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WNBA President Laurel Richie Photo by Sophia Hantzes


It was “a terrific summer for women’s sports,” proclaimed WNBA President Laurel Richie in her second “State of the League” address on Sunday prior to the first game of the 2012 Finals. From Title IX’s 40-year celebration to the USA women’s basketball team’s fifth consecutive gold medal, “We were very, very proud that all 12 members of that team are currently on WNBA rosters…a great, great summer for women’s sports,” said the second-year league president. Richie proudly talked about “some real breakout stories” this season by the sistahs in her league: “Kristi Toliver [Los Angeles] was just on fire this season. It was terrific to see her as our most improved player. We all got to see what it looks like when Candace Parker [Los Angeles] is 100 percent healthy throughout the entire season. 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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Twins batboy earns manager’s nod: ‘Works hard. Great attitude’


A major league baseball team batboy’s job is never done. “I get here about three to four hours before the game starts,” explains Dominic Frost, 18, who just completed his second season as the Minnesota Twins batboy. “I’m setting up the bench… [I] bring in coolers and towels, gum, shoes and all that. That takes almost an hour to do. “After that’s done, I usually shag balls in BP [batting practice] from 4 to 5 [pm],” continues Frost, who sometimes helps players warm up by playing short-throw catch with them. Continue Reading →

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