• In this March 9, 2016, file photo, basketball player Elena Delle Donne poses for photo at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Americans will face France on Wednesday at the University of Delaware, play Canada on Friday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and host Australia on Sunday in New York before heading to the Rio Olympics. The Americans will play France in the home state of Olympic rookie Elena Delle Donne.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, FIle)

    US women’s hoops team wraps up 3 exhibitions at Garden

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women’s basketball team continues its pre-Olympic tour with a three-city exhibition series that wraps up Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

  • Oklahoma’s Hield, Parker named Big 12 Athletes of the Year

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Former Oklahoma basketball player Buddy Hield and OU softball player Paige Parker have been named the Big 12 men’s and women’s athletes of the year.

  • THIS CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF THE FIRST NAME TO TAMIKA, AND NOT TANIKA AS ORIGINALLY SENT -New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony speaks with Tamika Catchings of the WNBA Indiana Fever as they spent the U.S. Olympic basketball team's precious day off running a two-hour town hall meeting at a South Los Angeles youth center Monday, July 25, 2016. Anthony gathered basketball stars, community leaders and police officers to speak with teenagers and young adults about the importance of respect, communication and safety. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)

    New WNBA format sets up playoff chase after Olympic break

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new WNBA playoff format involving the top eight teams will set up an exciting last few weeks of the season when the league returns from the monthlong Olympic break.

  • US Olympic women hold off select team 88-84

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maya Moore hit four free throws in the final 40 seconds to help the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team survive a stiff test from a U.S. select team with an 88-84 victory on Monday night.

  • In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016 file photo, members of the New York Liberty basketball team await the start of a game against the Atlanta Dream in New York. The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before and during games. WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a statement Saturday, July 23, the league was rescinding penalties given to the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and their players for wearing the shirts–which was a uniform violation. The players started wearing them to show solidarity after shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    WNBA president on rescinded fines: We needed to move forward

    NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA President Lisa Borders says she hopes that rescinding the fines the league imposed over black warmup shirts worn in solidarity for shooting victims will lead to a fresh start on social activism for the players and their union.

  • In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016 file photo, members of the New York Liberty basketball team await the start of a game against the Atlanta Dream in New York. The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before and during games. WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a statement Saturday, July 23, the league was rescinding penalties given to the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and their players for wearing the shirts–which was a uniform violation. The players started wearing them to show solidarity after shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    WNBA withdraws fines for player protests

    NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before and during games.

  • In this April 14, 2016 file photo, Connecticut's Moriah Jefferson, right, and WNBA President Lisa Borders hold a San Antonio Stars jersey after Jefferson was selected with the second pick in the WNBA basketball draft  in Uncasville, Conn. WNBA President Borders applauds the league's players for taking a stance on social issues. She just wishes the activism was kept off the court. Borders spent the past two weeks talking with the union and its executive council, trying to come up with ways that both the league and its players could constructively address the Black Lives Matters movement. Nothing concrete was decided.  (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant via AP, File)

    WNBA president talks about fining players over warmup shirts

    NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA President Lisa Borders applauds the league’s players for taking a stance on social issues. She just wishes the activism was kept off the court.

  • McCoughtry, Gray help Dream hold on for 93-88 win over Wings

    ATLANTA (AP) — Reshanda Gray had 22 points and 10 rebounds — both career highs — and Angel McCoughtry scored five points during a decisive late run to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Dallas Wings 93-88 on Friday night.

  • Ogwumike leads Sparks to 95-75 win over Mystics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Candace Parker added 18 points and six assists and the Los Angeles Sparks ended a two-game skid with a 95-75 win over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.

  • In this March 1, 2016 file photo, University of Connecticut athletic director David Benedict speaks during an introductory news conference on the UConn campus in Storrs, Conn. Benedict said Friday, July 22, 2016 that he's waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out with an official pitch to join the conference. Earlier in the week, the Big 12's school presidents moved closer to expansion, directing its commissioner to begin evaluating schools interested in joining. UConn currently competes in most sports in the American Athletic Conference. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

    UConn AD preparing pitch, waiting to hear from Big 12

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn’s new athletic director says he’s waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out with an official pitch to join the conference.