WNBA basketball

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher has been hired to coach the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 .(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
December 06, 2018 - 8:45 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher has been hired to coach the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, five days after longtime WNBA coach Brian Agler resigned. Fisher helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five NBA titles during his 18-season playing...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks head coach Brian Agler protests a call during play against the Connecticut Sun in the first half of a WNBA basketball game, in Uncasville, Conn. Agler, who led the Sparks to the WNBA championship in 2016, has resigned as coach after four years. The team made the announcement early Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, without explanation.(Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)
November 30, 2018 - 2:01 pm
Brian Agler is ready for a new challenge. The longtime WNBA coach resigned as coach of the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday after four years with the team that included winning a championship in 2016. "Sometimes it's time to make a change," Agler said in a phone interview with the AP on Friday. Agler...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2018, file photo, Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan (15) blocks a shot by Notre Dame's Marina Mabrey (3) during the first half in the final of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Columbus, Ohio. The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the first round of the league's draft this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
November 21, 2018 - 1:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the first round this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. While last season there was a clear-...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike looks toward the scoreboard after receiving treatment for a cut on the face during the second half in Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals against the Minnesota Lynx in Los Angeles. The WNBA players have opted out of the current collective bargaining agreement that runs through October 2021, allows the players' union to start negotiating the new one now. "We look forward to our upcoming discussions and negotiating a new agreement with the league," the players' union, led by Ogwumike, said in a statement. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
November 01, 2018 - 2:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA players have exercised their right to terminate their collective bargaining agreement after the 2019 season, cutting the deal short by two years. The current labor contract started on March 5, 2014, and had been scheduled to run through October 2021 or the day after the last...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant listens to a question from a reporter before the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
October 06, 2018 - 12:51 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Durant got off the bus inside the loading dock of KeyArena about two hours before tipoff and made a quick glance toward the court, visible through the tunnel. He was back where his NBA career began more than a decade ago. "When I woke up from my pregame nap I was nervous,"...
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United States coach Dawn Staley gives instructions to her players during the Women's basketball World Cup final match between Australia and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)
October 01, 2018 - 2:16 am
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Dawn Staley knows the pressure that comes with coaching USA Basketball. It's gold medal or bust. She experienced it first as a player with the U.S., then as an assistant and now as the team's head coach. She's been successful in each position, helping the...
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Sue Bird of the United States, left, lifts the trophy as Queen Letizia applauds after winning the Women's Basketball World Cup final match against Australia in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)
September 30, 2018 - 5:55 pm
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi shared a hug as the final seconds ran down on a third straight World Cup championship. The longtime USA Basketball teammates had accomplished another piece of history together. The pair has been a key part of all three titles and...
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The Australian team celebrate their victory over Spain, in the Women's basketball World Cup semi final match between Spain and Australia in Tenerife, Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo Andres Gutierrez)
September 30, 2018 - 11:18 am
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Championship day (all times local): 5:10 p.m. France used a big third quarter to top China 81-67 on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. The French led 37-36 at the half...
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The Australian team celebrate their victory over Spain, in the Women's basketball World Cup semi final match between Spain and Australia in Tenerife, Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo Andres Gutierrez)
September 30, 2018 - 6:06 am
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — It's medal day at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. The U.S. will face Australia for the gold medal on Sunday night. The Americans have won the last two golds with the Opals winning their lone championship in 2006. The U.S. will need to find a way to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, Australia center Liz Cambage (8) reaches for a rebound in front of Japan guard Sanae Motokawa during the first half of a women's basketball game at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cambage is averaging a FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup-best 25.8 points a game while only playing 20.4 minutes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
September 29, 2018 - 1:33 am
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Australia coach Sandy Brondello credits a training camp in February and playing in the Commonwealth Games at home as a major reason that her team has looked so fluid in its run to the semifinals of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. "This year we had a...
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