Women’s Basketball Is on the Rise. Is Anyone Paying Attention?

W.N.B.A. commissioner Cathy Engelbert on closing the gender gap in sports.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #engelbert-catherine, #national-basketball-assn, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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W.N.B.A. Suspends Coach for Remark About Liz Cambage’s Weight

Liz Cambage, the Las Vegas Aces center, said Connecticut Sun Coach Curt Miller had made disrespectful comments about her weight during a game on Sunday.

#basketball, #cambage-liz-1991, #connecticut-sun, #las-vegas-aces, #miller-curt-1968, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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After Helping Her Husband Gain Freedom, Maya Moore Savors Her Own

Moore, the 2014 W.N.B.A. M.V.P., is reveling in married life and continuing a fight for criminal justice reform alongside Jonathan Irons, whom she married after helping him win his release from prison after 23 years.

#atlanta-ga, #basketball, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #irons-jonathan-1981, #moore-maya, #university-of-connecticut, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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W.N.B.A. Braces for ‘Fierce Competition’ in New Season

A wave of talented rookies could make for tense battles as new faces like Aari McDonald and Charli Collier take on perennial all-stars like Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #indiana-fever, #mcdonald-aari, #new-york-liberty, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Regular People Keep Challenging N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. Players

There’s confidence, and then there’s thinking you can beat one of the 500 (N.B.A.) or 150 (W.N.B.A.) best basketball players in the world.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #content-type-personal-profile, #national-basketball-assn, #scalabrine-brian, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Charli Collier Is the No. 1 Pick in the W.N.B.A. Draft

Collier, a 6-foot-5 center from the University of Texas, was selected by the Dallas Wings.

#basketball, #collier-charli-1999, #dallas-wings, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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5 W.N.B.A. Draft Hopefuls to Watch

A deep run in the N.C.A.A. tournament isn’t required for a basketball player to become a star or make it to the pros. These five women aim to prove it.

#basketball, #basketball-college, #content-type-personal-profile, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #dungee-chelsea, #jones-ndea, #kushkituah-kasiyahna, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #pulliam-lindsey, #thompson-unique, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Alex Rodriguez Near Deal to Purchase Timberwolves and Lynx

Rodriguez and Marc Lore, an e-commerce billionaire, intend to keep the team in Minnesota, the current owner said.

#basketball, #lore-marc-1971, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #minnesota-lynx, #minnesota-timberwolves, #national-basketball-assn, #rodriguez-alex, #taylor-glen, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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LeBron James Leads a Generation of Athletes Into Ownership

James is now an owner of the Boston Red Sox and recently helped a W.N.B.A. player, Renee Montgomery, with her group’s bid to purchase the Atlanta Dream.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #boston-red-sox, #fenway-sports-group, #james-lebron, #montgomery-renee, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Jewell Loyd Is in the Gym, Building Her Game and a Community

A trying year, on and off the court, helped Loyd finally embrace herself as an elite Black female athlete.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #loyd-jewell, #seattle-storm, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Atlanta Dream, WNBA Team Co-owned by Kelly Loeffler, Are Sold

Renee Montgomery, a former Dream guard, is part of a group buying the team from Kelly Loeffler, the former Georgia senator, who upset players by attacking the Black Lives Matter movement.

#abair-suzanne, #atlanta-dream, #basketball, #brock-mary, #gottesdiener-larry, #loeffler-kelly-l, #montgomery-renee, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream Continues to Embrace Activism

Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream helped galvanize opposition to one of her team’s owners, Senator Kelly Loeffler, who has criticized Black Lives Matter. But the Capitol riot underscored the work ahead.

#atlanta-ga, #atlanta-dream, #black-lives-matter-movement, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #ossoff-jon, #perdue-david-a-jr, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #warnock-raphael-g, #williams-elizabeth-o-1993, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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What These Athletes Learned From Their Pandemic Pauses

The coronavirus disrupted lives around the world and sent the gymnast Sunisa Lee, the swimmer Rudy Garcia-Tolson, the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Lewis on unexpected journeys.

#baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #garcia-tolson-rudy, #gymnastics, #lee-sunisa-2003, #lewis-kyle-1995, #major-league-baseball, #olympic-games-2020, #paralympic-games, #seattle-mariners, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #swimming, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Sports Came Back in 2020. Now Comes the Hard Part.

Aggressive coronavirus testing made the restart of professional sports possible, but the financial pain of empty arenas lingers and plans for next year are up in the air.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-mavericks, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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How the Most Socially Progressive Pro League Got That Way

The women of the W.N.B.A. have made it a hotbed of activism, leading the way for higher-profile professional leagues in combining social action and sports.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #bird-sue, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #engelbert-catherine, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #kaepernick-colin, #minnesota-lynx, #montgomery-renee, #moore-maya, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-liberty, #organized-labor, #swoopes-sheryl, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Seattle Storm Win the W.N.B.A. Championship

The Storm beat the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces behind Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd and a talented roster of veterans.

#basketball, #bird-sue, #clark-alysha-1987, #las-vegas-aces, #playoff-games, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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The One Name the W.N.B.A. Won’t Say

Players have united to depose a sitting senator in Georgia, who has clashed with the Black Lives Matter movement and is an owner of the Atlanta Dream.

