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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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WNBA 2012 wrap-up

 
Rookie of the Year Ogwumike ‘freakishly athletic’

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

More often than not, if you are a pro rookie in your first professional season, and if you were the top overall selection in the draft, either you’re expected to be THE man if it’s the NBA or THE woman if it’s the WNBA. Los Angeles Sparks forward Neeka Ogwumike, who led all WNBA rookies in points and rebounds, was named Rookie of the Year on Sunday. It marked the fifth straight year that the league’s number-one pick also won the award at season’s end. Also, Ogwumike, who got all but two of the 41 votes cast, is the fifth consecutive Black female to win the award. “She knows the value of playing on a team where she doesn’t have to carry the burden, and does exactly what she should be doing,” notes Sparks Assistant Coach Jim Lewis of the 6-2 Ogwumike, who was picked first by Los Angeles this past spring. 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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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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Sport world still rife with gender inequities

 

 

Why do mainstream media love “outing” female athletes whether they are single or married, gay or straight, but won’t do the same with their male counterparts? “I think it is a fair question,” said the University of Minnesota Tucker Center’s Austin Stair Calhoun, who has researched such double standards in some depth. In a recent extended story on Minnesota Lynx star Seimone Augustus in the Minneapolis daily newspaper, which named her their sportsperson of the year December 30, the female reporter made reference to Augustus’ engagement to a female. Calhoun posted in her blog that Augustus’ female fiancée was “casually mentioned” in the article. “I felt that Seimone wanted that to happen. Continue Reading →

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Belated recognition of Augustus surprised no one here

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Seimone Augustus last week became the first Black female and the third Black athlete to be named the Minneapolis daily newspaper’s annual sportsperson of the year since the recognition began in 1998. The paper’s selection of the Minnesota Lynx superstar simply cosigned what the MSR consistently said all throughout the team’s championship season — Augustus’ shoulders carried them. More importantly, the award hopefully finally quells any lingering doubts on her status as a franchise player. Those of us who have followed her not only in Minnesota but also during her four-year All-American career at LSU fully knew this fact. Augustus has rightfully has earned first-name status in this town along with other transcendent Black superstars: Kirby (Puckett), Kevin (Garnett) and Torii (Hunter). Continue Reading →

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