MADRID (AP) Kyrie Irving made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.
James Harden added 23 for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half, adding one final romp to a tournament full of them.
CHICAGO (AP) The Phoenix Mercury were without star center Brittney Griner. However, they still had Diana Taurasi.
Taurasi scored 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship.
"We have the best player in the world, Diana Taurasi," Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. "When you put the ball in her hands at crunch time, she makes it happen."
The Phoenix Mercury is one win from clinching a championship and becoming one of the greatest WNBA teams ever. And while Diana Turasi and Britney Griner’s play has provided inspiration at times, the Mercury have also had a guest on their bench who has provided extra inspiration this postseason.
The Mercury introduced 11-year-old Mia McPoland as the team’s “honorary” assistant coach a pre-playoff press conference in Phoenix. Head coach Sandy Brondello said she was searching for someone with strength, determination, and perseverance to help move her team through the playoffs. And Coach Mia fit the bill.
After 16 years of playing in the WNBA, Becky Hammon will become a rookie again when the NBA season tips off this fall. No, she’s not turning back the clock. Instead, she’ll enter the upcoming season as a first-year assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. By joining the 2013-14 NBA champions, the newly retired San Antonio Silver Stars guard is also making history. Hammon will be the first full-time female member of an NBA coaching staff.
Undrafted when she started her WNBA career with the New York Liberty, Hammon wrapped up her final season as the Stars’ all-time leader in assists, points per game, and three-point field goals made. And even though fans won’t get to see her run the Stars’ offense on the court anymore, they will get to see her help draw up plays for the Spurs on the sidelines.
Last week, Hammon was in New York taking part in the WNBA’s Inspiring Women Luncheon, where she was given the Boost Mobile Pioneer Award. She spoke to SI Kids about her legacy on the court, her new gig, and what her new boss Gregg Popovich is really like.
Sports fans know Madison Square Garden as the home of the New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty. But they might not know that MSG (and the teams that play in the arena) has a charitable organization associated with it, too.
The Garden of Dreams foundation is an organization that uses pro sports and MSG’s teams to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences to underprivileged families and children. It launched in 2006 and today boasts 500 annual events, including last week’s Dream Week. The annual event gives kids a week’s worth of activities associated with the various parts of Madison Square Garden Company.
When the NBA season tips off this fall, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker will receive some pointers from a six-time WNBA All-Star.
On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs announced Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first full-time female member of an NBA coaching staff.
It was a routine fast break play that turned painfully wrong.
During a Team USA scrimmage game on Friday, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was chasing Houston Rockets guard James Harden, when he jumped up in attempt to block Harden’s shot from behind, and landed awkwardly at the base of the basket. George’s leg bent sideways and snapped in one of the most horrific freak accidents in pro basketball. Warning: It’ll make you shriek and wince. It’s reeeaally tough to watch — so tough, in fact, we’ll only link to Sports Illustrated’s report on the injury.
George’s injury — a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula — ended the game early. It also produced an enormous outpour of support for the All-star.