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    The Las Vegas Aces collected a historic number of trophies and honors during the 2022 WNBA season, culminating with the first title in franchise history. The Las Vegas Aces capped off their season with a 78-71 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, securing the league’s biggest prize. But the WNBA Championship Trophy is far from the only bit of hardware they secured this season. The Aces also defeated the Chicago Sky in July to secure the 2022 WNBA Commissioner’s Cup, “an in-season competition that featured 61 games throughout the regular season, with players competing for a prize pool of $500,000 and an additional $165,000 for charitable and civic organizations.” And then there were the individual awards. A’ja Wilson won both the regular season MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Awards, becoming the fifth player in league history to win both in the same season. It was a foregone conclusion that one of the Aces would be WNBA Finals MVP after winning the series, but the honor went to Chelsea Gray who averaged 18.3...
    This week, Above the Break is taking stock of the WNBA Awards races and adding a few new awards of our own to recognize special seasons. The WNBA regular season ends on Sunday. The final two playoff spots are still up for grabs heading into the weekend, with Minnesota, Atlanta, New York and Phoenix all vying for that spot. It’s also a good time for us to think about WNBA awards. The official awards voters are probably filling out their ballots now (I assume at least—just want to take a second to say that if anyone working for the league is reading, I’d love a vote next year!), and we’ll soon know who wins things like MVP and DPOY. So, today I’m getting into the awards game. Some of these will be real awards. Some of these will be fake awards that I wish were real. Let’s talk awards, y’all.WNBA Awards: MVPThe way I see it, MVP is down to two players right now: Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson. There are great arguments for both players. Stewart leads the league...
    LOS ANGELES -- The Golden State Warriors were front and center at Wednesday night's ESPYS, with host Stephen Curry taking home multiple awards and bringing attention to the plight of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is being detained in Russia.Curry, who won ESPYS for Best NBA Player and for Best Record-Breaking Performance, joined WNBA players Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith to address Griner's status during the show. The United States considers Griner wrongfully detained."It's been 153 nights now that BG has been wrongfully detained thousands of miles away from home, away from her family, away from her friends, away from her team,'' Diggins-Smith said at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. "All throughout that time, we've kept her in our thoughts and in our hearts even though we know that ain't nearly enough to bring her home, y'all." Nneka Ogwumike, Stephen Curry and Skylar Diggins-Smith share a powerful message about Brittney Griner."We cannot stop fighting for her. We cannot stop believing for her. And we will not stop hoping for the day when we can welcome her home safely." pic.twitter.com/gsxFD0iUT8—...
    (CNN)Stars from the world of sport called for WNBA player Brittney Griner to be released from detention during this year's ESPY Awards ceremony on Wednesday. USWNT star Megan Rapinoe and four-time NBA champion Steph Curry were among the high-profile names to raise awareness of Griner's case at the event which looks to celebrate athletic achievement. Brittney Griner court appearance ends without a verdict -- another hearing is scheduled for Friday"As we hope for the best, we urge the entire global sports community to continue to stay energized on her behalf,'' Curry said, when joined by WNBA stars Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith to address the issue. "She's one of us, the team of athletes in this room tonight and all over the world. A team that has nothing to do with politics or global conflict."Griner was arrested in February at a Moscow airport after Russian officials say they found cannabis oil in her luggage. The basketball star, who plays in Russia during the WNBA's offseason, has been held since then on drug smuggling charges.Read MoreThe 31-year-old, whom the US State...
    BRITTANY Griner has won several awards since her debut as a professional basketball player in 2013. She began her journey by competing at a high level while playing for her college team. 2Brittney Griner was a student at Baylor University What college did Brittney Griner go to? Brittney Griner was born on October 18, 1990, in Houston, Texas. During her college days at Baylor University, she played in the NCAA for the Baylor Lady Bears in Waco, Texas. In 2013, she was the first overall pick in the first round by the Phoenix Mercury. She currently plays for the same team in the WNBA. At a height of 6ft 9inches, she plays as a center for her team. Most read in SportLEGEND DEAD Live updates on Shane Warne as Liz Hurley and her son pay tributeDEJI VS ALEX WASSABI Wassabi WINS split decision as spectator INVADES ring during fightgames shame Russian gymnast wears ‘Z’ war symbol on podium next to Ukrainian athleteBLOODBATH Two fans die after riot erupts during Mexican soccer game at Corregidora Stadium As of the time of writing, she is currently...
