Monday, July 13, 2020

WNBA season schedule: dropped

Big WNBA news:

The league released its 2020 season schedule today.

Opening weekend will honor Black Lives Matter.

Twelve must-see games.

How to watch every single national TV game.

WNBA team news:

The Sky return most of their core this season.

Chicago is chemistry-laden, and bent on redemption.

The Sparks put culture on display in their first practice.

The new-look Liberty are exceeding their own expectations with a quickly-developing chemistry.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne's medical opt-out request has been denied, and she is in disbelief.

Amanda Zahui B. found her voice in a WNBA locker room and used it in Sweden.

Kelsey Mitchell is preparing for the ultimate one-on-one.

Sabrina Ionescu is feeling comfortable inside the bubble.

Rookie Satou Sabally is already working alongside WNBA veterans for racial and social justice.

Jocelyn Willoughby and Kylee Shook talk about their rookie seasons.

Erica McCall is excited to get a second chance with the Dream.

WNBA roundtable.

College team news:

Gonzaga owes their amped-up recruiting to a blooming culture.

How Florida is training during the pandemic.

Utah has added Texas transfer Isabel Palmer.

College player news:

Johnasia Cash talks about why she hasn't returned to campus.

Oregon State junior post Patricia Morris has entered the transfer portal.

College coach news:

Kara Lawson talked experience in her introduction as Duke's new head coach today.

Lawson's five biggest priorities at Duke.

She is excited to coach at Duke.

The Blue Devils get a contemporary leader in Lawson.

Press conferences snippets.

Sarah Miles is a new assistant coach at Central Michigan.

Monday, July 6, 2020

WNBA coronavirus, travel and social justice news dominates the day

Lots of big news in the WNBA today......

COVID-19 news:

Seven players out of 137 have tested positive for COVID-19.

Teams traveled to Florida today except the Indiana Fever. They will delay arrival for a few days, as two players tested positive.

Photos and videos on player and team social media accounts have popped up this afternoon and evening, showing personnel has arrived at "the bubble" in Florida. They were tested for the virus and will quarantine for a few days and be tested again.

Social justice news:

The WNBA and WNBPA have agreed to feature the names of women who have died due to police or racial violence on warmups, as well as on the court.

The league is dedicating the season to social justice.

Players will form a social justice council.

Commissioner Cathy Engelbert is proud of players.

WNBA team news:

Uncertain what awaits them, the Storm head to Florida for the season.

Preparation factors for the bubble are a mystery as the Lynx head to camp.

Indiana Fever preview.

Phoenix Mercury preview.

The WNBA CBA salary cap explained.

WNBA coach news:

Penny Taylor is stepping down as assistant coach for the Mercury, and Chasity Melvin will replace her.

Most of the WNBA's older coaches are OK with the coronavirus risk.

College team news:

The Patriot League has formed an Anti-Racism Commission.

UConn players are due back on campus in late July, but international players face travel restrictions.

College coach news:

Kevin Templeton is a new assistant coach at Eastern Illinois.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

News uptick

Coronavirus update:

Florida reports a 15 percent positive test rate as the WNBA and other pro leagues are scheduled to arrive.

WNBA team news:

The Fever will stream all their games free this summer for Indiana residents.

The Sparks have launched a campaign called "Change Has No Offseason" to combat systemic racism.

WNBA player news:

Chelsea Gray knows she's a role model for LGBTQ youth.

Natasha Cloud shares her harrowing experience after being pulled over by police.

Q&A with Renee Montgomery.

Aerial Powers wants to be the WNBA's biggest gamer.

The man that Maya Moore worked to free has been released from prison.

Moore said social justice reform is a spiritual struggle.

WNBA coach news:

Cheryl Reeve podcast.

College program news:

UCLA and Cal attempt to stare down Under Armour, as budgets teeter.

UConn is officially back in the Big East Conference.

College team news:

UConn is working to get their foreign players into the country.

Iowa is adapting to changes during voluntary workouts.

College player news:

On the one year anniversary of revealing she had cancer, Tiana Mangakahia says she knew she would beat it.

Duke's Mikayla Boykin has launched a rap career.

Kentucky forward Deasia Merrill will transfer.

Taylor Mole has transferred from Colorado State to UC Santa Barbara.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley focuses on South Carolina as she awaits the Olympics.

Jamelle Elliott has been named an assistant coach at UConn.

Essence Baucom is a new assistant coach at Furman.

Jaye Nayreau and Jalen Powell are new assistant coaches at FAMU.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The build up

WNBA news:

What we do and don't know about the WNBA's return to play.

There is concern around the WNBA about the details of the proposed season in Florida.

WNBA team news:

The Sun are ready and nervous for the season.

Only two Connecticut starters are returning.

WNBA player news:

Chiney Ogwumike is going to campaign for social justice reform through LeBron James' voting initiative.

Renee Montgomery has found a new calling in social justice reform.

Elena Delle Donne is the only WNBA player to win MVP with two teams.

Emma Meesseman was denied a flight to the USA due to a clerical error.

Brittney Sykes will play this season.

Rebecca Allen has opted out this year.

Amanda Zahui B. is a superstar in the making.

Sophie Cunningham is ready for a shortened season.

Former WNBA star Temeka Johnson is now a high school coach.

WNBA bonus:

Big3 is planning a foundation to help retired WNBA and NBA players with social justice.

Amazon has bought the naming rights to Seattle's Key Arena, and will call it Climate Pledge Arena.

Atlanta Dream co-owner, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, calls open carry by Blacks in Atlanta "mob rule."

NCAA news:

The NCAA has extended the recruiting dead period through Aug. 31.

College program news:

Bethune-Cookman has joined the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

College player news:

Kansas State's Chrissy Carr participated in a panel today on race and sports.

Oregon State forward Taya Corosdale is ready for her redemption tour.

How Skakyla Hill became the only college player to record two quadruple-doubles.

College coach news:

Q&A with Cal coach Charmin Smith.

New Navy coach Tim Taylor has hit a home run with diverse coaching staff hires.

Former Oregon star Nia Jackson is leaving the staff there to be an assistant coach at Boise State.

She replaces Cody Butler, who is being sued for sexual harassment.

Arkansas State has added three new assistant coaches.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

WNBA announces plan to tip off season

Today the WNBA announced a plan for a 22-game season that will culminate with a traditional player format.

The league is finalizing an agreement with IMG Academy in Bradenton, Floria to have the season there.

Games will be played without fans.

Should the league and the NBA act as if Black Lives Matter more than a restart or a start?

WNBA news:

The league and the WNBPA have been honored with the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award.

WNBA player news:

Jasmine Thomas and Kaila Charles are eager to be at the forefront of the movement for racial justice and societal change.

WNBA GM news:

Wings GM Greg Bibb sees the positives of a shortened season.

NCAA news:

A new names, images and likenesses lawsuit against the NCAA could put millions of dollars at stake.

Oregon's Sedona Prince is among 12 athletes who are suing.

College news:

Virginia has changed its logo to remove slavery history representation.

The president of the University of Texas will meet with student groups to discuss their demands to ditch "The Eyes of Texas" song, and rename several school buildings.

Robert Morris has left the NEC and will join the Horizon League.

College team news:

Normalcy is still a foreign concept, as South Florida begins workouts.

A small number of Gonzaga players are taking part in voluntary workouts.

College coach news:

In emotional times, Arizona coach Adia Barnes said she and her players will continue to stand up for what's right.

Jimmy Colloton is a new assistant coach at Navy.