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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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