    BRITTNEY Griner has kept a consistent performance since she joined the WNBA. She has won several titles and accolades during her career. 2Brittney is a professional basketball player in the WNBA Who is Brittney Griner? Brittney Griner was born on October 18, 1990, in Houston, Texas. Brittney is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. At a height of 6ft 9inches, she plays as a center for her team. During her college days, she played in the NCAA for the Baylor Lady Bears in Waco, Texas. As of the time of writing, she is currently the only NCAA basketball player to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. Most read in SportDEJ OR ALIVE Deji vs Alex Wassabi: Date, UK start time, live stream, TV channel, YoutubeLEGEND DEAD Live updates on Shane Warne as Thai police 'rule out foul play'KILLER INSTINCT Klitschko bros reveal ‘kill count’ and are ‘ready to die’ to save Ukraine'RIP MATE' Shane Warne’s tragic final tweet paid tribute to cricket star hours before death What is Brittney Griner's net worth? According to Celebrity Net Worth,...
    BRITTNEY Griner is a recognized face in the WNBA with her talent and height. She has earned a comfortable lifestyle with her hard work and dedication on the basketball court. 2Brittney Griner has an estimated net worth of about $3million What is Brittney Griner's net worth? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Brittney Griner has an estimated net worth of about $3million. Her source of wealth is said to be from her career as a professional basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She also earns a steady income from brand deals and endorsements. Most read in SportDEJ OR ALIVE Deji vs Alex Wassabi: Date, UK start time, live stream, TV channel, YoutubeLEGEND DEAD Live updates on Shane Warne as Thai police 'rule out foul play'KILLER INSTINCT Klitschko bros reveal ‘kill count’ and are ‘ready to die’ to save Ukraine'RIP MATE' Shane Warne’s tragic final tweet paid tribute to cricket star hours before death Who is Brittney Griner? Brittney Griner was born on October 18, 1990, in Houston, Texas. Brittney is a professional basketball player who currently plays for...
    Dave Grohl said Nirvana could alter cover of Nevermind for 30th anniversary re-release amid child sexual exploitation lawsuit The Riskiest Places To Swipe Your Credit Card © Provided by Sports Illustrated Onyenwere, the No. 6 pick in last spring's draft, was the only player in her draft class that averaged at least 20 minutes per game. Liberty rookie Michaela Onyenwere was named the 2021 WNBA Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.  She received 47 votes from a national panel of 49 sportswriters and broadcasters. Dream guard Aari McDonald and Liberty wing DiDi Richards received one vote each. Onyenwere, the No. 6 pick in last spring's draft, was the only player in her draft class that averaged at least 20 minutes per game. She led all rookies in points per game, was first in field goals made—both twos and threes—and finished second in total rebounds. "It would definitely be an honor,” she told me in September about the prospect of winning the award. “I definitely didn’t come into this season like, ‘This is what I want to do,’ but to potentially have...
    Nickelodeon’s Ramsey Naito Replaces Mireille Soria as Paramount Animation Chief Oil futures turn higher on bets for higher demand from China © Provided by Sports Illustrated Eight times this season Plum scored 20 or more points off the Aces' bench. Aces guard Kelsey Plum was named the WNBA's Sixth Player of the Year on Thursday.  Plum received 41 votes from a national panel of 49 sportswriters and broadcasters. Her teammate and two-time Sixth Woman of the Year winner Dearica Hamby finished as the runner-up with five votes. Wings guard Marina Mabrey received two votes to finish third. Plum starred in her first season back after missing the 2020 campaign to rehab an Achilles tear, scoring coring a career-high 14.8 points per game off Las Vegas’s bench. Eight times this season she scored 20 or more points.   After helping to lead USA Basketball's three-on-three team to an Olympic gold medal, she returned stateside and flourished. By the end of the regular season, Plum was playing her best basketball of the year, averaging 21.7 points, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. For her...
    Music artists with the longest gaps between studio album releases Advice From Mark Cuban, Warren Buffett and Other Experts That Can Help You Survive a Crisis In terms of hardware, Jonquel Jones already had WNBA Most Improved Player (2017) and Sixth Player of the Year (2018) awards.  WNBAs Nneka Ogwumike on the future of womens sports USA TODAY See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next At least 3 people are dead after Amtrak train derails near Joplin, Montana USA TODAY Biden urges COVID booster shots when eligible USA TODAY Who wore what to the Met Gala? USA TODAY Trump pleas with suburban women: Please like me USA TODAY McConnell refuses to help raise federal debt limit USA TODAY Hurricanes from Ida to Sam: How they happen and why they are getting more dangerous USA TODAY German elections mark end of Merkel era USA TODAY Seattle ER doctor: deadly heatwave unprecedented USA TODAY Quad leaders vow to...
