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WNBA season preview

 

 

 

The 2013 WNBA season opened last weekend in Dickensian fashion — great expectations. “I think this is the most anticipated season for me,” proclaims ESPN analyst and former WNBA coach/general manager Carolyn Peck. SB Nation’s Nate Parham analyzed each W club, in 25 words or less, by conference, beginning with the East:

[New coach Mike Thibault] “will make a huge difference” in Washington, but unresolved ball-handling issues may prove too much. Atlanta still is Angel McCoughtry’s team, but point guard might be a problem. This year’s second overall pick, Elena Delle Donne, will help Chicago, but can the Sky overcome the early absence of star guard Epiphanny Prince, who contractually must play in Russia in June? Continue Reading →

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Only certain changes for beleaguered Twins are fewer Blacks

 

 

Baseball each year is like that groundhog that supposedly predicts how long winter will last. It reminds us of a welcome change of seasons ahead.  

Spring training begins this week, which signals that the frigid weather hopefully soon will soon be gone. Along with thi

s comes the annual optimistic aura that engulfs each team, including the Minnesota Twins, who twice have come within a game of losing 100 games in consecutive seasons. During the off-season,

the Twins rid themselves of the little on-field diversity it had by dismissing its only Black coach and trading away its two recognizable Black players. Continue Reading →

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W’s goin’ through them changes

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

The WNBA last week did a Buddy Miles “Them Changes” and announced several new moves for the upcoming season.  

W draft in prime time 

After years of having their annual draft shown during daytime soap opera hours, the 2013 WNBA Draft will be shown for the first time next spring in prime time. ESPN2 will show the first round at 7 pm Central time on Monday, April 15. The second and third rounds then will be shown on ESPNU. Both league and network officials cite the historic change due to an anticipated star-studded first round that is expected to include Baylor center Brittney Griner and Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins. Continue Reading →

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Athletes encourage youth to stay active, healthy

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Around 100 local boys and girls worked with WNBA stars October 15 on staying active and living healthy. The five Minnesota Lynx starters — Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Taj McWilliams-Franklin — along with WNBA Legend Teresa Edwards worked with Southside Family Charter School students on basketball fundamentals at the WNBA FIT Dribble to Stop Diabetes clinic on the team’s home court. “It warms my heart, and it says a lot of the character of the women,” Edwards noted of the five Lynx players whom she beforehand introduced individually to the students. Each of them had played a game the night before but spent part of their off-day with the kids. “Having the young kids here and being able to interact with them” was important for the Lynx players, added McWilliams-Franklin. Continue Reading →

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Brushes with history worth noting as WNBA season concludes

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

This 2012 WNBA season is now history. Throughout the league’s 16th season the MSR brushed with several historical “firsts” — persons who did something that hadn’t been done before and, in some cases, hasn’t been duplicated.  

Tamara Moore — the first  Minneapolitan

“I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had with the Lynx,” says the team’s first and only Minneapolis-born player. A former 2002 first-round pick by Miami, Moore was traded to Minnesota in June 2002 for Betty Lennox and a future first-round pick, which at the time was considered a controversial trade. “To be the first…and being part of the program and seeing where it is right now is a great experience,” Moore says. Continue Reading →

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WNBA now on Olympic break

 

Mid-season month off affects teams differently

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

With the entire U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team entirely composed of WNBA players, the league schedule is now on break until August 17. The interruption has both good and not-so-good consequences for the league’s teams and players. “First and foremost, I think it is a terrific opportunity to showcase the talents of the WNBA,” observes League President Laurel Richie on this summer’s Olympic Games in London. “It’s an incredible opportunity for them to compete on the international stage.”

However, is the month-long stoppage of play bad timing or momentum-killing for teams such as Connecticut and San Antonio, who respectively are playing the best ball in the WNBA? The Sun is on a five-game win streak, and the Silver Stars went into the break on a nine-game roll. Continue Reading →

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Lynx aggressively defend their championship

 

Is there a dynasty in the making? By Sheri Crockett

Contributing Writer

 

The Minnesota Lynx started this year on a 14-game winning streak, dating back to the Western Conference semifinals last year. This year’s team set a new league record — the longest undefeated start in league history at 10-0 — and three games later they became only the second team in WNBA history to open a season 13-1. While the Lynx’s start has been nothing short of phenomenal, it’s only one more reason why the defending champs remain the team to beat again this year. They have the core group of women back from last year, save for two players: rookie Devereaux Peters and 10-year veteran Erin Thorn. Continue Reading →

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WNBA assistant coaches work hard behind the scenes

 

Shelley Patterson is one of seven Black assistant coaches in the WNBA — only Tulsa, Seattle and Indiana have no Blacks on their staffs. Last season, her second on the Minnesota Lynx bench, Patterson became the first Black woman since 2009 to be on a championship-winning ball club. “I’ve been with some good teams, but from [Lynx] player one to player 11, I love every single one of them. They respect each other and respect us,” she points out. Unlike the NBA, which seemingly has a coach for every three players, a WNBA coaching staff consists only of a head coach and a maximum of two assistants. Continue Reading →

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Lynx players make the USA Olympic team

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team is all but set — 11 players now hold roster spots, including three Minnesota Lynx players: Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen. This is Augustus’ second Olympic selection — she was on the 2008 team — and the first for both Moore and Whalen. All three players are longtime USA Basketball participants. “The three earned it because they are great players and they know how to win,” said USA Head Coach Geno Auriemma during a March 30 media conference call with reporters, including the MSR.

“I’m so honored to be on the team,” Whalen told the MSR and other reporters on a conference call March 31. “I will do whatever I can to help us win.”

All 11 players are current WNBA players, includes the three Lynx players; Swin Cash (Chicago), Tamika Catchings (Indiana), Tina Charles (Connecticut), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta), Candace Parker (Los Angeles), Sue Bird (Seattle) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix). Continue Reading →

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Penn State women’s basketball team the top seed in tourney

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Penn State will be the top overall seed in this week’s Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis. The four-day conference tournament starts Thursday. It is the school’s sixth Big Ten regular season title and its first since 2003-04. It also is the first under Coquese Washington. “Last year we surprised people,” the fifth-year head coach said of the Lady Lions’ runners-up finish in the 2011 tourney. Continue Reading →

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