Women's basketball

Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne passes around Las Vegas Aces' Kelsey Plum during the second half in Game 3 in the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
September 28, 2019 - 3:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA will crown a first-time champion when the Washington Mystics and Connecticut Sun meet in the league's best-of-five finals beginning Sunday. It's the first time that's happened since 2011. The Mystics will try and win the title after getting swept in the finals last season,...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2010, file photo, Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach Teresa Weatherspoon calls a play during practice in Ruston, La. The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Weatherspoon and AJ Diggs as assistant coaches with a focus on player development. (AP Photo/Kita Wright, File)
September 27, 2019 - 2:54 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Teresa Weatherspoon and AJ Diggs as assistant coaches with a focus on player development. The club says the new assistants have been assigned to work with the Pelicans' two-way players and will travel with them to assignments with New Orleans'...
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Connecticut Sun's head coach Curt Miller, right, greets his players during a timeout in the second half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball playoff game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Long Beach, Calf. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
September 27, 2019 - 1:33 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sun players toil largely in the shadow of the WNBA's bigger names. Washington, the Sun's opponent in the finals that begin Sunday, features one of the biggest stars in league MVP Elena Delle Donne. Many pundits are picking the Mystics to win the title in the...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne, left, and Aerial Powers celebrate after defeating the Las Vegas Aces in Game 4 of a WNBA playoff basketball series Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
September 25, 2019 - 12:48 pm
A year after getting swept in the WNBA Finals, Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics are back. The Mystics will face the Connecticut Sun as the top two teams in the regular season meet for the championship. Game 1 of the best-of-five series is Sunday in Washington. The Mystics lost in three...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne drives into Las Vegas Aces' Dearica Hamby during the first half of Game 4 of a WNBA playoff basketball series Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
September 25, 2019 - 9:15 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Washington Mystics are heading back to the WNBA Finals, and this time they believe they have the depth and versatility to win it all. Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, and the Mystics earned a return trip to the championship round, outlasting the Las Vegas Aces 94-90 to close...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2018, file photo, Grenada's Anderson Peters celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the men's javelin final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Peters holds Grenada's national record in the javelin throw and is also the NCAA champion out of Mississippi State. Around 230 athletes from countries outside the United States compete and train in the U.S. university system. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
September 24, 2019 - 9:31 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Nobody would think of asking Jamaicans, Kenyans or other winners to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" if they capture a gold medal at world championships next week. Maybe their school's fight song would be better. When it comes to producing champions at the highest level of track...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones, left, and Dallas Wings forward Megan Gustafson tangle while going for a rebound during a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Gustafson recently finished her rookie season in the WNBA, and is off to Hungary for pro basketball in the winter. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 3:07 am
DALLAS (AP) — I have been playing the game of basketball since I was basically in diapers. For some reason, even back then I thought that putting an orange ball in a basket was quite entertaining. Fast forward about twenty-two years and this still rings true. I am currently living out my dreams as...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 file photo, Minnesota Lynx's head coach Cheryl Reeve instructs her players during a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles. Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
September 18, 2019 - 4:35 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars. The award announced Wednesday was based on voting by one...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, New York Liberty coach Katie Smith watches during the second half of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis. The Liberty will have the No. 1 pick in next year’s WNBA draft for the first time in franchise history. “It’s awesome to be able to have that pick,” Smith said. “We’re going to be able to add a really elite piece to what we already have. It’s a silver lining to a year where we battled and came up short. It’s something we can look towards the future and add a piece that will help us compete for a championship.” (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
September 17, 2019 - 7:53 pm
The New York Liberty will have the No. 1 pick in next year's WNBA draft for the first time in franchise history. One of the original WNBA teams, the Liberty won the draft lottery Tuesday night. New York had the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick with a 44.2% chance. "It's awesome to be able to...
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Former NBA players Kobe Bryant, left, and Tony Parker talk during the first-place match between Spain and Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 16, 2019 - 11:08 am
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant went to China for the first time in 1998, making the trip to Beijing to help operate an instructional basketball clinic for about a dozen kids. The local coaches working with him didn't know a lot about the game. Barely anyone noticed that an NBA player was in town...
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