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By Sports Digest | March 17, 2010
The Washington Mystics signed free agent Katie Smith , whom general manager Angela Taylor called "the LeBron James of this free-agency process" and "the Wilt Chamberlain or the Michael Jordan of the WNBA." Smith, 35, is the third-leading scorer in WNBA history and, when points from the American Basketball League are added in, the highest scorer in U.S. women's professional basketball. The 5-foot-11 guard helped the Detroit Shock win two WNBA championships and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Finals.
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Sports Digest | August 29, 2014
WNBA Ex-Terp Thomas makes WNBA All-Rookie team Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), who ranked fourth among WNBA rookies in scoring (10.0 ppg), second in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and eighth in assists (1.5 apg), made the league's All-Rookie team. She received seven votes. Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike , Tulsa Shock guard Odyssey Sims and San Antonio Stars guard-forward Kayla McBride received 11 votes each, and Washington Mystics guard Bria Hartley got nine.
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By Ken Murray | ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 14, 2010
After 12 hours in the air, after starting in Slovakia and passing through Prague and Amsterdam, and after waking up at 4 a.m., Angel McCoughtry could be excused for not knowing exactly where she was Friday. She had spent most of a day traveling to Dallas to represent the WNBA in this weekend's NBA All-Star festivities, one of 13 players from the women's league chosen to join the elite of pro basketball. It was an honor bestowed upon the Baltimore native after just one season with the Atlanta Dream, that following a dream career at the University of Louisville.
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By Brian Compere, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Angel McCoughtry led the WNBA in scoring this season for the second year in a row. She was second in steals per game and a member of the All-WNBA Second Team, too. She has earned other accolades as well, including All-WNBA First Team honors in 2011 and Rookie of the Year in 2009. But something is missing for the Baltimore native: a WNBA championship. McCoughtry and her Atlanta Dream teammates are looking to change that starting Sunday with the first game of the WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx.
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By Danielle Rumore and Danielle Rumore,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Milton Kent contributed to this article | August 12, 1997
The WNBA has basked in the spotlight in its inaugural season, making it seem like the first professional women's basketball success story in the United States. But although the first season of its cold-weather counterpart, the American Basketball League, went widely unnoticed, it apparently has the makings of a legitimate rival.The ABL operates in eight smaller cities and had attendance figures considerably lower than the Women's National Basketball Association's in its first season, which ended in March, but the ABL attracted some of the best young talent out of colleges, signing the last two collegiate players of the year.
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By HOUSTON CHRONICLE | July 5, 2000
HOUSTON - Less than happy with her diminished role in the Houston Comets' offense, three-time WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player Cynthia Cooper said Monday night that she will retire at the end of the 2000 season. "This is my last year in the league," Cooper said. "I will retire after this year. "With different things that have happened this year, and obviously last year, just the things that are going on now, I think it's time for me to move on. I know it's going to make a lot of people happy that I'm, to use a cliche, passing the torch.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | April 29, 1998
She couldn't get her national team into the Olympics and barely scored in double figures playing in the Spanish League, so Malgorzata Dydek would seem an unlikely candidate to be among the top picks in today's Women's NBA draft in Secaucus, N.J.But "7 feet 2" changes things, especially when paired with phrases like "agile" and "skilled" -- terms used by coaches and general managers to describe the Polish center, who made a big splash at the league's pre-draft...
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By Milton Kent | July 2, 1998
From a seat in the Boston Garden, Amy Rosenfeld watched Edmonton's Petr Klima score the winning goal in overtime of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals opener against the Bruins and she cried.For a true sports fan, such a reaction is understandable, but Rosenfeld said that's exactly what she doesn't want to bring to Lifetime's coverage of the WNBA, which she produces."I produced Red Sox games for a year," said Rosenfeld, a Boston native, "and sometimes it [sports] becomes like part of your being.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | April 7, 1998
Sonia Chase, of McDonogh and the University of Maryland, was one of six college seniors to sign with the Women's National Basketball Association, the league announced yesterday.Described by league player personnel director Renee Brown as a "quick athlete who can shoot off the dribble." Chase, 22, was Maryland's second-leading scorer. She averaged 13.6 points for the Terps (15-13) and led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 89 steals.Brown said that Chase will be one of 65 to 70 players to participate in the WNBA's pre-draft camp, April 16-18 in Chicago.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2003
WASHINGTON - WNBA president Val Ackerman thinks her fledgling league has a good product to sell, assuming that people want to come to see it. Ackerman, who met with reporters at MCI Center before last night's Washington Mystics-New York Liberty game, said the 7-year old league is "in as good a shape as it's ever been," despite attendance figures that continue to fall. Ten of the league's 14 franchises are off in attendance from this time last season, and only five teams are averaging more than the league average of 8,687, which is down 7 percent from last season and nearly 2,000 off the average in the second season.
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Sports Digest | September 16, 2013
Swimming Bethesda's Ledecky named Athlete of Year Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky of Bethesda was named USA Swimming Athlete of the Year at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention on Saturday. The 16-year-old also took home the Phillips 66 Performance Award for her record-breaking performance in the 1500-meter free at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Ledecky earned four gold medals and broke two world records at the event. She broke world and U.S. records in the 1500-meter and 1800-meter freestyle and won gold in her first international relay, the women's 4x200-meter free.
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Sports Digest | August 19, 2013
Track and field Centrowitz wins silver in 1,500 at worlds Annapolis native and Broadneck graduate Matthew Centrowitz won a silver medal Sunday at the World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Moscow by finishing the 1,500-meter run in 3minutes, 36.78 seconds. Centrowitz, who won a bronze in the 1,500 at the 2011 World Championships, joins Bernard Lagat as the only U.S. men to win two medals in the 1,500 meters at the World Championships. Centrowitz finished a half-second behind Asbel Kiprop of Kenya, who defended his title and took the gold in 3:36.28.
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From Sun staff and news services | July 28, 2013
Playing in her first WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver (Maryland) scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half to help the West to a 102-98 victory in Uncasville, Conn. Toliver, last season's Most Improved Player in the WNBA, made three of six 3-point attempts and added two assists off the bench. Washington Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne, who was Toliver's teammate when the Terps won the 2006 national championship, scored six points for the East.
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Sports Digest | July 7, 2013
WNBA Mystics' Thibault becomes winningest coach in league history Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault became the winningest coach in WNBA with Saturday night's 62-59 win over the visiting Seattle Storm. Thibault surpassed Van Chancellor with his 212th career victory. The Mystics' win puts them back at .500 with a record of 6-6. Last season, Washington never reached the six-win mark, ending the season at 5-29. The Mystics moved into third place in the Eastern Conference — a half-game over the New York Liberty.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Jason Collins' coming out received large media fanfare. Brittney Griner's was met with something close to a yawn. The debate over what caused the difference has been pretty public, with some pointing to sexism , others to the way heterosexual men react to gay men and one commentator noting that society doesn't perceive lesbian athletes to be playing against type in the same way it views gay male athletes. Addressed in all three perspectives is the widespread perception that lesbian athletes have an easier time being open about their sexuality on the court and in the locker room.
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Sports Digest | September 25, 2012
Colleges UMBC's Kapor named America East Player of the Week UMBC senior midfielder Milo Kapor was selected as the America East Men's Soccer Player of the Week and was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. He has contributed to all 10 of the Retrievers' goals this season (two goals, eight assists) and moved into a tie for 10th place on UMBC's all-time assist list with 18. More men's soccer: Loyola freshman Larry Ndjock was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 20, 2000
The Washington Mystics acquired former University of Maryland standout Vicky Bullett from the Charlotte Sting yesterday for forward Shalonda Enis and the 34th pick in this year's WNBA draft. Bullett, a 6-foot-3 forward, averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds last season for Charlotte and was a member of the Fluminense/Data Control team that won the Brazilian national championship in 1997-98. She led Maryland to three Atlantic Coast Conference championships and two NCAA tournament appearances, averaging 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds from 1985 to 1989.
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By MILTON KENT and MILTON KENT,SUN REPORTER | August 8, 2006
Van Chancellor took a gamble 10 years ago, betting that the American sports public was ready for a professional women's basketball league. Four league championships later, Chancellor, who left the safety and security of the University of Mississippi to become the first and only coach and general manager of the Houston Comets, is convinced that taking a chance on the WNBA was the right thing to do. "It's been beyond my wildest dreams." Chancellor said recently. "This whole league has just done unbelievable.
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Sports Digest | August 28, 2012
Et cetera Maryland grad Toliver named WNBA Player of Week Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver (Maryland) was named the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week, the first weekly award of her four-year pro career. In leading the Sparks to a 3-0 mark on the week and back into second place in the West, Toliver ranked first in the conference in scoring (25.3 points per game), second in 3-point field-goal percentage (.619 on 13-for-21 shooting ) and tied for second in steals.
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Sports on TV | July 6, 2012
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