer from her Russian club team to rest.

Taurasi said she will return for the 2016 WNBA season.

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