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Basketball Star Pulls Out of Olympics, Cites Mental Health

Australia's Liz Cambage says the Tokyo Games are 'terrifying' for her

(Newser) - The Olympics haven't started yet, but Australia is already down one player on its women's basketball team. USA Today reports that Liz Cambage, a center who plays for the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces, has pulled out of the Games, just a week before the opening ceremony. Her...

WNBA Star Marries Man She Helped Free After Wrongful Conviction

Maya Moore, Jonathan Irons get their happily ever after

(Newser) - Basketball star Maya Moore has married Jonathan Irons, the Missouri man she helped work to free from prison after a 22-year-old wrongful conviction, the AP reports. Moore, 31, and Irons, 40, appeared together on Good Morning America Wednesday to discuss their social justice efforts—and their relationship. Moore revealed that...

Game Boycott Swells in Wake of Jacob Blake Shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks don't stand alone

(Newser) - The NBA is not standing alone against the police shooting of Jacob Blake. After the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted its Wednesday playoff game and the league ultimately postponed that and two other games, three WNBA games, five Major League Soccer games, and three Major League Baseball games originally planned for Wednesday...

Players on Senator's WNBA Team Back Her Opponent

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler does not support BLM

(Newser) - With t-shirts reading "Vote Warnock," players across the WNBA came out against Atlanta Dream co-owner and GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler before their games on Tuesday—including members of Loeffler's own team. It was the latest show of opposition to Loeffler, who faces Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock...

Court Empties After Teams Honor Breonna Taylor

WNBA players dedicate season to victim, then leave for national anthem

(Newser) - The WNBA and its players have announced that they're playing this season for the Louisville woman shot to death by police in March. "We are dedicating this season to Breonna Taylor, an outstanding EMT who was murdered over 130 days ago in her home," said Layshia Clarendon...

Judge Agrees With Star Who Sat Out for Justice

Court throws out 1997 convictions of Maya Moore's family friend

(Newser) - Maya Moore has always been known for hitting the big shot on the grandest stage. She just got the biggest assist of her career. A judge on Monday overturned the 1997 burglary and assault convictions of Jonathon Irons, a Missouri man whose case has been championed by the WNBA star...

Locker Room Rant Brings Firing
Locker Room Rant Brings Firing

Locker Room Rant Brings Firing

Sparks GM Penny Toler's speech included obscenities, racial epithets

(Newser) - Penny Toler, GM of the Los Angeles Sparks, has lost her job after giving her team a locker room speech laden with obscenities and racial epithets during the playoffs last month. Toler hadn't disputed her use of the terms, but had said , "By no means did I call...

Locker Room Speech Draws League Scrutiny

Penny Toler says comments weren't aimed at any individual

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Sparks had a fine season, winning the Western Conference title. But they were swept in the playoff semifinals, ending their WNBA season with an ugly, 26-point loss in Game 3 in Connecticut. The ugliness appears to have begun after the team's loss in Game 2, on...

One of the Best Women's Basketball Players Ever Is Dead

Anne Donovan dies of heart failure at 56

(Newser) - To many in the world of women's basketball, Anne Donovan was a giant. And not just because she stood 6-foot-8. She won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player, and another as a coach in her storied career. The 56-year-old Hall of Famer...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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'...

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...

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...

All Hail the Sports Nut-in-Chief
 All Hail the Sports Nut-in-Chief 

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...

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...

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...

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