June 9, 2011 |
It was as if Diana Taurasi had stepped through a wildly unpredictable looking glass. Last December, the women's basketball star received a phone call from her team in Turkey telling her she had failed a doping test, and right then and there Taurasi's life began feeling as if it weren't her own. Modafinil was the name of the drug she had allegedly ingested. It was a stimulant. And how did Taurasi know that? Only, she says, by looking it up on Google. Before that, she didn't know what it was. All she was sure of was that she hadn't taken the drug, notoriously misused by college students to stay awake.
July 17, 2009 |
The Phoenix Mercury has suspended guard Diana Taurasi for two games without pay after she was cited on charges related to drunk driving. In a release Thursday, the team said Taurasi was suspended "for conduct detrimental to the team." Taurasi will miss Saturday's game against Detroit and Wednesday's game against Minnesota. Taurasi faces three charges, including extreme DUI, in a July 2 incident.
September 20, 2013 |
At least Thursday began as a good day for Sparks forward Candace Parker. The WNBA announced that she won the most-valuable-player award in the early evening. It was downhill from there, as the Sparks lost, 86-75, to the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs at Staples Center later that night. So much for a celebration. "We let it slip away," Parker said after scoring a team-high 28 points and grabbing eight rebounds. In front of an announced crowd of 8,500, including boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, the Sparks fell apart in the third quarter.
March 30, 2001 |
The Mendiola sisters from Lake Forest, Gio and Giuliana, led the Washington women's basketball team to the Elite Eight. They aren't playing for USC or UCLA because Gio, who is a year older than Giuliana, waited a year to start college so she could be recruited as a package with her sister. Neither Chris Gobrecht, coach at USC, nor Kathy Olivier, coach at UCLA, chose to do that. So we watched Gio and Giuliana upset No. 2-seeded Oklahoma in the Sweet 16.
September 9, 2007
'He's kind of old and he needs some fashion advice, but we'll have him ready for next year.' -- Diana Taurasi Phoenix guard, on 68-year-old Coach Paul Westhead, who wore mismatched shoes in the Mercury's WNBA finals victory Saturday
April 6, 2004 |
New Orleans Arena, Tonight, 5:30, ESPN * What to watch for: The quality of inside play. Connecticut's forwards dominated the Tennessee forwards in the Feb. 5 meeting. The duel of the Tennessee frontcourt of Shyra Ely, LaToya Davis and Ashley Robinson against Connecticut's trio of Jessica Moore, Barbara Turner and Willnett Crockett may ultimately determine the outcome.