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NBA, Pro Sports Teams Call Off Games After Jacob Blake Shooting
"Aw. It's been four years in San Francisco. Forty Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick first to Caen in response to police violence against black people me ultimately is to bring awareness and make people know realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on their unjust people aren't being held accountable for, and that's something that needs to change that message from two thousand sixteen resonated last night across the professional sports world when players from the. NBA WNBA Major League Baseball Major League soccer professional tennis, and more decided against playing games in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin Stars including Lebron James Naomi Osaka, mookie Betts Elizabeth Williams, and others released statements denouncing the shooting and talking about their decision not to take part in Games. The reaction from players and broadcasters was swift. The consensus is to not playing tonight slate of games and to kneel lock arms and racists during the national anthem all. Teen. Back, we're calling for justice, Jacob Lick and demand offer beheld count I got this little girl here that we see every day his life matters he needs to know that he can do what he wants to do whenever he leaves his house as a black man as a former player. I think it's best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight. In in a blackmail of Americans, it's not easy so. We've seen this all of our heroes. Constantly taken down, we understand is not gonNA end
What Sabrina Ionescu's injury means for her rookie season
"Six S. q was the most hyped up rookie that we've seen in the WNBA in a very long time. Maybe ever what is the latest on her injury? Yeah. I agree with you that she was the most hyped to be NBA rookie her just the amount of tweets that were sent out before she even stepped foot on the WNBA court was impressive. I just don't like to lose. The latest update with Sabrina, askew she didn't need surgery, which is obviously a good sign for a great three ankle sprain hasn't been ruled out officially for the rest of the season but the specialists that I've talked to create three ankle sprain like you're not coming back really before three months, and so my guess is that she's going to spend the rest of the season rehabbing and supporting the liberty from afar.
It's Hot Out West: Interview with Seattle Storm's Jordin Canada
"What's going on WB Fans Meg mcpeek I am so happy to be joined by our guest Jordan Canada. She is one of the up and coming superstars in the WMBA. She obviously plays for the Seattle storm coming off a win and you know without introducing her I've got to talk about some of the accolades because you can't mention Jordan Canada and not talk about defense in this league. Here's a two, thousand, nine, hundred, wnba. All defensive first team one, she's a WNBA champion with the Seattle Storm Two thousand eighteen sweeping the Washington mystics open. Guess what she was drafted number five overall by Seattle and I think my favorite fun fact about Jordan is the fact that you are the first. Woman. First Woman in PAC twelve conference history to score eighteen hundred points. Record seven hundred assists in you joined one of the best to ever do it in Gary Payton. In I. I. think that is probably the coolest thing as well. I don't know about you. I'm so excited to have you on the show first off. Happy Belated Twenty Fifth Birthday. How was it? In the bubble. Thank. You obviously, it was quite different. I didn't really get to do much. So I had practice and then I came back and I kinda just chilled That's pretty much I can do is I've been inside the bubble but I've. Sydney gifts my parents sent me a little birthday cake and some edible arrangements. So I got to celebrate just That's amazing. I'm a big fan of the edible arrangements myself. So I am super jealous about that and you mention you know being limited on what you can do in the bubble how is life going in the bubble and? To that point what has been your favorite thing to do not hoops related. The honest we come and don't have much here. We have a pool at the legacy hotel, which is right right up. The street you can save because we're all in villa. So we have a pool that we can go to I. Know they have like early morning golf lessons. and that's pretty much it. That's all we have So for the most part I mean, if you're with your teammates hanger with team You. Aims walking by because we're all in the same areas. Say hello to each other and speak to you know speech our friends and that's pretty much a practice and you come back to your villa. You'd relax and chill we go to games I'm. Really all that we have are you try to make the most of it I? Mean I'm very simple. So it doesn't bother me as much I'm such an introvert. I'm a homebody. So mostly in my room, some of most time just watching TV and stuff. So it's been fine in the beginning of a little bit rough I know something. Terrible living conditions would it where they were saying and stuff but I never had a problem with it but it's been much better You know we've only been here a little over a month. So it's getting better and I think we're just getting used to the conditions of the environment. I'm so happy I actually have something in common with Jordan Canada I am very introverted as well and homebody. So it's good to know if I was in the bubble I would be able to survive with like you said the Gulf I'd be able to hit up. So that'd be pretty cool and it's always fun to relax outside at the pool when you have an off day. So I, know when things being in the bubble and the season being much different than what you're accustomed to. Of course, the news before