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WNBA pays tribute to Gianna Bryant, 2 teammates

Apr 18, 2020 - 2:15 PM

‘It would have been a dream come true for her,’ says Vanessa Bryant after the WNBA made her daughter Gianna an honorary draft pick

GONE TOO SOON. Gianna Bryant showed the same passion for basketball as her father Kobe.

Liberty take Ionescu with first pick in WNBA draft

Apr 18, 2020 - 10:16 AM

After finishing near-bottom last season, the New York Liberty beef up their roster with one of the most decorated players in women's college basketball

PRIZED ROOKIE. Sabrina Ionescu holds several NCAA women’s basketball records. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

WNBA season postponed due to coronavirus

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Despite putting the season on hold, the WNBA plans to push through with a 'virtual draft’ this April

SEASON ON HOLD. Elena Delle Donne (right) of the Washington Mystics drives against Alyssa Thomas of Connecticut Sun during Game 5 of the 2019 WNBA Finals won by the Mystics. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA, WNBA players go beyond game skills in first PH visit

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Former NBA player Cherokee Parks and Los Angeles Sparks' Alana Beard inspire young Filipino ballers

Women's NBA champion Seattle Storm not interested in Trump visit

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Seattle's 16-year veteran Sue Bird says that not visiting the White House is something that 'doesn't even really need to be discussed'

DECLINE. Sue Bird and the reigning WNBA champs Seattle Storm would skip a White House visit if an invitation comes their way. Abbie Par/Getty Images North America/AFP

Stewart powers Storm to WNBA title

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Breanna Stewart stars as the Seattle Storm complete a title-series sweep of the Washington Mystics

TITLE SWEEP. The Seattle Storm celebrate after capturing their third WNBA crown. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

The persisting culture of sexism towards the WNBA

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:58 PM

Instead of people commenting praises for the Minnesota Lynx's championship victory, Facebook soon became a hotbed for machismo-driven witticism

CHAMPIONS AGAIN. The Minnesota Lynx won their 4th WNBA championship, but they couldn't escape the typical chauvinistic comments on social media which seek to minimize the achievements of female athletes. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFP

Wave of protests grip NFL after Trump urges fan boycott

Sep 25, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Trump ignites a firestorm of criticism after comments on Friday, September 22, in which he described NFL players who chose to take a knee through renditions of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as 'sons of bitches' who should be fired

IN PROTEST. Maurice Smith #27 and Julius Thomas #89 kneel with Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins during the National Anthem prior to an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

WNBA admits ref mistake helped decide championship

Oct 22, 2016 - 3:20 AM

A missed shot clock violation in the final 75 seconds helped the Los Angeles Sparks win the WNBA Finals

CHAMPIONS. The Los Angeles Sparks prevailed in 5 games over the Minnesota Lynx with some luck from the refereeing. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFP

WNBA: Sparks topple Lynx to claim elusive WNBA title

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Candace Parker scores 28 and Nneka Ogwumke drills the game winner to lead the Sparks to the title

Team USA basketball players will stay on a cruise ship for Rio Games

Aug 05, 2016 - 1:18 PM

The US men s and women s teams will not have to experience any of the lodging woes that Andrew Bogut has suffered through

USA player Kevin Durant (L) looks to pass the ball as he is defended by Chinese player Yi Jianlian (R) during the first half of an exhibition game at Staples Center. EPA/MIKE NELSON

WNBA star, US Olympian Delle Donne reveals she is gay

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:58 PM

It isn t a big story One day it won t be a story at all Delle Donne says

US NBA stars, women chase more history in Rio

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The US Olympic men s team is seeking a third consecutive gold medal while the women s team is out for a 6th gold and extending its 41 game win streak

MORE GLORY. Team USA's basketball teams, led by Kevin Durant for the men's team and Tamika Catchings for the women's, are out for more Olympic success. Photos by PETER POWELL and MIKE NELSON/EPA

Cebu picks reps to training camp ahead of Jr NBA and Jr WNBA

Mar 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Skills of young hoopsters will be enhanced at the National Training Camp which will culminate in the selection of 10 boys and 5 girls for the Philippines Jr NBA and Jr WNBA All Star Team

