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|WNBA Board of Governors ratifies new CBA (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 7, 2014, 2:12 pm]
The WNBA Board of Governors ratified a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement Friday. The new CBA also decreases the number of times a player can be ''cored,'' shortening the path to unrestricted free agency for stars. Both sides can opt out of the CBA after the sixth season. ''It was my first one and I feel that I'm really proud of the way we collectively worked through it,'' WNBA President Laurel Richie said.
Dream hires Edwards as assistant coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: March 4, 2014, 3:40 pm]
ATLANTA (AP) -- Five-time Olympian and Hall of Famer Teresa Edwards has agreed to become an assistant coach for the Atlanta Dream.
APNewsBreak: WNBA and players agree on new CBA (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 15, 2014, 9:53 am]
The WNBA and the players union agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement Saturday. The new deal increases the maximum roster size one spot to 12. The league and union negotiators will complete the drafting of the full agreement over the next couple of weeks. The WNBA season starts May 16 with training camps set to open a few weeks before.
WNBA's Skylar Diggins has had a busy offseason (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 13, 2014, 3:51 pm]
It's been a whirlwind few weeks for Skylar Diggins. ''It's been very fun, I've been doing a lot of traveling and training,'' Diggins said. ''Getting to see places and meet people.'' Yet it hasn't been all play for Diggins, who was coming off a disappointing rookie season in the WNBA with the Tulsa Shock. The 23-year-old already has endorsement deals with Nike and Sprint and soon will be promoting a chocolate milk drink, making her one of the league's most marketed players.
Seattle's Jackson to miss 2014 season (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 12, 2014, 11:56 am]
The Seattle Storm have announced that former MVP Lauren Jackson will miss the entire 2014 WNBA season after undergoing surgery on her knee and Achilles tendon earlier this week. It'll be the second straight WNBA season the three-time MVP has missed after sitting out the entire 2013 season following surgery on her hamstring. Jackson underwent surgery on Monday to repair a meniscus tear in her right knee and a chronic problem with her left Achilles tendon. Jackson was playing in Harbin, China, during the WNBA offseason when the injuries occurred.
Jackson says surgery saved her basketball career (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 11, 2014, 4:55 pm]
Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson was told her basketball career could have ended if she had not undergone surgery this week on her knee and Achilles tendon. The three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player had surgery Monday night to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee and an ongoing problem in her left Achilles tendon. Jackson, 32, faces a four-month recovery program and will almost certainly miss the start of the WNBA season. It's a tough time.'' Jackson missed the entire 2013 WNBA season after undergoing surgery on her right hamstring in January 2013 for a chronic injury.
Seattle's Jackson undergoes surgery (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 10, 2014, 6:25 pm]
SEATTLE (AP) -- Lauren Jackson has undergone surgery in Australia on her knee and Achilles tendon putting her status for the upcoming WNBA season with the Seattle Storm in question.
Minnesota Lynx to open WNBA season May 16 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 6, 2014, 9:38 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- The defending champion Minnesota Lynx will begin the WNBA season on the road at Washington on May 16 as part of a five-game schedule on opening night to kick off the league's 18th season.
Magic Johnson buys Sparks, keeps WNBA team in LA (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 5, 2014, 3:23 pm]
Magic Johnson was back at the Staples Center, dishing an assist to the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. The former Lakers great is part of a group buying the Sparks and keeping league MVP Candace Parker and the team in LA. ''The leaders of this great city came together quickly to keep this franchise right where it belongs-in the city of Angels,'' Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday outside Staples Center. ''Thanks to my sister, Evelyn, playing college basketball, I have a great appreciation of the talented players that represent the WNBA.
Magic Johnson headlines group buying LA Sparks (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 5, 2014, 6:04 am]
Magic Johnson is getting back into the Los Angeles basketball scene in a big way. The former Lakers great is part of a group buying the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. ''We're totally thrilled,'' WNBA President Laurel Richie told The Associated Press. ''When Magic chooses to enter into a partnership with a WNBA team, that's a great thing.
AP source: Magic Johnson in group buying Sparks (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 4, 2014, 11:22 pm]
Magic Johnson is part of a group buying the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, according to a person familiar with the situation. Johnson teamed with a group of investors to buy baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 for a record $2.15 billion. It will be the same group owning the Sparks, minus Peter Guber, who owns a stake in the NBA's Golden State Warriors. Previous Sparks owner Paula Madison informed the league in late December that she wouldn't be able to run the team anymore.
Timberwolves, Lynx to open new practice facility (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: February 4, 2014, 6:10 pm]
The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized a plan to build a practice facility across the street from their arena in a vacant former movie theater. The Timberwolves and their sister WNBA franchise the Minnesota Lynx announced Tuesday a partnership with the Mayo Clinic, which will open a sports medicine clinic adjacent to the basketball areas. It will be renamed Mayo Clinic Square. The Timberwolves and Lynx have used a cramped space in the basement of Target Center for their practice court and strength and conditioning work.
Tulsa Shock hire Fred Williams as new coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: January 23, 2014, 2:50 pm]
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The Shock hired Fred Williams as head coach Thursday, bringing in the former Atlanta Dream coach to turn around Tulsa's fortunes.
WNBA All-Star game heads to Phoenix in 2014 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: January 22, 2014, 2:03 pm]
PHOENIX (AP) -- The WNBA All-Star game will be held in Phoenix this summer for the second time.
Dream name Angela Taylor general manager (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: January 21, 2014, 1:47 pm]
Angela Taylor, a former executive with the Washington Mystics, Minnesota Lynx and WNBA, has been named executive vice president and general manager of the Atlanta Dream. Taylor, the owner and president of NetWorks Sports Consulting, was Washington's general manager from 2009-10 and was vice president of business operations for Minnesota from 2006-08.
San Antonio's WNBA team has Stars in its eyes (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: January 14, 2014, 2:55 pm]
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- San Antonio's WNBA franchise is changing its name from the Silver Stars to the Stars.
WNBA's LA Sparks looking for new owners (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: January 3, 2014, 1:39 pm]
Paula Madison and her family couldn't afford to lose any more money with the Los Angeles Sparks, so she decided it was time to get out. Madison informed the WNBA just before Christmas that the league should look for new owners for the team.
LA Sparks ownership group gives up franchise (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: January 2, 2014, 7:25 pm]
The Los Angeles Sparks' ownership group has given up control of the franchise.
Connecticut Sun win top pick in WNBA draft lottery (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: December 10, 2013, 2:54 pm]
The Connecticut Sun won the top pick in the WNBA draft lottery on Tuesday. The Tulsa Shock earned the second pick with the San Antonio Silver Stars getting the third choice and the New York Liberty receiving the fourth pick. Connecticut, which finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, had a 44 percent chance of winning the top pick. New York and Tulsa each had a 23 percent chance and San Antonio has a 10 percent chance.
Maya Moore lives out dream of being actress (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: December 10, 2013, 1:47 am]
Maya Moore swears she's been preparing for the role of Betty Lou her entire life. The WNBA Finals MVP and two-time champion for the Minnesota Lynx, who starred at UConn, has branched out into acting in Pepsi's Uncle Drew ad campaign that features Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving. The spots debuted at the start of the NBA season. In the viral video, Moore plays an older woman who is the sister of Nate Robinson's character.