Natasha Howard had 21 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and four steals and the Seattle Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 69-66 for their fourth straight victory. Howard is playing amid her wife’s social media allegations of physically threatening and abusive behavior. No charges have been filed against Howard.
Brad Keselowski topped qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his first NASCAR Cup pole since 2017. Keselowski turned a fast lap of 136.384 mph in his Ford to edge Kyle Busch.
When fans slammed crew chief Matt McCall for costing Kurt Busch a win at Daytona, he was a good sport and made a video for social media of him reading the criticism – even a critical tweet that came from his wife. The feedback has been quite different this week.
Simon Pagenaud will start first in the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway after winning the pole for the second week in a row. Pagenaud, who won in Toronto last weekend starting from the front row, posted an average speed of 180.073 mph to capture his third pole of 2019 and his 13th overall.
Natasha Howard scored a career-high 33 points, Sami Whitcomb made five of Seattle’s 12 3-pointers and the Storm closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Minnesota Lynx 90-79. Seattle led 78-66 with 6:25 left until Minnesota made 3-pointers on its next three possessions to pull within three.
Natasha Howard denies allegations she abused her wife in a statement provided by her lawyer. The Seattle Storm All-Star was accused by her wife on social media Saturday of physically threatening and abusing her. No charges against Howard have been filed.
The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident in Florida. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving the threatening of another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing. The WNBA also will require Williams to participate in counseling.
Kayla McBride’s eyes light up when talking about the Las Vegas offense. With the addition of 6-foot-8 Liz Cambage in the offseason to join 6-5 A’ja Wilson in the frontcourt, her life on the court as a shooter has gotten much easier. Las Vegas has won five straight and moved to the top of the AP WNBA power poll.
The Seattle Storm say they are looking into allegations on social media that Natasha Howard physically threatened and abused her wife. Howard’s wife posted a minute-long video on Twitter from March in which she is yelling at Howard about being threatened by the Storm forward.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 18 points and the injury-plagued Seattle Storm cruised to a 95-81 victory over the Dallas Wings to snap a three-game skid. The defending-champion Storm were without three-fifths of last year’s starting lineup: reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart (Achilles), Sue Bird (knee) and Jewell Loyd (ankle) – who was named an All-Star game starter Thursday.
Elena Delle Donne is a captain of the WNBA All-Star Game for the second straight year. This time she’ll be facing a team captained by A’ja Wilson. The WNBA announced the pair as captains for the All-Star Game in Las Vegas that will be played on July 27.
The New York Liberty will get a huge lift with the return of Amanda Zahui B., Bria Hartley and the addition of Marine Johannes to the roster. The trio had been playing in the EuroBasket Tournament and helped their teams advance to the Olympic qualifier. Washington still leads the AP WNBA power poll.
“I was introduced to Jess Roskelley by my teammate, Sam Sicilia. Before we left for ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ seven years ago was when I met Jess. We actually signed our contracts for ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and faxed them from Jess’ house,” Michael Chiesa said. “Because of Sam, I was able to bring Jess into my life. I drew a lot of inspiration from the guy.”
The Dream entered with their worst road start to a season since 2008.
The Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway has started after a rain delay of 2 hours, 35 minutes. NASCAR had already moved the start of Friday night’s race up roughly 15 minutes but the skies opened an hour before the scheduled start, putting all activity on hold.
The midpoint of the NASCAR season is here trying as always to deliver a white-knuckled thrill fest on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. The series is riding a high into Saturday night’s race following Alex Bowman’s first career Cup victory last week and a new rules package that NASCAR leadership believes has immensely improved the on-track product.
Joey Logano will start Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the pole after qualifying was canceled at Daytona International Speedway. The session was called after lightning was detected near the 2fraction>1/2/fraction>-mile track and shut down car inspections. Logano leads the Cup series in owner points, so the Team Penske driver was awarded the top starting spot. Only one driver since 2010 has won a Cup Series race at Daytona from the pole. The was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2015.
Ice Cube remains the famous face of his 3-on-3 half-court Big3 basketball league. While the league is heavy on nostalgia, Cube is serious about growing the Big3 into more than just another niche sports league. The rapper/actor and his league of former NBA players have made it to a third season, barnstorming this summer from Birmingham to Brooklyn, shooting 4-pointers in pickup-style games where first to 50 points wins.
Brad Keselowski says he was sending a message to the field by intentionally running into William Byron during practice for the upcoming Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Keselowski was upset about Byron’s blocking a year ago at Daytona and retaliated during the second of two practice sessions. Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet sustained enough damage that his team switched to a backup car and will have to start at the rear of the field for Saturday night’s 400-mile race.
The July race at Daytona International Speedway is a one-of-a-kind celebration at NASCAR’s most famous track. It also could be history following Saturday night’s 400-mile race. A significant scheduling shakeup has the iconic race tethered to Independence Day moving to late August in 2020 and becoming the Cup Series’ regular-season finale. It’s a bold break from tradition that’s been met with mixed reviews.