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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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Seattle Storm sweep Las Vegas Aces to win their fourth WNBA championshipNothing 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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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.
Ole Miss football team walks out of practice to protest racial injusticeAfter the NBA, WNBA and MLB all postponed games this week as athletes demanded a renewed focus on racial injustice.
WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike speaks out on decision to continue season, calls for social justiceWNBA 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..
NHL Postpones Games Following Jacob Blake ShootingThe 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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Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner leaves WNBA bubble for personal reasonsPhoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has left the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Florida, for personal reasons, the Mercury announced Saturday.
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Players dedicate WNBA season to Breonna TaylorPlayers in the WNBA dedicate the upcoming season to Breonna Taylor before observing a 26-second moment of silence.
Members of New York Liberty, Seattle Storm leave court for national anthem; Breonna Taylor honoredThe 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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'I'll risk my life or forfeit my paycheck' - WNBA star Elena Delle DonneUS 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.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler, co-owner of WNBA's Atlanta Dream, says Black Lives Matter threatens to 'destroy' AmericaKelly 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.
Players, union call on WNBA to remove Kelly Loeffler as Atlanta Dream co-ownerSeveral 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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New York Liberty select Sabrina Ionescu with No. 1 pick in WNBA draftSabrina 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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