for the college season to start. Until then, NCAA news:
One year ago, Maite Cazorla was a wide-eyed newcomer with a limited grasp of English.
Two years ago, Lexi Bando was a familiar face for Kelly Graves as he began the rebuilding process at Oregon.
Entering Graves’ third season, the sophomore point guard from Spain and the junior shooting guard from Eugene qualify as veteran leaders on a team that includes nine players — seven true freshmen and two junior college transfers — who have never played for the Ducks before.
South Bend: ND’s Arike Ogunbowale expands her game
South Carolina: Staley never ignores a chance to make her team better
Respect from Salt Lake: Utah women’s basketball notes: Washington’s Kelsey Plum an unstoppable scorer
You stay put: Cal’s Gottlieb Agrees to Contract Extension
Ah, welcome to coaching, Steph: Vanderbilt women’s basketball signee Blessing Ejiofor not enrolled
Speaking to each other in Armenian, they are three fresh-faced, smiling teens who use their native language as a secret code courtside.
That comes in handy for Lora Donoian, 18, and twins Houshig and Anna Arakelian, 17, as the three refugees from the bloody conflict in Syria plan their plays for the girls’ basketball team at Georges Vanier Secondary School.
In a weird twist of fate, Donoian said when she came to the school near Don Mills and Sheppard Ave. E. in February she recognized the twins from her childhood in Aleppo.
Emotions among Los Angeles Sparks players, staff and fans were running extremely high Thursday night, as the team won the third WNBA Championship in its history.
There is no end in sight to the afterglow, either, which is understandable. This title has been a long and painful time in coming.
In claiming the trophy, the Sparks ended a 14-year drought between Championships – the longest such gap in the league for any team in its history. And that journey proved to be more difficult and arduous than anyone could have predicted. (nb: let’s not talk about the Liberty’s drought, shall we? *sob*)
Sick Day! Come out with our squad this Monday at 3pm as we celebrate our 2016 WNBA Championship at LA Live – Chick Hearn Court.