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A shift in the WNBA season? Show me the money

If NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks a shift in the WNBA season to the fall and winter will help its profitability, the league needs to pay its players much more.

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Silver aiming to make WNBA more profitable.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver gives several suggestions to increase profitability for the WNBA, including moving the season out of the summer.


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WNBA draft grades

Sky, Wings, Fever and Aces earn top marks in WNBA draft

Which teams helped themselves the most in the WNBA draft? Chicago, Dallas, Indiana and Las Vegas lead the way in our draft grades.

The big winners of the WNBA draft.

Rebecca Lobo, LaChina Robinson and Ryan Ruocco dig deep into which teams came away with the best talent in the WNBA draft.




DeShields knows she has plenty to prove in the WNBA

Diamond DeShields, the third pick in the draft, knows critics aren't sold on her yet. But she brings a new outlook back from a pro season in Turkey.

Sky select DeShields, Williams with back-to-back picks.

The Chicago Sky take Diamond DeShields from Tennessee with the 3rd overall pick and follow it up by selecting Gabby Williams out of UConn with the 4th pick.


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WNBA draft class embraces new sisterhood

Most of the players came to New York as strangers, but the WNBA's 2018 draft class left with a tight bond, from sharing meals to memes.

Every pick from the 2018 WNBA draft

A'ja Wilson, Kelsey Mitchell and Diamond DeShields went with the top three picks. Check out every selection from all three rounds.



Storm select UCLA's Canada with 5th overall pick.

The Seattle Storm select Jordin Canada with the 5th overall pick, who will share the backcourt with Sue Bird and "try to learn everything" she can from the veteran point guard.




Stewart: 'Notre Dame is not afraid of UConn.'

Former UConn basketball star Breanna Stewart joins SportsNation and addresses why she thinks the Huskies fell short to the Fighting Irish in this year's Final Four.


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Home-grown legacy A'ja Wilson is ready to bring down a new house in the WNBA

She used to hate basketball. Now she's the biggest star in women's hoops -- and A'ja Wilson is still discovering her powers.

Looking ahead to 2018-19

NCAA champion Irish lead women's basketball's way-too-early top 25

Notre Dame leads the way in our first look at 2018-19. So where does that leave Final Four participants UConn, Mississippi State and Louisville?

Arike Ogunbowale meets Kobe Bryant on 'Ellen'

The Notre Dame guard finally got to meet her idol, and he had a little something for her.

SportsCenter: Top 10 plays of NCAA women's basketball season.

From the opening tip to the last shot of Notre Dame's championship run, SportsCenter recaps the 10 most amazing plays of the women's basketball season.


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South Carolina's Wilson wins Wooden award.

South Carolina's A'ja Wilson says she feels goosebumps as she accepts the John R. Wooden Women's Player of the Year award.


Epic Women's Final Four

Yes, the Women's Final Four was the best ever

With all four No. 1 seeds, it could have ended in a predictable Final Four. Instead, this past weekend was the best women's college basketball has ever seen.

Family of the Final Four

Through overtimes, buzzer-beaters, heartbreak and glory, players and coaches at the NCAA women's basketball Final Four leaned on each other.

Irish's Ogunbowale hits shot of a lifetime ... again

Arike Ogunbowale had struggled with her shot all game, and Notre Dame's final play was designed for a teammate. So how did Ogunbowale, confidence never wavering, end up hitting the greatest last-second shot in championship game history?

Ogunbowale's 'Mamba Mentality' leads Notre Dame to title.

Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale drains not one, but both of Notre Dame's game-winning shots in the final seconds to lead the Fighting Irish to a national championship.


Irish win NCAA championship

Unlikely shot brings unlikely title to Notre Dame

When it appeared Notre Dame had no shot, after losing four players to injury this season, the Irish regrouped and willed their way to their first national championship since 2001.

Notre Dame wins title on Ogunbowale's 3-pointer.

The Fighting Irish overcome a double-digit deficit in the second half and Arike Ogunbowale nails a 3-pointer in the final second to give Notre Dame their first national championship since 2001.


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Sports stars clamoring to congratulate Arike Ogunbowale.

The NCAA Tourney hero talks to Michelle Beadle about the outpouring of support she has seen from NFL players to her idol, Kobe Bryant.


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McGraw's 800th win at Notre Dame

Notre Dame makes right adjustments

The Notre Dame coach got her players calmed down, focused and back on track at halftime to overcome the largest deficit in NCAA championship game history.

McGraw calls Ogunbowale's winning shot a miracle.

Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw says her team came out with a new belief in the second half, which led them to the comeback win in the national championship game.


McGraw: Thrilling Final Four phenomenal for women's basketball.

Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw said she couldn't believe it when Arike Ogunbowale's game-winning shot went in, but the excitement of the last two games are great for the game.


Mississippi State

Bulldogs react

Bulldogs fall short in title game for second straight season

Though the Bulldogs will graduate four starters, coach Vic Schaefer has built the program into a national contender in a short time.

Schaefers react to heartbreaking loss in title game.

While Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer took responsibility for his team's loss to Notre Dame, his daughter, senior guard Blair, says it wasn't his fault and is proud of her dad.


McCowan comments on tough loss to Notre Dame.

Junior Teaira McCowan joins SEC Network's Nell Fortner to discuss the Bulldogs' performance in the national title game.


Charlie Creme analysis


More heroics from Ogunbowale cap Irish's comeback

For the second straight game, Arike Ogunbowale hit the game-winning shot, this one with 0.1 seconds left, as Notre Dame overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off Mississippi State and win the program's second title.

Notre Dame hoist national championship trophy.

The Irish receive the women's NCAA national championship trophy 17 years to the day after their last national title.


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Ogunbowale does it again

Ogunbowale: Game winner 'just felt right.'

Arike Ogunbowale explains she practices game-winning situations all the time, which helped her make two big shots to lead Notre Dame to a national championship.


Ogunbowale does it again.

Arike Ogunbowale's game-winning shot in the final seconds of the national title game is reminiscent of her clutch shot against UConn in the semifinals on Friday.


Naismith Hall of Fame

Thompson calls Hall of Fame election 'overwhelming.'

Four-time WNBA Champion Tina Thompson reflects after being named to the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class.


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Relive Notre Dame's epic overtime win against UConn.

It was a game for the ages. Notre Dame defeats UConn in the Final Four on a last-second shot.




For UConn, déjà vu hurts a little bit more

Last year, UConn's perfect season ended at the hands of Mississippi State's Morgan William at the overtime buzzer. This year, it was Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale.

UConn stunned late once again.

Notre Dame's game-winning shot over UConn in the Final Four is reminiscent of Mississippi State's stunning shot last season that not only booted the Huskies out of the tournament but also snapped their 111-game win streak.


New year, same heartbreak for UConn.

A day short of the anniversary for Mississippi State's Morgan William hitting an overtime buzzer-beater to top UConn in the Final Four, the Huskies found the same fate when Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale drills the game winner.


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Too good to miss

Mississippi State faced long odds and a tortured history when it met UConn in the 2017 NCAA tournament semifinal. Those in the arena recount how the Bulldogs slayed the 111-0 Huskies and pulled off an upset that was a year in the making.

A look back at Morgan William's buzzer beater.

A recap of Morgan William's last-second shot that lifted Mississippi State to a win over UConn in last year's Final Four. Video Courtesy ESPN/NCAA.


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