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US Women's Basketball Keeps Historic Gold Medal Streak Alive

Team USA defeats Spain 101-72 in Rio

(Newser) - The USA women's basketball team won Olympic gold for a historically impressive sixth time in a row Saturday, defeating Spain 101-72 in Rio, USA Today reports. The team has now won 49 games in a row. And only once has an opponent come within 10 points of Team USA... More »

3rd Body Found After Virginia Balloon Crash

University basketball official's body had been missing

(Newser) - Virginia state police say they've found the body of the third passenger of a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames, and fell into a heavily wooded area about 25 miles north of Richmond. A spokeswoman said searchers found the body this morning. Police... More »

School Basketball Official Was in Balloon Crash

Natalie Lewis' body hasn't been found yet: family spokeswoman

(Newser) - A family spokeswoman says a University of Richmond women's basketball team staff member was one of two passengers on a hot-air balloon that crashed in Virginia . Family spokeswoman Julie Snyder told the AP today that Natalie Lewis' body has not been found. The remains of the pilot and the... 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 »

Gold Again for US Women's Basketball

Candace Parker scores 21 in blowout vs France

(Newser) - The fifth straight gold was never in doubt for the US women's basketball team. Candace Parker scored 21 points and the Americans rolled to a 86-50 victory over France today, cementing their status as Team USA's other Dream Team. With a cavalcade of stars, the American women have... More »

Grow Up, Folks, Lay Off Baylor's Brittney Griner

Enough with the 'man' jokes, say two writers

(Newser) - Brittney Griner is a force in women's college basketball, the proof being Baylor's shiny new trophy . The 21-year-old also happens to be 6-foot-8 and muscular, and she speaks in a low voice. Cue the "she's-a-man" jokes on Twitter and elsewhere. (Notre Dame's coach said after... More »

Griner, Baylor Win Title, Cap Perfect 40-0 Season

Baylor star dominates NCAA women's championship game

(Newser) - Brittney Griner's place in women's basketball history is secure. Blocking layups, snagging rebounds, hitting shots over two and three helpless defenders, she towered over the competition all season long to earn player of the year and outstanding player of the NCAA tournament honors. She was simply dominant in... More »

Teen Basketball Star Shot Dead Pleading for Her Life

Tayshana Murphy may have been the victim of mistaken identity

(Newser) - A Harlem high school basketball superstar was chased by a gunman into her apartment complex where he shot her three times as she pleaded for her life, say cops. Senior Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy, 18, was already being courted by Division 1 schools, and she dreamed of playing for the... More »

Europe to Basketball Player: Show More Skin or No Game

T-shirt-wearing Toledo star can't compete in championship

(Newser) - University of Toledo basketball star Naama Shafir won't be allowed to compete in the upcoming European women's championship unless she shows more skin, the sport's European governing body has decided. Shafir, a point guard for the Israeli national team and an Orthodox Jew, wears a T-shirt under... More »

Texas A&M Women Win NCAA Title

Aggies beat Notre Dame 76-70 for first title

(Newser) - Danielle Adams scored 22 of her 30 points in a dominating second half and Texas A&M beat Notre Dame 76-70 on Tuesday night to win its first national championship. Texas A&M built an early 13-point lead with its aggressive defense, fell behind by seven in the second half,... More »

NCAA Gets First Openly Transgender B-Ball Player

Kye Allums debuts as a man this season

(Newser) - When George Washington University’s basketball season begins later this month, an openly transgender player will play on the women’s team for the first time in Division I. Kye Allums (formerly Kay-Kay) has played for the team since 2008. Teammates knew Allums then as female, but she subsequently came... 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 »

US Women Win Basketball Gold

Victory over Australia marks 4th straight championship

(Newser) - Lisa Leslie and the US women's basketball team were once again too good for Australia at the Olympics. Leslie capped off her illustrious Olympic career with a fourth straight gold medal, scoring 14 points in a 92-65 victory against Australia today. She joined former teammate Teresa Edwards as the only... More »

Bush Watches US Top Czechs in Basketball

Taurasi layup sparks surge to 97-57 victory

(Newser) - With President Bush and the first family looking on, the United States women's basketball team began its quest for a fourth-straight gold medal with a rout of the Czech Republic. Diana Taurasi scored 13 of her 17 points in the first half to lead the US to the 97-57 victory... 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 »

UNC Women Come From Way Back for Win

Tar Heels on brink of their third straight trip to Final Four

(Newser) - Angel McCoughtry did everything she could to lift Louisville past North Carolina today, but it wasn't enough to keep the Tar Heels from a 78-74 win in the women's NCAA Tournament, reports the Associated Press. LaToya Pringle had 27 points and 11 rebounds as UNC came back from 18 down... 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 »

Walker, Cal Prove Too Much for San Diego

Winn 3-pointer helps PIttsburgh put away Wyoming

(Newser) - Ashley Walker led third-seeded California to its first NCAA women's tournament win in 15 years today as the Golden Bears downed San Diego, 77-60, reports the Associated Press. Walker dominated the inside with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Devanei Hampton also had 22 points. Cal (27-6) led by 20... More »

Texas A&M Dismisses UTSA With Ease

Lacey leads Iowa State by Georgia Tech, GW beats Auburn

(Newser) - Texas-San Antonio literally handed Texas A&M a 91-52 win in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament today, reports the Associated Press. The Roadrunners turned the ball over 30 times, and the Aggies scored 38 points off the miscues. Thanks to their sloppiness with the ball, 15th-seeded UTSA... More »

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