After losing Angel McCoughtry to a season-ending knee injury, A’ja Wilson and Jackie Young are the only returning rotation players who played in last year’s WNBA Finals.
Sam Gordon was born and raised in Minneapolis and is back for his second stint with the Review-Journal. He’s covered the NFL, NBA, the Big Ten, the Mountain West and prep sports for various publications during his professional tenure. Gordon, a University of Minnesota graduate, is a basketball junkie who coached high school basketball for three seasons.
Angel McCoughtry left the game 2:49 into the first quarter after landing awkwardly while grabbing an offensive rebound in a scrimmage against the Los Angeles Sparks at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Slocum is winning over her teammates with her preparation, pace and passing, and will look to impress some more Saturday in another scrimmage against the Sparks in Los Angeles.
“God made me very very unique, and no one’s ever come close, “said the WBC heavyweight champ. “The closest person to ever come to me was Muhammad Ali.”
Shakayla Thomas is vying for a roster spot with the Aces, after she was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2018 and waived as a tweener with no true position.
Aces rookie Lauren Manis was drafted No. 33 overall in 2020, but could not attend training camp because of the COVID pandemic. But she’s in camp this year and has been impressive.
The football festival that is the NFL draft concluded Saturday, but not without leaving an indelible imprint on Cleveland.
It was better late than never for undrafted Alec Ingold, whom the Raiders sent to Cleveland to announce their two third-round picks.
Denean Vaughn, a lifelong educator and the Raiders’ inaugural Fan of the Year, is attending her first NFL draft in Cleveland.
The NFL is opening FirstEnergy Stadium to football fans Thursday as part of its Draft Experience, an event that will reappear next year when the draft comes to Las Vegas.