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Women's National Basketball Association: Top women's professional basketball league in the US
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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to hold a midseason tournament, the Commissioner's Cup, starting in the 2020 season were placed on hold. Initially, regular-season Cup games were to be played through early July, followed by a final match in August. The pandemic also led to the entire 2020 season being held without fans at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

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WNBA champion Seattle Storm urge fans to support Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

As sports organizations have urged fans to register and vote, the reigning WNBA champion Seattle Storm took that a step further Wednesday.
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WNBA star Sue Bird says perception of 'cute white girls' helps U.S. women's soccer

Seattle Storm's Sue Bird said U.S. women's soccer players are more popular than WNBA players because of their perception as "cute little white girls."
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Retired WNBA star Cappie Pondexter, feared to have gone missing, was in jail in LA

Former WNBA star Cappie Pondexter was released from jail Thursday after being arrested Tuesday. Her agent said he remains concerned for her safety.
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WNBA Legend Cappie Pondexter Arrested In L.A., Friends Concerned

Another sad twist ... we spoke with Cappie's rep, Chuck Walton, who tells us Cappie has gone missing again after she was released from police custody. We're told Walton and other people close to Cappie..
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'This is for Kobe' - Seattle Storm win record-equalling fourth WNBA title

The Seattle Storm win the WNBA Finals for a fourth time as guard Jewell Loyd dedicates the win to the late Kobe Bryant.
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Seattle Storm sweep Las Vegas Aces to win their fourth WNBA championship

Nothing could stop the Seattle Storm – not the No. 1 seed Las Vegas Aces and not months in a bubble, three time zones away from their home court.
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2020 WNBA playoffs: Top photos from inside the bubble

The 2020 WNBA playoffs, like the regular season, are being played inside the bubble at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
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Maya Moore of W.N.B.A. Weds Jonathan Irons, Inmate She Helped Free

Ms. Moore took a break from basketball to help free Jonathan Irons. His conviction on burglary and assault charges was overturned in March.
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WNBA star Moore marries the man she helped free from prison

WNBA star Maya Moore marries Jonathan Irons - the man she helped free from prison following his wrongful conviction for assault and burglary.
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At the W.N.B.A., the Fight for Racial Justice Goes Way Back

“It’s like basketball: Preparation shows, and we’ve been prepared for this moment,” says New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon.
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Ole Miss football team walks out of practice to protest racial injustice

After the NBA, WNBA and MLB all postponed games this week as athletes demanded a renewed focus on racial injustice.
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WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike speaks out on decision to continue season, calls for social justice

WNBA and NBA players are expected to return to the court this weekend after an unprecedented walkoff over social injustice. WNBA Star Nneka Ogwumike talks to "CBS This Morning" about the decision to..
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NHL Postpones Games Following Jacob Blake Shooting

The NHL is following the MLB, NBA, WNBA and MLS' lead ... with the league officially postponing games following the Jacob Blake shooting. "After much discussion, NHL Players believe that the best..
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Eye Opener: Hurricane Laura makes landfall with 150 mph winds

Hurricane Laura has begun pounding the Gulf Coast with winds of up to 150 miles per hour. Also, pro athletes stood together to protest racial violence with NBA, WNBA and MLB teams boycotting games..
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Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner leaves WNBA bubble for personal reasons

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has left the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Florida, for personal reasons, the Mercury announced Saturday.
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WNBA players wear shirts opposing Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler

Players have received support from many fans, including Stacey Abrams, who endorsed Warnock in January.
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Fowles set to take WNBA rebound leader crown

Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles is set to become the WNBA's all-time rebound leader, passing former teammate Rebekkah Brunson. (July 28)  
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Michelle Obama speaks to NBA, WNBA players about how they can use platform to create change

Former first lady Michelle Obama spoke with some NBA and WNBA players Sunday about how they can use their platform to address racial justice issues.
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Players dedicate WNBA season to Breonna Taylor

Players in the WNBA dedicate the upcoming season to Breonna Taylor before observing a 26-second moment of silence.
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Members of New York Liberty, Seattle Storm leave court for national anthem; Breonna Taylor honored

The New York Liberty and Seattle Storm left the court for the national anthem but kept the spotlight on Breonna Taylor before the 2020 WNBA opener.
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Tropical Storm Hanna, WNBA season begins, unemployment benefits expire: 5 things to know this weekend

Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to hit the southern Texas coast as a hurricane, the WNBA season begins and more news you need to know this weekend.
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Sen. Kelly Loeffler intends on staying in WNBA, co-owning Atlanta Dream: 'They can't push me out'

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, told ESPN she does not intend to sell her stake in the Atlanta Dream despite the WNBA's embrace of Black Lives Matter.
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WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike, preparing to make history with ESPN Radio, is ready to be heard

LA Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike will become the first Black woman to co-host a national show on ESPN Radio and is eager to share her voice.
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'I'll risk my life or forfeit my paycheck' - WNBA star Elena Delle Donne

US basketball star Elena Delle Donne says she must decide whether to "risk her life" or lose her wages after she was denied the opportunity to opt out of the upcoming season.
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Sen. Kelly Loeffler, co-owner of WNBA's Atlanta Dream, says Black Lives Matter threatens to 'destroy' America

Kelly Loeffler, the Georgia Republican Senator and Atlanta Dream co-owner, says she will not give up her stake in the team despite calls to do so.
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Players, union call on WNBA to remove Kelly Loeffler as Atlanta Dream co-owner

Several players and the players' association have called on the WNBA to remove Atlanta Dream owner Kelly Loeffler over her recent comments.
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Inmate helped by basketball star freed from prison

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WNBA star Maya Moore shares video of wrongly convicted Missouri man's release from prison

Jonathan Irons, who was wrongly convicted for a 1998 burglary, was released from prison, thanks in part to campaign by Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore.
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Nneka Ogwumike made sure WNBA players were Changing the Game with landmark deal

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Renee Montgomery opts out of 2020 WNBA to focus on social justice: 'It's that real'

Renee Montgomery, a 10-year WNBA veteran, won't play basketball this year. Instead, the Atlanta Dream guard will focus on off-court issues.
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'This year is bigger than basketball'- Montgomery to miss 2020 WNBA season to reform social justice

Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery opts of the 2020 WNBA season to focus on social justice reform.
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Kristine Anigwe taking nothing for granted in new beginning with Sparks

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Late Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli, Payton Chester named honorary draft picks by WNBA

The late Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli, and Payton Chester were named honorary draft picks by the WNBA.
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New York Liberty select Sabrina Ionescu with No. 1 pick in WNBA draft

Sabrina Ionescu is the type of player who can change a franchise. As the top pick, she's headed to a Liberty team that has never won a title.
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WNBA team executives are preparing to pick players from their homes in an unusual virtual draft. (April 17)  
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WNBA star Allie Quigley beats NBA icon Chris Paul in H-O-R-S-E

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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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Snoop Dogg says he 'didn't threaten' Gayle King for Kobe Bryant question, Katie Couric weighs in

Snoop Dogg has issued a follow-up video to his post last week calling out Gayle King for a question she asked WNBA player Lisa Leslie in an interview.
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Sharon Osbourne says Gayle King interview was 'great piece'

Issa Rae and "The Talk" hosts Carrie Ann Inaba and Sharon Osbourne discuss the Gayle King interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie. (Feb. 7)  
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Gayle King responds to backlash after asking Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant's rape charge

Gayle King has angered many Kobe Bryant fans after asking Lisa Leslie, a WNBA player and friend of Bryant's, about the late player's 2003 rape charge.
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Haringey, Harvard & Hollywood: The fabulous Temi Fagbenle and family

An Olympian, a Harvard graduate, a WNBA title winner. The most gallingly successful member of the family, right? The Fagbenles are a little different.
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WNBA player Katie Lou Samuelson on Bryant's role

WNBA player Katie Lou Samuelson remembers Kobe Bryant as a friend and mentor, not just for her but for many in women's basketball. (Jan. 28)  
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The WNBA takes a step in the right direction.

What I'm Hearing: Owners and players come to a new agreement on salaries, maternity leave, and travel.
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WNBA stars Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart open up about freezing their eggs

The WNBA's health plan, similar to many companies, does not cover elective egg fertilizing
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WNBA point guard Tasha Cloud on her media blackout

Tasha Cloud, a point guard for the Washington Mystics, joins Major Garrett for "The Takeout." In June she visited a school in the Anacostia neighborhood of D.C. where multiple shootings have occurred..
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WNBA star Tasha Cloud on the gender pay gap

This week Tasha Cloud received the WNBA's community leadership award, and she is one of two Mystics players who has started every game this season. Yet she still has to spend six months playing..
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