Women's basketball

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Iowa's Megan Gustafson reacts as she leaves the court during the second half of a regional women's college basketball game against North Carolina State in the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Former Iowa star Gustafson was drafted by the WNBA Dallas Wings before getting cut just before final rosters were announced. The AP Player of the Year will be competing with an Iowa alumni team in The Basketball Tournament. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
June 10, 2019 - 11:25 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When I say that I have probably spent more time in the past couple of months flying in an airplane than on ground, I'm not kidding. When I also say that my life lately could be classified as a crazy roller coaster, I am telling you the truth. I have gone from the highest of...
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Four-time WNBA All-Star Ticha Penicheiro speaks to a reporter during media availability for the 2019 inductees of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame at the hall, in Knoxville, Tennessee, Friday, June 7, 2019. (Caitie McMekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
June 07, 2019 - 4:10 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ticha Penicheiro has discovered a different way to hand out assists now that her playing career is over. Rather than setting up teammates for easy baskets, Penicheiro is guiding the next generation of players in her new career as an agent. The former Old Dominion and...
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June 06, 2019 - 8:25 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson, comedian Tiffany Haddish and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley are among the presenters announced Thursday for the NBA Awards show on June 24. Other award presenters include WNBA star Candace Parker, supermodel Ashley Graham,...
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FILE - In this May 31, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks' head coach Derek Fisher claps for his team during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun, in Los Angeles. Fisher admitted he learned a lot from his failed stint as coach of the New York Knicks. He’s taking those lessons over to his new role as the head of the Los Angeles Sparks. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 05, 2019 - 12:07 am
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Derek Fisher admitted he learned a lot from his failed stint as coach of the New York Knicks. He's taking those lessons over to his new role as the head of the Los Angeles Sparks. So far, it has paid off. The rookie WNBA coach has guided the Sparks to wins in two of the...
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In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019, photo, NBC hockey broadcaster Mike Emrick poses for a photo while preparing to call Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins in Boston. At 72, still calling games on the NHL’s biggest stage, Emrick is in his prime and showing no signs of slowing down and stepping away from broadcasting the fastest game on ice. “I really wanted to do it from the time I saw my first game, but a lot of people really want to do something and they don't get to,” Emrick said. “When you have a job like that, you're never working the rest of your life. So it's been 46 years. I don't know when it'll end. God only knows.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
June 04, 2019 - 8:51 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues' morning skates are over and a handful of broadcasters have taken the ice to re-enact a play from this bruising Stanley Cup Final. In the otherwise empty stands is a singular figure having a good chuckle at the retired players doing their best to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart in action against the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision says that Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is out for the year. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Thursday night, May 23, 2019, because no official announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 24, 2019 - 5:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Breanna Stewart will be a paid ambassador for the WNBA this season. The reigning MVP tore her right Achilles tendon while playing overseas this winter and because the league has no injury list for teams, the Seattle Storm suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot. The...
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Seattle Storm's Sue Bird tosses a basketball as she waits to be photographed at the basketball team's media day Monday, May 13, 2019, in Seattle. The Storm is the defending WNBA champion. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 23, 2019 - 8:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and a few injuries to some of the sport's greatest players. The league will tip off its 23rd season on Friday with many teams hoping to win the championship this year. The defending champion...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (11) shoots against Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard (6) during the second half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals, in Fairfax, Va. The Washington Mystics sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll for the first time. The runner-ups from last season’s WNBA Finals received five first-place votes from the 14-person national media panel Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Washington is led by Elena Delle Donne, who was the panel’s preseason player of the year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
May 22, 2019 - 10:10 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Mystics sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll for the first time. The runner-up from last season's WNBA Finals received five first-place votes from the 14-person national media panel Wednesday. It's the first time in the four-year history of the poll that...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Seattle Storm's Sue Bird (10) tries to get past New York Liberty's Brittany Boyd during the first of a WNBA basketball game, in Seattle. Sue Bird needs arthroscopic surgery on her left knee and will be out indefinitely, another big blow for the defending WNBA champs. The Storm announced Tuesday, May 21, 2019, that the 11-time All-Star has a loose body in her left knee. Bird will undergo surgery in Connecticut in the near future.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 21, 2019 - 4:39 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird needs arthroscopic surgery on her left knee and will be out indefinitely, another big blow for the defending WNBA champs. The Storm said Tuesday that the 11-time All-Star has a loose body in her knee. Bird said it's something doctors have noticed in the...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2017, file photo, Debbie Antonelli, a women's college basketball analyst for ESPN, listens before a women's NCAA college basketball game between Duke and Notre Dame in Conway, S.C. Antonelli wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness for South Carolina Special Olympics. So about a year ago she came up with the concept of ’24 Hours of Nothing But Net”. She vowed to make 2,400 free throws for 24 straight hours. She did just that over the weekend, making 2,400 of 2,553 free throws, hitting at 94% accuracy, at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall gym. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)
May 21, 2019 - 12:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Special Olympics has always been near and dear to basketball analyst Deb Antonelli. Her 21-year-old son Frankie is a Special Olympics athlete who just completed his sophomore year in Clemson University's LifeProgram. She wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness for...
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