Storm take on Sky (May 25, 2018)

The Seattle Storm will finally get to face a team other than the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night. Seattle played both of its preseason games against Phoenix, then met the Mercury in their first two games of the regular season. The Storm (1-1) will get a chance to measure themselves against the Chicago Sky (2-1) on Friday at KeyArena. Article continues below … After losing their home opener, the Storm won 87-71 on Wednesday in Phoenix as Jewell Loyd scored 29 points. “It feels good to win. It energizes you,”…

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Justify gallops in preparation for Belmont and Triple Crown

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Justify has begun preparing for the Belmont Stakes and pursuit of the Triple Crown with an energetic gallop around Churchill Downs. Back at work since returning from last weekend’s muddy half-length victory over Bravazo in the Preakness, the unbeaten chestnut colt galloped 1 3/8 miles under a clear sky on a dry, fast surface Thursday morning. Justify won the Kentucky Derby under sloppy conditions here on May 5. Jimmy Barnes, assistant trainer to Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, said the horse ”really seemed to enjoy it” this…

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Texas softball coach Connie Clarke resigns after 22 seasons

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas softball coach Connie Clark has resigned after 22 seasons and 873 wins with the Longhorns. Texas announced the move Wednesday. The Longhorns had recently been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament and finished the season 33-26. The 52-year-old Clark was a Florida State assistant when she was hired in 1995 to start the Texas program, which played its first varsity season in 1997. Clark’s teams won four Big 12 regular-season championships and played in the Women’s College World Series five times. She was a three-time Big 12…

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Aces face Mystics after getting doors blown off in opener (May 21, 2018)

WASHINGTON — The NHL’s Golden Knights have set the bar high for new sports franchises in Las Vegas. For now, the transplanted Aces will just look to improve on their opening-night performance. The Aces, who won a combined 23 games in their final three seasons in San Antonio, took an early 10-point lead at Connecticut before the Sun got in gear and rolled to a 101-65 win on Sunday. The 36-point margin of victory was the largest for any season opener in WNBA history. Article continues below … “I’m thinking,…

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Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie remains in NBA draft

ATLANTA (AP) Josh Okogie has decided to remain in the NBA draft, ending his career at Georgia Tech after two seasons. The 6-foot-4 guard announced his decision Monday. The draft will be held June 21. Okogie submitted his application to the NBA undergraduate advisory committee in March, participated in workouts and interviews with NBA teams, and attended the last week’s draft combine in Chicago. Article continues below … Okogie ranked fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 18.2 points per game as a sophomore. He averaged 16.9 points over his…

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Wings may be a woman down against Dream (May 19, 2018)

The Dallas Wings might be without starting forward Glory Johnson for their home opener Sunday against the revamped Atlanta Dream. Johnson may be out of the lineup after suffering a leg injury in the season-opening loss at Phoenix on Thursday. She left the arena with crutches. Dallas coach Fred Williams said it is a hamstring issue. If Johnson is out for an extended period, second-year forward Kaela Davis and rookie Azura Stevens will see more playing time. Article continues below … The game will be the season opener for Atlanta,…

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Crean completes Georgia coaching staff, hires 3rd assistant

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Tom Crean has completed his staff, hiring Amir Abdur-Rahim as his third assistant. Abdur-Rahim spent the last four seasons at Texas A&M and has worked at the College of Charleston, Georgia Tech and Murray State. Abdur-Rahim, who grew up in Marietta, Georgia, and is the brother of former NBA standout Shareef Abdur-Rahim, joins Chad Dollar and Joe Scott on Crean’s staff. Article continues below … ”His ability to recruit is shown in his energy, dogged determination and relationship building,” Crean said in a statement. ”His…

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Albany faces Denver in NCAA lacrosse tourney quarterfinals

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Albany attackman Connor Fields is out of the running for college lacrosse’s highest individual honor, and that’s OK. He’s after something else, something that will leave a much more lasting impression. The soft-spoken senior, second in scoring in Division I history with 356 points (196 goals, 160 assists), is intent on leading the second-seeded Great Danes (15-2) to their first-ever appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. ”It’s just the next step for us,” Fields said Friday morning after practice. ”I think we’ve been growing…

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