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WNBA: Reports: Seattle Storm extend core offer to all-star Jewell Loyd

The Seattle Storm have used the WNBA’s core designation to bring back three-time All-Star Jewell Loyd, according to multiple reports Friday. If Loyd, 28, accepts Seattle’s offer, she’ll be signed to a one-year deal for the league’s supermax salary of $228,094, and then be an unrestricted free agent again in 2023. If Loyd doesn’t accept […]

  • WNBA: Liberty introduce Sandy Brondello as head coach

    The New York Liberty officially introduced Sandy Brondello as their new head coach on Friday. “It’s an honor to join the historic New York Liberty franchise and to coach and lead such a talented roster of players,” she said. “I owe immense gratitude to the team’s ownership and front office for entrusting me with this […]

  • WNBA: Storm’s Sue Bird ready to return for another season

    Sue Bird is putting off retirement for at least one more year to return to the Seattle Storm next season. Bird, 41, announced her decision in an Instagram post on Friday, much to the delight of the Storm. The team’s official Twitter site posted a picture of the four-time WNBA champion along with a pair […]

  • WNBA: G Natisha Hiedeman accepts Sun’s qualifying offer

    Guard Natisha Hiedeman will return to the Connecticut Sun for a fourth season in 2022. Head coach and general manager Curt Miller announced Monday that Hiedeman accepted the team’s qualifying offer. No terms were disclosed. “We are excited about the re-signing of Natisha Hiedeman,” Miller said. “Natisha is coming off a career year and has […]

  • WNBA: Report: Liberty to hire Sandy Brondello as new coach

    The New York Liberty will hire former Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello to the same position, ESPN reported Friday night. Brondello coached Phoenix for eight years, but the two sides agreed to mutually part ways in early December despite the Mercury reaching the WNBA Finals. The Mercury lost to the Chicago Sky in four games. […]

  • WNBA: Reports: Aces to hire Becky Hammon to record-setting coaching deal

    Becky Hammon, a six-time WNBA All-Star, reportedly will become the league’s highest-paid coach. Hammon will leave her job as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs to take over as the Las Vegas Aces’ head coach, The Athletic and ESPN reported Thursday night. Per both media outlets, her salary would be the highest in […]

  • WNBA: Washington Mystics win top selection in 2022 WNBA Draft

    The Washington Mystics’ string of bad draft luck might have finally ended Sunday when they drew the top selection in the 2022 WNBA Draft, despite having only the third-best chance in the league’s annual draft lottery. It was the first time in team history the 2019 WNBA champions won the draft lottery. The Mystics, who […]

  • WNBA: WNBA season starts May 6, includes record 36 games per team

    The WNBA released its schedule for the 2022 season Thursday, starting with a four-game slate on the night of May 6. Candace Parker and the reigning champion Chicago Sky will host Parker’s former team, the Los Angeles Sparks, on opening night. The other games will pit the Indiana Fever against the host Washington Mystics, the […]

  • WNBA: Report: Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve to lead U.S. women’s team

    Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve will be named head coach of the U.S. women’s basketball team, The Athletic reported Tuesday. USA Basketball has set a news conference for Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET to announce a replacement for Dawn Staley, who stepped down in August after the American women won the gold medal at the […]

  • WNBA: Liberty oust coach Walt Hopkins

    The New York Liberty, who stumbled at the end of the 2021 season, made a coaching change Monday, removing Walt Hopkins. The team announced on Twitter, “The New York Liberty has initiated a search for a new head coach, following a decision by Walt Hopkins & management to part ways. We thank Walt for his […]

  • WNBA: Phoenix Mercury, coach Sandy Brondello mutually part ways

    The Phoenix Mercury announced on Monday that the team and its head coach, Sandy Brondello, have “mutually agreed to part ways.” Per reporting by ESPN, Brondello’s contract expired at the end of the 2021 season, in which the Mercury advanced to the WNBA Finals with a 19-13 record. Her contract will not be renewed. Brondello […]

  • WNBA: WNBA suspends Courtney Williams, Crystal Bradford

    WNBA players Courtney Williams and Crystal Bradford will each have to serve out a short suspension at the start of next season following their involvement in a fight this past spring outside of an Atlanta nightclub. The former Atlanta Dream players, now free agents, were involved in a May altercation with other club patrons that […]

  • WNBA: WNBA announces changes to playoff format

    The WNBA announced Thursday that it is switching to a three-round best-of-series playoff format, beginning with the 2022 season. The new format will eliminate byes. The first round will be a best-of-three series while the semifinals and finals will be best-of-5. The eight teams with the best records after the 36-game regular season will make […]

  • WNBA: Liberty’s Betnijah Laney recovering after knee surgery

    New York Liberty guard/forward Betnijah Laney is recovering after arthroscopic surgery on her left knee. The 2021 WNBA All-Star had the procedure Wednesday with Drs. Riley Williams and Benedict Nwachukwu at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. In a statement released Thursday, the team said Laney will begin rehabilitation and is expected to make a […]

  • WNBA: Mystics coach Mike Thibault signs multi-year extension

    The Washington Mystics announced a multi-year contract extension Wednesday for head coach and general manager Mike Thibault. Terms were not disclosed. Thibault, 71, has been the coach and GM of the WNBA franchise since Dec. 18, 2012. The Mystics finished 12-20 in 2021 and missed the playoffs for only the second time (also 2016) under […]

  • WNBA: Dream name Dan Padover new GM

    The Atlanta Dream named Dan Padover as their new general manager on Monday. Padover joins the Dream from the Las Vegas Aces, with whom he was the WNBA’s executive of the year the past two years. “It’s a basketball purist’s dream,” Padover said. “You’re building in every way: through the draft, through free agency and […]

  • WNBA: Mercury fined $10K for skipping postgame interviews

    The Phoenix Mercury have been fined $10,000 for skipping postgame interviews after their loss to the Chicago Sky on Sunday in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals. None of the Mercury players met with the media after the Sky rallied in the fourth quarter to win the game 80-74 and win the best-of-five series in […]

  • WNBA: Chicago to celebrate champion Sky with parade, rally

    The WNBA champion Chicago Sky will be honored Tuesday with a parade through the streets of downtown, followed by a rally in the famed Millennium Park. Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the festivities Monday, one day after the Sky closed out the Phoenix Mercury to win the team’s first WNBA title. “The City of Chicago […]

  • WNBA: Report: Diana Taurasi wrecked locker room door after loss

    Future Hall of Fame player Diana Taurasi reportedly broke the visiting locker room’s door in Chicago after the Phoenix Mercury lost in the WNBA Finals on Sunday afternoon. The Next website reported that Taurasi repeatedly slammed the door, including a photo that showed the door with an extensive crack through the middle. Further, none of […]

  • WNBA: Big fourth quarter leads Sky over Mercury for first WNBA title

    Allie Quigley scored 26 points and Candace Parker and Courtney Vandersloot had double-doubles as the host Chicago Sky won their first WNBA championship with an 80-74 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday afternoon. The sixth-seeded Sky, just 16-16 in the regular season, lost only twice in the postseason and prevailed 3-1 in the Finals […]

  • WNBA: On brink of first title, Sky look to ‘punch’ out Mercury

    The Chicago Sky are one victory away from their first WNBA championship. Their record-setting 86-50 win on Friday night gave them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. They will be at home again for a potential clinching win Sunday afternoon. “I was telling my team. I’m 0-2 in Game 4 closeouts at home,” Sky […]

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