Women's basketball

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2018, file photo shows Seattle Storm's Sue Bird, left, and Breanna Stewart embracing after the Storm defeated the Phoenix Mercury 94-84 during Game 5 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal, in Seattle. With Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird back, the Seattle Storm are healthy to begin the season and sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll. The Storm were the unanimous choice receiving all 16 first-place votes from the national media panel Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
July 22, 2020 - 5:08 pm
When the WNBA season begins this weekend inside its Florida bubble several familiar faces that were absent a year ago will be back on the court. It’s an important return for the individual players, their respective teams and the league as a whole. “If you look at last year, a lot of people were not...
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July 21, 2020 - 10:20 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett wants to come back to Minnesota — as a Timberwolves owner. The longtime NBA superstar said Tuesday he is part of a group that is hoping to buy the franchise from Glen Taylor, who has owned it since 1994. Taylor said in a statement he was recently approached by a...
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Cutout photos of Brighton fans fill the empty stands during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Newcastle United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, England, Monday, July 20, 2020. (Glyn Kirk/Pool via AP)
July 20, 2020 - 7:05 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world: ___ The Mountain West has postponed its football virtual media days which were scheduled for July 27-29. The league didn’t say when the online event would take place, saying only that “any future decisions and...
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In this May 20, 2020, photo provided by the Chicago Sky, Phoenix Mercury WNBA coach Sandy Brondello, rear, her husband Olaf Lange, left, an assistant coach for the WNBA Chicago Sky, and their children Brody, right, and Jayda eat at home in Phoenix, Ariz., while quarantining. The Brondello family is in the bubble in Bradenton, Fla. Sandy and Jayda are living in a hotel room while Olaf and Brody are in a villa on the IMG Academy property. There are no league rules preventing the couple to stay together with their two children but the coaches decided against it to maintain a level of professionalism. (Olaf Lange via AP)
July 20, 2020 - 6:31 pm
Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello called her husband Olaf Lange and good-naturedly ribbed him that he was late for a zoom interview. The first-year Chicago Sky assistant replied that he was logging in as they were speaking. Sure enough, before he could even finish the sentence on the phone his voice...
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This undated photo provided by the Atlanta Dream shows two golf carts in Bradenton, Fla. The WNBA put all 12 of its teams at a single site — the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida — in hopes of playing the full 22-game season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each team was given two golf carts and they are usually parked in front of the villas where the players or operations staff are staying. Atlanta glossed up its carts with the team's new logo on the front.(Kelsey Bibik/Atlanta Dream via AP)
July 19, 2020 - 7:13 pm
Sue Bird has seen a lot in her storied playing career in the WNBA, overseas and the Olympics. While nothing the 39-year-old Seattle Storm guard experienced has prepared her for life in the WNBA bubble, she is making the best of the situation. The WNBA put all 12 of its teams at a single site — the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Austin Meadows bats against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Meadows has been placed on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Rays announced the move Thursday night, July 16. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
July 17, 2020 - 12:25 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows was placed on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus. Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup was added to the roster in place of Meadows, who was a first-time...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, left, and guard Courtney Williams, right, huard Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals in Washington. Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league's independent panel of doctors to see if she'll be medically excused for the season, according to the Mystics. The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme Disease since 2008 and would potentially be at a higher risk for serious illness if she contracted the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 15, 2020 - 2:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne was shocked and hurt when her request to be medically excused for the season was denied by an independent medical panel. Having battled Lyme disease for more than a decade and now taking 64 pills a day, she thought she was definitely going to be considered...
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FILE- In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker holds her daughter Lailaa Nicole Williams after Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals against the Minnesota Lynx in Los Angeles. The Sparks won 75-64. Parker and her 11-year-old daughter are braving the start of an unprecedented WNBA season together in Florida. The Los Angeles Sparks All-Star knows it’s a calculated risk to stay in the coronavirus hot spot, where all 12 teams will play games in the WNBA “bubble” of Bradenton. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
July 14, 2020 - 8:21 am
Candace Parker and her 11-year-old daughter are braving the start of an unprecedented WNBA season together in Florida. The Los Angeles Sparks All-Star knows it’s a calculated risk to stay in the coronavirus hot spot, where all 12 teams will play games in the WNBA “bubble” of Bradenton. “We’re a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, left, and guard Courtney Williams, right, huard Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals in Washington. Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league's independent panel of doctors to see if she'll be medically excused for the season, according to the Mystics. The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme Disease since 2008 and would potentially be at a higher risk for serious illness if she contracted the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 13, 2020 - 11:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Delle Donne's request to be medically excused from the WNBA season was denied, according to the league's reigning MVP. The Washington Mystics star said in a statement Monday that the independent panel of doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)
July 13, 2020 - 8:04 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on...
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