Women's basketball

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones, left, and Dallas Wings forward Megan Gustafson tangle while going for a rebound during a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Gustafson recently finished her rookie season in the WNBA, and is off to Hungary for pro basketball in the winter. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 3:07 am
DALLAS (AP) — I have been playing the game of basketball since I was basically in diapers. For some reason, even back then I thought that putting an orange ball in a basket was quite entertaining. Fast forward about twenty-two years and this still rings true. I am currently living out my dreams as...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 file photo, Minnesota Lynx's head coach Cheryl Reeve instructs her players during a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles. Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
September 18, 2019 - 4:35 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars. The award announced Wednesday was based on voting by one...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, New York Liberty coach Katie Smith watches during the second half of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis. The Liberty will have the No. 1 pick in next year’s WNBA draft for the first time in franchise history. “It’s awesome to be able to have that pick,” Smith said. “We’re going to be able to add a really elite piece to what we already have. It’s a silver lining to a year where we battled and came up short. It’s something we can look towards the future and add a piece that will help us compete for a championship.” (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
September 17, 2019 - 7:53 pm
The New York Liberty will have the No. 1 pick in next year's WNBA draft for the first time in franchise history. One of the original WNBA teams, the Liberty won the draft lottery Tuesday night. New York had the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick with a 44.2% chance. "It's awesome to be able to...
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Former NBA players Kobe Bryant, left, and Tony Parker talk during the first-place match between Spain and Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 16, 2019 - 11:08 am
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant went to China for the first time in 1998, making the trip to Beijing to help operate an instructional basketball clinic for about a dozen kids. The local coaches working with him didn't know a lot about the game. Barely anyone noticed that an NBA player was in town...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, left, shoots against Indiana Fever's Jazmon Gwathmey during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Moore shocked the basketball world when she stepped away from the WNBA earlier in 2019 before the season began. She’s spent a lot of her time away from the game trying to help a family friend, Jonathan Irons, get his conviction overturned. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
September 16, 2019 - 10:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Moore startled basketball when she stepped away from the WNBA before the season. She has spent a lot of her time trying to help a family friend overturn a conviction. Jonathan Irons has been incarcerated since 1997, convicted in the nonfatal shooting of a homeowner during a...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (11) shoots against the Seattle Storm during the second half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals, in Fairfax, Va. Delle Donne was named the Associated Press WNBA OPlayer of the Year, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 13, 2019 - 6:03 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dawn Staley is ready to coach the game's best, just not yet. Staley, the U.S. national women's coach and head coach at South Carolina, will leave Monday for Miami for a quick mini-cap before the Americans head to Puerto Rico for the FIBA AmeriCup. It's a 10-team, weeklong...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (11) shoots against the Seattle Storm during the second half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals, in Fairfax, Va. Delle Donne was named the Associated Press WNBA OPlayer of the Year, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 11, 2019 - 1:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Delle Donne put together a historic season in Washington and has been named the Associated Press WNBA player of the year. Delle Donne became the first WNBA player to shoot over 50% from the field (51.5, 40% from behind the 3-point line (43%) and 90% from the foul line (97.4...
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Connecticut Sun guard Courtney Williams puts up a shot around Chicago Sky guard Diamond DeShields in WNBA Eastern Conference action Friday, September 6, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun dropped the 109-104 loss in overtime in their home season finale. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 3:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — After a wild regular season, the WNBA postseason gets underway with a pair of first-round games. Top seeds Washington and Connecticut don't play for another week, as the teams earned double byes to the semifinals. Los Angeles and Las Vegas don't play until Sunday against the winners...
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Los Angeles Sparks' Candace Parker, right, passes the ball while defended by Minnesota Lynx's Napheesa Collier during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
September 09, 2019 - 11:44 am
Candace Parker is remaining with Turner Sports after being sought by ESPN. Parker has signed a multiyear deal with Turner, where she will remain part of the network's NBA and NCAA Tournament coverage. She joined Turner for NCAA Tournament coverage in 2018 before expanding into NBA commentary last...
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Inductee Jack Sikma, right, stands with presenter Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 06, 2019 - 10:07 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Jack Sikma used his Basketball Hall of Fame induction speech to make a plea for the NBA to return to Seattle, where he led the SuperSonics to the 1979 NBA title. It was the only title for the franchise that moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. "There's a hole in Seattle that...
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