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Lynx lead in Olympic Team finalists

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All 12 WNBA teams are represented with 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team finalists. Four Minnesota Lynx players — Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen — are among 25 finalists selected by USA Basketball, the most of any league team, it was announced Monday. “Naming the Olympic Team finalists is another step in our selection process,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director, in a released statement. “We eventually have to get down to a 12-member team. Because of the quality and talent in the USA National Team pool, every time we pare the list it is a difficult task.”

Augustus (2008, 2012) and Fowles (2008, 2012) are among six hopefuls as Olympic multiple gold medalists; Moore (2012) and Whalen (2012) are among four others with at least one gold medal — 10 current WNBAers in all. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS | Lynx celebrate third WNBA title: parade, Prince and more

The MN Lynx celebrate three title wins in five years

“Do you think three times make a dynasty?” asked Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to the appreciative crowd inside her city’s downtown arena midday Friday to fete the newly crowned Lynx. She then turned to the team standing behind her on stage and answered her own question: “I think you are a dynasty now,” she declared.
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WNBA Dispatch | Lynx win third championship title

The Lynx celebrating their third final championship

The newly crowned WNBA champions Minnesota Lynx had the option of going across the street from the arena to a private party at a downtown restaurant Wednesday night. Or take a rented limo out to Paisley Park in Chanhassen for a private concert given by the place’s owner.

Whether or not the players accepted Prince’s offer, nine times out of ten they’d probably still “party like it’s 1999.” Continue Reading →

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Lynx draft four ‘solid players’

Unlike last year’s top-heavy, star-studded draft, the 2014 WNBA Draft was instead more workwoman-like. Filling specific team needs took precedence over obtaining star players. The MSR, during the April 10 pre-draft media conference call, asked ESPN Analysts Carolyn Peck and LaChina Robinson if they foresee “a publicity let-down” from last year’s “3 to See” draft that featured Britney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Elena Della Donne. “I don’t think necessarily we have an Elena Della Donne or Britney Griner in this class,” explained Robinson. “We do have a lot of impact players: Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Alyssa Thomas (Maryland). Continue Reading →

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High-scoring Timberwolves now 7-4

Will this be the year the Timberwolves make a run for a title? Will they return to the playoffs for the first time since Kevin Garnett-Sam Cassell-Latrell Sprewell drove the franchise to the Western Conference Finals? This is year 25 for the Timberwolves to celebrate a quarter of a century of no banners. When I started covering sports in this town back in 1978 the NBA did not exist. After 11 games, the 7-4 Timberwolves are one of the league’s most entertaining teams. They get up and down the floor. Continue Reading →

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