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Mercury fire head coach Vanessa Nygaard after 2-10 start

The Phoenix Mercury have fired head coach Vanessa Nygaard after a league-worst 2-10 start to the season.

"We have chosen to make a change at head coach," Mercury general manager Jim Pitman said in a statement Sunday. "We thank Vanessa Nygaard for the way she endured and managed the adversity of the last year-plus. Our organization and our fans have high expectations for this team, and we have not reached those with our performance this year."

Assistant coach Nikki Blue will serve as the team's interim head coach for the rest of the season.