WNBA draft 2024: Caitlin Clark goes No. 1, Cameron Brink second

Caitlin Clark poses with WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert after being selected first overall pick by the Indiana Fever during the 2024 WNBA Draft at Brooklyn Academy of Music on April 15, 2024 in New York City. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

(NEW YORK) -- Caitlin Clark, the University of Iowa star, was selected as the first overall pick for the 2024 WNBA draft Monday night by the Indiana Fever in New York that was broadcast on ESPN.

Known for her jaw-dropping 3-pointers and record-breaking scoring, Clark was projected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Indiana Fever prior to the announcement, according to ESPN.

This season alone, Clark, a 22-year-old Iowa native, broke the NCAA all-time scoring record which was untouched for more than 50 years, and became the NCAA women's basketball career scoring leader.

The Fever has also reported an increase in ticket sales and the league will broadcast 36 of their 40 games this season.

Earlier this year, Clark announced that she planned to forego her last season of college hoops to enter the WNBA draft.

"I'm just kind of ready for the next chapter and a new challenge in my life," Clark told ABC News' Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts in March. "And what I've been able to do here has been very, very special. But I think the reason I decided to announce it when I did was just to have that closure."

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Sparks selected Cameron Brink as the No. 2 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft. Hailing from Beaverton, Oregon, the 22-year-old became the first women's basketball player to sign an NIL deal with New Balance in 2023.

Brink broke the program record for career blocks as a junior and won an NCAA championship with Stanford in 2021 under Tara VanDerveer, the winningest coach of all time who also announced her retirement after this season.

Kamilla Cardoso, hailing from Brazil, was the No. 3 overall draft, selected by Chicago Sky.

The 6-foot-7 star began her basketball career at Syracuse and later transferred to South Carolina, where she won two NCAA national championships. After a masterful performance in the NCAA Tournament, the 22-year-old was awarded the most outstanding player in this year's championship game.

Rickea Jackson, 23, was selected by Los Angeles Spark at No. 4. Hailing from Detroit, Jackson was a finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award as Division I’s best small forward while playing for Tennessee, according to the WNBA, and is the fourth-leading scorer in Lady Vol’s program history.

Dallas Wings has selected Ohio State guard Jacy Sheldon at No. 5.

Aaliyah Edwards of UConn was the overall 6th pick drafted by the Washington Mystics. The 6-foot-4 forward from Kingston, Ontario, helped UConn to three NCAA Final Four appearances. Edwards was the youngest member of the Canadian women’s national team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to the WNBA.

Angel Reese, the celebrated Baltimore native turned "Bayou Barbie,” was selected at No. 7 by the Chicago Sky. Reese, 21, became a sensation following Louisiana State University’s victory over Iowa in the 2023 NCAA women’s basketball championship.

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Nike's Olympic track women's uniforms criticized by athletes over sexism concerns


(NEW YORK) -- Nike unveiled its 2024 Paris Summer Olympics track uniforms for women and the designs received criticism online from athletes and fans amid claims of sexism.

Concerns were brought up after the image of the designs was posted last week by Citius Magazine on its social platforms, which shows a women's unitard featuring a high-cut bikini line.

The post led to thousands of comments including some from former U.S. athletes.

Former U.S. track and field athlete Lauren Fleshman posted the image of the men's and women's outfit which were dressed on mannequins on her Instagram account, calling out the brand over sexism concerns in her lengthy caption.

"I'm sorry, but show me one WNBA or NWSL team who would enthusiastically support this kit," she wrote. "This is for Olympic Track and Field. Professional athletes should be able to compete without dedicating brain space to constant pube vigilance or the mental gymnastics of having every vulnerable piece of your body on display."

She continued, "Women's kits should be in service to performance, mentally and physically. If this outfit was truly beneficial to physical performance, men would wear it."

Noting that the design "is not an elite athletic kit," Fleshman added, "This is a costume born of patriarchal forces that are no longer welcome or needed to get eyes on women's sports."

