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The Las Vegas Aces won their first WNBA championship in franchise history by beating the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday.

The Aces were led by WNBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year A'ja Wilson who was named WNBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year for the 2022 season.

"I always felt like Vegas set the standard, maybe because that's the only time I've been on," Wilson said. "When you have an owner like Mark [Davis] so dialed in and trustworthy of you and figuring out what can we do better, how can we do more or get people wanting to come to Vegas or just wanting to play better, the sky is the limit for our franchise."

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Finals MVP Chelsea Gray scored a game-high 20 points and Riquna Williams (#2) scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Aces to a 78-71 road win.

The Aces also became the first major professional sports team to win a championship for Las Vegas.

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The WNBA is struggling financially. So much so that the league chose not to splurge on the WNBA All-Star Most Valuable Player trophy.

The WNBA was dragged on Twitter for its low-budget MVP hardware.

Las Vegas Aces star Kelsey Plum, of Team Wilson, was presented with the puny MVP trophy during the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star game at the Wintrust Arena on July 10, 2022 in Chicago.

Kelsey led her team to a 134-112 victory over Team Stewart. She scored 30 points to match the All-Star scoring record set by Maya Moore in 2015.

One Twitter user wrote, "The WNBA could have gone to Amazon and bought a better looking trophy."

Other Twitter users decided to chip in and buy Kelsey a fancier MVP trophy with her name on it.

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Sophia Eze Nwanyi Ifeoma is a 6-foot-4 semi-professional basketball player based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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When she's not hooping, Sophia updates her Instagram page with thirst trap photos showing off her natural curves.

Sophia's efforts have earned her a loyal following of mostly men who fantasize about going one-on-one with her.

Sophia is a college graduate who majored in biology. She's as much brain as brawn!

If you visit her Instagram page, make sure you tell her you saw her on Sandrarose.com!

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Washington Mystics center Shakira Austin is among the WNBA rookies to watch this season.

Austin is a 6 ft 5 inch center but she plays more like a petite 5 ft 3 guard.

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The 21-year-old budding star put up 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Mystics who handily defeated the Minnesota Lynx 78-66 on Sunday, May 8. Austin had her first double-double as a WNBA player in the game.

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The Mystics (2-0) dressed only 8 players on Sunday. Star center Elena Delle Donne sat out the game.

Austin, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, played college ball at Maryland and Ole Miss. She was drafted third overall by Mystics in the 2022 WNBA draft last month.

WNBA players like Austin are more athletic on the court while displaying their femininity off the court.

In a tweet during the pandemic she wrote: "Yes I'm 6'5 wearing platforms ... real stallion baby."

WNBA fans have noticed the improvement, as more men are buying tickets to the games. The two games I watched over the weekend were nearly sold out.

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USC women's basketball recruit Aaliyah Gayles is hospitalized after she was shot multiple times at a party in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday.

Gayles, 18, was among the nation's top girls basketball players at Michael Jordan's invite-only Jordan Brand Classic basketball camp over the weekend. The point guard was ranked No. 8 in the country by ESPN.

The USC recruit and senior at Spring Valley High School was shot 10 times at a house party in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Four people were shot, including two minors, sources told the Review-Journal on Sunday. They are expected to survive.

The NY Post reports Gayles underwent two emergency surgeries late Saturday night. She was listed in serious condition after suffering gunshot wounds to her abdomen and legs.

Gayles' father, Dwight Gayles blamed himself for his daughter's thug life.

"I know there is some that will say it's my fault and I take full responsibility for it but please please keep my baby girl in your prayers Las Vegas," Dwight tweeted along with a photo of him holding baby Aaliyah. "I will give everyone that support Aaliyah an update but she's ok she go make it like always thank you all, true warrior."

Dwight confirmed to Fox 5 News that Aaliyah was shot 10 times, She is scheduled to undergo more surgery on Monday, April 18.

USC women's basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb issued a statement to ESPN.

"Aaliyah is one of the strongest, most resilient young people I have ever known. I have no doubt she will continue to face this unfathomable situation with courage and resolve. We will continue to support her and her parents in every way that we possibly can."

Gayles was the first Las Vegas Valley player to be named a McDonald's All American since 2010.

No arrests have been made in the shooting. A GofundMe has been created to help pay Aaliyah's medical expenses.

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WNBA legend Dawn Staley says her historic seven-year, $22.4 million contract is a "glimpse of hope for all women."

Staley, head coach for the South Carolina University women's basketball team, is the highest-paid Black women's coach in NCAA women's sports.

"I think this is an opportunity for us to have a broader conversation on how much women get paid on the dollar versus their male counterparts and many Black women get paid to their white counterparts and men," Staley said.

"Having to fight for what I think is justifiable, it is a fight that many women across this country fight for every single day. Maybe it's a glimpse of hope of one day getting what they deserve."

 
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The 5x WNBA All-Star said she had a set annual figure in her mind when she went in to negotiate her contract.

"They could've said no," said Staley. "They could've said no, we're not willing to invest in you that way, we pay you pretty good and that's what you'll get. But they wanted to be a part of history."

Staley, 51, led the Gamecocks to a 2017 NCAA Championship and South Carolina women's basketball team finished in the top 25 in each of the last 10 seasons.

Staley's stellar career includes three Olympic gold medals.

"What a great gift this game has given me," Staley said. "I feel like I owe basketball. I am coaching to repay my debt to basketball. It is a gift that keeps on giving."

