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Justin Thomas takes 2-stroke lead after two rounds at CJ Cup

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

Justin Thomas shot a 9-under 63 Friday to take a two-stroke lead at the CJ Cup, putting himself in position to win his second PGA Tour event in South Korea in three years. Thomas, who won the inaugural CJ Cup in 2017, had a two-round total of 13-under 131 at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island.
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Liberty to play at Barclays Center starting in 2020

The New York Liberty will have a new home next year – Barclays Center. Team executives told The Associated Press on Thursday the Liberty will play all their home games at the Brooklyn arena that houses the Nets. The building was recently purchased by Liberty owner Joe Tsai, who also owns the Nets.

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Report: WNBA receives high grades again in diversity hiring

A diversity report shows the WNBA remains the leader among all professional sports leagues in hiring women and minorities for coaching and front-office positions. The league earned an overall A-plus grade, including an A-plus for racial hiring and an A for gender hiring, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports (TIDES) announced Wednesday.
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Liberty not renewing Katie Smith’s contract

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 10:32 a.m.

The New York Liberty are not renewing the contract of head coach Katie Smith the team announced Wednesday. Smith’s current contract ends this month. She was elevated to the team’s head coaching position in 2018 after serving as an assistant and associate head coach since 2014.
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Delle Donne leads Mystics to first WNBA title

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night.
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Jenna Fryer: Wild weekend at home pumps new life into NASCAR

Chase Elliott crashed head-on into a wall and still recovered to win a pivotal race. That wasn’t even the most exciting thing to happen in NASCAR last week. The series so short on superstars and spicy story lines had a frenetic week surrounding the first elimination race of the playoffs at the quirky Roval hybrid road course-oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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Connecticut Sun relish role of underdog in WNBA Finals

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

Connecticut Sun players toil largely in the shadow of the WNBA’s bigger names. Washington, the Sun’s opponent in the finals that begin Sunday, features one of the biggest stars in league MVP Elena Delle Donne. Many pundits are picking the Mystics to win the title in the best-of-five final.