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Delle Donne, Meesseman help Mystics edge Aces, 97-95

Sep. 18, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics were thrilled to pull out a close win in the playoffs. Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and hit a crucial turnaround jumper late, Emma Meesseman added a career postseason high 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Mystics held on for a 97-95 victory over the Las...

Sun top Sparks 84-75 in Game 1 of WNBA semifinals

Sep. 17, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut checked off the first box on its postseason to-do list: winning a playoff game for the first time since 2012. Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a balanced Connecticut offense and the Sun opened the WNBA semifinals with an 84-75 win over the Los...

New York wins WNBA lottery, gets No. 1 pick in 2020 draft

Sep. 17, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

The New York Liberty will have the No. 1 pick in next year's WNBA draft for the first time in franchise history. One of the original WNBA teams, the Liberty won the draft lottery Tuesday night. New York had the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick with a 44.2% chance. "It's awesome to be able to have that pick,"...

Chiney Ogwumike praises security after WNBA fan incident

Sep. 17, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike is praising security after she and her sister were rushed by a fan following the Los Angeles Sparks playoff win at the Staples Center on Sunday. Speaking before the Sparks' semifinal game at Connecticut on Tuesday, Ogwumike said arena security defused the situation...

Taking his shot: Jordan, NBA owners, enter tequila business

Sep. 16, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Michael Jordan decided to get into the tequila business, he could have slapped his name on the label, maybe autographed a few bottles and sold out the whole run in hours. No matter what it tasted like. Instead, the basketball hall of famer and owner of the Charlotte Hornets teamed up...

Virginia's Bennett declines raise, asks for staff pay hike

Sep. 16, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett has declined a pay raise offered by the school and instead asked school officials for additional compensation for his staff and program improvement. University officials said in a news release Monday that Bennett did sign a one-year...

Fans of NBA could feel impact of China trade wars

Sep. 16, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — That LeBron James jersey could get a little more expensive. Companies that make clothing and shoes for the National Basketball Association players are in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump's escalating China trade wars. So, the question is, will American fans of sports stars like Los...

Lynx forward Napheesa Collier named WNBA Rookie of Year

Sep. 16, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier has been named the WNBA Rookie of the Year. Collier is one of four unanimous selections on the All-Rookie Team announced Monday. The others are Indiana Fever center Teaira McCowan, Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale and Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie...

Popularity of NBA in China seems to create endless options

Sep. 16, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant went to China for the first time in 1998, making the trip to Beijing to help operate an instructional basketball clinic for about a dozen kids. The local coaches working with him didn't know a lot about the game. Barely anyone noticed that an NBA player was in town. Basketball...

Different court: Maya Moore dedicated to criminal justice

Sep. 16, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Moore startled basketball when she stepped away from the WNBA before the season. She has spent a lot of her time trying to help a family friend overturn a conviction. Jonathan Irons has been incarcerated since 1997, convicted in the nonfatal shooting of a homeowner during a burglary....