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Big changes called for in women’s college hoops

Big changes called for in women’s college hoops

Jul. 17 |       It isn’t yet “broken,” but according to new Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman, she has learned through 100-plus interviews that “There is a desire for change” in women’s college basketball. “Now is the time for...

To flop or not worries men more than women players

To flop or not worries men more than women players

Jun. 12 |     “Flopping” has been a part of basketball since the Flintstones. Lately it’s become a hot issue for NBA male players, but in the W there appears to be little concern. This season, 19 NBA players were warned about flopping, which is...

Devoted Lynx fan honored — Might this suggest the team is finally acknowledging its Black fan base?

Devoted Lynx fan honored — Might this suggest the team is finally acknowledging its Black fan base?

Jun. 5 |     By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   She’s seen it all — the team’s first-ever victory in 1999, the endless roster changes, the hiring of two Black female head coaches, a rookie-of-the-year winner and sixth woman winner, and...

Changing of the guard with the T-Wolves

Changing of the guard with the T-Wolves

May. 15 |     Flip Saunders’ good calculations will replace David Kahn’s poor ones   Because of my November 7, 2012 column (“The smartest White team in the NBA: T-Wolves team return to the 1950s?”), we took heat from those who took exception...

Does it really matter? — Athletes’ sexual orientation none of our business

Does it really matter? — Athletes’ sexual orientation none of our business

May. 8 |     Two weeks ago we learned that the WNBA’s top overall pick is gay. Last week we learned that a longtime NBA veteran center is gay. Neither news item bothered me at all. However, what does bother me is what convinced Britney Griner...

Tayler Hill moves on up to the big time

Tayler Hill moves on up to the big time

Apr. 24 |       Tayler Hill soon will earn her human economy degree from Ohio State. A few weeks ago, she went on a few interviews and last week got her first job offer. “I never have been on a job interview, so I’m not sure exactly how that...

ESPN extends deal with WNBA; financial details kept $ecret

ESPN extends deal with WNBA; financial details kept $ecret

Apr. 10 |     Two big changes were recently announced by the WNBA: an extension of its current deal with ESPN for six years, and a new logo was unveiled. “This new extension,” proclaimed ESPN President John Skipper at the March 28 press conference...

Game of Change:  Racial integration of basketball didn’t end discrimination

Game of Change: Racial integration of basketball didn’t end discrimination

Mar. 20 |   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Last Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the Loyola (Chicago)-Mississippi State NCAA regional semi-finals game played at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich. on March 15, 1963. This week, “Sports...

Mpls native converts success as player into coaching know-how

Mpls native converts success as player into coaching know-how

Jan. 23 |   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Kachine AlexanderPhoto by Charles Hallman Her players haven’t as yet called her “Coach,” but Kachine Alexander says she can’t wait for one of them to challenge her to a game of one-on-one. “I...

Sports odds and ends: Hill’s college career earns her high praise as ‘a special talent’

Sports odds and ends: Hill’s college career earns her high praise as ‘a special talent’

Jan. 16 |   Despite playing sick, Tayler Hill poured in 24 points last week in her last collegiate visit to her hometown. In the process, the Ohio State senior guard and former Minneapolis South standout surpassed 1,700 career points — to do so, she...