Posts Tagged ‘Venus Williams’

From Mechelle, Charlie and Graham and Michelle: How does Gray’s injury affect Duke? (which includes some pondering “Outside of the nation’s top-four ranked teams, who has the best chance to get to the Final Four?”)

M&M&M are Picking Award Winners

Charlie has some bracketology: Boy, are Notre Dame and UConn going to be sick of each other.

From Curt: All about ‘next game’ for Diggins

Skylar Diggins pulled up a stool and sat down after Sunday’s 87-49 rout of Marquette, white towel wrapped around her neck.

Diggins had just become the first Notre Dame women’s basketball player to have 2,000 points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds in her career.

“I had no idea,” Diggins said when asked about the achievement. “I guess it looks good, when I leave here, when I’m old and gray. It’s just all about the next game. I’m trying to do what I have to do for our team to win.”

From the Husker Blog: ‘The Rex Burkhead of Women’s Basketball’

Before we begin, please understand today’s N-Sider is a history lesson, a geography challenge and a supreme compliment all rolled into one. This blog ties two well respected Husker walk-ons – offensive lineman Brodrick Nickens and basketball guard Mike Peltz with Jordan Hooper, one of the hottest Division I women’s basketball players in the country.

Sheryl Swoopes talks career, life after the WNBA, LGBT thoughts

From Dave D’Alessandro at the Star-Ledger: Former Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer does plenty of good for WNBA

We were sitting upstairs in a coffee shop two blocks east of the Garden, where nobody gave any notice to the man who might be the most influential coach and GM in the history of this 16-year-old women’s league. His first lap around the WNBA was in Detroit, where he took over a last-place team in 2002 and turned the Shock into a champion in eight months. Two more titles followed, before he left the league in 2009.

Now he’s back with the Liberty, who will start their final season in Newark in May because of renovations at MSG. If you follow the league at all, you know it needs him badly. First, this market needs a big personality to stimulate interest in a league whose attendance has cratered. Second, the Liberty have been consistently mediocre since Richie Adubato left nearly a decade ago, and need Laimbeer’s extraordinary eye for talent.

As a follow-up, Nate asks, “Who are the top mid-major prospects in the 2013 WNBA Draft? “

Obviously the top mid-major prospect in the 2013 WNBA draft is Delaware Blue Hens forward Elena Delle Donne.

But what about the rest of the players among the ranks of the mid-majors? Who else might have a shot at contributing to a WNBA team?

As usual, there are quite a few mid-major players putting up gaudy numbers as distributors, rebounders and scorers that might draw the attention of WNBA GM’s. Yet as discussed last week, mid-major programs haven’t yielded very many WNBA contributors over the past few years – it’s not impossible, but the threshold for being considered a productive WNBA prospect has proven to be extremely high. Almost to the point of having an unblemished college record for most mid-major prospects.

It’s about friggin’ time: From ESPN: Nine for IX: About Women. By Women. For Us All.


Pat Summitt’s life as it has never been told before. Venus Williams lobbying for pay equality. Female athletes balancing the double standard of being the best on the field and the sexiest off of it. These are just a few stories from ESPN Films and espnW’s documentary series, Nine for IX.


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from Val: She’s got the look, but is that a good thing?

Somewhere along the way, the interest in fashion spilled over to women’s tennis, to the point the two are now inexorably intertwined. But what makes this so remarkable is that although fashion has become part of the women’s tennis story, it hasn’t taken anything away from the core storylines — that is, the performances of the players and the fierceness of the competition. It’s the best of both worlds: fashion has given tennis fans something else to watch for and talk about, but in the end, the important thing is who wins, not who winds up in Vogue.

Because I’ve worked in basketball for so many years, I’ve often thought about the differences between individual and team sports when it comes to fashion, and wondered whether fashion is a factor in shaping a sport’s image in the minds of fans. Unlike sports such as tennis and figure skating, in which individual expression through one’s attire is encouraged, the fashion creed in team sports is all about conformity. I guess that’s the whole point of being on a team: It’s all for one and one for all, so when it comes to outfitting, every team member is expected to look and dress alike.

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From the Washington Post: Carolyn Hax: Prospect of having a big child is a huge issue for her

There is nothing more beautiful than a human being who carries unusual traits with confidence. And there’s no one who has more say in a child’s self-confidence than a parent.

Please, please have the presence of mind to foresee the beauty in statuesque women. Watch the Williams sisters play tennis, or watch some WNBA games, or stand and salute the bodies on world-class female swimmers — I mean, wow. These are impressive riffs on the human form.

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First Look: Diana Taurasi in ESPN The Mag’s Body Issue

Besides Taurasi, there will be five other cover subjects for the Body Issue this year. They are: a dozen members of the USA Water Polo Women’s National team; New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire; U.S. World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard; PGA Tour golfer Camilo Villegas; and Dutch wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer.

Other athletes featured in this year’s Body Issue include: tennis star Venus Williams; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis; Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez; billiards player Jeanette “The Black Widow” Lee; Olympic skier Julia Mancuso; figure skater Evan Lysacek; surfer Kelly Slater; volleyball player Kim Glass; track and field athlete Rachel Yurkovich; and ex-NFL running back Herschel Walker.

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