NEW YORK — Seattle's Sue Bird will start in the WNBA All-Star Game in front of her home crowd.
Bird was selected Tuesday as a starter on the Western Conference team along with Phoenix's Diana Taurasi, Minnesota's Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles, and Los Angeles' Candace Parker. Parker was tied with teammate Nneka Ogwumike but received more fan votes to earn the starting position.
Elena Delle Donne of Washington headlines the Eastern Conference team. She is joined by Tina Charles of New York, Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas of Connecticut, and Tiffany Hayes of Atlanta.
The game is July 22 in Seattle. Starters were chosen by votes from fans, players and select media members. For the first time this year, the fan vote accounted for 50 percent of the selections. Player and media votes each counted for 25 percent.