Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. The league's reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 5:17 pm
In her own words, the Mystics star details her battle against Lyme disease and the WNBA denying her opt-out request.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 3:53 pm
Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird know that they are on the tail end of their basketball careers. After missing last season due to injuries, they had to make a decision about playing this year in a short WNBA season in Florida that was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. ''If I didn't play this season, that could have been it,'' Taurasi said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:13 pm
Candace Parker and her 11-year-old daughter are braving the start of an unprecedented WNBA season together in Florida. The Los Angeles Sparks All-Star knows it’s a calculated risk to stay in the coronavirus hot spot, where all 12 teams will play games in the WNBA “bubble” of Bradenton.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 12:22 pm
Elena Delle Donne's request to be medically excused from the WNBA season was denied, according to the league's reigning MVP. Had Delle Donne been medically excused, she would have earned her entire salary for the season. Now, if she chooses not to play, the defending WNBA champion Mystics wouldn't have to pay her.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 3:24 am
The WNBA season is scheduled to tip off July 25 with all games that weekend dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. All 12 franchises will play the opening weekend and honor victims of police brutality and racial violence. Team uniforms will display Breonna Taylor's name.
Posted: July 13, 2020, 10:53 pm
Over the arena's 29 years, the Detroit Pistons and WNBA's Shock each won three titles.
Posted: July 11, 2020, 6:14 pm
WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league's independent panel of doctors to see if she'll be medically excused for the season, the Washington Mystics said Wednesday. The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme Disease since 2008 and would potentially be at a higher risk for serious illness if she contracted the new coronavirus. Delle Donne tweeted Wednesday night that she was following protocol and waiting for the results from the panel.
Posted: July 9, 2020, 12:48 am
The Georgia senator sparked another round of criticism with her complaints about the WNBA's embrace of "Black Lives Matter."
Posted: July 8, 2020, 5:05 am
Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. Loeffler, who is also a Republican U.S. senator running for re-election in Georgia, asked the league commissioner to scrap plans for players to wear warmup jerseys with “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name” and instead put an American flag on all uniforms and apparel. In the letter, Loeffler, a Dream owner since 2011, said she wasn’t consulted about the league’s new social justice policy.
Posted: July 8, 2020, 12:34 am
Phoenix Mercury assistant coach Penny Taylor is stepping away to focus on being a full-time mother, the team announced Monday. Taylor, who married Mercury star Diana Taurasi in 2017, played 10 seasons for the Mercury from 2004-16 before retiring. The Mercury replaced Taylor with former WNBA player Chasity Melvin.
Posted: July 7, 2020, 12:01 am
WNBA players will wear uniforms for the opening weekend of the season featuring Breonna Taylor's name when the league begins play later this month. Players will also wear warmup shirts that read ''Black Lives Matter'' on the front and ''Say Her Name'' on the back throughout the season, the league and players' union announced Monday. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician, was shot eight times by plainclothes Louisville police officers serving a narcotics search warrant at her apartment on March 13.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 11:13 pm
Mike Thibault knows 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 virus-delayed WNBA season. Living in D.C., I wear my mask and stay away from people,'' said Thibault, who turns 70 in September.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 3:11 pm
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. Living in D.C. I wear my mask and stay away from people,'' said Thibault, who turns 70 in September.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 6:41 am
Las Vegas Aces All-Star center Liz Cambage is expected to miss the upcoming WNBA season for health reasons, according to her agent. ''In the evaluation of Liz Cambage's health and pre-existing risk factors with her team doctor, we believe her to be at high-risk for severe illness if she contracts COVID-19 in participating this WNBA season,'' Cambage's agent, Allison Galer, told The Associated Press on Saturday night. Galer declined to elaborate what the pre-exisiting conditions were, citing Cambage's privacy.
Posted: July 5, 2020, 2:38 am
A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges. Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons, 40, walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. The Missouri attorney general's office unsuccessfully appealed the judge's decision, and the lead prosecutor in St. Charles County decided against a retrial.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 2:41 am
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Sky forward Jantel Lavender is recovering after surgery on a broken bone in her left foot.
Posted: July 1, 2020, 1:51 am
Dan Hughes will not coach the Seattle Storm during the 2020 WNBA season over concerns about his risk for severe illness if he were to contract COVID-19, the team said Monday. The decision was made following a medical assessment by the league and in consultation with Hughes' primary care physician. The WNBA is set to begin its season in late July with all teams playing in Florida.
Posted: June 29, 2020, 11:58 pm
Sydney Colson’s positive test comes just weeks before the Sky are set to head to Florida for the WNBA's modified season.
Posted: June 27, 2020, 9:49 pm
The Los Angeles Sparks will be without Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver for the WNBA season so they can focus on their health the team announced Friday. Ogwumike, the No. 1 pick by the Connecticut Sun in 2014 has missed two seasons to deal with injuries and with the shortened schedule felt that it would be smart to take care of her health. ''If you know me, you know that I have overcome some of the biggest challenges an athlete can face on the court,'' Ogwumike said.
