So THAT’S settled!

Mohegan West: Las Vegas Gets Another Pro Sports Team – MGM Resorts Buys Its Very Own WNBA Franchise

Mechelle: New role with Las Vegas franchise is right time, right place for Bill Laimbeer

Roughly three weeks ago, Bill Laimbeer was contemplating his future with the New York Liberty. Then a phone call redirected him entirely.

“It was quite timely, actually,” Laimbeer said Wednesday, a day after being announced as head coach and president of basketball operations for the WNBA’s Stars franchise, which is moving to Las Vegas from San Antonio. “Because I was struggling to figure out what to do. I got into a conversation. Then I talked to my wife. It was very intriguing. It was like, ‘OK.’ “

NY Times Katie Smith Replaces Bill Laimbeer as Liberty Coach, NY Post Next Liberty coach can’t wait to challenge her mentor and Mechelle: Groomed to be a head coach, Katie Smith takes over Liberty

You might be able to trace this moment — Katie Smith’s being named head coach of the New York Liberty — all the way back to late July 2005. Smith was the best player for a Minnesota Lynx team mired in mediocrity at the time, and then-Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer thought she would be a really good addition to his team.

Smith, by contrast, wasn’t sure about that at all.

“That kind of rocked my world a little bit,” Smith said Monday of the in-season trade 12 years ago that sent her to the Shock. “I thought I’d be a Lynx for life. I really questioned how I’d fit in [at Detroit]. They had such talent.”

Post-move-Sports Business Daily: WNBA Stars’ Forthcoming Sale, Relocation Leaves Players With Mix Of Emotions On Movetum: and We let the Stars down

The San Antonio Stars are no more, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

No one cares to hear that, especially cynics who dismissed the WNBA as lightweight and avoided Stars’ games or watched with unrealistic expectations. They’re part of the blame.

The same blame can be shared by women and open-minded men who talk a good game about girl power, sisterhood and global empowerment, but couldn’t find time to plop down a few stinking bucks and show up to support the team.

Las Vegas Review Journal: Possible Las Vegas move excites young WNBA star Kelsey Plum

WECT-TV6: Tamera Young: Former Laney HS star finds success on and off the WNBA courts (“1on1 with Jon …

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Basketball never stops for Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

Overseas Update Lynx and Wings

Harvard Crimson: WNBA President Urges Students to Rebound from Failures


Who’s joining us as we support the Pedal for Pat team? The Summitt Cyclists are biking 1,098 miles from Knoxville, TN to Key West, FL DONATE to raise funds & awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease. Each mile represents legendary Coach Summitt’s career wins.|


NCAA.com: 2017 Women’s Final Four loss ‘best thing that ever happened’ to Huskies

NCAA.com Why Kia Nurse was (and still is) a matchup nightmare for opponents and Hartford Courant: Kia Nurse Prepares For Her ‘Grandma Year’ At UConn

Nurse, with the perspective of three years behind her, sees this version of the Huskies molding into a unit.

“As every year happens and people leave and people come and roles change, there’s a little bit of cohesion that has to be built,” Nurse said. “I think every practice, as we play together, as we go through adversity within practice or we find success within practice, we find the ways of what works and what doesn’t work. And that cohesion is being built.”

Orlando Sentinel: Coach Abe effect: UCF women’s basketball earns highest preseason AAC ranking in school history

NCAA.com: Mississippi State is set for a power struggle in the SEC

St. Louis Today: Mizzou women’s basketball picked third in SEC

Central Michigan: Five Reasons to be Excited for CMU Women’s Basketball

WEC-TV: UNCW women’s basketball looking to win with area players

Arkansas Online: Neighbors says all players starting on same level

Billikens! SLU women will rely on versatility

Great Danes! UAlbany women’s basketball to rely on depth

Oxford Eagle: Old, new faces hope to lead NCAA breakthrough for Ole Miss women’s basketball

Notre Dame Insider: Irish will have steady hand at point

Register Guard: Oregon Ducks women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves says the sky’s the limit for 6-4 freshman Satou Sabally

Journal & Courier: Mackey Arena’s Top 50 players: No. 48 Carol Emanuel

High School

A loss in Montana: Huntley Project girls’ basketball coach killed in crash

A loss in Iowa: Tributes: Janice Beach Hardwick was one of best 6-on-6 girls players

Janice Beach Hardwick, 65, of Elmer was one of the best girls basketball players in state history. She was a 6-on-6 phenom out of old Southside High School. She led Southside to a 32-0, state championship season in 1970. Beach scored a state-tournament record 61 points in one game, a record that will stand forever since it came during the old 6-on-6 format.

