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Sky’s Christon Out 8 Weeks

In other W news: Pokey Chatman, Corey Gaines and Dan Hughes Discuss Launch of WNBA Season and so do Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck

Candace Parker Offers Maya Moore Some Advice and Nate says the Indiana Fever Need To Fill Point Guard, Rebounding Voids

No surprise, the Turkish lab that messed with Taurasi and others has received a six month ban and Clay is Handicapping the 2011 WNBA Season

Diana Taurasi’s poorly handled drug “suspension” helped the Mercury, for one of the two or three best players in the world is fresher and healthier for this summer than in recent memory. But DT can’t be much better than she has been, and Penny Taylor is still, well, Penny Taylor, so the key for Corey Gaines and company is to get Kara Braxton to bring it every night – or, more realistically, two out of three nights. There’s not much depth behind the underrated DeWanna Bonner, but when all the cylinders are firing in synch (including, most critically, Braxton), the Mercury are a team to be feared.

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From Mechelle: Questions abound for 15th season – Lynx-Sparks tip off WNBA season Friday, followed by four games Saturday

Question: Will the Liberty under new coach John Whisenant end up being a hot mess?

Magic 8 Ball: “Ask again later.”

It seems our oracle orb is essentially tabling this question out of some respect for the 2005 WNBA title that Whisenant won in Sacramento, and the ability of New York guard Cappie Pondexter. But Liberty fans must be feeling a good deal of anxiety, which is not, unfortunately, new for them.

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A little W stuff

From Mechelle: Harding at home in Dream backcourt

“Sometimes I forget she wasn’t on the team last year,” Castro Marques said. “She brings a lot to this team; she’s the point guard we needed to push the ball more. Now, I think we really have what it takes.”

From Ben: 12 Days, 12 Previews: Washington Mystics, Tulsa Shock and New York Liberty.

I can’t help but feel Ben’s being wildly over-optimistic about the Lib this season. Yah, they have Cappie, but take a lesson from the Bulls and the Merc (in their off years). The Lib have done nothing to increase their offensive versatility. Add to this that, to my eyes, they are sorely lacking in the post — especially if Janel is out (which probably happened before Ben wrote this). They’re undersized and under-experienced, and that will impact both their offensive and defensive game.

Even with JMac in, I’m not sure why we should expect her to improve on her lackadaisical performance of last season. And hey, I’d love for Kia to serve me up some crow in three months by making “that game” into “her game,” but I don’t foresee it on the menu at The Rock. While I appreciate Nicole’s energy, it’s her efficiency that is in question. Honestly, unless Ms. Ford saunters in with a set of healthy knees, I expect Cappie to be swarmed and the Lib to be watching the playoffs from the sideline.

From Nate: 2011 WNBA Preview: Will The Seattle Storm Have A Good Enough Bench To Repeat?

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 Women’s U16 National Team Announced

“This was a difficult decision for the committee because we had so many talented players, who all played with tremendous heart and determination over the past four days,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director and non-voting chair of the USA Women’s Developmental National Team Committee. “We feel very confident in the 12 athletes selected, and we look forward to watching them compete in just a few weeks at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.”

The HoopGurlz article reminds me that 15-year-olds don’t necessarily understand the difference between “political” and “philosophical” choices and that “convential wisdom” would be an interesting way to chose an entire team.

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NCAA approves hoops rules changes.

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This month, we bring you stories of African-American Wounded Warriors captured by the Department of Defense in honor of African American History Month. These are inspirational stories of overcoming adversity and challenges.

This week, we highlight former Specialist Danielle Green-Byrd(U.S. Army), who was originally profiled by Defense Media Activities as a part of their Wounded Warrior Diaries Series by Lt. Jennifer Cragg in January of 2009.

Specialist Danielle Green-Byrd was a Women’s Basketball  star at the University of Notre Dame before joining the Army, and deploying to Iraq in 2004.  In May of 2004, shortly after returning from her wedding in the United States,  Specialist Greene-Byrd was manning a station in Baghdad, when her post was attacked by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

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from the New York Times: A Ballplayer. A Bookworm. A Killing.

They were two women from hard corners of Memphis who went to Central High School, one of the top performers in the city public school system. They were the first in their families to attend college, both going to Middle Tennessee State University on scholarships. Both were known for their focus, their love of family and their determination to make better lives for themselves.

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On the evening of March 2, just before 7 p.m., an anonymous 911 call came in to the local police. Inside Apartment 321, officers found Stewart on the floor of her bedroom, dead from a stab wound. Madden was interviewed for more than an hour and a half by the police and finally admitted to the killing. She wrote down her final version in a two-page confession.

The families of the women have been devastated. Madden, who is out of jail on $100,000 bail, has claimed it was self defense, after Stewart started a fight. Serge F. Kovaleski of The New York Times interviewed family members, friends, coaches, teachers, law enforcement officials and lawyers. There are no good answers. Only a staggering dual loss, captured here in interview excerpts and a written confession that is at the center of the case: One success story from the streets of Memphis dead; another charged with first-degree murder and facing the possibility of life in prison.

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