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Cops Quit WNBA Security Over Players' Shirts

They included the names of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling

(Newser) - Four off-duty police officers providing security at a WNBA game in Minnesota walked off the job Saturday after players spoke out about police brutality. Several members of the Minnesota Lynx denounced racial profiling as well as the "senseless ambush" of Dallas police during a press conference ahead of a... More »

WNBA Marriage Gets Nasty, Implodes After 28 Days

Brittney Griner files for annulment against Glory Johnson

(Newser) - This looks messy: WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson seem headed for a breakup just 28 days into their budding marriage, People reports. The move comes right after Johnson announced her pregnancy, and six weeks after the 24-year-olds were arrested and got league suspensions for getting in a fight... More »

Netscape and Joe Camel, Class of '18 Never Knew Ye

Saturday morning cartoons not a big thing for them

(Newser) - Kids these days, with their Firefox and Chrome … Members of the incoming Class of 2018 probably never used Netscape or got hooked on Saturday morning cartoons, according to an annual list apparently aimed at making you feel old. Beloit College in Wisconsin notes in its yearly Mindset List that... More »

Ref Blows Whistle After WNBA Kiss

Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus resolve dispute with peck

(Newser) - Well that's one way to make sure you're guarding someone closely enough. Things got heated between Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and Minnesota Lynx guard/forward Seimone Augustus in last night's playoff game, as the two got into an off-the-ball scrum, and started arguing, with Taurasi bumping Augustus'... More »

All Hail the Sports Nut-in-Chief

Obama's jock-a-riffic weekend riles Dana Milbank

(Newser) - The only difference between the boys and the presidents is the scale of their jockalicious birthday weekends, and Barack Obama just threw himself a doozy, a predictably cranky Dana Milbank writes for the Washington Post. The president kicked it off with a round of golf with the boys, kept the... More »

WNBA Next on Marion Jones' To-Do List

Disgraced track star helped North Carolina to '94 title

(Newser) - Marion Jones is taking another shot at professional sports—but this time it’s basketball, a sport she played well enough to earn a scholarship to the University of North Carolina. “I missed competitiveness,” Jones, 34, tells Kevin Blackistone at the Texas gym where she’s been training... More »

Abe Pollin, Owner of DC Sports Teams, Dies at 85

Developer, philanthropist brought NBA, NHL to capital

(Newser) - Abe Pollin, the son of Russian immigrants who parlayed success in housing development into the ownership of Washington’s NBA and NHL franchises, died today of a rare neurological disease; he was 85. Pollin’s philanthropic efforts boosted many of the capital’s poorer areas, and he put $220 million... More »

Russian Sports, Concert Tycoon Gunned Down

Shabtai von Kalmanovic, 60, know for importing WNBA stars

(Newser) - A former KGB agent turned sports- and concert-promoter was gunned down today in Moscow, with the submachine gun-toting assailants pulling alongside Shabtai von Kalmanovic’s Mercedes and killing him nearly instantly in a hail of bullets. Kalmanovic, 60, brought stars of the WNBA to Russia during its off-season to play... More »

Women's Star Lieberman Wants to Play Obama

Hall of Famer, 51, takes exception to all-male White House games

(Newser) - Taking exception to all-male White House basketball games, Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman today challenged President Obama to some one-on-one. “To score some real points with the public, stop arguing and just play ball—with the best,” Lieberman, 51 and coming off a stint last year in the... More »

11 Reasons to Stop Hating the WNBA

It's no NBA—but it shouldn't be, argues blogger. Plus, some players are hot.

(Newser) - The WNBA finals are going on, which has—in the past—led Sam Greenspan to joke, “Man I hope one of the players lands a one-handed breakaway dunk to seal the best-of-one series!” The league is “universally ripped on,” he writes for 11points.com, but the... More »

ESPN Defends Busty Candace Parker Piece

Player OK talking about C-cups, editor says ... and men like them, too

(Newser) - ESPN: The Magazine’s latest cover story—which features a shot of very pregnant basketball player Candace Parker, and begins with a lengthy discussion about her breasts—has ruffled some feathers, but editor Gary Belsky is proud of it. In a friendly chat with WNBA.com, Belsky says he was... More »

Lieberman, 50, Returning to WNBA

Hall of Famer to play for short-handed Detroit for 7 days

(Newser) - Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman is headed back to the WNBA at age 50, reports ESPN, which is losing her from its airwaves to the Detroit Shock, a team she played for and coached. Lieberman signed a 7-day contract to help a team hurt by injury and looming disciplinary action;... More »

Russian Investing in ... WNBA Stars?

'Crazy people to do some crazy things,' billionaire says of his lavish hoop jones

(Newser) - Basketball-crazy Russian billionaire Shabtai von Kalmanovic is pouring money into women's hoops—flying WNBA players to Russia in the off-season and paying them 10 times what they make in the US. Players like Diana Taurasi are put up in luxury digs and chauffeured around. "They should be treated like... More »

Group of Seattle Women Buy WNBA's Storm

Former deputy mayor, Microsoft execs pay $10 million for franchise

(Newser) - Though the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics could be on the way to Oklahoma City, the WNBA's Storm appears set to remain in the Emerald City thanks to a deal by four local women to buy the women's basketball franchise. The foursome, which includes a pair of Microsoft executives, will pay Sonics... More »

Sonics Owner Vows Move to Oklahoma

Seattle locals float buy bid to hold off relocation

(Newser) - The Seattle SuperSonics’ owner said today he will move the team to Oklahoma City. Clay Bennett isn’t satisfied with the Sonics’ current arena, where the lease expires in 2010; he gave the city a deadline to plan a new stadium, which passed this week. Bennett wants to void the... More »

Phoenix Nets First WNBA Title

Mercury smother the Detroit Shock, 108-92

(Newser) - Champagne was flowing after the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Detroit Shock, 108-92, in the final game of a 5-game championship series last night, reports the Arizona Republic. Cappie Pondexter, the series MVP, had 20 points in the second half, and teammate Penny Taylor led the scoring with 30 points in... More »

Rutgers Coach Fires at Imus

(Newser) - Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer struck back at Don Imus in a press conference today, calling his comments " deplorable, despicable and unconscionable"—but confirming that her players will meet with the foul-mouthed radio host. Stringer says her players are "valedictorians, future doctors, musical prodigies," not the' "... More »

Candace Parker Can Go Pro

The UT standout, though not a senior, is eligible for the 2007 draft

(Newser) - UT women’s basketball standout Candace Parker can declare for the WNBA draft for 2007, even though she's a member of  the class of 2008. Parker, who could play her last college basketball game within two weeks, needs only to show she can graduate by December and that she intends... More »

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