Women's basketball - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Women's basketball 3 white men, 2 white women picked for Bill Cosby jury so far PITTSBURGH (AP) — The panel that will decide Bill Cosby's fate in his sex assault trial began to take shape Monday with the selection of five jurors, three white men and two white women. The search for 12 jurors and six alternates got off to a brisk start, even though a third of the initial jury pool had an opinion about Cosby's guilt or innocence and an equal number said th... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:19:00 GMT 2017-05-23T02:19:00Z Q&A: Cosby jury: A look at what to expect during selection PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A crucial phase of comedian Bill Cosby's sex assault trial starts Monday when lawyers gather in Pittsburgh to pick the jury that will weigh his case. The jury must decide if the 79-year-old actor drugged and molested a Temple University women's basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. Trial cons... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:02:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:02:00Z Cracker Barrel settles federal suit over handicapped parking PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a basketball star who claimed handicapped parking spaces at some restaurants are too steep or otherwise violate federal law. Sarah Heinzl, of Pittsburgh, plays on the U.S. Women's Wheelchair Basketball National Team and sued in 2014. She claimed parking spaces... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:12:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:12:00Z WNBA starts with new coaches, players in 21st season NEW YORK (AP) — It's been seven months since the WNBA Finals ended in thrilling fashion with the Los Angeles Sparks edging the Minnesota Lynx in a decisive fifth game. Now the league is set to begin its 21st season Saturday when San Antonio visits New York in the opener of a three-game slate. The defending champion Sparks face Seattle o... Sat, 13 May 2017 16:53:00 GMT 2017-05-13T16:53:00Z WNBA joins daily fantasy sports market in deal with FanDuel NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is entering the daily fantasy sports market. The league announced a partnership with FanDuel on Thursday — the first time a women's professional sports league will be available in one-day fantasy games. "We are constantly looking to innovate by finding new opportunities to engage with our passionate fans and int... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:59:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:59:00Z Sparks sit atop AP preseason WNBA poll; Lynx are 2nd NEW YORK (AP) — The defending champion Los Angeles Sparks start the season atop The Associated Press WNBA poll. The Sparks received 11 first-place votes from the national media panel Tuesday. "We appreciate the people giving us that kind of respect, although I know that there's several really, really good teams in this league," Sparks coach Brian Agler said. "We feel like we... Wed, 10 May 2017 01:01:00 GMT 2017-05-10T01:01:00Z Liberty guard Shoni Schimmel takes season off in WNBA NEW YORK (AP) — New York Liberty guard Shoni Schimmel will take the upcoming WNBA season off to deal with "personal issues" and hopes to return next year. The Liberty and Schimmel released a joint statement on Saturday. Schimmel, who sustained a concussion at the end of last season, missed the start of training camp last week. Liberty P... Sat, 06 May 2017 20:17:00 GMT 2017-05-06T20:17:00Z WNBA set to stream 20 games a season on Twitter NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA will stream 20 games a year over the next few seasons on Twitter in a deal announced Monday night. "We are thrilled to bring live WNBA games to Twitter, which will allow us to further showcase our league to a global audience," WNBA President Lisa Borders said. "This partnership displays Twitter's extraordinary commitment to women's sports and the ris... Tue, 02 May 2017 09:04:00 GMT 2017-05-02T09:04:00Z NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has awarded coveted men's basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBT people. The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had "rel... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-04-18T18:06:00Z Kelsey Plum goes No. 1 in WNBA draft NEW YORK (AP) — Kelsey Plum went first in the WNBA draft Thursday. Then, South Carolina took over. Plum was taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. The Washington guard finished her college career with an NCAA-record 3,527 points. The Stars had the worst record last season and held the top pick for the first time in franchise history. "I'... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 01:36:00 GMT 2017-04-14T01:36:00Z Longtime Stanford top assistant coach Amy Tucker retiring STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Longtime Stanford associate head coach Amy Tucker is retiring from coaching but will remain with the program in an administrative role. Tucker shared the news Wednesday night that she is calling it a career to her time on the bench. But she will still have a key role behind the scenes. "It has been a great journe... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:08:00 GMT 2017-04-13T12:08:00Z WNBA draft set for Thursday; San Antonio holds No. 1 pick NEW YORK (AP) — Ruth Riley's phone has been ringing constantly over the past week. It will only get busier over the next 24 hours. Such is life for the general manager of the San Antonio Stars, who hold the No. 1 pick in Thursday night's WNBA draft. "We're evaluating all our options," Riley said Tuesday. "There's a lot of interest at No... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:45:00 GMT 2017-04-12T18:45:00Z Racial, gender hiring decline in college sports in 2016 The number of African-Americans and women hired in college sports declined in 2016, according to a diversity report released Thursday. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave college sports a C+ for racial hiring by earning 78.5 points, a decrease from 83.6 points in 2016. College sports received a C grade (73.5 points) for gender hir... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:21:00 GMT 2017-04-06T19:21:00Z Correction: WNBA Draft-South Carolina story In a story April 4 about players declaring for the WNBA draft, due to an editing error, The Associated Press reported erroneously that to be eligible for the draft players must turn 22 the year of the draft and have their incoming class graduating. Players must meet at least one of four criteria to be eligible. A corrected version of the story is below: S... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:40:00 GMT 2017-04-05T16:40:00Z NCAA 'reluctantly' agrees to let North Carolina host events GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The NCAA has "reluctantly" agreed to consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people. The governing body said Tuesday its Board of Governors had reviewed moves to repeal the "bathroom bill" and replace it with a compromise law. The NCAA offered a lukewarm endorse... