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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 »

WNBA's Griner, Fiancee in Domestic Violence Bust

WNBA star, Glory Johnson arrested after alleged fight at home in Phoenix

(Newser) - Phoenix Mercury standout player Brittney Griner and fiancee and fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in a Phoenix suburb. The two 24-year-olds were booked into jail in Phoenix following their arrests yesterday and later released. Agents... More »

WNBA Star Griner Knifed in Odd China Attack

Man followed players onto bus, ranting

(Newser) - WNBA star Brittney Griner felt fortunate to be OK after getting cut on the elbow in a knife attack in China. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner sustained a small cut when she was attacked by a man while boarding a bus after practice Monday in Shenyang. The man, who followed the players... 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 »

7-Foot-2 Ex-WNBA Star Margo Dydek Dead at 37

37-year-old died after a suffering a heart last week

(Newser) - Former WNBA player Margo Dydek died today after suffering a heart attack a week ago and being placed in a medically induced coma. She was 37. Poland-born Dydek, who was pregnant with her third child, suffered the heart attack on May 19 and collapsed at her home in Brisbane. Dydek... More »

7-Foot-2 Ex-WNBA Player in Coma

Margo Dydek, pregnant, suffers heart attack

(Newser) - Former WNBA player Margo Dydek, once said to be the tallest active professional female basketball player in the world at 7-foot-2, suffered a heart attack yesterday and is in a medically induced coma in a Brisbane hospital. Poland-born Dydek, 37, is pregnant with her third child and was taken to... 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 »

Marion Jones Signs With WNBA Team

Disgraced Olympic sprinter newest member of Tulsa Shock

(Newser) - Marion Jones, once called the world's fastest woman, was introduced today as the newest member of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. It's been nearly a decade since she shot to fame with five sprinting medals at the Sydney Olympics, but less than 3 years since she was stripped of them over... 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 »

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