Congrats to Greater Flint Area Hall of Famers: Patience paid off for Beecher’s 1980 girls basketball team

If good things come to those who wait, then Beecher’s 1980 girls basketball team received the ultimate reward for its long-enduring patience.

After suffering double-overtime defeats in the final round of the Class B state tournament the previous two seasons, the Buccaneers’ 1980 squad finished the deal, capturing the state championship – the first in Beecher’s girls program’s history.

“The chemistry was there, and we didn’t let up,” three-year varsity performer Diana Wiley said. “Our senior year, we did it.”

More congrats: FAMU DRS Girls Basketball Ericka Cromartie Coach Inducted Into Miles College Sports Hall of Fame

For your “what should I read as I wait father season to begin” list: 

The Guardian: ESPN kneels before advertisers by silencing Jemele Hill for doing her job

More than a week into her suspension for some highly anodyne tweets related to the Take the Knee protest, it feels long overdue to devote space to the ESPN anchor Jemele Hill. Still, I vaguely heard we were listening to women for a minute, and wondered if a black woman could catch a little of that entitlement to be heard. The traditional answer to that has been “No, I’m afraid she can’t” – which accounts for the nagging sense among many women of colour that sisterliness only stretches so far. Its borders are currently feared to mirror precisely those of Hollywood, California.

Even so, let us journey into the great wilderness beyond. Let us go where the vice-president of the United States can spend up to $250,000 of taxpayer moneyattending a game just so he could walk out of it when players knelt; where two owners in an 80% or so black NFL can decree that any athlete who silently kneels during the national anthem will be benched; but where a woman whose job is in part to talk about sports and social issues is suspended for doing that.

Interesting read: The Opposite of Fair Play: Part I

This is the first of a three-part series that will explore the history of gender testing in sports and how it affects the modern sporting climate. Part I looks at the early origins of gender testing.

Governing bodies in sports, from minor leagues to major international organizations such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), have long been free to discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, and gender. In particular, sex verification or determination testing has frequently targeted women athletes. Women whose athletic performances defy society’s expectations, who are “too good,” are expected to prove that they are women. This is especially true for women who, in addition to excelling athletically, also challenge the accepted standards of white feminine beauty. Sex verification testing and classification is typically justified on the basis of “fair play.” However, “fair play” is a nebulous term, with its contemporary origins in nineteenth-century organized sport. Today, the term tends to mean competition without unbalanced competitive advantage, but as science historian Vanessa Heggie writes, “There are probably hundreds of genetic variations which lead to ‘unfair’ advantages in sport; only those associated with gender are used to exclude or disqualify athletes.”

ESPN: Layshia Clarendon, Abby Wambach and other athletes say ‘me too’

Two simple and powerful words have been reverberating through social media since Sunday: Me too.

Victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault have been stepping forward to call attention to the epidemic. Athletes, of course, are not immune.

Eric Adelson, Yahoo sports: McKayla Maroney saying #MeToo is eye-opening

Maroney has been keeping this part of her story inside for nearly 10 years, and it took a viral online campaign for her to bring her accusation forward. That should indicate how much emotional pain she has been in. She says there were many times when she was exploited, violated, dehumanized. She kept smiling for the coaches and cameras.

She probably felt she had no choice. Whatever agony she was going through was not as bad as whatever consequences blowing the whistle would bring. And those consequences would more likely be for her than for Nassar.

“You have to have a lot of, frankly, male enablers to get away with it,” says Hogshead-Makar, a gold-medal winning swimmer who is now the CEO of Champion Women. “Women have really done what we can. The next big change is going to be men stepping up to the plate and recognizing when they see harassment that they’re willing to step up.”

It’s frustrating, enraging and disturbing that it takes a #METOO hashtag to for sexual abuse and harassment to be “eye opening.” The stories have been there – folks simply haven’t wanted to believe them. Why do you think that is?

Flashback 2003: Coaches who Prey: The Abuse of Girls and the System that Allows It.

In a dark side of the growing world of girls sports, 159 coaches have been reprimanded or fired for sexual misconduct in the past decade. And 98 continued to coach or teach — as schools, the state and even some parents looked the other way.

Today: Floyd County PE teacher and girl’s basketball coach jailed on charges of aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor