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Obama honors Phoenix Mercury at White House for 2014 WNBA title

WASHINGTON --€“ Even star athletes can get awestruck. "It's just overwhelming when you're in the room with the president of the United States," said Diana Taurasi, a three-time U.S. Olympian and the Phoenix Mercury's star guard. "These are moments that you'll cherish, you know, for the rest of your life." The moments she was referring to were the Mercury's visit Wednesday to the...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Obama honors Phoenix Mercury at White House for 2014 WNBA title

WASHINGTON --€“ Even star athletes can get awestruck. "It's just overwhelming when you're in the room with the president of the United States," said Diana Taurasi, a three-time U.S. Olympian and the Phoenix Mercury's star guard. "These are moments that you'll cherish, you know, for the rest of your life." The moments she was referring to were the Mercury's visit Wednesday to the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sparks-Mercury Preview

The Phoenix Mercury hardly look like the high-powered unit that won a league title last year. They're hoping a matchup with one of the league's worst road clubs can help them get back on track offensively. Phoenix tries to avoid dropping back-to-back home games for the first time in two years Friday night against the Los Angeles Sparks. The Mercury (15-10) led the league with 83...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mercury in solid shape after battling through challenging first half

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Mercury's 2014 WNBA Championship seemed a distant memory as the 2015 season approached. Despite one of the most dominant single seasons by any team in WNBA history a year ago, questions surrounded the team as it began defense of its title. The Mercury's all-time great guard, Diana Taurasi, had announced she would sit out the 2015 season at the request of her...
Via Fox Sports
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercury in solid shape after battling through challenging first half

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Mercury's 2014 WNBA Championship seemed a distant memory as the 2015 season approached. Despite one of the most dominant single seasons by any team in WNBA history a year ago, questions surrounded the team as it began defense of its title. The Mercury's all-time great guard, Diana Taurasi, had announced she would sit out the 2015 season at the request of her...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercury-Sparks Preview

Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker won't be on the floor Sunday, but there won't be any shortage of star power. Brittney Griner's return has given the Phoenix Mercury the force in the middle they were lacking during a disappointing start. The Los Angeles Sparks began the season in even worse shape, but the addition of Kristi Toliver has provided them with a much-needed scoring threat...
Via AP on Fox
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Lynx at Mercury

The Phoenix Mercury ended the Minnesota Lynx's three-year reign as Western Conference champions last year. Minnesota figures to have the edge to reclaim that honor in 2015 since Diana Taurasi is not with the WNBA champions. These teams meet for the first time since last year's playoffs Sunday as the unbeaten Lynx look to snap the Mercury's 21-game home win streak. These clubs played...
Via AP on Fox
June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Lynx-Mercury Preview

The Phoenix Mercury ended the Minnesota Lynx's three-year reign as Western Conference champions last year. Minnesota figures to have the edge to reclaim that honor in 2015 since Diana Taurasi is not with the WNBA champions. These teams meet for the first time since last year's playoffs Sunday as the unbeaten Lynx look to snap the Mercury's 21-game home win streak. These clubs played...
Via AP on Fox
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercury-Liberty Preview

Phoenix will be challenged to repeat as WNBA champions without Diana Taurasi, and Brittney Griner's absence also figures to be an early-season hurdle. DeWanna Bonner showed that the Mercury could overcome those obstacles in an impressive performance in their season opener. Bonner and the Mercury will aim to win a fifth straight meeting with the New York Liberty on Thursday night...
Via AP on Fox
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

With Taurasi gone, Lynx look to reclaim top spot in West

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Seimone Augustus's face fell and her eyes grew sharp as the Minnesota Lynx star was asked about the door opening for them in the Western Conference now that Diana Taurasi will not be playing in Phoenix this year. ''The door was open even if she did play this year,'' Augustus said. ''It just makes it a little bit tougher for them to be able to beat us as opposed...
Via AP on Fox
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercury adjusting to life without Taurasi as training camp opens

PHOENIX -- Almost every repeat champion will tell you it's harder the second time around. For the 2015 Phoenix Mercury, the degree of difficulty may be even greater than for most defending titleholders. The 2014 WNBA champions began training camp this week without their longtime leader, point guard Diana Taurasi, who is sitting out the 2015 WNBA season to rest up for her winter season...
Via Fox Sports
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

UConn’s Breanna Stewart Wins 2015 Naismith Trophy

From UConn: TAMPA, Fla. – Hours before tip off at Amalie Arena for the 2015 national championship game, University of Connecticut junior forward Breanna Stewart was tabbed as the winner of the 2015 Naismith Trophy, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Tuesday. UConn’s Breanna Stewart wins her second straight Naismith Award to add to her collection. UConn has won more...
Via Sox and Dawgs
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Taurasi breaks bone in left hand in Russia