#atlanta-ga, #atlanta-dream, #basketball, #bird-sue, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #elections-senate, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #warnock-raphael-g, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Breanna Stewart Is Ready for the W.N.B.A. Finals, and the Election

Stewart and her W.N.B.A. peers are playing through the postseason while also continuing their social justice advocacy in the wake of the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Sue Bird Uses Veteran Know-How for Edge Over WNBA Rookies

“Every now and then you notice a rookie going extra hard against you,” said Bird, the star Seattle Storm point guard.

#basketball, #bird-sue, #seattle-storm, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Sabrina Ionescu Opens Up About Kobe Bryant and Rookie Year Woes

This week, Marc Stein settles the Giannis-LeBron debate and talks to Ionescu, of the W.N.B.A.’s Liberty, about rehabbing her severely sprained ankle and grieving Kobe.

#ankles-body-part, #antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #bryant-kobe, #bryant-gianna-2006-20, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #juventus-soccer-team, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-liberty, #sports-injuries, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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She’s the W.N.B.A. Threat No One Warned You About

Minnesota Lynx guard Crystal Dangerfield wasn’t a top pick, and her coach didn’t plan to play her much. Now she’s the rookie of the year, and leading her Lynx through the playoffs.

#auriemma-geno, #basketball, #dangerfield-crystal-1998, #minnesota-lynx, #reeve-cheryl-1966, #smith-katie-1974, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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W.N.B.A. Postpones Storm-Lynx Game Over Coronavirus Concerns

Some Seattle Storm players received inconclusive virus test results before Game 1 of their semifinal series against the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday. The game was postponed.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #minnesota-lynx, #seattle-storm, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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At N.Y.U., Explaining an Unraveling World Through Basketball

A professor thought he had created a class that could explore society’s fissures through a single sport. Then the pandemic struck, and basketball became more relevant than ever.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #basketball-college, #colleges-and-universities, #frazier-walt, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-university, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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A’ja Wilson Wanted This to Be Her Year. So Far, It Is.

Wilson, the Aces forward, led Las Vegas to the No. 1 seed and won the W.N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award. “It’s crazy to think that I’m just really honestly just scratching the surface.”

#basketball, #las-vegas-aces, #staley-dawn, #wilson-aja-1996, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Candace Parker Wants You to Know She’s Not Done Yet

“Legacy is something people talk about when it’s all said and done, but legacy is created in the moment, in the present,” said Parker, the Los Angeles Sparks star.

#basketball, #bryant-kobe, #fisher-derek-1974, #los-angeles-sparks, #parker-candace, #summitt-pat, #university-of-tennessee, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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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.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #irons-jonathan-1981, #marriages, #moore-maya, #university-of-connecticut, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Diana Taurasi Is Still Living Up to Her ‘White Mamba’ Nickname

Taurasi, the Phoenix Mercury guard, knows she is near the end of her career, but she plays with her signature competitive fire and is “finding the beauty in the struggle.”

#basketball, #bryant-kobe, #phoenix-mercury, #sports-injuries, #taurasi-diana, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Tina Charles Is a W.N.B.A. Superstar Hiding in Plain Sight

Charles has stacks of awards and eye-popping stats from her run with the Liberty. But a W.N.B.A. championship, and the spotlight, have eluded her.

#basketball, #charles-tina, #new-york-liberty, #university-of-connecticut, #washington-mystics, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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How Layshia Clarendon, Athlete and Activist, Spends Sundays

The New York Liberty guard has worked all summer in Florida as part of the W.N.B.A.’s experiment isolating in a bubble.

#basketball, #bradenton-fla, #brooklyn-nyc, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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A Basketball Friendship Became a Tag Team for Social Justice

Natasha Cloud of the Mystics and Bradley Beal of the Wizards are leading their teams in a joint push against racism in Washington, D.C.

#basketball, #beal-bradley, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #cloud-natasha-1992, #national-basketball-assn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #washington-mystics, #washington-wizards, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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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.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Why Does the W.N.B.A. #SayHerName? Ask Angel McCoughtry

McCoughtry, a star veteran on the Las Vegas Aces, has been praised for suggesting that the W.N.B.A. include Breonna Taylor’s name on its jerseys.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #las-vegas-aces, #mccoughtry-angel, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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When Player Protests of the Kenosha Shooting Halted the Sports World

A walkout by pro athletes brought several sports to a halt on Wednesday night, and raised the volume on a conversation they were eager to have.

#basketball, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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On Neutral Courts, N.B.A. Bubble ‘Home’ Teams Still Have an Edge

In striving to manufacture a home-court advantage where none exists, the N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. are relying on a database of music, audio cues and graphics to help teams feel at home.

