Weight concerns behind Phelps return - Moyes, Woodward and the doomed presentation - David Moyes 'livid' at Manchester United treatment after 10 months characterised by poor communication and difficult relationships Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th (Yahoo Sports) - Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field's 100th birthday with a loss - a dramatic, error-filled one, at that. One out from victory, the Cubs allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally for five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-5 loss Wednesday. After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, Martin Prado hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop (0-2), Miguel Montero had a tying single against James Russell and Aaron Hill followed with a two-run triple off Justin Grimm. Still, the Cubs are 4,076-3,621 (.530) during the regular season at Wrigley, according to STATS, and 7-20 in the postseason. Perez help Rangers sweep A's with 3-0 win (Yahoo Sports) - Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday. Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers, who moved a half-game ahead of Oakland in first place in the AL West with their first sweep of the A's since August 2011. Perez (3-1) outpitched Sonny Gray (3-1) in a heralded matchup of emerging stars, allowing just three hits and two walks in his first start since throwing a three-hitter against the White Sox for his first career shutout. Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field (Yahoo Sports) - ''Happy Birthday, Wrigley Field,'' it read. Exactly 100 years after the Chicago Federals pounded the Kansas City Packers in the first game at the famed ballpark, Wrigley was the scene of a joyous birthday bash on Wednesday afternoon. Banks and other Hall of Famers such as Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Andre Dawson were on hand, and so were Bears greats Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers. The Cubs and Diamondbacks went retro, wearing throwback 1914 jerseys, and the famed scoreboard listed Kansas City and Chi-Feds in their place. Trump 'relieved' by first-round win - Judd Trump delivers a scathing assessment of his own form after scraping through the first round of the World Championship. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to divorce wife (Yahoo Sports) - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has announced that he and his wife Ashton are divorcing. Wilson made the announcement in a statement released by the Seahawks on Wednesday. He says decisions like this are not easy and respectfully asks for ''prayers and understanding and privacy during this difficult time.'' The pair married in January 2012 after he finished his college career at Wisconsin and before he was drafted by the Seahawks. The couple had been visible at Seahawks events for his first two seasons in the league. C Johnson, F Poythress returning to Kentucky (Yahoo Sports) - LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's frontcourt will bring back size and experience next season after freshman center Dakari Johnson and sophomore forward Alex Poythress announced they would return. Benzema gives Real Madrid 1-0 win over Bayern (Yahoo Sports) - Karim Benzema scored in the 19th minute to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over defending champion Bayern Munich on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. Madrid got its goal on a counterattack when Cristiano Ronaldo found Fabio Coentrao speeding down a flank. Coentrao crossed for Benzema, who tapped the ball past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from 4 yards. Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas denied substitute Mario Goetze in the 84th. Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich - Karim Benzema's goal gives Real Madrid the advantage as holders Bayern Munich lose semi-final first leg in Spain.

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4 WNBA teams to play 2-game preseason tourney (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 10:27 am]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Four WNBA teams will take part in a preseason tournament in Orlando over Mother's Day weekend.

Lynx trade G Sugar Rodgers to Liberty (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 2:30 pm]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Lynx have traded second-year guard Sugar Rodgers to the New York Liberty for the rights to swap third-round picks in the 2015 draft.

Charles back home to play for New York Liberty (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 15, 2014, 2:04 pm]
Tina Charles just wanted to come home and play alongside Cappie Pondexter at Madison Square Garden. The New York native was traded Monday night to the Liberty from Connecticut for Kelsey Bone, Alyssa Thomas and next year's first round pick in a blockbuster deal. ''The opportunity to be in New York is a dream come true,'' said Charles in a conference call Tuesday. ''My mom always took me to the Liberty games, I'd see Rebecca Lobo, Becky Hammon, (Teresa) Weatherspoon before games.

Tina Charles glad to play for New York Liberty (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 15, 2014, 1:33 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tina Charles just wanted to come home and play alongside Cappie Pondexter.

Sun trade C/F Tina Charles to Liberty (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 7:43 pm]
Tina Charles didn't want to play in Connecticut anymore, so the Sun got what they could for the 2012 league MVP. Connecticut traded Charles to New York for Alyssa Thomas, Kelsey Bone and the Liberty's first round pick in 2015 the teams announced Monday night in a blockbuster deal. ''We were told if she wasn't traded she would sit out,'' said CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Mitchell Etess.

Sun take Ogwumike with top pick in WNBA draft (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 6:54 pm]
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Chiney Ogwumike was selected No. 1 by the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA draft Monday night.

