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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne, right, celebrates a play with Ariel Atkins, left, and Natasha Cloud, center, during the second half in Game 4 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 09, 2019 - 11:54 am
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The WNBA will crown a first-time champion Thursday night when the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics play the decisive Game 5 of the Finals. It's a series that has had its share of drama. There is an injured superstar playing in pain, a head coach facing the program he...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne stands on the court during the second half in Game 3 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 07, 2019 - 4:29 pm
Elena Delle Donne spent the last five days fighting a back injury and doing everything she could to play in the pivotal Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. She is not about to miss Game 4. The league MVP and the Washington Mystics are one win away from the first title in franchise history after a 94-81...
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Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault gives instructions from the bench during the second half in Game 3 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 07, 2019 - 1:13 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington, of course, would take its first WNBA championship no matter where it happens. But the Mystics want to win it in Connecticut on Tuesday in part for their coach. Mike Thibault spent 10 years in Uncasville and led the Connecticut Sun to eight playoff appearances,...
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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne stands on the court in the first half of Game 2 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 05, 2019 - 2:28 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault says his team is prepared to play the pivotal Game 3 of the WNBA Finals without league MVP Elena Delle Donne and guard Ariel Atkins. The pair combined for 43 points last week in leading the Mystics to a nine-point opening-game win, but...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler poses during a WNBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles. Toler was fired by the Sparks on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
October 04, 2019 - 6:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks fired general manager Penny Toler on Friday, a move that followed a postgame tirade when the team lost Game 2 in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. The team said Eric Holoman, the team's managing partner and governor, will replace Toler as GM and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler, left, newly named head coach Derek Fisher, center, and two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Candace Parker pose for a photo during a news conference in Los Angeles. The WNBA is looking into an obscenity-laced speech that included racial epithets made by Los Angeles general manager Penny Toler in the locker room after the Sparks lost Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
October 03, 2019 - 12:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is looking into an obscenity-laced speech that included racial epithets made by Los Angeles general manager Penny Toler in the locker room after the Sparks lost Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals in Connecticut. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said on ESPN on Thursday “we...
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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne reacts after getting fouled while scoring in the second half of Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Washington. Delle Donne contributed a team-high 22 points to Washington's 95-86 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 03, 2019 - 7:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has a herniated disk in her back. The league’s MVP left Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night after playing only a few minutes in the first quarter because of back spasms. She didn’t return, and an MRI revealed the herniated disk...
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October 02, 2019 - 1:30 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Special Olympian Amy Bockerstette will join an elite group of women serving as grand marshals for the Fiesta Bowl parade. The inspirational golfer with Down syndrome will serve as grand marshal for the Dec. 28 parade with Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi, U.S. national soccer team...
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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne reacts after getting fouled while scoring in the second half of Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Washington. Delle Donne contributed a team-high 22 points to Washington's 95-86 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 01, 2019 - 5:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne left Game 2 of the WNBA Finals with back spasms on Tuesday night and is questionable to return according to the team. Delle Donne was subbed out for Emma Meesseman with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter and went back to the locker room...
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Washington Mystics forward LaToya Sanders, right, protects the ball from Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones in the first half of Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 30, 2019 - 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Connecticut Sun are game-planning to get Jonquel Jones more involved in the WNBA Finals after their versatile 6-foot-6 center took just eight shots in the opener. Jones, who led the team in scoring and rebounding during the regular season, will try to get more in the flow...
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