heading down to a Bradenton geared kloppenburg would be filling in again for coached in Hughes just because of the health concerns with his previous health and cove nineteen how has the team been in contact with coach hugues while being in the bubble? How have you all and coach Kloppenburg still managed to integrate coach us into the day to day of the season. I mean, well, we kind of had a little bit of of that last year when our coaches out when need. Your cancer in remission stuff so. We kinda had. A few games in the season without him and we kinda had to, you know do without him and adjust, but he's always been very active and engaged with us. He I know he talked to the coaching staff allow he does takes me call me from time to time just to talk and catch up I. Don't know about the other players but yet he's just been very engaging in still keeping contact i. know the coaches do a good job of You know talk to him and him incorporating things that he sees while he's. Just, something that he wants us to do Argos very that in. So having a coach Klopp no, be the interim goes like he's had experienced last year being you know in position than he's done a great job and you know we also have like sue bird who's technically light a coach he knows that they're helping. US as well. So we have a lot of help but I know that you know we we really do Miss Dan and I know he's cheering us on from home and you know work continuing to pray for him after thought. So it's it's been a good experience at amazing and it's as if you have done this media before because we me Perfectly with mentioning sue bird and for fans that may not be aware two, thousand nineteen with sue being out with her injury. You were basically thrust in your second season into the starting role and leading this team from the point guard position and being a vocal leader at such a young age in your career. Can you tell us just how that adjustment was? Last season and dealing with that, and even if you know as you mentioned is basically an extra coach with the team on the floor now that you've got her back in the lineup, how how was that transition for you and what advice did she give you throughout last season? It was it was It was tough. I would say there was a lot of ups and downs during that season. It's very hard coming from and you're you know one of the star players on the team you're playing a lot of minutes and you come into a team that's fully stagnant at the see. Find Yourself and my rookie year I had a hard time finding my role I was very up and down I, kind of lost a little bit of my confidence. So it was it was a hard adjustment and then going overseas having to be thrust back into a starting position than have to you know get that leadership back in that confidence bag. So I think that really helped a lot going into two thousand, nineteen season I mean obviously, I didn't expect to be out but because. I was prepared and I gained a little bit my confidence back. I was able to just we know set Ryan in. Obviously there have been subscription ups and downs during that season and trying to learn as I go but sue was a big help. I mean the the best advice that she gave me was don't worry about trying to fill my shoes in in trying to be like me just play your game I know once I came into the league, everyone was talking about Oh. Jordan and ensue in is Jordan going to be able to about up to sue in an expectations and so she told me not to worry about that lying just go out inches player game two point guards, two different types of styles. But what I bring to the table is very important to the team, and so I keep that in mind last year and just trying to play my game and not. The. You know the outside noise and just Do What my team needed to do and I kinda, you know gained a lot of confidence in that and incoming in this season and having Birdie back. I mean like I? Say We're two different point guards in two different styles and if you've watched this play the season, you can kinda tell the difference of when I committed in when she's in. So it's just great to see that you know we're able to play together and you know still Kinda or me keep up the pace with the team when I'm coming in and not have a a low or did. when sue comes out so it's just been awesome experience so far she's been a tremendous help and in my growth all around. How important was that advice that she gave you of reminding you don't try to be me be yourself like how how integral was that inner growth especially, you mentioned now having her back. was very helpful I mean coming into it team like I said I was fully back in playing behind one of the. Honestly. The best point guards ever played the game I mean, that's kind of like nerve wracking and still you have your own expectations like I don't want to screw I don't. WanNa. Come in to a team as police tag playing behind the best point guard ever and you know fail I. Mean there's some of the things I not to think about my rookie year in having her tell me that especially a veteran who's been as game for so long you know she didn't have to tell me that she didn't have to step aside and say, Hey, like don't worry player game don't worry about outside noise expectations just just play your game in big about the team and you which you need to do to to get us to where we are and so to have that advice as such. Early stage in my career was is extremely helpful and it has helped me at times. I think about those times she says that it just calmed down because I know there's been times in the season last year this year where I get super rattle and try to do too much in that think about. That, like calmed down, relaxing, get back to who I am as a player. So to have that to have that advice as A. Data Mark Career is a blessing in Zomba's very thing for her.