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi has undergone successful surgery to repair a broken bone in her left hand that she hurt playing in a game for her Russian club team. Taurasi announced in February that she would skip the 2015 WNBA season after accepting an offer from her Russian club, UMMC Ekaterinburg, to rest. The Mercury said Monday that she was injured last weekend...
Via AP on Fox
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Diana Taurasi breaks bone in left hand in Russia

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi has undergone successful surgery to repair a broken bone in her left hand that she hurt playing in a game for her Russian club team. Taurasi announced in February that she would skip the 2015 WNBA season after accepting an offer from her Russian club, UMMC Ekaterinburg, to rest. The Mercury said Monday that she was injured last weekend...
Via AP on Fox
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Taurasi-less Mercury re-sign Bonner

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Mercury have re-signed forward DeWanna Bonner. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bonner has spent her entire six-year career with the Mercury, earning the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year award three times. She has won two WNBA championships with Phoenix, including last season when she was 10th in the league with 1.5 steals per game. Bonner has averaged...
Via AP on Fox
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Diana Taurasi’s Decision to Sit Out Poses Major Threat to WNBA’s Future

Welp, it seems the WNBA finally learned how to steal headlines away from other major pro leagues.  All it took was one of its superstar players announcing her plans to sit out the entire 2015 season.  I doubt it’s the preferred strategy for the all women’s professional basketball league, but it’s a move that certainly got people’s attention Tuesday afternoon. Phoenix Mercury...
Via All Sports Everything
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Taurasi to skip WNBA season; Russian team offers $ to rest

Diana Taurasi is getting paid not to play. The Phoenix Mercury star announced Tuesday that she will skip the 2015 WNBA season this summer after accepting an offer from her Russian club to rest. Taurasi was slated to make just more than $108,000 this year playing for the Mercury - the third-highest amount on the team. She makes roughly $1.5 million playing in Russia. ''The year-round...
Via AP on Fox
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Diana Taurasi will skip WNBA season to rest at request of Russian club

Last season, Diana Taurasi averaged averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.6 assists for the Phoenix Mercury and helped them to the WNBA title. If the team is going to repeat this season, they will have to do so without the services of the seven-time All-Star. At the request of UMMC Ekaterinburg, the team she...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Diana Taurasi to skip 2015 WNBA season

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will sit out the 2015 WNBA season after receiving a lucrative offer from her Russian club team to rest this summer. Taurasi led the Mercury to their third WNBA title in 2014, earning finals MVP honors before returning to Russia, where she's played the past several offseasons. Taurasi sent a letter to Mercury fans saying it was a tough...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercury's Diana Taurasi to sit out 2015 WNBA season

PHOENIX -- Diana Taurasi, who earned Most Valuable Player in the 2014 WNBA Finals while leading the Phoenix Mercury to a third WNBA championship, will sit out the 2015 WNBA season, the team announced Tuesday. The Mercury released a statement saying that Taurasi's contract with the Russian team for whom she plays during the WNBA off-season includes an offer to pay her to rest this...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

U.S. women beat Serbia to clinch Group D at World Championships

  With Serbia hanging around midway through the fourth quarter, Diana Taurasi and the U.S. women's basketball team stepped up their play to finally pull away. Taurasi scored 13 of her 20 points in the final period and the Americans beat Serbia 94-74 on Sunday in the world championship to clinch the top seed in Group D. ''It was a tough game,'' Taurasi said. ''Every possession was...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

US women hold off Serbia 94-74

ISTANBUL (AP) Diana Taurasi scored 13 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and the U.S. women's team beat pesky Serbia 94-74 on Sunday in the world championship to clinch the top seed in Group D. The U.S. (2-0) trailed by four points after the first quarter and was up 49-42 at the half. Serbia only trailed 77-70 with 6 minutes left before the Americans scored 15 of the next 19...
Via AP on Fox
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

US women cruise past China 99-75 in exhibition game

  Nneka Ogwumike scored 16 points and Jantel Lavender added 14 to help the U.S. women's national team beat China 99-75 on Saturday in an exhibition game. The U.S. scored nine of the first 11 points and led 27-10 after the first quarter thanks to Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi, who combined for 19 points in the period. The Americans, who will play France on Sunday, extended the advantage...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

US women's hoops cruises past China 99-75

PARIS (AP) Nneka Ogwumike scored 16 points and Jantel Lavender added 14 to help the U.S. women's national team beat China 99-75 on Saturday in an exhibition game. The U.S. scored nine of the first 11 points and led 27-10 after the first quarter thanks to Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi, who combined for 19 points in the period. The Americans, who will play France on Sunday, extended...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Mercury win WNBA title

While you were focused on the FIBA World Cup (right?!), the WNBA wrapped up its season with a matchup of two of the great young stars in the league. Unfortunately, Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne was dealing with a back injury and was getting back into shape. And then in Game Two of the series, Brittney Griner got hit in the eye and needed outpatient surgery to fix the problem. She...
Via Crossover Chronicles
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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