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How do you say….? Adventures in creative WNBA player name pronunciations

Some fans get really annoyed when TV and radio announcers repeatedly mispronounce player names. A few of the most common names that are botched are Nicky Anosike, Matee Ajavon and Cappie Pondexter. Believe it or not, the league prints an…

Lisa Leslie on the red carpet at the BET Awards, Serena Williams wins athlete award

WNBA players nominated for 2009 BET Best Female Athlete Award LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 28: WNBA player Lisa Leslie arrives at the 2009 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo…

Moonwalking on the hardwood: A basketball tribute to Michael Jackson

Hundreds of millions of people around the world have personal memories of Michael Jackson. That was a part of his charisma and aura—the ability to touch people  via music even if they never saw him in concert or met him…

Phoenix vs. San Antonio or…Lisa Leslie on “The Superstars”

Thirty minutes after the Phoenix Mercury and the San Antonio Silver Stars tipoff tonight in Texas, injured WNBA star Lisa Leslie appears on the ABC sports series “The Superstars.” If you grew up during the 1970s and early 1980s you…

Sunday’s Five WNBA Games: Preview roundup

Sunday, June 21 (all times ET) San Antonio @ Connecticut, 3pm, Live Access WNBA.com preview Yahoo!/Stats.com preview Sun’s New Players Hope To Continue Against Silver Stars (courant.com) New York @ Atlanta, 3pm, Live Access WNBA.com preview Yahoo!/Stats.com preview Detroit @…

Six, count’em, six WNBA games tonight: Preview roundup

Friday, June 19 Chicago @ Connecticut, 7:00pm, Live Access WNBA.com preview Yahoo! sports preview San Antonio @ New York , 7:30pm MSG, NBA TV, Live Access WNBA.com preview Yahoo! sports preview Indiana @ Detroit , 7:30pm, Live Access WNBA.com preview…

Bill Laimbeer resigns as Shock head coach, says decision was all about him not the league

Bill Laimbeer has resigned his position as the head coach of the defending WNBA champions Detroit Shock to pursue possibilities in the NBA. Rumors began circulating early Monday after the team told media that a major coaching announcement would be…

Seven WNBA teams show a decline in home opener attendance

The first week of the 2009 WNBA season is over. Each team kicked off the season with home openers filled with fanfare. Attendance at first home games ranged from a low of 5,689 for the Chicago Sky to a high…

Game capsule: San Antonio vs. New York

SAN ANTONIO – Before Saturday night, the San Antonio Silver Stars and the New York Liberty were both winless. San  Antonio (1-1) ended the night with a victory, defeating  New York (0-3) 63-60. Led by Becky Hammon (16 points, five…

Live Blogging: San Antonio vs. New York

San Antonio Silver Stars vs. New York Liberty

Silver Stars-Liberty preview: San Antonio to raise Western Conference Championship banner before home opener

San Antonio Silver Stars (0-1) vs. New York Liberty (0-2) Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m. CST, AT&T Center TV: KMYS Radio: KTKR 760 AM, MSG The San Antonio Silver Stars kick off their home opener celebrating their first Western Conference…

Fever defeats Storm for their first win

Last year’s most improved player in the WNBA, Ebony Hoffman had 18 points and six rebounds to help lead the Indiana Fever to their first win of the season Tuesday night over the Seattle Storm (2-1). Teammate Katie Douglas led…

Jennifer Gillom on having the Ole Miss Sports Center named after her and sister Peggie

The Gillom Sports Center at Ole Miss is named after basketball legends and sisters Jennifer and Peggie Gillom. "It’s hard to comprehend; it’s so amazing. Race always becomes an issue, especially at Ole Miss because of the past. To have…

WNBA game times and preview links for Sunday, June 7, 2009

Game Time (EST) Local TV Preview Connecticut @ New York   4:00pm WCTX   Sun-Liberty Preview Atlanta @ Washington   4:00pm   Dream-Mystics Preview Minnesota @ Indiana   7:00pm FSI   Lynx-Fever Preview Sacramento @ Seattle   9:00pm FSNW   Monarchs-Storm Preview  …

Sparks take the season opener, Detroit beset with injuries

The Los Angeles Sparks began the season with a big win. Betty Lennox had a double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds) in her first game with the Sparks. She spent last season with the Atlanta Dream which won only four…

WNBA Season Preview Roundup

League Previews || Team Previews || Fans honor the Houston Comets || The Economy? Recession? Logos on Jerseys? || Kara who? Sheryl who? Anna who? League Previews WNBA.com: Tune In: Opening Day 2009! http://bit.ly/Xt9Gm WNBA 2009: Expect the Unexpected! (scout.com)…

Jennifer “Grandmama” Gillom is the new head coach of the Minnesota Lynx

Basketball legend, Jennifer Gillom, is the new head coach of the Minnesota Lynx. Affectionately known around the league as “Grandmama”, Gillom was one of the first players signed by the WNBA in 1997. Former Lynx coach, Don Zierden, resigned. He…

Two more to go and then come Saturday, it’s on!

Tonight marks the end of the WNBA preseason with two games scheduled, both at 8 p.m. EDT. The Indiana Fever visit the San Antonio Silver Stars. Well, not really since the game will actually be in Austin. That should be…

My name is Cappie Pondexter and my Social Security number is…

As previously reported (and fans have figured out), the WNBA sealed a deal with LifeLock to have logos on league jerseys. LifeLock’s CEO Todd Davis gives out his social security number in the company’s well-known ads touting the strength of…

The Phoenix Mercury web site is locked down until Monday’s big announcement

Update: The Lifelock logo was deleted from the padlock image on the site. Visitors to the Phoenix Mercury’s web site this weekend are greeted with a splash page indicating the site is locked down. The marketing tactic, complete with a…

WNBA Weekend Update

Transactions and briefs for this weekend in the WNBA In Wednesday’s WNBA media call, all of the coaches in attendance indicated they were going to wait until after the games this weekend to make the remaining cuts on their rosters.…

A Cautionary Tale: Sheryl, Malcolm and Michael, or Keep Track of Your Valuables

Swoopes during her visit to the White House with the Houston Comets, 2001. It has happened to some of the most famous people in modern history, including Malcolm X and Michael Jackson. I remember the shock and heartfelt panic in…

WNBA mid-preseason update: standouts, waivers and more

Becky Hammon Game 2, 2008 Western Conference Finals, San Antonio vs. Los Angeles Current WNBA rosters The WNBA is mid-way through the preseason with training camp well underway and five games played. Since April 9, the day of the draft,…

Weekly Photo – Sunday, May 24, 2009

Diana Taurasi in action during a WNBA game between the Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Los Angeles won the game 98-84 (Photo by Michael Chansley/Cal…

WNBA loses Discover sponsorship

Remember that awesome Kiara Nowlin WNBA Discover Card commercial that also featured Tamika Catchings? Well, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal is reporting that the financial services company did not renew its sponsorship deal with the WNBA. It is one…