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FILE - In this Thursday, July 19, 2018, file photo, Dallas Wings guard Skylar Diggins-Smith (4) speaks with an official during the second half of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Washington Mystics, in Arlington, Texas. Diggins-Smith wants to find a new team to play for in the 2020 WNBA season. (Steve Hamm/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

Diggins-Smith wants to leave Dallas and play elsewhere

Jan. 27, 2020 7:43 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith wants to find a new team to play for next season. “I don’t plan on playing in Dallas next year,” Diggins-Smith told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday. “I’m happy to be playing in this league and I want to...

Maya Moore at peace with decision to skip second WNBA season

Jan. 27, 2020 5:57 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore sees missing a second consecutive WNBA season as an extension of her decision to skip last year. The 30-year-old told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her work pushing criminal justice reform wasn't done yet. “I think when I...

FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)

Reaction to the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant

Jan. 26, 2020 11:20 PM EST

Reaction from the basketball world and beyond on the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash on Sunday: “Words can't describe the pain I am feeling. I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will...

South Carolina guard Brea Beal (12) prepares to shoot past Georgia's guard Chloe Chapman (1) against during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)

No. 1 South Carolina women extend streak, roll past Georgia

Jan. 26, 2020 6:22 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tyasha Harris is realizing the value of her scoring even as she has claimed a new title as South Carolina's career assists leader. Harris scored 13 points and added seven assists and No. 1 South Carolina rode an overwhelming opening period to its 13th consecutive win, beating Georgia...

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...