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Lois Elman

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Francis makes history at Pan-Am Games

Already back at training the day after returning from the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, gymnast Danusia Francis allowed herself a moment to savor her accomplishments.

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Willis writes next chapter in her basketball life

Although born and raised in Southern California—attending high school at basketball powerhouse Narbonne and graduating from UCLA—Lisa Willis made a discovery while playing with the New York Liberty in 2007–08.

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Liberty back at it after All-Star break

After a big home court win over the Los Angeles Sparks, the New York Liberty had one more game before the league headed into the WNBA All-Star break.

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Pompey celebrates fourth successful track meet

The Aliann Pompey Invitational in Georgetown, Guyana, named for the country’s four-time track Olympian, recently had its fourth edition

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Liberty score much-needed win

At the midpoint of the 2019 WNBA season, it’s now or never for the New York Liberty. In need of a win, rookie guard Marine Johannès, who only recently joined the team after fulfilling overseas commitments, was literally perfect.

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Liberty lose two on the road

The New York Liberty is once again trying to figure out how to sustain a winning momentum. Last week, the team was on the road, first dropping an 83–99 game to the Chicago Sky followed by a 69–78 loss to the Seattle Storm.

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Liberty win four straight, but lose a big one on home court

Things were looking good for the New York Liberty. After winning four straight games—three of them on the road—the team had reached .500. Unfortunately, a return to home court was anything but triumphant as the Liberty suffered a bruising 58–90 loss to the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday afternoon

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It’s back-to-back softball wins for Harrison

Taking part in the festivities surrounding the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience—unless you’re Mariah Harrison. Last weekend, the 11-year-old marked her third appearance as a national finalist and second consecutive win in the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run softball competition.

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Three track athletes among Red Storm student-athletes with 4.0 GPA

It was an impressive year in the classroom for St. John’s University student-athletes with 37 of them achieving a 4.0 grade point average in the spring semester.

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Hilliard revs up for a busy summer

On June 1, the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation presented its annual showcase, “Showtime in Harlem,” at the historic Harlem Armory.

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Hoopstar turned broadcaster seeks to reshape youth sports culture

Sports have played a central role in the life of Lea B. Olsen.

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Liberty score huge road win

Center Amanda Zahui B scored a career-high 37 points.

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Miles makes first USA Basketball team

She’s a distinctive presence on the court, a 5-foot-11 point guard wearing glasses.

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Liberty notch first win of the season

The New York Liberty have been improving game by game, and things finally clicked on Sunday, June 9, when the team scored an 88–78 home court win over the Las Vegas Aces.

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Liberty still searching for first win

Although there are some nice things happening with the New York Liberty this season, thus far the team is missing the most crucial positive—a win.

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Up2Us Sports honoree pays it forward

Former Division I basketball player and Yonkers native Tiffany Corselli has overcome obstacles in her life, including eviction and homelessness.

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Liberty lose in final home game of the season

After Sunday’s New York Liberty 86-77 loss to the Atlanta Dream in the final home game of the season, renowned journalist Mechelle Voepel tweeted, “There are longtime Liberty fans who’ve dealt with being ignored/taken for granted by MSG Co., made the 3-year trek to Prudential Center, and have endured this dispiriting season at Westchester County Center. I’m sorry; you all deserve better. But your loyalty is commendable.”

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St. Francis prepares for volleyball season

Everything about collegiate women’s volleyball is fast and intense.

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Liberty lose what could be last-ever game at the Garden

The New York Liberty entered Monday’s camp day game already out of playoff contention. With just seven games left to the team’s 2018 season, the players were playing for pride, and for three quarters of the game, it was a fierce battle.

Elana Meyers Taylor elected president of Women’s Sports Foundation By LOIS ELFMAN

It’s summertime and bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor is working hard to rehab a partially torn Achilles tendon suffered just before this year’s Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Track legend Wyomia Tyus to release memoir

You can say track stars Gail Devers, Carl Lewis and even Usain Bolt ran in the footsteps of Wyomia Tyus.

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New York aims to liberate potential in final weeks of WNBA season

New York Liberty guard Bria Hartley noted that the team won its last 10 games of 2017 regular season, so why not aim to end the 2018 season on a winning streak.

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Simidele Adeagbo joins inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program

It has been less than six months since Simidele Adeagbo made history as the first athlete from Nigeria to compete at the Olympic Winter Games in the sport of skeleton, but she is already part of history once again.

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Liberty head into All-Star break on a down note

Saturday, July 28, the best of women’s basketball will convene in Minneapolis for the WNBA All-Star Game. The game will have a new format this year as the Eastern and Western conferences have little relevance given the league’s playoff format.

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Liberty host Unity Weekend

When former New York Liberty player Swin Cash retired from playing and became the team’s director of franchise development, she was committed to not only increasing the Liberty’s already strong community outreach but also to aligning players with causes meaningful to them.

