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Women pros still struggle for media attention

PHOENIX — The WNBA All-Star Game annually is snubbed by sports fans and sports media alike. Last Saturday’s contest here unfortunately remains only a summertime favorite for those of us who do care. It was his first-ever All-Star Game, Earl Malloy told the MSR, admitting that his wife finally convinced him to join her in watching women’s pro hoops. “I’ve been a season ticket holder since day one,” added Carolyn Malloy, who also went to the 2000 game, the last time it was played in Phoenix. “The women players play a lot better than the men.”



“I love it already,” proclaimed Roosevelt Scott, a St. Continue Reading →

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Out-coached Lynx settle for runners-up


To win one championship is magical, but it takes more to repeat. I watched Houston win four consecutive WNBA Finals, still a league record, and interviewed each of their Big Three: Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson, as well as their Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor. Borrowing from former U.S. Senator and once vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen, I must say, “Minnesota, you’re no Houston.”

That was a dynasty. Winning two in three years by Los Angeles, and later the same for the Detroit-now-Tulsa Shock, are certifiable dynasties. But for those who foolishly compared the Lynx to the now-defunct Comets, winning one title only makes you a faux-dynasty. Continue Reading →

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Living the dream…just in a different way



This column introduces new MSR sports columnist Sheri Crockett, who promises to bring a new dimension of excitement to the best Black sports-writing team in America. 


By Sheri Crockett

Contributing Writer


Has anyone ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in a sport on the professional level? I always wanted to know what it would be like to play professional basketball. In May of 1999, I got my chance when the Minnesota Lynx had an open tryout. Basically, an open tryout is for anyone who can play or thinks they can play basketball. You pay a tryout fee (typically $100-$150), show up at the gym and get your hoop on! Continue Reading →

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