WNBA players urge people to vote against team owner, senator
"W. NBA. Stars are openly endorsing Kelly Leffler opponent in her Georgia sit race despite her ownership stake in one of the teams, leagues. W Now? No No, no. No they're not supporting Ralph warnock Nah I'm sorry Doug Collins No. That's Boring College Board Ralph. WARNOCK WNBA. Stars are openly endorsing Reverend Raphael warnock for the US Senate seat currently held Atlanta Dream Cone or Kelly Leffler Leffler Georgia Republican previously used her position as a team owner as a political stance in her hotly contested special election players called on WNBA Commissioner. Cathy Engelbert to ban Leffler from the League after her comments against the black lives matters group. You know she. She's writing this. HELP INNER Players across the WNBA have long been vocal opponents of Senator Kelly Leffler Georgia. Republican who also happens to Cole the League's Atlanta Franchise. But as the special election for Leffler appointed senatorial seats up stars are using their platform to explicitly rebel against the controversial politician prior to Tuesday nights matchup between the Phoenix Mercury and the Atlanta Dream members of both teams express support. For Reverend Raphael. warnock. By wearing t shirts that read vote warnock according to representatives for the mercury players on the Chicago Sky also donned the black and white shirts prior to their game against the Dallas Wings players on the Seattle Storm in Connecticut also wore the shirts prior to the game which you know these people who were I guess they just eight Kelly leveler. Okay. Now, here's the thing. If they schrief walls in the forest and no one is around. Does it make a sound? If. They WNBA player takes political position does anyone know unless there's a reporter there to tell them and then does anyone care? No one watches the Wnba these are the people who off the court because of the national anthem they didn't even neil they walked off the court.
Washington Mystics face the Seattle Storm as both remain undefeated; NBA reopens with a bang
"A a W W N N B, B, a a matchup matchup with with the the defending defending league league champion champion Washington Washington MYSTICS. MYSTICS. They begin a stretch of three games in five days. The game this afternoon at three our time in Bradenton, Florida. It will be on ESPN and the N BA reopens with a pair of games Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson, a couple of the headliners, along with LeBron James, it'll be, Williams said in the New Orleans Hornets taking on Utah. Well, Anthony Davis and LeBron James and the Lakers will face the Clippers Sports attended
WNBA players walk off court during national anthem
"Now we did see W N B a back yesterday. And what's that? What's the one headline that you're seeing this morning? Katie George, from WNBA being back Okay, so actually just Googled it just for Research purposes, right? Not that you were just going to ask me that so I just typed in in Google search WN Ba The 1st 3 headlines are WN. Ba players walk off Court during national anthem before season opener Next one W NBA players walk off court during during during what I'm going through 12345678 Headlines before I get to use a Today's WNBA returns. Liberty Storm Players leave court before Anthem. That's the story right? And that's why I said the lie will get halfway around the world before the pants or the truth that even has a chance to put its pants on. Correct and so yesterday, and by the way, one of these stories is ESPN Twitter account itself. So let's not say that it's everybody else. ESPN Twitter account ran. This is well to over four million views of a video. Of the WNBA doing a fantastic job on the say her name social awareness of Briana Taylor campaign. It was, It was well done. We've seen, you know players from all different sports. Talk about black lives matter. This is part of this right W NBA very strong in their beliefs and doing that. And so, the first thing I see Is all right. That happens. The national anthem is played and then WNBA players walk off. I'll be honest with you. I've been in favour of everything you guys know we've talked about this on and off the air. Like black lives matter has been an awesome strong campaign players kneeling during the anthem. We knew that it was never about the politics of it. It was it was about, you know, just bringing awareness. Like if you were educated enough. You knew that that was the case, right? Did this upset this upset me, right? And then I almost took to Twitter. Katie and I almost just put out the salvo like everybody does. Like, I can't believe this. I stand up for all this stuff. And you know what? Let me let me double check this. Let me make sure I'm understanding this correctly, and I could not find the actual video of this. And because I couldn't see if the anthem was actually being played, or this was before. Holly Rowe than tweets. How go No. This was the players leaving. They went back to the locker room. And then the national anthem was played on. Not unlike every single college football game that you and I both attended a lot of it. They come out for warm ups. They go back in the locker room national anthem is played. When they come out, they play a game. And yet this goes to show you how quick people are wanting to put in their political two cents, Ah lot of times and jump on a story when they haven't actually research Said Story. And it's just I thought it was a good