Posted: June 27, 2020, 2:26 am
Tiffany Hayes has become the second Atlanta Dream guard to announce plans to sit out the 2020 season. The Dream announced Tuesday that Hayes, a 2018 all-WNBA first-team selection, said she will not play this season. Earlier, Renee Montgomery said she will opt out of the season to focus on social injustice and voter registration.
Posted: June 23, 2020, 8:54 pm
Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark met last week and outlined plans that included expanding the playoffs from 10 teams to 16, widening use of the designated hitter to National League games and an experiment to start extra innings with a runner on second base. MLB asked the union to respond by 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday as to whether players can report to training by July 1 and whether the players' association will agree on the operating manual of health and safety protocols. The schedule would be the shortest since the National League's third season.
Posted: June 23, 2020, 6:37 am
Washington Mystics players Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders are opting out of participating in the 2020 WNBA season for the league’s reigning champions. Monday, Cloud cited a desire to “fight on the front lines for social reform,” while Sanders explained in a statement issued by the club that taking the season off “is what’s best for my health and family.” , the star center who helped the Connecticut Sun reach last season’s WNBA Finals, is going to sit out because of concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak, while Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery is missing the season to focus on social justice issues.
Posted: June 22, 2020, 11:25 pm
Jonquel Jones, the star center for the Connecticut Sun, has decided not to play in the WNBA this season because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Jones led the Sun to the WNBA Finals last year, averaging 17.9 points and 10.4 rebounds in the postseason after putting up 14.6 points and 9.7 during the regular season.
Posted: June 22, 2020, 8:25 pm
Natasha Cloud and her WNBA colleagues are staying active in the fight against social injustice and police brutality, participating in protests and sticking with the work they began four years ago. Renee Montgomery, the former UConn guard now with the Dream, was passing out bottled water this month to protesters on the streets of Atlanta following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota while he was in police custody.
Posted: June 20, 2020, 5:44 pm
The WNBA on Monday announced plans to play a reduced season, with a 22-game schedule that would begin in late July without fans in attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is still finalizing a partnership with IMG Academy in Florida to play all the games at the facility in Bradenton or other nearby locations. Players and team officials for the league's 12 teams would be housed at IMG and hold training camps there.
Posted: June 15, 2020, 8:31 pm
Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum will miss the WNBA season after tearing her left Achilles tendon. Plum underwent season-ending surgery after tearing the tendon earlier this week. The team said in a news release Thursday that she is expected to make a full recovery.
Posted: June 11, 2020, 10:56 pm
Two people familiar with the situation say the WNBA plans to hold games at just one location if there is a season this year and that the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida are the top candidates. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told the AP last month that the league was considering a handful of scenarios that included playing at one or two sites. Engelbert told the AP once again on Tuesday that the league has talked about a number of options, but declined to confirm whether IMG Academy or MGM topped the list of possible destinations.
Posted: June 3, 2020, 6:43 am
New York Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb knew that he and first-year coach Walt Hopkins would have to make some tough decisions on the team's roster this year. The WNBA and the players' union decided that teams would have to get their rosters under the salary cap by Tuesday so that players could start getting paid on June 1. It's left many teams with tough decisions on who they will cut and little time to figure it out.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 10:00 pm
WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so players can get paid starting June 1, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The WNBA offered rookies health benefits starting May 1. Veteran players receive year-round benefits.
Posted: May 20, 2020, 1:21 am
''I feel really good about how things are now evolving and settling,'' Engelbert said in a phone interview. The postponement of the Tokyo Games gives the league more of a chance to have a full season. ''We haven't taken off the table having a full season while other scenarios have a reduced amount of games,'' the commissioner said.
Posted: May 15, 2020, 11:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas Aces center JiSu Park will sit out the 2020 WNBA season to train in her home country of South Korea this summer.
Posted: May 7, 2020, 9:56 pm
WNBA rookies will start receiving health benefits beginning this week, a move that comes while camps and the season remain suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Medical benefits usually are offered once training camp starts, but first-year players will be covered starting Friday. ''Given the unique nature of this crisis, rookies and other new players currently under contract will receive full health benefits beginning on May 1, while veterans, who already receive year-round health benefits, will not have any break in their coverage,'' WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said.
Posted: April 30, 2020, 2:35 am
A move to a new team for the first time in her career might have convinced Seimone Augustus to play past this season . Augustus signed with the Los Angeles Sparks on Feb. 20 after playing her entire 14-year career with the Minnesota Lynx. ''To be honest, my mind is kind of open to coming back,'' Augustus said on a conference call from her home in Louisiana on Friday.