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Liberty pick up two wins

At long last, a buzzer-beating shot scored a win for the New York Liberty. In the closing seconds of last Wednesday’s game against the Connecticut Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Shavonte Zellous shot a victory-making three-pointer that brought the Liberty a much-needed win.

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Liberty’s disappointing season continues

Another game, another loss. That seems to be the story of the New York Liberty’s 2018 season.

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Howard tennis ace Nicole Hutchison working, training in NYC

It’s a grueling schedule for Howard University tennis player Nicole Hutchison, a broadcast journalism major spending her summer in New York doing an internship at NBC Sports in digital, editorial and marketing.

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Liberty earn OT win, but consistency remains elusive

It took five players in double figures, a 28-point performance from Tina Charles, a double-double from Kia Vaughn and overtime, but the New York Liberty finally broke its five-game losing streak with a 97-94 road win over the Chicago Sky Sunday evening.

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St. Francis adds two sports

Things are busy in the athletic department of St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

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Liberty get much needed home win

Five New York Liberty players scored in double figures, with guard Sugar Rodgers leading the way with 16 points, as the Liberty pushed past the Indiana Fever 78–75 at the Westchester County Center Sunday.

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Aliann Pompey Prepares for third annual track meet

It is year three for the Aliann Pompey Invitational in Georgetown, Guyana, a proud accomplishment for the track meet’s founder.

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Liberty drop close game in Garden return

Madison Square Garden was rocking with enthusiastic kids at Tuesday’s school day game, but unfortunately the New York Liberty lost a close one to the Phoenix Mercury 80-74.

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Local talent earns coveted spots with USA Basketball

The second time was the charm for Harlem resident Jordan Nixon, who will represent the United States this summer at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

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Collective effort brings Liberty successful results

What a difference three days make.

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Rugby great to develop women’s program at Monroe

Named USA Rugby’s Player of the Decade in 2010, Phaidra Knight has a passion for the sport and its positive impact.

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McDonald hitting her stride at LIU

Sprinter and hurdler Shantae McDonald of Long Island University wasn’t that happy with her performances at the start of outdoor track and field season, but the results would beg to differ.

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St. John’s only NY/NJ D-I team still in action

Postseason isn’t the prettiest of pictures for Division I women’s basketball teams from New York and New Jersey. Not a single team qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

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Queens College returns to glory

When Elizabeth Naumovski took the job as head coach of Queens College women’s basketball, she made sure to thoroughly understand the program’s history.

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Players respond to Candice Wiggins’ WNBA allegations

“When I first read the comments from retired WNBA player, Candice Wiggins, I was stunned and disappointed,” wrote WNBA president Lisa Borders in her statement about an article in which Wiggins, a member of the New York Liberty in 2015, described having been bullied throughout her 8-year WNBA career because she was heterosexual and popular.

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College of Staten Island wins CUNYAC Championship

“We forced teams to play our style of game—fast, quick, pressured and up-and-down constantly,” said Tim Shanahan, head coach of College of Staten Island women’s basketball, which won the CUNYAC Championship for the first time since 2005.

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St. John’s pushes toward postseason

St. John’s University women’s basketball spent last weekend on the road—winning handily against Providence University 71-47 and dropping a tight game to Creighton University 60-67.

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Olympic medalists expected for Millrose Games

"I’ve heard the track is fast and the crowd is really engaged in the track meet, so I’m really looking forward to it,” said first-time Millrose Games participant Ashley Spencer, Olympic bronze medalist in the 400-meter hurdles. “

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Queens College keeps winning streak going

With a 19–3 record and a Division II national ranking of 21, Queens College women’s basketball is going strong.

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Big East teams eager for memorable season

This season is the 35th season of women’s basketball in the Big East Conference.

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Simone Biles proves to be nearly untouchable

The Olympics in Rio have been the Games of historical accomplishments.

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Team USA dominates in exhibition games

U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team coach Geno Auriemma said when he was planning the team’s exhibition schedule, he knew he wanted to end at Madison Square Garden.

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Liberty head into Olympic break

The WNBA is currently on Olympic break until Aug. 26. While some players head to Rio to represent their countries in Olympic play, others are taking well-deserved rests.

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Cash carries Liberty to victory

As the WNBA heads into its Olympic break, the New York Liberty continue to dominate the Eastern Conference. Sunday afternoon, the Liberty pulled out a hard-fought, physical and close game against the Connecticut Sun, 83-76. Each time the Liberty built up a lead, the Sun countered, even pulling ahead a couple of times.

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Victorious Liberty head to celebratory weekend

After the New York Liberty’s home court victory over the Dallas Wings last week, the team hit the road and continued to win. First, they dispatched the Connecticut Sun 80‑72.

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