lesson to learn for ESPN as well. Two on how to handle this any such a touchy subject right now. It was interesting. I got the alert right on my phone because I have the ESPN app and the alerts on loud and sew it deemed and I immediately went to it. And I saw you know the headline that they walk out during And I was like, Wow, that's pretty bold. And I wonder what the thought process was behind this because, like you, I jump Tio. It's one thing to kneel, and now we've all been educated on what the kneeling represents during the national anthem, and you see teammates put their their hands on their teammates, shoulders and it's a powerful moment, right? We saw that with MLB is opening day throughout the opening weekend. We've seen that with the MLS as well, A Zen ba scrimmages. But for you to walk out during the national anthem, I was like that's taking disrespect to another level, right? And so I was irritated when I read the headline, and then I went and watch the video. And I couldn't hear the national anthem being played. I could just see the women walking off the court and so I thought. I don't know if this is just bad quality and video like we don't have the sound, but I actually can't hear the anthem. But still, it's a bad look, Lynn, and maybe this was the WN Ba players saying, Hey, we need to like up the ante here. We need to make headlines because we want, you know, eyeballs on our league and we want to make a statement. That's where I thought it was. That was at what four o'clock? Three o'clock yesterday. But then, as I started researching more, I was like, Geez, I don't know if this is actually how it went down until Mike ate, texted us last night and said, Look, here's a correction and ESPN actually put out another alert and corrected itself, which I thought was big time. Because not everybody that I just read off all these headlines. Do you have done so or even updated their articles online right now to change the wording during two before walking off before the national anthem as compared to walking off during is a completely different optic, in my opinion, and so the fact that they walked off before, and this is their way. Of saying We're going to protest. I understand it, and I'm behind it. But to your point it was a great learning lesson because I like we've joked about people want to be outraged for the sake of being outraged. I was outraged yesterday unfairly because I don't have the facts. But neither did any news outlets either. And that to me was
Delle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctors
"What's happening with George Wallace. Alright, Debbie. We know that the WN BA denying Elena delle Donne's request to opt out of the season due to Lyme disease panel of doctors decided that she was not high risk, and she should be permitted to play in the bubble While she spoke out today for the first time on the player's Tribune, said that the panel never once spoke to her or her doctors, and now she's left with two choices. Risk her life or forfeit her paycheck, says she takes 64 pills a day for Lyme disease, also says she has not made her decision yet. It is carefully weighing her options as the Mystics getting stuff for the WN BA season.
Missouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA star
"Wrongfully convicted man who has the WNBA Myanmar fought for was finally released from prison yesterday. You see the moment right there. Jonathan Iron served twenty two years of a fifty year sentence after being convicted in one, thousand, nine, hundred and burglary and assault with a weapon, he walked free Wednesday. More was amongst those to greet him as he walked out. The four-time wnba champion, put her career on hold, missing two seasons to help him or family Ma- irons prison ministry in two. Two, thousand seven before her freshman year at uconn penitentiary visit here. She was on good. Morning America in that moment. I just really felt like I could. I could rest I mean I've been standing, and we've been standing for so long and it just it was an unplanned moment where I just felt relief in. Just it was kind of a worshipful moment, just dropping semi knees, and just being so thankful that we made it, and you know when I stepped away. To two springs ago, I just really wanted to shift my priorities to be able to be more available and present to show up for things that I felt. were mattering more than being a professional athlete, and so this is obviously one of the. Biggest and most direct results of that. Obviously you guys know. I went to uconn season ticket holder to men's and women's basketball and a followed my more for a long time. She gave up two years of her prime as the star. For this mission, it is absolutely unbelievable when we talk about the sacrifice into see this man walk free. It is such a remarkable moment in just kudos to her. What a special woman! In Role Model
WNBA star helps free wrongfully convicted man who spent 22 years in prison
"Prison after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case. The release follows years of work by WN Ba star Maya Moore and others who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges. More was there when the 40 year old Jonathan Irons walked out of Jefferson City Correctional Center. He'd been serving a 50 year sentence stemming from the non fatal shooting of a homeowner in the ST Louis area when Irons was 16 your top
Ionescu goes No. 1 in WNBA draft to New York Liberty
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