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Mercury in good shape after 3rd WNBA title

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, left, and guard Diana Taurasi kiss the WNBA hampionship trophy after the Mercury defeated the Chicago Sky 87-82 and swept the WNBA Finals basketball series, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Mercury are champions — a year later than expected.

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Hawks apologize for racially charged comments

In this April 14, 2014, file photo, Steve Koonin, speaks after being introduced as the new CEO for the Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball team at a press conference in Atlanta. A scheduled meeting between Koonin and Atlanta civil rights leaders has been cancelled, leading one of the leaders to say his community was greatly offended. The Rev. Markel Hutchins announced Wednesday's, Sept. 10, 2014, meeting was called off "at the last minute." He later said he received a call from Hawks spokesman Garin Narain on Tuesday night asking that it be postponed.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks released an open letter of apology to fans and city of Atlanta on Saturday, saying the organization “did not do the right thing” to correct racially inflammatory words and innuendos “over a period of years.”

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Hawks facing challenges on court and in stands

In this June 25, 2012, file photo, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson introduces new  Hawks president of operations and general manager Danny Ferry, right,  during a news conference in Atlanta. Ferry has been disciplined by CEO Steve Koonin for making racially charged comments about Luol Deng when the team pursued the free agent this year.  Ferry apologized Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014,  for “repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources” about Deng. Hawks spokesman Garin Narain said that team’s investigation of Ferry's comments uncovered the racially inflammatory email written by Levenson. That discovery led to Levenson’s announcement Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, that he will sell his controlling share of the team. (AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnny Crawford) MARIETTA DAILY OUT. GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT LOCAL TV OUT (WXIA WGCL FOX 5)

ATLANTA (AP) — Racially inflammatory comments made by Hawks’ management left the NBA team facing a crisis that threatens its progress on the court and in the stands.

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Hawks GM Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence

In this May 29, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Hawks general managerr Danny Ferry waits during a news conference in Atlanta.   Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence after making racially charged comments about a potential free agent. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday, making the move under fire for his racially charged comments about a player.

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Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence after racially charged comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence after racially charged comments.

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