Olympic champion pole vaulter Katie Moon also took the issue to her Instagram account, citing the image of the outfit "shown on the mannequin was concerning, and warranted the response it received."

In the post, Moon, however, shared that female athletes have "at least 20 different combinations of a uniform to compete in" including men's options available to them.

"And if you honestly think that on the most important days of our careers we're choosing what we wear to appease the men watching over what we're most comfortable and confident in, to execute to the best of our abilities, that's pretty offensive," she added.

In a statement to ABC News, Nike said the outfit is one of the "range of styles" that it offers for athletes to choose from. The brand said it "will also have tailoring options available for Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the games."

Meanwhile, Nike Chief Innovation Officer, John Hoke, said in a press release last week that the brand "designed the Paris 2024 track and field kits to offer athletes a range of silhouettes tailored for various sport disciplines, body types and sizes, prioritizing performance and maximum breathability."

The USA Track & Field team also issued its own statement to ABC News regarding the Nike uniform reveal, saying the outfits "are only two of many options, including 50 unique pieces, that athletes will be able to choose from for the upcoming Olympic Games."

"Athlete options and choices were the driving force for USATF in the planning process with Nike," the statement continued. "USATF is also aware that Nike consulted with athletes throughout the design process to ensure that all athletes are comfortable and that the uniforms are well-suited for their respective events."

The criticism over Nike's design for the women's track uniforms comes less than two months after the brand received a backlash over its league-wide uniform overhaul for Major League Baseball players which some fans and players called the jersey and pants too transparent.

The MLB said in a statement in February that it would work with Nike to have adjustments made to the uniforms and that the league was in "close contact with our Clubs and uniform partners to ensure Clubs have what they need for Opening Day."

Nike also said in a statement that they would work closely with the MLB and its players.

"The quality and the performance of our product is of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to work with MLB, the players and our manufacturing partner to address player uniforms," Nike said in a statement at the time.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/15/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Atlanta 6, Houston 1
St. Louis 3, Oakland 1
Seattle 9 Cincinnati 3

Cleveland 6, Boston 0
Texas 1, Detroit 0
Baltimore 7, Minnesota 4
LA Angels 7, Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 3, NY Yankees 1
Kansas City 2, Chi White Sox 0

Chi Cubs 3, Arizona 2 (11)
Washington 6, LA Dodgers 4
San Francisco 4, Miami 3
Philadelphia 2, Colorado 1
NY Mets 6, Pittsburgh 3
San Diego 7, Milwaukee 3

NY Islanders 4, New Jersey 1
Buffalo 4, Tampa Bay 2
Washington 2, Boston 0
Pittsburgh 4, Nashville 2
Detroit 5, Montreal 4 (OT)
NY Rangers 4, Ottawa 0
Edmonton 9, San Jose 2
Minnesota 3, Los Angeles 1

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WNBA draft 2024: The six game-changing players to watch

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(NEW YORK) -- The highly anticipated 2024 WNBA draft is finally here. Like many fans, players will anxiously await to hear their name called on Monday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

In 2023, the league broke records in ticket sales with back-to-back WNBA champions, the Las Vegas Aces, reporting sold-out games throughout the season and viewership with the WNBA reporting over 36 million total unique viewers across all national networks during the regular season.

The women's NCAA championship game earlier this month outdrew the men's with an average of 18.9 million viewers, according to ESPN.

With some of women’s college basketball players being newcomers, the league is anticipating bigger turnouts than ever before. Here are six players to watch ahead of the WNBA draft.

1. Caitlin Clark

Caitlin Clark is known for her jaw-dropping 3-pointers and record-breaking scoring. The University of Iowa star declared for the WNBA draft in February in a social media post. Clark, 22, is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Indiana Fever, according to ESPN. I

Iowa announced it will be retiring Clark’s jersey, No. 22, later this season. The Fever is also reporting increased ticket sales and the league will broadcast 36 of their 40 games this season.

