Sport WNBA Releases 2021 Schedule Ahead of League's 25th Season
Alex Morgan, Sue Bird to produce, participate in podcast on 1996 Atlanta Olympics
Alex Morgan and Sue Bird are bringing the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, a course-altering milestone for women's sports in the United States, back into the limelight. The duo will executive produce and participate in a six-part documentary podcast titled "Summer of Gold" for TOGETHXR, the company they founded with fellow Olympians Chloe Kim and Simone Manuel, and Dear Media. The podcast will dive into how and why the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta were monumental for women's sports. “The summer of ’96 is one of the most, if not the most, important moments in women’s sports history," Jessica Robertson, TOGETHXR’s chief content officer, told Deadline.
The WNBA season will tip off in May when the Indiana Fever face the New York Liberty.
The WNBA released its schedule for the 2021 season on Tuesday.
Each team will play 32 regular season games instead of 36 because of the Summer Olympics, which are set to begin in July.
Teams played an abbreviated 22-game season in a bubble last summer but will be welcomed back to their home arenas this year.
As part of the WNBA's effort to honor its 25th anniversary, the league is placing a new emphasis on highlighting star players. Last week, the WNBA revealedthat commemorate the league's milestone.
NFL eyeing onsite offseason workouts; NFLPA prefers virtual setup
The NFL indicated meetings will likely remain virtual for the foreseeable future, but this year’s offseason workouts are not expected to be fully virtual like they were in 2020. However, the union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year.As of now, teams can schedule onsite OTAs to begin April 19. This is, however, contingent on no offseason plan being agreed to between the NFL and NFLPA. The union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year, with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reporting little progress has been made between the sides on this front.
“As we tip-off this historic season with teams returning to play in their home markets, we celebrate the impact the WNBA has made on generations of young and diverse athletes and on sports and society since 1997,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. “Together with our fans and partners, we look ahead to how the outstanding athletes of the WNBA will continue to provide the best women’s basketball in the world while also driving change, striving for justice and equality, and impacting future generations. In the game and beyond, we will continue to say, Count It, as a way to celebrate the WNBA’s impact not only on the game, but culture at large.”
The season begins on Friday, May 14, when Sabrina Ionescu will lead the New York Liberty against the Indiana Fever at the Barclays Center. Also on opening night, the Connecticut Sun—led by DeWanna Bonner and Jonquel Jones—will face off against the Atlanta Dream and offseason acquisition Odyssey Sims.
Pirates DFA reliever Tyler Bashlor to make space for infielder Wilmer Difo
The Pirates are designating reliever Tyler Bashlor for assignment. The move opens 40-man roster space for infielder Wilmer Difo.Bashlor, 27, has pitched 62.1 MLB innings with the Mets and Pirates over the past three seasons. He has only a 5.78 ERA with poor strikeout and walk rates (18.5% and 12%, respectively) in that time. Bashlor has been much better in the minors, with a 1.63 ERA in 38.2 Double-A innings and a 3.41 mark in 37 frames at Triple-A.
The next day, two-time MVP Candace Parker will make her Chicago Sky debut against the Washington Mystics, and the Seattle Storm will take on the Las Vegas Aces in a rematch of last year's WNBA Finals.
On May 28 and 30, Parker will welcome her former team, the Los Angeles Sparks, to Chicago. She'll face the Sparks in Los Angeles on June 5.
The regular season is set to conclude on September 19, following a break between July 15 and Aug. 11 when players will participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
For the first time, the league will play the Commissioner's Cup, with 10 games in each team's regular season part of cup play. The team in each conference with the best record in these games will play for the Commissioner's Cup title.
WNBA draft: Michelle Obama stylist Sergio Hudson designed No. 1 pick Charli Collier's draft-night look .
There was no physical "orange" carpet for Thursday's virtual WNBA draft. As expected, Texas forward Charli Collier stayed close to home as the No. 1 pick of the Dallas Wings. While surrounded by family and loved ones at home, Collier spoke with ESPN's Holly Rowe about the momentous occasion of becoming the No. 1 pick in the draft and enlisting former First Lady Michelle Obama's stylist, Sergio Hudson, to help with her draft-night look. "It'sBut that didn't stop the league's top prospects from showing out on their big night.