    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jonquel Jones led a sweep of three major WNBA awards for Connecticut, earning MVP honors hours before the Sun opened their best-of-five playoff series against Chicago on Tuesday. She averaged 19.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots to earn her first MVP award. Jones received all but one of the 49 first-place votes from a national media panel. Phoenix center Brittney Griner garnered the other first-place ballot and finished a distant second. Breanna Stewart of Seattle was third, followed by Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles and Washington’s Tina Charles. Connecticut’s Curt Miller was chosen as the league’s coach of the year. It’s the second time he’s won the award, also receiving it in 2017. Miller, who became the sixth coach to win the award at least twice, had 41 of the 49 votes, with Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve second with six votes. Bill Laimbeer of Las Vegas and Noelle Quinn of Seattle each received one vote to finish in a tie for third. Miller is in his sixth season with Connecticut and guided the team to the best...
    Khloe Kardashian Reveals Which of Kims Instagram Captions Is a Total Lie DEA issues rare warning on counterfeit pills containing lethal doses of fentanyl © Provided by Sports Illustrated Jonquel Jones received 48 of 49 first-place votes and 487 total points from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters Sun center Jonquel Jones has won the 2021 WNBA MVP award, the league announced Tuesday.  Jones won the award after receiving 48 of the 49 first-place votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Phoenix's Brittney Griner finished second, receiving the lone remaining first-place vote, while Seattle's Breanna Stewart, Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles and Washington's Tina Charles rounded out the top five. Jones finished the year first in both win shares per 40 minutes and overall win shares, despite playing more than 100 fewer minutes than Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, who was No. 2 in win shares. She finished No. 4 in scoring (averaging 19.4 points per game) and also led the league in rebounding (with 11.2 rebounds per game). The Sun also had the league's best defense by a significant margin. “She’s the ultimate chess...
    Jonquel Jones is no stranger to winning Associated Press WNBA awards. In previous years, the Connecticut Sun forward has been honored by the media that votes on the weekly AP WNBA power poll as the Sixth Woman of the Year and Most Improved Player. This year, the 6-foot-6 Jones is the unanimous choice AP Player of the Year honors by the 14-member panel. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The WNBA will announce its league awards over the course of the postseason, which begins Thursday. Jones guided Connecticut to the best record in the league and the top seed in the WNBA playoffs. "She’s been tremendous all year long from Day 1 that she arrived," said Sun coach Curt Miller, who was unanimously chosen as the AP's Coach of the Year. "With Alyssa Thomas out the majority of the year she had the opportunity to be a facilitator, getting the ball off the defensive glass and bringing it up herself." Jones finished the season averaging a career-best 19.4 points and a league-leading 11.2 rebounds. "She is the elite...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has won the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award for the third time. The AP announced Fowles’ win Wednesday afternoon. Fowles averaged 1.8 blocks, 1.8 steals and 8 defensive rebounds a game this year for the Lynx, who are the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Their first game will be Sunday. They’ll play the winner of Thursday night’s game between the Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty. Sylvia Fowles (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) Fowles herself is no stranger to awards. Aside from her two other AP defensive player awards since 2016, she was named league MVP in 2017. She’s won two championships with the Lynx, and was named Finals MVP each time. She’s made All-WNBA First Team three times (once with the Lynx) and is an Olympic gold medalist. The WNBA has not yet announced its league awards.   More On WCCO.com: Antoine Suggs Charged With Murdering 4 Minnesotans Found Dead In Wisconsin Cornfield 6 Minnesota Schools Recognized As 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools Twin Cities...
    By The Associated Press Player of the Year 2021 — Jonquel Jones, Connecticut 2020 — A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas 2019 — Elena Delle Donne, Washington 2018 — Breanna Stewart, Seattle 2017 — Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota 2016 — Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Coach of the Year 2021 — Curt Miller, Connecticut 2020 — Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota 2019 — Mike Thibault, Washington 2018 — Nicki Collen, Atlanta 2017 — Curt Miller, Connecticut 2016 — Brian Agler, Los Angeles Comeback Player of the Year 2021 — Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas 2020 — Breanna Stewart, Seattle 2019 — Isabelle Harrison, Dallas 2018 — DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix 2017 — Epiphanny Prince, New York 2016 — Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut Most Improved Player of the Year 2021 — Brionna Jones, Connecticut 2020 — Betnijah Laney, Atlanta 2019 — Leilani Mitchell, Phoenix 2018 — Natasha Howard, Seattle 2017 — Jonquel Jones, Connecticut 2016 — Elizabeth Williams, Atlanta Defensive Player of the Year 2021 — Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota 2020 — Candace Parker, Los Angeles 2019 — Natasha Howard, Seattle 2018 — Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota 2017...
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