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Women's National Basketball Association: United States top women's professional basketball league
The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 22, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September, with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October. Starting in 2020, a midseason tournament, the Commissioner's Cup, will be added. Initially, regular-season Cup games were to be played through early July, followed by a final match in August; however, this schedule is subject to change due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Missouri district attorney says he won't retry a man freed from prison, saying he didn't have enough evidence to prove the original charges. WNBA star Maya Moore spent years helping Jonathan Irons..
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New York Liberty select Sabrina Ionescu with No. 1 pick in WNBA draft

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WNBA execs prepare virtual war rooms for draft

WNBA team executives are preparing to pick players from their homes in an unusual virtual draft. (April 17)  
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Chauncey Billups upset Trae Young while WNBA sharpshooter Allie Quigley took down Chris Paul in the quarterfinals of the NBA-WNBA HORSE competition.
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WNBA officially postpones start of 2020 season due to coronavirus

WNBA season was scheduled to begin May 15 but was postponed Friday due to coronavirus. The league's virtual draft is set to take place on April 17.
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Get to know the nation's best college basketball player, Sabrina Ionescu

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Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King: 'When you're wrong, you gotta fix it'

Snoop Dogg has offered Gayle King a heartfelt apology after blasting her for asking WNBA player Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant's rape charge.
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Sharon Osbourne says Gayle King interview was 'great piece'

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Gayle King responds to backlash after asking Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant's rape charge

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Haringey, Harvard & Hollywood: The fabulous Temi Fagbenle and family

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WNBA point guard Tasha Cloud on her media blackout

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During pivotal WNBA season, USA Basketball expands women's training and pay

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