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Former President Donald Trump's transgender joke about LeBron James drew outrage and criticism from LGBT+ groups.

Trump made the remark during a "Rally to Protect Our Elections" in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.

He mused about signing male-to-female transgender players if he coached women's basketball.

Trump joked that the Los Angeles Lakers star could "get the operation" to change his sex in order to compete in women's basketball.

"If I were a coach, I wouldn't be talking to too many women as we know women," he said. "I'd be getting some of these people that [believe] they're 'women.'"

He continued:

"Somebody said that if LeBron James ever decided to get the operation, how would he be on the court? How would he be?

"LeBron James, you can have him. Did you see the [NBA] ratings that were terrible? They went up after his team was defeated."

James was a vocal anti-Trump critic while the former president was in office.

Trump called James "racist" and "divisive" after the NBA star tweeted a response to the police killing of Ohio teenager Ma'Khia Bryant in April.

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Russell Wilson has another champion in his family. The superstar NFL quarterback congratulated his sister, Anna Wilson, after her team Stanford University defeated the University of Arizona for the women's basketball national title on Sunday.

Brother and sister posed for photos with their mother, Tammy Wilson, after the game. Russell attended all of his sister's games at the NCAA championship tournament.

Russell shared an Instagram image of his 23-year-old sister holding the championship trophy.

He captioned the image:

"Drive. Will. Passion. Energy. You've earned it all through hard work, leadership, prayer, & immeasurable Faith. I Love You Anna Wilson. I Love You Champ. @awilly03."

His wife, Ciara Wilson, also congratulated her sister-in-law on Instagram:

"So beautiful. You deserve it all @awilly03," the 35-year-old singer wrote. "Dedication & Hard work pays off! National Champs! @stanfordwbb."

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(L-R): Russell, Ciara, Anna and her older brother Harrison Wilson pose at the 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Anna, who is 5-foot-9, is a fifth year shooting guard at Stanford, where she majors in art practice.

In an essay for ESPN last year, Anna hinted at sibling rivalry between herself and her high-achieving brother. She said they've "gotten much closer" as she matured.

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"I feel like his shadow, for me, has dissipated. I don't feel like I'm living in it as much as I was in the past. I feel like I'm very much my own person now, following my own path," she wrote.

The star quarterback, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, cheered on Anna after Stanford squeaked past South Carolina 66-65 in the Final Four.

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Louisiana Tech player Ashley Santos, left, tweeted a photo of her flat tummy on Saturday to prove she is not the player who was impregnated by former women's basketball head coach Tyler Summitt.

Santos, 23, captioned her photo: "Rumors Squashed. Don't talk about what you don't know. #notprego #LetsMoveOn #LadyTechsterTerritory."

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Gang raid

High school basketball star Tayshana Murphy was 18 when she was gunned down inside her apartment building in a case that shocked even the most hardened New Yorker. Murphy was one of the nation's top girls high school basketball prospects when she was shot and killed on Sept. 11, 2011 in the Grant Harlem housing projects.

Edit: Two men, Tyshawn Brockington, 23, and Robert Cartagena were convicted of killing Murphy last year.

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Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan is having a hard time dealing with the fact that his only daughter, Jasmine Jordan, might be a lesbian.

According to The National Enquirer, Jordan asked Earvin "Magic" Johnson for advice after Jasmine revealed what side of the closet door she stood on in a series of posts on Instagram.com.

Magic reportedly advised Jordan to “just love her and to let her know that she owes it to herself to be 100 percent genuine and to live her life to the fullest.”

Both sports legends have children who are homosexual. Magic's cross dressing son, EJ Johnson, came screaming out of the closet earlier this year.

Jordan is reportedly impressed with Magic's handling of the personal crisis that hit his family when EJ hit the streets wearing spandex and boa feathers.

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Michael Jordan daughter Jasmine

Michael Jordan's daughter Jasmine Jordan is a practicing lesbian. Jordan outed herself on Instagram earlier this week with a series of photos of herself cuddling up to her girlfriend, former Syracuse guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas. The body language in the photos says everything we need to know.

In a very telling post on Instagram, Jasmine wrote: "That little closet is holding me back".

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Skylar Diggins has fans

I admit I didn't know who Skylar Diggins was until rapper Lil Wayne started lusting after her on his Twitter page last year.

Instead of being totally grossed out by a gremlin lusting after her, Diggins was actually flattered by the attention.

Anyway, I had no idea how loyal (and rude) Diggins' fans were (I didn't even know she had fans). One irate fan was so incensed by yesterday's post on Skylar bragging about her gift from Jay Z that she emailed me a nasty letter.

The letter tickled me because the fan assumes that I give a rat's a** that Diggins has a new Mercedes Benz. My 2004 Jetta may not be sitting on dubs, but it's paid for.

Read the email after the break.

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Jay Z Gifts a Mercedes Benz to Skylar Diggins

Jay Z Gifts a Mercedes Benz to Skylar Diggins

Jay Z Gifts a Mercedes Benz to Skylar Diggins

To a businessman like Jay Z, gifting a Mercedes Benz to one of his employees is simply a tax write off. But to a star-struck groupie who just graduated from college, a Mercedes Benz is a pretty big deal.

Jay Z surprised former Notre Dame women's basketball star Skylar Diggins with a Mercedes Benz C class automobile. Prices for a C class Mercedes start at $35,000.

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