2. Cameron Brink

Hailing from Beaverton, Oregon, and standing at 6-foot-4, Cameron Brink is a force to be reckoned with in the post. Brink became the first women's basketball player to sign an NIL deal with New Balance in 2023. Brink broke the program record for career blocks as a junior and won an NCAA championship with Stanford in 2021 under Tara VanDerveer, the winningest coach of all time who also announced her retirement after this season.

The 22-year-old is expected to be the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft with the Los Angeles Sparks, according to ESPN.

3. Kamilla Cardoso

At just 15 years old, Kamilla Cardoso left her home in Montes Claros, Brazil, and moved to the U.S. alone. Her goal was to play basketball in college and reach the WNBA. The 6-foot-7 star began her basketball career at Syracuse and later transferred to South Carolina, where she won two NCAA national championships. After a masterful performance in the NCAA Tournament, the 22-year-old was awarded the most outstanding player in this year's championship game.

Cardoso is expected to be the No. 3 overall draft pick for the Chicago Sky, according to ESPN. She will be featured in a documentary alongside Clark coming this May.

4. Rickea Jackson

Though you don't hear the name often, 23-year-old Rickea Jackon's calm and poised demeanor on the court should not go unnoticed. Hailing from Detroit, Jackson was a finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award as Division I’s best small forward while playing for Tennessee, according to the WNBA, and is the fourth-leading scorer in Lady Vol’s program history.

The 6-foot-2 forward has name, image and likeness deals with Burt’s Bees and Bojangles. She is projected to be the No. 4 overall pick for the Los Angeles Sparks. according to ESPN.

5. Aaliyah Edwards

Playing under UConn head coach Geno Auriemma is no easy task. The 6-foot-4 forward from Kingston, Ontario, helped UConn to three NCAA Final Four appearances. Edwards was the youngest member of the Canadian women’s national team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to the WNBA.

Edwards signed an NIL deal with adidas Canada, becoming the first NIL athlete of the global sports brand's Canadian division, according to the WNBA. She is projected to be selected No. 5 to the Dallas Wings, according to ESPN.

6. Angel Reese

The Baltimore native turned "Bayou Barbie" became a sensation following Louisiana State University’s victory over Iowa in the 2023 NCAA women’s basketball championship. Angel Reese, the 2024 SEC player of the year, made her WNBA draft announcement in style -- with a feature in Vogue magazine. With nearly 3 million followers and big NIL deals, the 6-foot-3 forward has captivated the world at the intersection of sports and fashion. She is projected to be selected No. 8 by the Chicago Sky, according to ESPN.

The WNBA draft will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be streamed on ESPN.

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Brittney Griner and wife Cherelle are expecting first baby: 'Can’t believe'

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(NEW YORK) -- WNBA star Brittney Griner and wife Cherelle Griner are expecting a baby, according to a shared post on each of their Instagrams.

"Can’t believe we’re less than three months away from meeting our favorite human being," read the caption of the post, including the hashtags "#BabyGrinerComingSoon #July2024," indicating a summer due date.

The post was accompanied with a photo of the couple holding hands with matching tattoos, on top of a series of photographs showing ultrasound photos.

The couple met at Baylor University where Brittney Griner was a star college basketball player before being drafted as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft.

The announcement comes over one year since Brittney Griner was released from a Russian prison on December 8 2022 after a 10-month detainment. Cherelle Griner, a lawyer, played a role in her wife’s release from Russia, speaking out on the topic often and communicating with President Joe Biden.

Brittney, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, plays for the Phoenix Mercury.

Earlier this year, "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts announced she will sit down for an exclusive first interview with Brittney this spring to discuss the athlete's new book, "Coming Home," her experience in Russia and the process of re-entering her life in the United States.

