WNBA basketball

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 - 4:18 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 - 2:54 pm
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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Connecticut Sun's Courtney Williams gets a lift from her father Don Williams after the Sun defeated the Washington Mystics in Game 4 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 08, 2019 - 11:27 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — With the season on the line, Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun turned up their defense to stop the Washington Mystics and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Sun held the Mystics without a point over...
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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 - 7:29 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 - 4:13 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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Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha celebrates his goal during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Detroit. Mantha scored all the team's goals in a 4-3 win. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
October 06, 2019 - 11:05 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Anthony Mantha is picking up where he left off last season, giving the Detroit Red Wings hope the power forward can help them avoid enduring another rebuilding season. Mantha scored a career-high four goals Sunday night, the last with 53.3 seconds left to give Detroit a 4-3 victory...
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Washington Mystics' Aerial Powers, center, breaks past Connecticut Sun's Courtney Williams, left, and Jonquel Jones, right, for a layup during the second half in Game 3 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 06, 2019 - 7:08 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington didn't need Elena Delle Donne to be a superstar on Sunday, they just needed her to be out on the court. The WNBA's MVP provided an emotional lift by playing through a back injury and her teammates responded with a solid effort to beat Connecticut 94-81 and move...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne warms up before Game 3 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 06, 2019 - 3:18 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne was in Washington's starting lineup for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday, five days after leaving the team's Game 2 loss to Connecticut with back spasms. The 6-foot-5 Delle Donne, who averaged 19.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in the regular season...
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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 - 4:15 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault says his 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...
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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 - 9:03 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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