Sue Bird's eye for game helped define her success in Seattle
SEATTLE — (AP) — Sue Bird's eye for the court and knowledge of the game is what separates her among WNBA point guards, much to the frustration of her opponents for the past two decades. But first, she's aiming for her fifth WNBA title with the Storm, where she’s spent her entire career. Bird's skill as a coach on the court will be tested when Seattle's best-of-five semifinal against Las Vegas starts on Sunday. Seattle coach Noelle Quinn has seen the depth of Bird’s court vision from a unique perspective. She saw it for three seasons as a teammate, the last of which ended with the third of Bird’s four WNBA titles in 2018.wftv.com
Washington Mystics win WNBA draft lottery for 1st time
So this is a changer for us.”The Indiana Fever, who had a 44.2% chance to earn the top pick, will draft second. Washington had the first pick in the 1999 draft, but there was no lottery back then. Chamique Holdsclaw was the Mystics' pick. “We’ve been studying very carefully eight to 10 players and I don’t know who we’ll pick,” Thibault said. I think the biggest thing is that you have to pick the best player.”NaLyssa Smith of Baylor could go No.wftv.com
WNBA playoff seeds up for grabs as teams enter home stretch
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy)NEW YORK — (AP) — The WNBA playoff chase may come down to the final day of the regular season on Sept. 19. Six teams have already clinched postseason spots, although where they will finish in the standings is still up for grabs. Connecticut (21-6): The Sun have four of their five remaining games against teams that are under .500 in the standings. Brittney Griner sprained her ankle in one of the victories over New York in the game's final 70 seconds. This game could go a long way to determine the playoff fate for one of these two teams.wftv.com
Taurasi re-signs in Phoenix while Clark heads to Washington
Taurasi is staying in Phoenix while Alysha Clark is heading across the country to join the Washington Mystics. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)NEW YORK – Diana Taurasi is staying in Phoenix while Alysha Clark is heading across the country to join the Washington Mystics. Unlike Parker, there was no real expectation the 38-year-old Taurasi would leave the team that drafted her No. Clark also led the WNBA in 3-point field goal percentage (52.2) for the second consecutive season. Change is never easy but having teammates and an organization excited to have you join their family makes it better,” Clark said.
AP sources: Parker headed to Chicago, McBride to Minnesota
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 27, because no official announcement is allowed until Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)Candace Parker is headed home and Kayla McBride is getting a fresh start in Minnesota. that she would be signing with the Lynx once free agents can officially ink deals Monday. Nearly 75% of the players on the Sparks' roster are free agents. That’s led to increased player movement from our roster.”Two players who are free agents but won't be moving are Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.
Sunday in the parks: The playoffs, NFL, a no-hitter and more
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates his touchdown with offensive tackle Donovan Smith (76) in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. The NFL roared back to life, even if the roar was from fans who weren’t in the stadiums. For the first time since Jan. 1, 2000 — when he was a senior at Michigan — Tom Brady played a football game in something other than a New England Patriots helmet. “I know how much comes along with that,” Cubs manager David Ross said after the second no-hitter of the season. That’s a special day for us, a special day for Alec Mills.
Delle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctors
NEW YORK Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. And maybe being hurt just makes me naive, Delle Donne wrote. Had Delle Donne been medically excused, she would have earned her entire salary for the season. Charles and Delle Donne did not travel with the team to Bradenton, Florida. Phoenix forward Jessica Breland, who missed a year while at North Carolina to be treated for Hodgkins lymphoma, was deemed high-risk and was medically excused, the Mercury said.
WNBA MVP Delle Donne says league denied her medical waiver
NEW YORK Elena Delle Donne's request to be medically excused from the WNBA season was denied, according to the league's reigning MVP. Delle Donne has battled Lyme disease since 2008. But the question is whether or not the WNBA bubble is safe for me," Delle Donne said in the statement. Charles and Delle Donne did not travel with the team to Bradenton, Florida, last week. Phoenix forward Jessica Breland, who missed a year while at North Carolina to be treated for Hodgkins lymphoma, was deemed high-risk and was medically excused, the Mercury said.
Most of WNBAs older coaches OK with Florida virus risk
NEW YORK Mike Thibault knows that he could be at higher risk for severe illness if he gets the coronavirus because of his age. The 69-year-old Washington Mystics coach didn't hesitate about going down to Florida with his team Monday to prepare for the upcoming WNBA season. "You go to the grocery store or have food delivered there is some risk involved in your life,. I'm not at the same risk as that grocery store worker or restaurant owner heading to work every day. He is more concerned about the day-to-day operations for his team ,the Las Vegas Aces, once they get to Florida than worrying about contracting the virus.
Most of WNBA's older coaches OK with Florida virus risk
Thibault knows that he could be at higher risk for severe illness if he gets the coronavirus because of his age. The 69-year-old coach didn't hesitate about going down to Florida with his team Monday, July 6, 2020, to prepare for the upcoming WNBA season. The 69-year-old Washington Mystics coach didn't hesitate about going down to Florida with his team Monday to prepare for the virus-delayed WNBA season. I'm not at the same risk as that grocery store worker or restaurant owner heading to work every day. I know that Dan had a difficult decision to forego the 2020 WNBA season," said Indiana Fever coach Marianne Stanley, who is 66.
Mystics' Natasha Cloud, LaToya Sanders to skip WNBA season
WASHINGTON Washington Mystics players Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders are opting out of participating in the 2020 WNBA season for the leagues reigning champions. Theres a lot of factors that led to this decision, but the biggest being that I am more than an athlete. Cloud and Sanders each has been with Washington for five seasons. Her commitment to social justice issues is of utmost importance to her and, therefore, to the Mystics organization, Thibault said of Cloud. We will continue to be partners with her and all of our players on their commitment to social justice reform as we go forward into this season and beyond.Players have until Thursday to opt out of the season.