WNBA basketball

Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, left, forward Elena Delle Donne and guard Kristi Toliver celebrate during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 11, 2019 - 12:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics capped an eventful WNBA season with the team's first championship. A year that began with the league missing some of its top players because of injuries and rest ended with a compelling five-game championship series. Delle Donne battled...
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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, right, drives against Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 10, 2019 - 10:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night. It was a fitting conclusion to an entertaining series and...
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Connecticut Sun's Courtney Williams gets a lift from her father Don Williams after the Sun defeated the Washington Mystics in Game 4 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 08, 2019 - 11:27 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — With the season on the line, Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun turned up their defense to stop the Washington Mystics and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Sun held the Mystics without a point over...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne stands on the court during the second half in Game 3 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 07, 2019 - 4:38 pm
Elena Delle Donne spent the last five days fighting a back injury and doing everything she could to play in the pivotal Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. She is not about to miss Game 4. The league MVP and the Washington Mystics are one win away from the first title in franchise history after an 84-71...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler poses during a WNBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles. Toler was fired by the Sparks on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
October 04, 2019 - 4:48 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks fired general manager Penny Toler on Friday, a move that followed a postgame tirade when the team lost Game 2 in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. The team said Eric Holoman, the team's managing partner and governor, will replace Toler as GM and...
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Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, left, goes to the basket against Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, right, in the first half of Game 2 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 01, 2019 - 11:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Connecticut Sun know they'll get to play two games at home. The Washington Mystics hope to have Elena Delle Donne back for both of them. Jonquel Jones scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Sun took advantage of Delle Donne's early injury exit to beat the Mystics 99...
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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne reacts after getting fouled while scoring in the second half of Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Washington. Delle Donne contributed a team-high 22 points to Washington's 95-86 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 01, 2019 - 10:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne left Game 2 of the WNBA Finals after playing only a few minutes in the first quarter because of back spasms. She never returned. Without the league's MVP, Washington lost to Connecticut 95-86 on Tuesday night, evening the best-of-five series at 1-1. Mystics coach...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2010, file photo, Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach Teresa Weatherspoon calls a play during practice in Ruston, La. The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Weatherspoon and AJ Diggs as assistant coaches with a focus on player development. (AP Photo/Kita Wright, File)
September 27, 2019 - 2:54 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Teresa Weatherspoon and AJ Diggs as assistant coaches with a focus on player development. The club says the new assistants have been assigned to work with the Pelicans' two-way players and will travel with them to assignments with New Orleans'...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne drives into Las Vegas Aces' Dearica Hamby during the first half of Game 4 of a WNBA playoff basketball series Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
September 25, 2019 - 9:15 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Washington Mystics are heading back to the WNBA Finals, and this time they believe they have the depth and versatility to win it all. Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, and the Mystics earned a return trip to the championship round, outlasting the Las Vegas Aces 94-90 to close...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, New York Liberty coach Katie Smith watches during the second half of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis. The Liberty will have the No. 1 pick in next year’s WNBA draft for the first time in franchise history. “It’s awesome to be able to have that pick,” Smith said. “We’re going to be able to add a really elite piece to what we already have. It’s a silver lining to a year where we battled and came up short. It’s something we can look towards the future and add a piece that will help us compete for a championship.” (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
September 17, 2019 - 7:53 pm
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...
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