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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks guard Alana Beard, right, shoots as Atlanta Dream forward Aneika Henry-Morello defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Alana Beard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a WNBA championship with the Los Angeles Sparks, is retiring after 15 years. The Sparks announced her decision on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

4-time All-Star Alana Beard retires from WNBA after 15 years

Jan. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alana Beard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a WNBA championship with the Los Angeles Sparks, is retiring after 15 years. In 2016, she helped the Sparks win a third WNBA title. She is third in all-time steals in the league with 710. Beard won Defensive Player of the Year...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, left, shoots against Indiana Fever's Jazmon Gwathmey during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Moore will sit out a second straight WNBA season in 2020 to continue her push for criminal justice reform. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Lynx star Maya Moore opts to stay on hiatus from WNBA in '20

Jan. 22, 2020 8:38 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore will sit out a second straight WNBA season to continue her push for criminal justice reform. Moore told The New York Times in a story published Wednesday of her choice to stay off the court for 2020. She said in her interview with the newspaper that she's...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference in Washington.  The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,  that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation for players will surpass six figures for the first time. I call it historic,

WNBA expands to 36-game schedule adds Commissioner’s Cup

Jan. 16, 2020 3:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA season is expanding to a 36-game schedule and adding the Commissioner’s Cup tournament the league announced Thursday. The league had a 34-game schedule since 2003. The season begins on May 15 and ends on Sept. 20. Each team will play 10 Cup games during the season with the...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference in Washington.  The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,  that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation for players will surpass six figures for the first time. I call it historic,

WNBA's 8-year labor deal to hike average salary to $130,000

Jan. 15, 2020 12:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation will surpass six figures for the first time. The contract, which begins this season and runs through 2027, will pay players...

Lynx hire former star Katie Smith as assistant coach

Jan. 14, 2020 3:10 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx hired Katie Smith, the franchise's third-leading all-time scorer and Hall of Fame player, as the lead assistant Tuesday on coach Cheryl Reeve's staff. Smith was head coach of the New York Liberty the past two seasons. She was replaced by Walt Hopkins, who was an...

FILE - In this June 5, 2016, file photo, Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings brings the ball up during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Catchings is among 12 finalists announced Thursday, Jan. 9, for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.p (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Catchings, Jackson finalists for women's hoops Hall of Fame

Jan. 9, 2020 9:06 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tamika Catchings and Lauren Jackson headline the list of 12 finalists Thursday for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Catchings was a four-time Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. and also a five-time winner of the WNBA defensive player of the year award. She led the...

Stewart set to return for Team USA in exhibition vs UConn

Jan. 8, 2020 5:43 PM EST

Breanna Stewart is set to return to competition when she leads USA Basketball against her alma mater at the end of month. Stewart and the women's national team will play exhibition games against UConn in Hartford on Jan. 27 and against Louisville in Kentucky on Feb. 2. Her return would come about nine months...

New York Liberty WNBA basketball team new head coach Walt Hopkins speaks to reporters during a news conference at Barclays Center, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Walt Hopkins hired as New York Liberty coach

Jan. 8, 2020 11:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a busy offseason for the New York Liberty and now the franchise has a new coach — Walt Hopkins. The team held a news conference Wednesday at Barclays Center, its new home for the coming season, to introduce Hopkins. “Walt’s a genius. He has this humble...

AP source: Walt Hopkins to be next New York Liberty coach

Jan. 6, 2020 3:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Lynx assistant coach Walt Hopkins will be hired as the next head coach of the New York Liberty, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because no official announcement has been made. The Liberty...

Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski (16) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Pavelski helps Stars beat Red Wings 4-1

Jan. 4, 2020 1:13 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — It was Joe Pavelski’s night, and the Dallas Stars enjoyed the show. Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and Dallas beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Friday for its fourth straight come-from-behind win. Pavelski was honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL game last month,...