The 8 boys and 3 girls selected from the 2nd Regional Selection Camp held in Cebu City with the coaches of the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

WNBA lashes out after Gilbert Arenas suggests they play in sexy outfits

Dec 17, 2015 - 1:21 PM

Three time NBA All Star Gilbert Arenas reemerges in the public eye following an Instagram post of two women playing basketball while wearing thong underwear

CONTROVERSY AGAIN. Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas, seen during a visit to the Philippines in 2008, has stirred up controversy with his suggestions for the WNBA. Francis R. Malasig/EPA

NBA Champion Spurs hire female assistant coach

Aug 06, 2014 - 9:59 AM

he NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach making her the second female to join a regular season coaching staff

Becky Hammon drives to the basket during the 2012 Olympics while competing for the Russia team. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

WATCH: NBA's Hayward, WNBA's Thompson at NBA Cafe opening

Apr 26, 2014 - 1:37 PM

Watch video of Gordon Hayward and Tina Thompson speaking at the opening of the NBA Cafe

ALL THAT JAZZ. Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz and retired WNBA star Tina Thompson share a laugh at the grand opening of the NBA Cafe in Bonifacio Global City. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Upcoming UAAP/NCAA stars to play in Jr NBA Alumni All-Stars game

Apr 22, 2014 - 1:51 PM

Former Jr NBA standouts drafted to participate in the inaugural Jr NBA Alumni All Star game

FUTURE OF HOOPS? Jr. NBA Finalists from Cebu Regional Selection Camp from left to right: Andre Dadivas, Donn Lim, Andrew Velasco, Wayne Kirby Besaluna, Steven Co, Jomari Ranuco and Jethro Rocamora. File photo by Mary Jane Catriz/Rappler

Utah Jazz's Hayward, WNBA's Thompson to visit Manila

Apr 11, 2014 - 3:58 PM

NBA player Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz is set to arrive in the Philippines along with WNBA great Tina Thompson on April 25 27

PH VISIT. NBA player Gordon Hayward and WNBA great Tina Thompson are coming to Manila for the Jr NBA/Jr WNBA National Training Camp. File photos from EPA.

10 Visayans heading to Jr. NBA Philippines 2014 training camp

Mar 25, 2014 - 4:45 AM

Out of 61 junior basketball player tryouts of Cebu Regional Selection Camp of Jr NBA WNBA Philippines finalists only 5 Cebuanos 3 Cebuanas and 2 Bacoleños made it to National Training Camp

FUTURE OF HOOPS? Jr. NBA Finalists from Cebu Regional Selection Camp from left to right: Andre Dadivas, Donn Lim, Andrew Velasco, Wayne Kirby Besaluna, Steven Co, Jomari Ranuco and Jethro Rocamora. Photo by Mary Jane Catriz/Rappler

Only for men? When will women's hoops ring the bell in PH?

Mar 25, 2014 - 3:15 AM

If the Philippines is a hoops crazy country then why doesn t it have a women s league? Basketball writer Levi Verora explores the possibility of giving ladies a league of their own

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN? Perlas Pilipinas player Melissa Jacob is one of the nation's talented basketball players who would like to see a pro league in the Philippines. Will lady ballers someday get a shot at taking their games to the next day? Photo courtesy of FIBA Asia

Jr. NBA tips off for 7th year, expands program to females

Jan 20, 2014 - 10:59 PM

The Jr NBA presented by Alaska continues its mission of utilizing basketball to influence the youth to lead a healthy lifestyle and to value sportsmanship teamwork and participation

SEVENTH YEAR. Carlo Singson, NBA Asia Country Manager-Philippines (left) and Wilfred Stephen Uytengsu, President and CEO of Alaska (right) officially launch the seventh Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines 2014 presented by Alaska. Photo from Larc & Asset PR

Young Filipina guns for WNBA dream

Dec 06, 2012 - 8:52 PM

Philippines born Sophia Olalia Roman a freshman guard at Dartmouth College is hoping to be the first Filipina to play in the Women s National Basketball Association WNBA

GOING FOR THE DREAM. Filipina Sofia Roman, first row, second from right plays for Dartmouth basketball and hopes to play in the WNBA. Photo from Dartmouth website.