April 15, 2016 |
IT'S JUST a Philadelphia thing. Whenever a local player is drafted in a professional sport, the question of how playing in the City of Brotherly Love helped prepare them seems to always come up. It happened to former Prep Charter and Rutgers guard/forward Kahleah Copper after she was selected seventh overall by the Washington Mystics in the 2016 WNBA draft. ESPN, which televised the draft, wanted to know how playing on the playgrounds with boys help toughen her mentally. Copper gave the perfect Philly response.
June 1, 2008 |
A lanky young man in a white T-shirt and jeans walked past Crystal Langhorne yesterday as she stood outside the Washington Mystics' locker room at the Verizon Center. Kevin Durant, a Texas Rangers hat completing the outfit, touched Langhorne's shoulder in acknowledgment. Langhorne, talking about how she could earn more playing time, paused and nodded hello. It was a subtle exchange. Durant, the NBA rookie of the year for the Seattle SuperSonics this season, continued through the hallway.
March 4, 2008 |
Nolan Richardson said he is talking with Arkansas State officials about the school's basketball coaching vacancy. Richardson, 66, has been out of college coaching since being fired by Arkansas in 2002. He coached the Razorbacks to the national championship in 1994. The ASU job has been open since Dickey Nutt resigned two weeks ago. Arkansas State spokesman Jerry Scott said the athletic department had no comment on potential candidates. Chad Kolarik and Barry Goers have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey.
July 17, 2005 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Yolanda Griffith and Nicole Powell scored 17 points each as the Sacramento Monarchs pulled away in the second half and beat the Washington Mystics, 73-59, last night. The Monarchs, leading the Western Conference with a 13-5 record, improved to 7-1 at home. Alana Beard scored 15 points and Charlotte Smith-Taylor 13 for the Mystics (9-10). Beard managed just five in the second half, with Smith-Taylor going scoreless. Powell started a 13-2 run with a three-pointer that put Sacramento ahead by 49-44 with 12 minutes, 37 seconds left.
July 11, 2005 |
The most animated person not in uniform at the WNBA All-Star Game over the weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena was Donna Orender, the league's new president. Orender took office in April. Unlike her predecessor, Val Ackerman, who usually stayed in one place to greet invited guests at the president's reception, the former PGA Tour executive was all over the room making introductions Friday night in Michael Jordan's sports restaurant. Orender also was seen greeting fans at the skills competition and jam sessions, and she worked her way to several other parties in the casino-entertainment complex.
May 25, 2005 |
Oklahoma State safety Vernon Grant was killed in a car accident in Dallas, coach Mike Gundy said yesterday. The 22-year-old Grant died Monday night after his car was broadsided while he attempted to cross traffic onto an interstate ramp, said Senior Cpl. Donna Hernandez, a Dallas police spokeswoman said. Grant, of Duncanville, Texas, died later at a hospital. Hernandez said the other driver had minor injuries. Alcohol or drugs weren't involved in the accident, Hernandez said.
July 18, 2004 |
SEATTLE - Sue Bird scored on a driving layup with two seconds left in overtime last night, giving the Seattle Storm an 85-83 victory over the Washington Mystics. A jump shot by the Storm's Betty Lennox with 53 seconds to go in the fourth quarter tied the score at 75 and sent the game into the extra period. Lauren Jackson poured in 33 points for Seattle. Comets 72, Sun 56 HOUSTON - Tina Thompson scored 18 points to lead Houston past Connecticut, giving the Comets a two-game winning streak for the first time in more than a month.
April 26, 2003 |
Villanova senior Trish Juhline added to the Wildcats' notable season yesterday by becoming the first player in the program's history to be drafted by the WNBA. The Cardinal O'Hara graduate was taken in the third round by the Washington Mystics, the Eastern Conference runner-up last season, and was the 32d choice overall in the three-round draft. Mississippi State senior LaToya Thomas was taken by the Cleveland Rockers as the overall No. 1 pick, while Vanderbilt senior Chantelle Anderson, taken by the Sacramento Monarchs, was the No. 2 choice.
August 16, 2002 |
Chamique Holdsclaw had 26 points, 13 rebounds and five steals last night to lead the Washington Mystics to the first playoff victory in franchise history, a 74-62 win over the visiting Charlotte Sting in Game 1 of the WNBA's Eastern Conference semifinals. Holdsclaw, who led the league in scoring and rebounding, also had a key steal with 2 minutes remaining. The Mystics never lost the lead after going ahead, 7-5, in the first 4 minutes of the game. Andrea Stinson scored 16 points to lead the Sting, which will host Game 2 of the best-of-three series tomorrow.
August 15, 2002 |
Tennis has brought us the sister rivalry of Venus and Serena Williams. When the WNBA playoffs open tonight, the six-year-old women's professional basketball league run by the NBA will feature a twin-sister competition between Kelly and Coco Miller, who previously starred at the University of Georgia. Born in Rochester, Minn., the two were inseparable until last season's WNBA draft. Kelly was taken in the first round by the Charlotte Sting and Coco was picked in the same round by the Washington Mystics.