#basketball, #coronavirus-reopenings, #img-academy, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Tee Up Sports Podcasts

Just because you can’t go to the games doesn’t mean your summer has to be athlete-free.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #collier-napheesa-1996, #comedy-and-humor, #durant-kevin, #minnesota-lynx, #national-basketball-assn, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #soccer, #united-states, #university-of-connecticut, #university-of-south-carolina, #wilson-aja-1996, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #you-must-remember-this-radio-program

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The Weird, Disturbing (and Comforting) Return of Pro Sports

The swirl of conflicting emotions about the return of sports, and whether it will last, seems apt for these turbulent times of pandemic and social unrest.

#baseball, #basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #cespedes-yoenis, #chapman-aroldis-1988, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-anthony-1993, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #kay-michael, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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W.N.B.A. Players Escalate Protest of Anti-B.L.M. Team Owner

Led by the members of the Atlanta Dream, players have begun wearing T-shirts supporting a political opponent of Senator Kelly Loeffler, who co-owns the Dream and has spoken against the Black Lives Matter movement.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #endorsements, #loeffler-kelly-l, #phoenix-mercury, #taurasi-diana, #warnock-raphael-g, #williams-elizabeth, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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W.N.B.A. Rookie Showdown Halted by Ionescu Injury

Sabrina Ionescu, who was selected with the top draft pick by the Liberty, sprained her left ankle in a game against the Atlanta Dream.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #new-york-liberty, #sports-injuries, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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‘Bubbles’ Are Working. But How Long Can Sports Stay Inside?

The restricted, campuslike environments used by soccer and pro basketball have proved (mostly) impervious to the coronavirus. But not every league fits inside one.

#baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #espn-wide-world-of-sports-complex, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #quarantines, #soccer, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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A W.N.B.A. Coach Heard a Call to Feed the Hungry. She’s Answering It.

Bridget Pettis, a former W.N.B.A. player and coach, is sitting out this season and focusing on teaching her community in Phoenix about gardening and healthy eating.

#basketball, #chicago-sky, #coaches-and-managers, #nonprofit-organizations, #pettis-bridget-1971, #phoenix-ariz, #phoenix-mercury, #volunteers-and-community-service, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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‘We Will Be a Voice for the Voiceless’: The W.N.B.A. Season Is Dedicated to Breonna Taylor

The Seattle Storm, with all-time assist leader Sue Bird and 2018 M.V.P. Breanna Stewart back in action, took the “bubble” tournament’s first victory over the New York Liberty’s seven-rookie squad.

#bird-sue, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #new-york-liberty, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Breanna Stewart Is Ready for Her Old Normal: Winning Championships

The Seattle Storm forward will play in her first W.N.B.A. game in almost two years since rupturing her Achilles’ tendon. She returns in a season like no other.

#basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #coronavirus-reopenings, #delle-donne-elena, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #new-york-liberty, #seattle-wash, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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The W.N.B.A. Is Out to Reclaim ‘Tremendous Momentum’ in New Season

A dramatic free agency period, a new collective bargaining agreement and a leading voice on social justice have set the stage for the W.N.B.A.’s players to capture the spotlight.

#basketball, #bradenton-fla, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Who Is Behind Those N.B.A. ‘Bubble Life’ Tweets?

The @NBABubbleLife Twitter account has amassed more than 100,000 followers in less than two weeks with quirky commentary on the social media posts of basketball’s biggest stars.

#basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #twitter, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Parenting Inside Sports’ Bubble: ‘This Is Mom’s Job. Work With Me.’

As sports return, some female athletes have entered restricted environments with their children in tow. Their leagues have taken steps to make it easier.

#athletics-and-sports, #baird-lisa-1961, #basketball, #cox-stephanie-1986, #mcdonald-jessica-1988, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #parenting, #parker-candace, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rodriguez-amy-1987, #soccer, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #work-life-balance

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She Found Her Voice in a W.N.B.A. Locker Room, Then Used It in Sweden

Amanda Zahui B. wanted to rush back to the U.S. after George Floyd’s death. But she realized there was work to be done back home.

#basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #cash-swin, #charles-tina, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #new-york-liberty, #race-and-ethnicity, #sweden, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #zahui-b-amanda-1993

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A W.N.B.A. Owner Clashes With Players on Protests

Kelly Loeffler, who is also campaigning for a Senate seat in Georgia, opposes the league’s plan to allow players to wear jerseys in support of the movement.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #elections-senate, #engelbert-catherine, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #womens-national-basketball-players-assn

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Maya Moore’s Help to Win Jonathan Irons’s Freedom Shows Women Leading Change

Largely outside of the limelight, athletes like Maya Moore, who helped win the freedom of Jonathan Irons in a questionable conviction, have led the charge for social change.

#basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #irons-jonathan-1981, #minnesota-lynx, #missouri, #moore-maya, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Jonathan Irons, Helped by W.N.B.A. Star Maya Moore, Freed From Prison

The W.N.B.A. star took time away from basketball to help Irons overturn his conviction.

#basketball, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #irons-jonathan-1981, #minnesota-lynx, #moore-maya-1989, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #st-charles-county-mo, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Florida Is a Popular Site for Pro Leagues. It’s Also a Virus Hot Spot.

When the N.B.A., M.L.S. and the W.N.B.A. resume their seasons in Florida, where virus cases are rising, all will trust in new health protocols and hope players abide by them.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #major-league-soccer, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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