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WNBA All-Star team defeats U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team in All-Star Game

LAS VEGAS — In the fourth quarter, Arike Ogunbowale was the best player on the court between 24 of the best players on the planet.

Ogunbowale, the Dallas Wings star, scored nine of her game-high 26 points in the final quarter and Courtney Williams iced the game with a last-minute layup to push Team WNBA over Team USA 93-85 in the 17th WNBA All-Star Game Wednesday at the Michelob ULTRA Arena.

Ogunbowale, who said on Tuesday she would be content with just 10 points, won the All-Star MVP award with her red-hot shooting performance in her first all-star appearance in front of a crowd of 5,175.

“It just turned out I scored a little bit more,” Ogunbowale said.

That award was the most normal aspect of an unusual All-Star Game, which was anything but the friendly exhibition between the WNBA’s best that most all-star games become.

Team WNBA outlasted

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Milwaukee Bucks release statement as WNBA, MLB, MLS also postpone games

The Milwaukee Bucks say they were inspired by the shooting of Jacob Blake and other recent tragedies involving Black people and police as the sports world reacts to the boycott

The sports world made history today as the Milwaukee Bucks took a united stand against racism and police brutality today, boycotting their potential closeout game 5 playoff game against the Orlando Magic.

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The team said they decided to do so after the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake. Blake was shot in front of his children when attempting to get into his car after reportedly breaking up a fight between two women. The shooting took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a city just 45 minutes from where the Bucks play in Milwaukee.

Afterwards, the players met with media in the NBA bubble in

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Finally, bigger audiences are beginning to notice the WNBA and the Sparks

Nneka Ogwumike <span class="copyright">(Associated Press)</span>
Nneka Ogwumike (Associated Press)

Nneka Ogwumike wasn’t scheduled to talk to reporters after practice Monday, but when the Sparks forward unexpectedly stepped in front of a webcam in Bradenton, Fla., she had plenty of reasons to do it.

After a global pandemic that threatened to cancel the season, the WNBA delivered its most-watched opening weekend in years. The Sparks’ win against the Phoenix Mercury averaged 540,000 viewers on ABC. The WNBA’s bright orange hoodie, worn by athletes from LeBron James to tennis star Naomi Osaka to All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas, took over social media.

Seeing the success, Ogwumike had a simple thought: “It’s about time.”

“We’ve been saying that ‘The W’ is here,” Ogwumike said, “and hopefully now people are certainly realizing it.”

After the Sparks’ 99-76 win over the Mercury was the most-watched WNBA opener since 2012, with a 20% jump from last year’s opener, ESPN added 13 more

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