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Angel Reese Is Ending Her College Hoops Career

LSU star declares for WNBA draft

(Newser) - Bayou Barbie is WNBA bound. LSU star Angel Reese, who is known for her eyelash extensions, painted fingernails, and ferocious play in the paint, formally declared for the WNBA draft on Wednesday, the AP reports. Her announcement comes two days after the Tigers' season ended with a loss to Caitlin...

Rapper Ice Cube Dangles $5M Deal in Front of Clark

He wants her to play for his Big3 league, reportedly won't stop her from playing in WNBA, too

(Newser) - Caitlin Clark has been smashing record after record this year, and she may be on the cusp of breaking another. TMZ Sports reported Wednesday that the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball star now has a $5 million offer in front of her to play for Ice Cube's Big3 league , which would...

WNBA Player: 'I Can't Possibly Be the Villain Anymore'

Skylar Diggins-Smith accuses Phoenix Mercury over its treatment of her while on maternity leave

(Newser) - Skylar Diggins-Smith is still officially listed on the Phoenix Mercury's roster , but according to the WNBA guard, it doesn't feel much like she's on the team since she temporarily left to have a baby. That's what a series of tweets revealed Thursday morning, as the 33-year-old...

Brittney Griner Backs Out of 2 Games on the Road

Mercury Phoenix says WNBA star is taking a bit of a break 'to focus on her mental health'

(Newser) - Since May, Brittney Griner has been back in game mode on the basketball court with her team, the Phoenix Mercury. Now, the WNBA star is taking a bit of a break, to take a little more care of herself in the aftermath of her detention in Russia, reports CBS News...

YouTube Prankster Gets Himself Banned From NBA Games
Prankster 'Naps' at WNBA
Game, Gets Himself
a Total NBA Ban
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Prankster 'Naps' at WNBA Game, Gets Himself a Total NBA Ban

Due to what one blogger calls 'sexist' stunts at WNBA games

(Newser) - YouTube prankster JiDion, known for staging practical jokes at sporting and other major events that are then featured on his channel, apparently went too far for the NBA. As NBC Sports points out, the joker last year got a haircut courtside at an NBA game, which was so not a...

WNBA Stars Plan New League
WNBA Stars Plan New League

WNBA Stars Plan New League

Idea is to give players an alternative to going overseas in the offseason

(Newser) - Two WNBA stars announced Thursday they're starting a new league to give players an alternative to competing overseas in the offseason. Breanna Stewart of the New York Liberty and Napheesa Collier of the Minnesota Lynx said their league, named Unrivaled, will play from January through March, while the WNBA...

WNBA Teams Can Now Take Charter Flights. There's a Catch

Allowance made after Griner harassed at airport comes with limitations on where service flies to

(Newser) - WNBA players can choose not to mix with the rest of the population anymore when flying to away games. League sources tell ESPN that teams will now be able to use a public charter service called JSX to book their flights, following an incident last weekend in which Phoenix Mercury...

'Provocateur' Harasses Griner at Airport

WNBA star accused of hating America by YouTube personality

(Newser) - A man described as a social media "provocateur" confronted WNBA star Brittney Griner at a Dallas airport Saturday, accusing her of hating America as he shouted questions at her on camera. The league as well as Griner's team, the Phoenix Mercury, said they were aware of the incident...

Brittney Griner Plays Once More, 'Just Like Old Times'

Phoenix Mercury center's WNBA preseason game was her first game since her detention in Russia

(Newser) - Brittney Griner strolled down the sideline about 1 1/2 hours before the Phoenix Mercury played Friday night, giving hugs and high-fiving her teammates, coaches, and opposing players. Then it was a little stretching, a little shooting, and a little agility work to prepare for a basketball game. Just like old...

Brittney Griner: I'm Not Leaving US Soil Again

WNBA star says the only exception is if it's for Team USA

(Newser) - Brittney Griner held her first press conference Thursday since being freed from Russian detention in December, and she made a pledge few could fault: "I'm never going overseas to play again unless I'm representing my country at the Olympics," the WNBA star told reporters in Phoenix,...

