Women's basketball

Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, center, shoots between Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, left, and guard Ariel Atkins during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 11, 2019 - 8:24 am
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut fell one game short of winning its first WNBA championship, but the Sun's title hopes don't end with Thursday's loss to the Washington Mystics in Game 5 of the Finals. Coach Curt Miller will return a young team in 2020 that he believes could be perennial...
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FILE - In this July 14, 2012, file photo, U.S women's Olympic basketball players Diana Taurasi (12) and Sue Bird (6) watch during practice in Washington. The U.S. women’s national basketball team college tour is set to tip off next month. USA Basketball announced Wendesday, Oct. 9, 2019, that members of the national team will play exhibition games at Stanford, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Oregon in early November to prepare for the upcoming FIBA tournament later next month. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
October 09, 2019 - 1:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women's national basketball team's college tour is set to tip off next month. USA Basketball announced Wednesday that members of the women's team will play exhibition games at Stanford, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Oregon in early November to prepare for the FIBA...
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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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Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott speaks to reporters during the Pac-12 Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
October 07, 2019 - 1:36 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has expressed serious concerns about a new law that would allow college athletes in California to hire agents and be compensated for the use of their names or likenesses through endorsement deals or other money-making opportunities. The law...
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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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October 07, 2019 - 11:04 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has expressed serious concerns about a new law that would allow college athletes in California to hire agents and be compensated for the use of their name or likeness through endorsement deals. The law signed last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom would...
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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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