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September 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

TV Alert: Many ways to watch the FIBA World Championship featuring Sue Bird

OK, so maybe it won’t be the Sue Bird spotlight live from Turkey, but the Storm all-star PG is making a historic trip to the FIBA World Championship for Women, which runs from Saturday through Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul. Bird, 33, has competed for USA Basketball’s national team since 2002. In that span…

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July 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

WNBA president Laurel Richie’s transcript from All-Star weekend

From the WNBA: TRANSCRIPT FROM WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE:   Good afternoon everyone from what is turning out to be a very, very warm Phoenix day, and that’s somehow fitting for the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All‑Star Game. I would like to begin by thanking the Phoenix Mercury for doing a terrific…

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June 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

WNBA lacked Pride in attempt to make LGBT television history

Did I expect to tune into a WNBA game and hear how wonderful it is to be a lesbian? No. But when the league sent a media release in May boasting about a new initiative to “celebrate inclusion and equality, while combating anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bias,” naturally I was intrigued as…

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April 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

A look back at some Final Four moments before Sunday’s 2014 semifinals (VIDEO)

The Final Four festivities are kicking off in Nashville. Washington coach Mike Neighbors is among the throng in attendance, staying true to his reputation as one of the more vibrant coaches at the event. His weekend started with hitting the stage with his guitar to play some country tunes and he’ll be honored Monday…

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February 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Being gay is good business for American pro hoops

UPDATE: The photo was updated to show an image of Jason Collins in his No. 98 jersey. Despite fans being able to purchase the jersey this week, Collins’ official version wasn’t ready until Wednesday. This post was made prior to images being available of the official jersey. ———————————— We can argue all day whether…

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February 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Tamika Catchings, Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner inspire communities

The WNBA grabbed plenty of headlines this offseason. But aside from ownership changes and overseas player updates, there has been some big news regarding community outreach with some of the players. Earlier this month Elena Delle Donne, the WNBA Rookie of the Year, was named a global Special Olympics ambassador. The organization has long been…

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September 9, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson headed to China for offseason play

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Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson
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Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson is nearing the end of her rehabilitation from January hamstring surgery, signing to play in China this winter. The Australian native will join the Heilongjiang Shenda Basketball Club based in Heilongjiang University Gym in Harbin City, which is the capital of Heilongjiang Province.

“I’m looking forward to my arrival in China and Harbin City,” Jackson said in a released statement on Monday. “I have been very privileged to play basketball all over the world and this is a new, exciting challenge for me, playing for this club in the WCBA league.”

With Jackson signing, WCBA arguably passed Russia and aligned itself with Turkey as the second-best women’s basketball league in the world, trailing only the WNBA.

WNBA stars Maya Moore (Minnesota), Brittney Griner (Phoenix), and Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles) have already signed to play in the league this offseason. Aussie C Liz Cambage (Tulsa) played in the league last season and could return after rehabilitating from an ankle injury suffered in August.

Storm F Camille Little played in China last offseason but her agent said she’s close to signing a contract to play in Turkey this winter. Storm All-Star Sue Bird is nearing the end of her rehab from May knee surgery and plans to return to Russia this winter before playing the 2014 WNBA season. Bird, 32, was medically cleared last week for all non-contact, on-court drills. She began participating in shooting drills with the team Tuesday.

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July 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

WNBA legend Tina Thompson headed to All-Star game as injury replacement

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Storm F Tina Thompson

You can bet Storm F Tina Thompson would rather spend this weekend with family in Los Angeles. She played her final regular-season game at Staples Center on Thursday, retiring this fall after a storied 17-year career in the WNBA. Instead, the four-time WNBA champion is headed to Connecticut to participate in the league’s 11th All-Star Game.

Thompson, 38, was added on Thursday as an injury replacement for Phoenix rookie Brittney Griner. While the 6 foot 8 C has been all over to pub the league since the WNBA tipped in May, Griner hasn’t played her past five games due to a left knee sprain. She was voted an All-Star starter by fans.

Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve, who’ll lead the Western Conference stars due to winning the 2012 conference title, will name a replacement in the starting lineup later. Reeve has four players on the squad while the Sparks have three to dominate the West lineup. San Antonio (Danielle Robinson), Tulsa (Glory Johnson) and now Seattle have one player apiece. Phoenix All-Star Diana Taurasi will also rep the Mercury at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The midsummer classic airs on Saturday at 12:30 pm PT on ABC.

Technically, being placed on the team in this manner isn’t ideal for Thompson, an eight-time All-Star. Saturday’s game marks a record-ninth All-Star appearance, placing Thompson ahead of C Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles) and F Tamika Catchings (Indiana). Leslie competed in eight WNBA All-Star Games in 12 seasons; Catchings is set to participate in her eighth this weekend.

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