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:46:00 GMT 2017-04-04T17:46:00Z 70-foot shot-maker Destiny Slocum leaving Maryland COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Destiny Slocum, who made a 70-foot shot during the NCAA Tournament, is leaving the university. The school announced Tuesday the 5-foot-7 guard from Idaho has been granted permission to transfer. Slocum says she's "talked with my family and (coach Brenda Frese) a great deal and have decided to continue... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:35:00 GMT 2017-04-04T16:35:00Z Staley says she would go to White House if invited DALLAS (AP) — NCAA women's basketball champion Dawn Staley says she would accept an invitation to the White House if offered. South Carolina's coach won her first title when the Gamecocks beat Mississippi State 67-55 on Sunday night. "I've got options now. Yeah, I'm going to the White House," Staley told The Associated Press. "It's what... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:52:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:52:00Z Staley proud to be 2nd African-American coach to win title DALLAS (AP) — Dawn Staley hopes to pass along a piece of her first championship net to another aspiring African-American coach — the same as Carolyn Peck did for her years ago. Staley joined Peck as the only African-American coaches to win an NCAA women's basketball championship Sunday night when South Carolina beat Mississippi State 67-55. Peck, who won a title at Purdue in... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:46:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:46:00Z South Carolina wins 1st national title, beats Miss St 67-55 DALLAS (AP) — Dawn Staley is going to savor her first NCAA championship. It took her a long time to finally be able to raise the trophy over her head. A'ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday night. Staley made the Fin... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT 2017-04-03T02:00:00Z The Latest: S Carolina women spoil Miss St miracle for title DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the NCAA women's championship game (all times local): 7:13 p.m. South Carolina has spoiled the miracle for Mississippi State. A'ja Wilson and Allisha Gray both had double-doubles and the Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs 67-55 to win the NCAA women's championship in an all-Southeastern Conference matchup of first-time finalists Sunday night. ... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:30:00 GMT 2017-04-03T00:30:00Z Huskies have all the pieces to start another long streak STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn will return to campus from the Final Four on Sunday for the first time in five years without a national championship trophy. But it's not like Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma will return with nothing. His team heads into next season with a lot of talent and more experience. Auriemma loses just one starter, se... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 20:11:00 GMT 2017-04-01T20:11:00Z After its stunner, Mississippi State turns to title game DALLAS (AP) — Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State Bulldogs didn't get much time to celebrate what might be the greatest shocker in women's basketball history. Not when there's one more game to win, not when there's a national championship on the line against SEC rival South Carolina. "They're really grounded. Our kids know what's com... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-04-01T19:50:00Z It's all SEC for women's title after Mississippi St stunner DALLAS (AP) — Now that UConn is surprisingly out of the way, it's time for an SEC party with a pair of teams that have never played in the NCAA women's championship game. Mississippi State's 66-64 upset that snapped the Huskies' record 111-game winning streak Friday night means a third meeting this season with South Carolina, this time on Sunday for the title. ... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 06:28:00 GMT 2017-04-01T06:28:00Z UConn's 111-game winning streak ends, Miss St wins at buzzer DALLAS (AP) — When the final shot beat the buzzer and UConn's record streak was over, Geno Auriemma had to smile. After all the winning, the Huskies coach could appreciate a thrilling victory — even from the other side. UConn's 111-game run came to a stunning end when Mississippi State pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in women's bas... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 06:00:00 GMT 2017-04-01T06:00:00Z South Carolina women beat Stanford 62-53 in Final Four DALLAS (AP) — South Carolina was able to speed up the tempo after halftime, A'ja Wilson managed a double-double even while almost constantly surrounded by defenders and Dawn Staley finally got a win against Tara VanDerveer. With all that, the Gamecocks are going to their first national championship after beating Stanford 62-53 Friday night in the women's ... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:38:00 GMT 2017-04-01T04:38:00Z ACC to consider NC as event host again after LGBT law change GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is ready to start holding events again in North Carolina after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people. In a statement Friday, the league said its Council of Presidents has voted to again consider North Carolina sites to host events. In September, the ACC ... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:28:00 GMT 2017-03-31T23:28:00Z Texas coach Karen Aston gives her thoughts on Final Four DALLAS (AP) — Texas coach Karen Aston faced each of the women's Final Four participants this season. Here, she breaks down the matchups for the NCAA Tournament semifinal games. STANFORD SOUTH CAROLINA This will be a battle of two teams with distinct offensive styles. We played Stanford in our firs... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:14:00 GMT 2017-03-31T06:14:00Z Plum and Auriemma are AP Player and Coach of Year DALLAS (AP) — Kelsey Plum had a historic season for Washington while Geno Auriemma did one of his best coaching jobs at UConn. Both were overwhelming choices as The Associated Press women's basketball Player and Coach of the Year in awards announced Thursday. Plum broke the career NCAA scoring mark, topping Jackie Stiles' 16-year-old re... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:03:00 GMT 2017-03-30T23:03:00Z Women's basketball regional attendance at 20-year low DALLAS (AP) — There were a lot of empty seats at the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament regionals. The NCAA saw its lowest attendance for the regionals in 20 years, and there is no change to the format in sight. An average of 4,719 fans showed up for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in the four neutral-site venues. That's down 27 perc... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-03-29T22:11:00Z Coaches at women's NCAA Final Four have deep connections Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley have decades-long connections through women's NCAA Final Fours and Olympic gold medals. The coaches in Dallas this week for the Final Four are hardly strangers. "It really is an interesting dynamic," Auriemma said Tuesday during a national conference call. "You really couldn't orchestrate s... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-03-28T23:22:00Z