Posted: April 25, 2020, 6:56 am
The Dallas Wings have waived forward Kaela Davis after three seasons. Davis was the 10th overall pick by the Wings in 2017 WNBA draft, soon after South Carolina won the national championship game in Dallas.
Posted: April 23, 2020, 10:35 pm
All-Star Liz Cambage has re-signed with the Las Vegas Aces, the team announced Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 Australian center was acquired before last season from the Dallas Wings. ''Last year, the Aces and Liz took a chance on one another, and it worked out better than we both could have imagined,'' coach and president of basketball operations Bill Laimbeer said in a statement.
Posted: April 22, 2020, 5:15 pm
The WNBA draft drew its second-highest television audience. The draft, held virtually last Friday because of the coronavirus, averaged 387,000 viewers on ESPN, up 123% from last year's draft. ''This year's WNBA draft was truly a collaborative effort between the league and ESPN, under an unprecedented set of circumstances, to ensure that the top athletes in women's college basketball were given the platform they deserve,'' said Carol Stiff, ESPN vice president of programming and acquisitions.
Posted: April 21, 2020, 11:39 pm
Chicago Sky center Stefanie Dolson announced that she tested positive for the coronavirus, making her the first known Chicago professional athlete to contract COVID-19. Dolson said in a video that aired Friday night during ESPN's broadcast of the WNBA draft that she and her ''whole family'' tested positive about a month ago, the Chicago Tribune reported. ''This virus has hit pretty close to home,'' said Dolson, who, along with Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese, is one of two WNBA players known to have contracted the virus.
Posted: April 18, 2020, 8:07 pm
The Dallas Wings had been focused on the 2020 WNBA draft for about two years, and went into the night with three of the top seven picks. ''I think when we look back five or 10 years from now, we're going to realize how important tonight was in terms of the amount of talent that we added to what I consider to be a very good, already existing talented young group of players,'' Greg Bibb, the team's president and CEO said Friday night. Oregon 6-foot-4 forward Satou Sabally, one of three juniors to forego their last year of college eligibility for the draft, was picked by the Wings second overall.
Posted: April 18, 2020, 6:02 am
Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, as expected. When she’ll play for the New York Liberty is unclear. With sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was a draft Friday night like no other with players in their own homes instead of a central location, Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced selections from her home in New Jersey, holding up the jersey of the player being chosen.
Posted: April 18, 2020, 4:04 am
It will be no surprise if Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu is the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft Friday night by the New York Liberty. The Ducks guard, who was the consensus player of the year, has been projected as the Liberty's choice since the team won the draft lottery. ''I've talked to their coach a little bit, and he's been awesome,'' Ionescu said during a Zoom call earlier this week.
Posted: April 17, 2020, 2:34 pm
Chicago coach James Wade jokes that he might have an advantage in the WNBA's virtual draft Friday night despite picking from France where it will be after midnight when the Sky make their first choice. Wade worked from a hotel room in Hungary during last year's draft as the Russian team he coaches in the winter was in the European Final Four when the event was taking place in New York. Wade and the Chicago ownership group discussed him returning to the windy city for the draft, but they suggested that he should be with his family in France since it was uncertain when the season would be starting.
Posted: April 15, 2020, 11:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Associated Press had a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers hold a mock draft over the course of the season. This is the final installment with the draft on Friday.
Posted: April 15, 2020, 9:21 pm
The New York Liberty traded All-Star Tina Charles to the Washington Mystics on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal. New York received the 12th pick in the WNBA draft from Washington as well as the ninth and 15th picks from Dallas. The Liberty also received Tayler Hill from the Wings and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough from the Mystics.
Posted: April 15, 2020, 5:26 pm
The Dallas Wings and Oregon Ducks are primed for a big night. But will we see any of these players make a roster?
Posted: April 14, 2020, 8:05 pm
From one No. 1 pick to a soon-to-be other No. 1.
Posted: April 14, 2020, 4:18 pm
The New York Liberty logo is getting an update for the first time since the team joined the WNBA 24 years ago in the league's inaugural season. The Liberty are moving away from the orange-and-blue color scheme that was associated with their previous owner, New York Knicks owner James Dolan, to a logo that includes black, white and a pale green similar to the Statue of Liberty. The new colors are similar to those used by the Brooklyn Nets, who are owned by the group that bought the Liberty last year.
Posted: April 14, 2020, 1:03 pm
We all know Sabrina Ionescu. Here are more names to know at the 2020 WNBA draft.
Posted: April 13, 2020, 9:14 pm
The Wisconsin grad spent six season in the WNBA. Now, she's coaching men at a Minnesota school with an enrollment of 1,700.
Posted: April 12, 2020, 11:50 pm
Dream co-owner Sen. Kelly Loeffler, husband selling individual stocks after coroavirus trade scandal
Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler and her husband are selling off all individual stocks following allegations of insider trading related to a private coronavirus briefing.
Posted: April 9, 2020, 12:25 am