Britney's memoir is set to hit shelves on May 7.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/14/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


Tampa Bay 9, San Francisco 4
NY Mets 2, Kansas City 1
Toronto 5, Colorado 0
Baltimore 6, Milwaukee 4
Cincinnati 11, Chi White Sox 4
Chi Cubs 3, Seattle 2
Oakland 7, Washington 6

Detroit 4, Minnesota 3
Boston 5, LA Angels 4
Houston 8, Texas 5
Cleveland 8, NY Yankees 7

Pittsburgh 9, Philadelphia 2
Atlanta 9, Miami 7
Arizona 5, St. Louis 0
San Diego 6, LA Dodgers 3

Charlotte 120, Cleveland 110
Boston 132, Washington 122
Philadelphia 107, Brooklyn 86
Indiana 157, Atlanta 115
Miami 118, Toronto 103
Orlando 113, Milwaukee 88
New York 120, Chicago 119 (OT)
San Antonio 123, Detroit 95
Houston 116, LA Clippers 105
Oklahoma City 135, Dallas 86
Golden State 123, Utah 116
Sacramento 121, Portland 82
Denver 126, Memphis 111
Phoenix 125, Minnesota 106
LA Lakers 124, New Orleans 108

St. Louis 4 Seattle 1
Vegas 4, Colorado 3 (OT)
Carolina 4, Chicago 2
Calgary 6, Arizona 5

Philadelphia 2, Atlanta 2 (Tie)
St Louis City 1, Austin FC 0

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Race car driver Jamie Chadwick has dreams of making Formula One circuit, helping to break gender barriers

PHOTO: Race winner Jamie Chadwick of Great Britain and Jenner Racing (55) celebrates on the podium during the W Series Round 4 race at Circuit Paul Ricard July 23, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. Race winner Jamie Chadwick of Great Britain and Jenner Racing (55) celebrates on the podium during the W Series Round 4 race at Circuit Paul Ricard July 23, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. -- Clive Rose/Getty Images

(NEW YORK) -- As women continue to break barriers in the motorsport industry, one woman hopes to become a Formula One driver.

In the sport's nearly 75-year history, only two women have qualified for Formula One, and only one driver, Lella Lombardi, scored points during a race in 1975.

Now in 2024, some say the industry is changing as more women are competing alongside men on the tracks. Jamie Chadwick, 25, a seasoned Andretti Global driver, is currently in her sophomore year in the sport. She has been making strides in the Indy NXT circuit, showcasing her skills and determination. However, her sights are set on a bigger challenge: racing in Formula One.

"My ultimate goal is obviously Formula One," Chadwick told ABC News. "It is one of the hardest sports in the world, in my opinion. So I'm under no illusions as to what it takes to get to that point. But I strongly believe if I can get good results in Indy next, ultimately I want to go to potentially IndyCar next, which is the step just above Indy NXT."

Chadwick is a three-time W Series champion. Before it ended in 2023, the W Series was a fully funded, all-female driver league. After the end of the W series, she joined Indy NXT, where women compete alongside men.

Chadwick also spoke to ABC News about her love of the sport and how she got started.

"Before I got into racing, I was described as quite a big tomboy. And having an older brother, I was very competitive with him. Everything he would do, I would want to do. As soon as he started racing, it was quite a big decision, or obvious decision, for me to kind of follow into it. And from there, yeah, I just fell in love with the sport."

According to IndyCar, Chadwick finished 12th in last year's drivers' standings and was the fourth best-placed rookie. Chadwick told ABC News that if she wins every race this year and next, there's no reason she couldn't be in Formula One. Chadwick would become the first woman in decades to race in Formula One, which saw its inaugural season in 1950. But Chadwick says the historic feat isn't necessarily a good thing.

"The accolades don't mean a huge amount," Chadwick said. "I don't care so much for being the first woman to do anything. I don't see that as being necessarily a compliment. I see it as a negative thing because really, there is no reason why I should be the first woman to do all these things."

Although motorsports is one of the few sports that allows both genders to compete, less than 10% of all participants are female, according to the non-profit organization More Than Equal. The organization cited that the physical demand of the sport, lack of opportunities to train, minimal female sponsorships, and expenses remain as potential barriers for young women wanting to race.

The CEO of More Than Equal, Ali Donnelly, told ABC News, "We found in our research that girls really struggle to pick up the funding required, whether it's from sponsors or investors, because that path hasn't been laid. Jamie Chadwick, for example, for a sponsor, (or) a backer, it's really a risk to take on a girl."

