Women's basketball

FILE - In this May 7, 2018, file photo, Indiana Fever center Kayla Alexander, center, reaches for a rebound between Chicago Sky's Linnae Harper (23) and Alaina Coates (41) during the second half of a WNBA preseason basketball game in Indianapolis. Alexander has always loved to draw since she was a child, when she was inspired by a patient teacher. She continued to blossom as an artist as she grew up, attending art camps at the encouragement of her mom. Then basketball entered her life, earning her a scholarship to Syracuse before she went on to play in the WNBA and overseas. Now the 28-year-old Canadian has been able to combine her two loves, writing and illustrating a children’s book, "The Magic of Basketball," to be released Thursday, Aug. 29. (Matt Kryger/The Indianapolis Star via AP, File)
August 29, 2019 - 2:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Kayla Alexander loved to draw since she was a child, when she was inspired by a patient teacher. She continued to blossom as an artist as she grew, attending art camps at the encouragement of her mom. Then basketball entered her life, earning a scholarship to Syracuse before she...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner competes in the skills challenge during the WNBA All-Star festivities in Las Vegas. The Mercury have been ravaged by injuries lately and may be without Brittney Griner for three games because of her role in the fight that occurred against Dallas last Saturday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 27, 2019 - 12:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Phoenix Mercury are finally getting healthy and that could be trouble for the rest of the league during the playoffs. The Mercury welcomed back Diana Taurasi on Sunday after she sat out the last month recovering from a hamstring injury. "The other night was a test and I feel...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, file photo shows the Las Vegas skyline. Las Vegas is set to bid on nearly a half dozen different NCAA college championship events, including women’s basketball. The NCAA will start accepting bids Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, on nearly two dozen sports championships over all three divisions. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 26, 2019 - 2:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Las Vegas is going to take a chance on hosting major college sporting events. The city is set to bid on nearly a half dozen different NCAA championship events, including women's basketball. The NCAA will start accepting bids Monday on nearly two dozen sports championships over all...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, North Carolina Courage's Jessica McDonald (14) heads the ball on goal during the team's NWSL soccer championship game against the Portland Thorns in Portland, Ore. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending league champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, evidence of a World Cup bump. In addition to bringing in new fans, players want sustained growth and stability. The key is investment. (Adam Lapierre/The Oregonian via AP, File)
August 22, 2019 - 3:13 am
While record crowds at National Women's Soccer League games are evidence of a World Cup bump, players want the momentum to extend beyond the ticket office. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, and last weekend...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Syracuse's Tiana Mangakahia dribbles down court in the second quarter of an NCAA basketball game against Miami in Syracuse, N.Y. Mangakahia is halfway through treatment for breast cancer and says she often wonders “Why me?” One of the top women’s basketball players in the country and a player who nearly elected to enter the WNBA draft, the star from Australia says the feedback from doctors has been good and she’ll receive more tests Friday updating the status of her recovery. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi, File)
August 20, 2019 - 5:33 pm
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The question "Why me?" has entered her mind, but Tiana Mangakahia knows these things happen all the time. The 24-year-old star point guard for the Syracuse women's basketball team was diagnosed with breast cancer about two months ago, and now she is halfway through...
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The Washington Mystics' bench celebrates a 3-point basket in the final minute of the team's 86-79 win over the Minnesota Lynx during a WNBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Minneapolis. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 12:36 pm
The WNBA playoff picture is slowly coming into focus. With a few weeks left in the season it seems there are three teams in contention for the coveted double-bye in the postseason. Washington, Connecticut and Las Vegas. They are separated by two games with each having seven left to play. Washington...
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Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier, left, drives toward the basket with New York Liberty guard Kia Nurse (5) defending during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in White Plains, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
August 16, 2019 - 3:01 am
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Napheesa Collier wanted to make her mark as a rookie for the Minnesota Lynx. With nine games left in the regular season, she's done just that, putting herself on the short list of candidates for the WNBA Rookie of the Year award. "It was a goal of mine coming in," Collier...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, Australia's Samantha Kerr plays against New Zealand during a Cup of Nations soccer match in Sydney, Australia. Kerr sat down on a metal bench after taking a few extra shots after a Chicago Red Stars practice. Red Stars coach Rory Dames poked fun at her competitive streak, and Kerr just laughed it off. If the Aussie star is on her way out of town, it was hard to tell on a picturesque summer afternoon in suburban Chicago. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
August 15, 2019 - 7:06 pm
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Sam Kerr sat down on a metal bench after taking a few extra shots after practice. Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames poked fun at her competitive streak, and Kerr just laughed it off. If the Aussie star is on her way out of town, it was hard to tell on a picturesque summer...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner competes in the skills challenge during the WNBA All-Star festivities in Las Vegas. The Mercury have been ravaged by injuries lately and may be without Brittney Griner for three games because of her role in the fight that occurred against Dallas last Saturday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 13, 2019 - 9:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mercury center Brittney Griner will miss the next three games after the WNBA suspended her Tuesday for her role in a fight in the Dallas-Phoenix game over the weekend that resulted in six players getting ejected. The league punished Griner for throwing punches, escalating the...
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Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard, right, defends New York Liberty center Tina Charles, left, who looks to pass during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
August 13, 2019 - 12:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles is pleased how the New York Liberty ownership group has continued to support the players' activism involving social issues. The team hosted its third annual Comm-UNITY Day game this past weekend and players participated in a series of events around Sunday's matchup...
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