AP Sources: Sun trade C/F Tina Charles to Liberty (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 4:37 pm]
People familiar with the situation say the Connecticut Sun have agreed to trade Tina Charles to New York for players to be named later and the Liberty's first round pick in 2015. The people say the Liberty will send Kelsey Bone and whoever New York picks fourth in Monday night's WNBA draft to Connecticut in deal for the 2012 league MVP. Charles, who is a native of New York, averaged 18.0 points and 10.1 rebounds last season. Bone was New York's fifth pick in last year's draft and averaged 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in her rookie season.

Ogwumike, Sims expected to lead WNBA draft class (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 1:40 pm]
Last year had the 'Big Three' with Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins leading the way at the WNBA draft. This time it's Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor's Odyssey Sims who are the consensus top two picks. The Connecticut Sun are expected take to Ogwumike with the first pick in this year's draft Monday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with Sims going to the Tulsa Shock at No. 2.

Brittney Griner's book: hoops, hardship, hope (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 7, 2014, 3:11 pm]
Brittney Griner had a busy WNBA offseason. She played in China, vacationed in Miami and watched from courtside while favorite player LeBron James beat her hometown Houston Rockets. Now the slam-dunking Griner is signing copies of her book at the Women's Final Four in Nashville, Tenn. ''In My Skin,'' released Tuesday by HarperCollins, chronicles her struggles with bullying, sexuality and family acceptance. Turning pro as the No. 1 pick by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2013 WNBA draft allowed the 6-foot-8, bow-tie wearing Griner more freedom of expression.

Dream sign French point guard Celine Dumerc (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 4, 2014, 8:23 am]
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Dream has signed point guard Celine Dumerc, captain of the French national team.

LA Sparks sign veteran guard Candice Wiggins (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 2, 2014, 1:13 pm]
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Sparks have signed free agent guard Candice Wiggins, who has averaged double-figure scoring in four of her six WNBA seasons.

Sparks sign Herrington and trade O'Hea to Seattle (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 1, 2014, 1:58 pm]
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Sparks have signed free agent guard Armintie Herrington, reuniting her with her former college coach Carol Ross.

Sun trade Gruda to Sparks for draft picks (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 31, 2014, 3:51 pm]
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut Sun traded forward Sandrine Gruda to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for the 11th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA draft and a second-round pick next year.

WNBA Dream re-signs All-Star C Erika de Souza (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 26, 2014, 3:31 pm]
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Dream have re-signed All-Star center Erika de Souza.

Katie Douglas rejoins Connecticut Sun (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 24, 2014, 10:49 am]
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Three-time WNBA All-Star Katie Douglas has rejoined the Connecticut Sun.

Lynx re-sign McCarville to multi-year contract (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 20, 2014, 9:31 am]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Lynx have re-signed center Janel McCarville to a multi-year contract.

Lynx sign marquee jersey sponsorship w/Mayo Clinic (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 17, 2014, 1:42 pm]
The defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx will have a new look next season. The Lynx have entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Mayo Clinic. Their jerseys will now read Mayo Clinic across the front rather than Lynx. They are the sixth team in the league to enter into a sponsorship agreement that features a company's name as the primary logo rather than the team name.

US women to face Serbia, China, Angola at worlds (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 15, 2014, 11:22 am]
The U.S. women's national basketball team will play Serbia, China and Angola in the opening rounds of the world championship. The Americans, who won the 2010 worlds in the Czech Republic, were placed in a pool with those teams on Saturday. Brazil, Japan, Spain and the Czech Republic make up the fourth group.

Three-team WNBA deal sends Lawson to Mystics (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 12, 2014, 4:12 pm]
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut has traded veteran guard Kara Lawson to Washington in a series of deals that included guard Alex Bentley moving from Atlanta to the Sun, and Mystics guard Matee Ajavon heading to the Dream.

Fever acquire 1st-round pick in trade with Phoenix (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 11, 2014, 4:47 pm]
The Indiana Fever have traded guard Erin Phillips to the Phoenix Mercury for forward Lynetta Kizer and a first-round draft pick. Tuesday's deal gives Indiana two of the top nine selections in April's WNBA draft, with its own pick at No. 5 and the Mercury's slot at nine. Phillips played on Indiana's 2012 championship team, but she missed most of last season with knee problems. Kizer was a third-round draft pick in 2012 and spent time with Tulsa and Phoenix last year.





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