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Women's college hoops season set to tip off

Nov. 5, 2019 2:27 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As soon as Sabrina Ionescu announced she was returning for her senior season at Oregon, the women's college basketball landscape changed. The Oregon Ducks became the favorite to win the championship after falling in the Final Four last season to Baylor — the eventual title winners....

Stanford women get special opportunity to face top Americans

Nov. 2, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — With USA on her uniform this time, Nneka Ogwumike dazzled as she has always done in Maples Pavilion. Grinning afterward, she reminded everyone, "I'm still undefeated at Maples." Tara VanDerveer's young Stanford team put on an impressive show of its own hosting U.S. stars Ogwumike,...

Diggins-Smith has new outlook after giving birth to son

Nov. 2, 2019 2:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith's outlook on life has changed after giving birth to her son last spring. "It's different how I approach everything. I don't look at it like it's a job," the Dallas Wings' guard told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday. "It's the best feeling in the world. I...

Players to go on strike in Spanish women's soccer league

Oct. 23, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Players in the Spanish women's soccer league have decided to go on strike after failing to reach a deal with clubs over working hours and minimum wages, the latest fight by female athletes worldwide for greater equality with men. Around 200 players met in Madrid late Tuesday and voted in...

Jenna Schroeder becomes 4th woman on NBA referee staff

Oct. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

Jenna Schroeder was an aggressive player in college, fouling out in two of her first three games as a guard at Saginaw Valley State and even picking up a technical foul for a colorful comment. She remembers that moment well. "I told the referee where to shove it," Schroeder said. That tale makes her career choice...

So bad for so long, does DC stand for District of Champions?

Oct. 22, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Sean Doolittle and the rest of the Nationals geared up for Washington's first World Series appearance in 86 years, the lefty reliever thought back to when he first joined the team in a 2017 trade. The attitude, he found, was not exactly reflective of a win-big mindset, much like the...

Lynx leading scorer Sims suspended 2 games for DWI charge

Oct. 18, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx leading scorer Odyssey Sims has been suspended for two games to start the 2020 season, stemming from a drunken-driving charge last summer. The punishment was announced Friday. Sims was sentenced by a Hennepin County judge Tuesday to 10 days of house arrest. One of the two...

Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on soccer pay fight

Oct. 18, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner. She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis with an undefeated victory tour and kept up the fight for pay equity against the...

WNBA Dream moving to 3,500-seat arena near Atlanta airport.

Oct. 18, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Dream are getting a new home. The WNBA team announced Friday it will play next season at a 3,500-seat arena near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Gateway Center Arena is scheduled to open next week in a complex that includes the Georgia International...

Women impacting NBA in various roles, 11 assistant coaches

Oct. 18, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

Practice is over and Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson is still working. She stands under the basket rebounding, giving feedback to rookie guard Carsen Edwards as he shoots from different spots on the court. After swishing his final three attempts, he jogs over to her. "Thanks coach," Edwards says before...