Brittney Griner Returns to Familiar Territory

WNBA star signs with Phoenix of the WNBA after being released from detention in Russia

(Newser) - Brittney Griner is headed back to the world of pro basketball. Griner signed a one-year deal with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury to play in the upcoming season, reports the AP . The 32-year-old missed all of the 2022 season after a 10-month ordeal in Russia that included time in a...

Embattled NBA Owner Makes $4B Deal
Embattled
NBA Owner
Makes $4B Deal

Embattled NBA Owner Makes $4B Deal

Mortgage exec and former Michigan State player agrees to buy Phoenix Suns, Mercury

(Newser) - Mortgage executive Mat Ishbia has agreed in principle to buy a majority stake of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury from the embattled owner Robert Sarver for $4 billion, the sides announced Tuesday. The sale is expected to take several weeks to complete, the AP reports. Ishbia—who is chairman,...

Brittney Griner Makes a Fitting First Move

WNBA star dunks in light basketball workout

(Newser) - Brittney Griner still hasn't addressed the public since her release from prison in Russia, but ESPN reports a nice development in her journey back to normalcy: She's dunking basketballs again. Griner's agent tells the outlet that the WNBA star worked out on a basketball court for the...

What Happened on Brittney Griner's Long Ride Home

'I have been in prison for 10 months now, listening to Russian. I want to talk.'

(Newser) - WNBA star Brittney Griner didn't want any alone time as soon as she boarded a US government plane that would bring her home. "I have been in prison for 10 months now, listening to Russian. I want to talk," Griner said, according to Roger Carstens, the special...

Sarver to Sell Teams, Blames 'Unforgiving Environment'

He has started process of selling Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury

(Newser) - Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver will soon be known as "former owner." Sarver on Wednesday announced that he was starting the process of selling both teams in the wake of what CNBC calls the NBA's "damning" report on bullying and racist and misogynistic...

NBA Hands Big Penalty to Owner After Investigation

Robert Sarver of Phoenix Suns accused of racist, misogynistic behavior

(Newser) - The NBA has suspended Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver for one year and fined him $10 million after an investigation found that he had engaged in what the league called "workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies," per the AP . The findings of the league's report...

Griner Convicted of Drug Charges in Russian Court
Brittney Griner
Sentenced in Russia
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Brittney Griner Sentenced in Russia

WNBA star gets 9 years after being found guilty on drug charges

(Newser) - Updated with new details throughout. Brittney Griner has been convicted on drug possession charges in Russia and sentenced to nine years in prison, reports the AP . Before the verdict, an emotional Griner apologized Thursday for her actions, with a prosecutor urging that the American basketball star be convicted and sentenced...

Griner's Lawyers Show Court a Doctor's Note

In letter, doctor recommended WNBA star use medical cannabis for pain

(Newser) - Brittney Griner's trial resumed in Khimki, Russia, on Friday, and a key defense argument tied her apparent use of vape cartridges to her health. Reuters reports that in the fourth hearing for the WNBA star, her lawyers told the court that Griner had been authorized to use medical cannabis...

Griner Pleads Guilty, Says She Packed in a Rush

WNBA star admits to drug charges in Russian court

(Newser) - Russian news agencies say jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner has pleaded guilty to drug possession and smuggling charges during her trial in Moscow, per the AP . Griner, speaking through an interpreter, told the court she'd acted unintentionally because she was packing in haste. Griner was detained in February...

As Brittney Griner Trial Starts, Acquittal Looks Like a 'Fantasy'

Some experts think Russian proceedings will be for show only, with a near-certain conviction

(Newser) - The trial of WNBA star Brittney Griner starts Friday in Russia, and the odds don't look good that she'll be set free at its conclusion. The 31-year-old WNBA star, arrested in February at a Moscow airport and accused of having cannabis oil in her bags, has been held...

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