"Cars are designed to cater to the needs of the average male driver," Chadwick said. "So actually, as a smaller person, it's been a challenge to get strong enough to be fit enough to actually just drive the cars."

According to Chadwick, the cost of breaking into the sport alone can dissuade female participants. "I think the sport definitely isn't the most accessible. It's an expensive sport to get into. It costs money. I don't think that's going to change overnight."

To combat the challenges young girls will face entering the sport, Chadwick launched 'The Jamie Chadwick Series' with Daytona Motorsport to help future drivers overcome some of these barriers. "There's a lot of initiatives going on, but there isn't really anything tackling absolute grassroots level," Chadwick said. Most drivers enter the sport through karting and progress from there if they receive funding.

With this program, Chadwick will introduce participants to karting and mentor them throughout the year, and the winner will receive financial support to advance to the next level of their career, according to the site.

"In my opinion, there is no reason why it's so male dominated," Chadwick said. "It shouldn't be. It can be a sport that is really open to all."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/11/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:


Minnesota at Detroit (Postponed)
Kansas City 13, Houston 3
Oakland 1, Texas 0
Baltimore 9, Boston 4

Milwaukee at Cincinnati (Postponed)
NY Mets 16, Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 5, Pittsburgh 1

Chicago 127, Detroit 105
New York 118, Boston 109
Utah 124, Houston 121
Golden State 100, Portland 92
New Orleans 135, Sacramento 123

San Jose 3, Seattle 1
Los Angeles 4 Calgary 1
Florida 4, Columbus 0
Buffalo 4, Washington 2
Philadelphia 4, NY Rangers 1
New Jersey 6, Toronto 5
Pittsburgh 6, Detroit 5 (OT)
Ottawa 3, Tampa Bay 2 (SO)
NY Islanders 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Winnipeg 3, Dallas 0

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Shohei Ohtani's ex-interpreter allegedly stole $16 million from Dodgers star: DOJ

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) -- The former interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani now faces federal charges over allegations he stole millions from MLB's highest-paid player in a gambling scheme, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Ippei Mizuhara has been charged with bank fraud for allegedly stealing more than $16 million from Ohtani to "finance his voracious appetite for illegal sports betting," United States Attorney Martin Estrada said during a press briefing.

Estrada claimed Mizuhara committed fraud on a "massive scale" to "plunder" Ohtani's bank account to pay for his gambling debts.

Mizuhara had helped Ohtani, who did not speak or understand English, set up his bank account in 2018 in Arizona and "used that familiarity" to later steal the funds from Ohtani to help pay for illegal sports bets, the DOJ alleged. He is accused of wiring more than $16 million in unauthorized transfers from Ohtani's checking account from November 2021 to January 2024, the DOJ said. He is also accused of impersonating Ohtani over the phone with the bank to approve wire transfers to the bookmakers, the DOJ said.

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday afternoon that Mizuhara is expected to self-surrender to federal authorities on Friday. He will likely make his initial court appearance sometime after 5 p.m. ET at federal court in Downtown Los Angeles. Mizuhara will not be asked to enter a plea, the officials said, and he will appear and likely be released on bond.

Estrada stressed that Ohtani is considered a victim in the case and has cooperated "fully and completely" in the investigation.

"There is no evidence to indicate that Mr. Ohtani authorized the over $16 million of transfers from his account to the bookmakers," Estrada said.

Any winnings were deposited in Mizuhara's own personal bank account, not any account owned by Ohtani, and the ex-interpreter allegedly admitted to a bookmaker to stealing from Ohtani, according to Estrada. Ohtani also provided his cellphone to investigators, who did not find any evidence to suggest that he was aware of or involved in the illegal gambling activity, the DOJ said.

"Our investigation has revealed that due to the position of trust that he occupied with Mr. Ohtani, Mr. Mizuhara had unique access to Mr. Ohtani's finances," Estrada said. "Mr. Mizuhara used and abused that position of trust in order to take advantage of Mr. Ohtani."

Bank fraud carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, Estrada said.

The federal investigation is being conducted by the Los Angeles offices of IRS Criminal Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations, the main investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Dodgers announced they had fired the Japanese interpreter on March 20, after the gambling controversy surfaced. The team did not provide a specific reason for Mizuhara's termination.

Ohtani addressed the scandal for the first time on March 25 during a press conference. In a prepared statement, Ohtani said through an interpreter, "I am very saddened and shocked that someone who I trusted has done this."

"I never bet on baseball or any other sports," Ohtani continued. "I never asked somebody to do that on my behalf and I have never went through a bookmaker to bet on sports."

The 29-year-old pitching and hitting star, who signed a $700 million deal in the offseason to join the Dodgers, claimed he did not know about Mizuhara's gambling until after a Dodgers game in Korea the prior week.

"Up until a couple days ago, I didn't even know that this was happening," he said at the time.

Mizuhara had worked with the Dodgers as Ohtani's interpreter after serving in the same capacity with the Angels. Ohtani and Mizuhara's relationship dates back to 2013, when Ohtani played for the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League and Mizuhara was an interpreter for the team.

Ohtani has been playing for the Dodgers throughout the scandal, batting .333 with three home runs and eight RBIs for National League-leading Los Angeles. He is not pitching this season as he recovers from elbow surgery.

MLB announced it was investigating the situation last month, two days after the Dodgers fired Mizuhara.

ABC News' Alex Stone contributed to this report.

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Police issue arrest warrants for Rashee Rice, driver in connection with mutli-car crash

In this Feb. 11, 2024, file photo, Rashee Rice of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up before Super Bowl LVIII, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(DALLAS) -- Dallas Police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Kansas City Chiefs player Rashee Rice in connection with his involvement in a multi-car crash that injured four people where he allegedly left the scene.

The police also issued a warrant against Theodore Knox, another driver who was involved in the March 30 crash on the North Central Expressway and allegedly left the scene.

Rice, 23, was driving a leased Lamborghini, and Knox, 21, was driving a Corvette on the highway at high speeds when they "caused a chain reaction collision involving four other vehicles," the police said in a statement.

Both men allegedly left the scene without providing information to the other people involved, police allege.

Four people suffered minor injuries, according to the police.

Rice and Knox were each charged with eight criminal counts including aggravated assault, collision involving serious bodily injury and collision involving injury, according to the warrants.

None of the other passengers in the vehicles involved in the crash will be charged, Dallas Police said.

Rice and Knox were not in custody as of 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, according to the police.

Last week, Rice admitted on an Instagram Story that he was involved in the crash and was cooperating with investigators.

"I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday's accident," Rice said in the story.

The Kansas City Chiefs president Mark Donovan told a local radio station last week that the team will "gather the facts and we'll react accordingly," while the NFL said it is monitoring the situation.

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Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, NCAA's winningest coach, retiring after 38 seasons

Head coach Tara VanDerveer of the Stanford Cardinal yells during the first half against the NC State Wolfpack in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 29, 2024 in Portland, Ore. (Soobum Im/Getty Images)

(NEW YORK) -- Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer, the NCAA's winningest coach, is set to retire after 38 seasons.

VanDerveer, 70, announced her retirement decision Tuesday, according to Stanford, and described her coaching career as "an unforgettable ride."

"Basketball is the greatest group project there is and I am so incredibly thankful for every person who has supported me and our teams throughout my coaching career," VanDerveer said in a statement. "I've been spoiled to coach the best and brightest at one of the world's foremost institutions for nearly four decades. Coupled with my time at Ohio State and Idaho, and as head coach of the United States National Team, it has been an unforgettable ride."

"The joy for me was in the journey of each season, seeing a group of young women work hard for each other and form an unbreakable bond," VanDerveer continued. "Winning was a byproduct. I've loved the game of basketball since I was a little girl, and it has given me so much throughout my life. I hope I've been able to give at least a little bit back."

VanDerveer has been coaching for the last 45 years and spent the majority of her career at Stanford. During her tenure, VanDerveer saw 1,216 victories and led the Cardinal to three NCAA championship titles in 1990, 1992 and 2021. She also coached the U.S. national team to a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

VanDerveer made history in January, becoming the first coach in the NCAA to win the most games with any team -- women's or men's -- after the Stanford Cardinal beat the Oregon State Beavers 65-56 in a home game.

"I'm most proud of the improvement and just the life impact that Stanford basketball has on the women I coach," VanDerveer told ABC News' Good Morning America at the time. "Basketball is a team sport and obviously I wouldn't have accomplished this without great assistance and great, great, great players."

According to Stanford, VanDerveer will continue to work with the university and advise the school's athletics department. Her last day as a coach will be on May 8, on the anniversary of her Stanford hire date 39 years ago.

Stanford said it is in talks with Kate Paye, who has been a part of VanDerveer's staff for 17 years and played under VanDerveer between 1991 and 1995, to take over the head coaching position for the 2024-2025 season.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/10/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Minnesota 3, LA Dodgers 2
Miami 5, NY Yankees 2

Seattle 6, Toronto 1
Tampa Bay 4, LA Angels 2
Cleveland 7, Chi White Sox 6
Baltimore 7, Boston 5
Kansas City 11, Houston 2
Texas 6, Oakland 2

NY Mets at Atlanta (Postponed)
Philadelphia 4, St. Louis 3
San Francisco 7, Washington 1
Arizona 5, Colorado 3
Milwaukee 7, Cincinnati 2
San Diego 10, Chi Cubs 2

Cleveland 110, Memphis 98
Charlotte 115, Atlanta 114
Dallas 111, Miami 92
Brooklyn 106, Toronto 102
Oklahoma City 127, San Antonio 89
Milwaukee 117, Orlando 99
Denver 116, Minnesota 107
Phoenix 124, LA Clippers 108

St. Louis 5, Chicago 2
Edmonton 5, Vegas 1
Arizona 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/9/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:


Detroit 5, Pittsburgh 3
NY Yankees 3, Miami 2
LA Dodgers 6, Minnesota 3

Tampa Bay 6, LA Angels 4
Baltimore 7, Boston 1
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 5
Toronto 5, Seattle 3
Oakland 4, Texas 3
Kansas City 4, Houston 3

Washington 5, San Francisco 3
Chi Cubs 5, San Diego 1
Milwaukee 9, Cincinnati 5
Atlanta 6, NY Mets 5
St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 0
Arizona 3, Colorado 2

Golden State 134, LA Lakers 12
LA Clippers 105, Phoenix 9
New Orleans 110 Portland 100
Dallas 130, Charlotte 104
Philadelphia 120, Detroit 102
Indiana 140, Toronto 123
Milwaukee 104, Boston 91
San Antonio 102, Memphis 87
Miami 117, Atlanta 111 (2OT)
Houston 118, Orlando 106
Minnesota 130, Washington 121
New York 128, Chicago 117
Oklahoma City 112, Sacramento 105
Denver 111, Utah 95

Colorado 5, Minnesota 2
Seattle 5, Arizona 0
Anaheim 3, Los Angeles 1
Calgary 3 San Jose 2 (OT)
Florida 2, Ottawa 0
Toronto 5, New Jersey 2
Washington 2, Detroit 1
Carolina 4, Boston 1
Montreal 9, Philadelphia 3
Tampa Bay 5, Columbus 2
NY Islanders 4, NY Rangers 2
Winnipeg 4, Nashville 3 (OT)
Dallas 3, Buffalo 2

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UConn beats Purdue to win men's basketball NCAA National Championship

The Connecticut Huskies celebrate after beating the Purdue Boilermakers 75-60 to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament National Championship game at State Farm Stadium on April 08, 2024 in Glendale, Arizona. (Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

(NEW YORK) -- The University of Connecticut Huskies have won the men's college basketball NCAA National Championship.

The Connecticut Huskies beat the Purdue Boilermakers 75-60 Monday night in Glendale, Arizona.

The Huskies' win on Monday night gave them back-to-back national championship wins. They become the first team to do so since Florida in 2006 and 2007.

Tristen Newton of the Huskies led his team through the game, scoring 20 points. Zach Edey was the leading scorer for Purdue.

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Women's college basketball is having a historic moment

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(NEW YORK) -- While the 2023-2024 women's college basketball season may be over, the rise in interest in the sport is just beginning.

Women's basketball had a record-breaking year in terms of ticket sales, increased viewership, and even more Name, Image, and Likeness -- or NIL -- deals this past year.

"These are young women who received Title IX on full blast, they had the coaching, the interest from their parents, they are really the product of what this nation has created because of Title IX and how the nation has fallen in love with what it has created," ABC News contributor Christine Brennan told Good Morning America.

All five power conferences reported high ticket sales this season ahead of March Madness.

The University of Iowa alone has seen a 162% increase in average ticket sale prices from last season, according to Vivid Seats, a ticket resale company. Much of that is considered to be due to Iowa's star player, Caitlin Clark, and her NCAA record-breaking scoring this past season; the intense match-ups between Clark and Louisiana State University star Angel Reese; and the highly anticipated return of star opposing players like Paige Bueckers (University of Connecticut) and Kamilla Cardoso (University of South Carolina).

Following the South Carolina Gamecocks' win against Iowa in the NCAA Tournament Championship on Sunday night, South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley credited Clark for a phenomenal season and for helping elevate the sport in the public eye.

"I want to personally thank Caitlin Clark for lifting up our sport," Staley said in her victory speech after Sunday's game. "She carried a heavy load for our sport."

Women's basketball has also seen a surge in viewership.

The Final Four matchup between UConn and Iowa on April 5 garnered 14.2 million viewers -- peaking at 17 million views, breaking ESPN viewership records at the time. Two days later, the NCAA Women's Basketball Final between Iowa and South Carolina garnered 18.7 million viewers, peaking at 24 million and becoming the most-watched women's college basketball game ever, according to ESPN, which cited Nielsen Fast Nationals figures.

Following an Elite 8 rematch between LSU and Iowa on April 1, which garnered an average of 12.3 million viewers, soccer phenom Megan Rapinoe, who won two World Cups with the U.S. women's national team, took to social media to praise the players, past and present.

"Dear Women's Basketball, I, Personally, am not shocked. And STILL, this is the most (incredible thing) to see," Rapinoe wrote in a since-expired Instagram story. "We don't deserve women's basketball. Thank you to all of you, college players and W players and all of them past and present."

Rapinoe continued, also giving a shoutout to partner and basketball legend Sue Bird. 

"We are ALL better off because of you. You all deserve this moment so deeply. Love, Megan," she wrote.

Women have defined the narrative around women in sports -- specifically basketball -- in recent years, with women athletes defying critics by proving themselves competitive, exciting and marketable.

It wasn't long ago when then-University of Oregon women's basketball player Sedona Prince called out the NCAA for discrepancies between the men's teams and the women's teams when it came to their respective weight rooms. Now, major brands and ad agencies are offering more airtime and NIL deals for women players.

NIL deals have become a game-changing contributor to the rising presence of women's basketball. According to Nick DePaula, who covers shoe endorsement deals on the Boardroom show The Sneaker Game and also writes for ESPN, 15 college women athletes are currently signed to nine brands, compared to just three college players on the men's side. These brands include Nike (Clark), Reebok (Reese) and New Balance (Stanford's Cameron Brink).

NBA players are taking notice and investing in women athletes, too. In March, South Carolina freshman guard MiLaysia Fulwiley signed a multi-year NIL shoe deal with four-time NBA Champion Steph Curry under his subsidiary brand with Under Armour.

As Clark, Cardoso and others prepare for the WNBA, the moment for women's hoopers is finally here -- and long overdue. 

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