WNBA players Emma Cannon and Brionna Jones have been denied visas for entry into Turkey with their Russian team this week, fallout from a diplomatic dispute between the United States and Turkey.
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WNBA coach of the year Curt Miller has received a contract extension from the Connecticut Sun.
It's no surprise that Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet for the second consecutive season in the WNBA Finals. But that doesn't mean both teams didn't have to work really hard to get here.
Candace Parker's driving layup with 2.9 seconds to play gave the Los Angeles Sparks an 89-87 win and three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semifinals Sunday.
With all she has overcome this summer, Phoenix center Brittney Griner relishes the challenge of trying to come back against the Sparks, who are looking to sweep the Mercury out of the playoffs Sunday (ESPN, 5 ET).
Despite suffering an ankle injury two days before, Candace Parker was a threat all over the court Thursday. The Sparks star set the tone from the opening tip and finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists as L.A. took a 2-0 lead over Phoenix.
Candace Parker had 24 points and 13 rebounds -- showing no effects of an ankle injury -- to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 86-72 on Thursday night in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinal series.
This time last year, Yvonne Turner wondered if she'd ever get a chance in the WNBA, and veteran Leilani Mitchell just wasn't sure where she'd be. But both guards are now starting for Phoenix this postseason.
Nneka Ogwumike scored 19 points to lead five starters in double figures, and the Los Angeles Sparks opened defense of their WNBA championship with a 79-66 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the semifinals.
While all five Los Angeles starters scored in double figures, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi struggled and Brittney Griner fouled out, and the Mercury trail the Sparks 1-0. Yet Tuesday's semifinal was still a close game in the final minutes.
ESPN's WNBA Basketball Power Index says Los Angeles and Minnesota are overwhelming favorites to meet for a second consecutive season in the WNBA Finals, with both teams sporting a 24 percent chance to sweep their way through the semis.
Minnesota swept Washington, and Los Angeles went 3-0 against Phoenix in the regular season. The Mystics and Mercury are now all that stand between a repeat of last year's WNBA Finals matchup.
New York had won 10 straight. Connecticut had kept proving critics wrong. But the WNBA's third and fourth seeds are out of the playoffs are getting upset at home Sunday. Now Washington and Phoenix advance to the semis.
Brittney Griner had 26 points and nine rebounds, Diana Taurasi added 23 points, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Connecticut Sun 88-83 on Sunday to reach the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs.