Dream Open 2018 Season at Dallas

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream will open its 2018 season on the road at the Dallas Wings Sunday, May 20 beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can stream the game, which is part of #WNBAllDay, live on Twitter.

Veteran forward Angel McCoughtry will make her first appearance in a Dream uniform since September 25, 2016. McCoughtry, who took the 2017 WNBA season off, will suit up in head coach Nicki Collen’s regular season head-coaching debut.

Dream Waive Mackenzie Engram, Adaora Elonu

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream have waived rookie forwards Mackenzie Engram and Adaora Elonu, the team announced Wednesday.

The Dream’s roster now sits at 12 ahead of its season opener Sunday, May 20 at Dallas. The game will be streamed live on Twitter beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.

All Bets Are On!

Sports betting laws were officially overturned when the U.S. ruled in favor of New Jersey this past Monday. 

The federal law, known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), was originally established in 1992 and banned states from regulating sports betting with a few exceptions.  

Before now, the only legal place for sports gambling was Las Vegas, Nevada. The gambling capital reported around 4.8 billion dollars in revenue from sports bets last year. According to experts it is estimated that up to 150 billion was bet illegally last year. 

The ruling was overturned by a 6-3 vote. The decision declared the law unconstitutional because it violated states’ rights to regulate themselves. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey first challenged the legislation back in 2012 when he signed a law authorizing the legalization of sports betting in state casinos and racetracks. 

Major sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA, NCAA and more originally supported PASPA, claiming that it protected the “integrity” of the games. After the decision the NFL released the following statement: 

“The NFL’s long-standing and unwavering commitment to protecting the integrity of our game remains absolute. Congress has long-recognized the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events. Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting.” 

Several states are already taking advantage of the change. Delaware, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia have already shown interest in putting legislation in place for legal sports betting.  

So, get ready to place your bets!  

A Tie in Barcelona

Sunday night Barcelona and Real Madrid tied the El Clasico 2-2 at Camp Nuo in Barcelona, Spain. The 90-minute match featured four goals, 28 shots, seven yellow cards, a red card and tons of controversy. 

Luis Suarez secured the opening goal for Barcelona in the first ten mins of the game with the help of a cross from Sergio Roberto. But their lead was short lived thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo who evened the score before a sprained ankle benched him at half-time.  

The second half featured a controversial goal by Lionel Messi that was allowed after a foul by Suarez on Madrid defender Varane. But with 20 minutes left Gareth Bale evened the score scoring for Real Madrid and tying the game.  

Several questionable calls by Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez made headlines during the heated game. In the first half alone, Messi earned a yellow card after tackling Sergio Ramos and Roberto was shown a straight red after throwing a punch at left-back Marcelo.  

Later in the game, Bale also received a yellow card for a foul on Nélson Semedo and Suarez was disallowed a goal with an offside call. There was also some disagreement by Marcelo on a penalty appeal over a foul by Jordi Alba.  

Despite the minimal hype earlier last week, this match didn’t lack emotion. Especially for legend Andres Iniesta, who was substituted in the 57th minute of his last game with Barcelona, prompting a standing ovation from fans. Iniesta, who boasts nine La Liga championships, six Copa Del Ray crowns, and four UEFA Championship League titles, will join Vissel Kobe in Japan on a three-year contract with a $30 million annual salary.   

The tie allows Barcelona to remain undefeated 35-0 in La Liga this season with just three remaining games. A record that hasn’t been accomplished since Real went unbeaten in 18 games in 1931-32. They will host Villareal at Camp Nuo on Wednesday May 9. 

Meanwhile, Real Madrid will play Sevilla FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday as they continue to prepare for the upcoming Championship League Final on May 26. 

WNBA Will Stream 4 Live Dream Games On Twitter

NEW YORK, May 2, 2018 – The WNBA today announced the 20 games that will be live streamed on Twitter during the 2018 season. Twitter will return for its second consecutive season of live game coverage with four games on Sunday, May 20, followed by games each Tuesday and a season finale on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Twitter’s four-game schedule on May 20 helps headline #WNBAAllDay, when all 12 teams will be in action as part of WNBA Tip-Off 2018 presented by Verizon. The action on Twitter will start with the Las Vegas Aces visiting the Connecticut Sun at 1 p.m. ET, followed by the Dallas Wings hosting the Atlanta Dream at 3 p.m. ET. Later, the New York Liberty will visit the Chicago Sky at 7 p.m. ET and the Phoenix Mercury will host the Seattle Storm at 9 p.m. ET.

Every WNBA team will make at least two game appearances on Twitter during the league’s 22nd season. In addition to Twitter, WNBA games can be seen on ESPN2, NBA TV, WNBA League Pass and the ESPN App this season.

NEW RECORDS FOR THE CUBS

Mother Nature has not been on the Cubs’ side this season. But even though they’ve had the fewest games in the league this season, they are on a record winning streak. Monday’s 3-2 win over Colorado marked the Cubs’ fifth straight victory while scoring three or fewer runs.  

Not only is this a first for the Cubs, this is the first time it has happened in baseball since 2011. The streak has also earned them the first-place spot in the National League Central going into May. 

Credit for this success has to go to the six starting staff.  Jon Lester and his exceptional pitching have yet to give up in an earned run. In the last five games, the Cubs have allowed only four runs ad 21 hits total. 

Up until now the No. 3 ranked bullpen in the NL had been carrying the team. Carl Edwards Jr. has been essential in the eighth and ninth innings with 18 strikeouts to five walks. 

Javier Baez and Albert Amora Jr. have also contributed consistent hits and zero walks between them.  

The Cubs are familiar with the first-place title. In 2016 and 2017 they also concluded May at #1.   

They face the Colorado Rockies again tonight at 8:05 P.M at Wrigley Field. 

Atlanta Dream will wear the navy blue Statement Edition along with the light blue Icon Edition uniform in 2018

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream today unveiled its second new Nike uniform, the Statement Edition, which is set to debut for the 2018 WNBA season. The Statement Edition joins the light blue Icon Edition as the Dream’s two primary on-court jerseys for 2018. Nike became the official apparel provider of the NBA and G-League for the 2017-18 seasons and takes over the WNBA this season.

This season, all 12 WNBA teams will have two core Nike Aeroswift uniforms – an Icon Edition, which represents the rich heritage of each franchise, and a Statement Edition that sets the tone for big games or rivalries.

USA Women’s National Team Roster Set For China Exhibition Game

SEATTLE (April 25, 2018) – Following two days of training in Seattle featuring 19 members of the 2018-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team athlete pool, the roster has been pared to 13 athletes for the USA’s April 26 exhibition game against China at KeyArena. The team for the friendly contest versus China was chosen by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Selection Committee.

Tickets for the game, which will tip-off at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT), are available via StormBasketball.com or by calling the Storm at 206-217-9622. The game will be streamed live online at usab.com/live, and on the USA Basketball Facebook and YouTube channels.

Set to compete in the USA’s exhibition game against China are: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx); Sue Bird (Seattle Storm); Layshia Clarendon (Atlanta Dream); Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics); Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings); Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky); Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx); Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta Dream); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever); Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm); Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); and Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream).

“These are hard decisions to be made, when you have to send such good players home,” said Dawn Staley, USA National Team and University of South Carolina head coach. “But, their sacrifice will one day pay off, hopefully in the near future for them. The 13 players that were assembled to compete against China will give us an opportunity to see some of our experienced players back together again, along with some of the younger, inexperienced players. It’ll give them some experience playing international basketball at a high level alongside Olympians. You can’t take for granted playing China. We’re going to play to win the basketball game, but we’re also going to utilize some players so we can see them play in a game like this.