All posts by Yakiri Thomas

I love Fashion and I am in love with everything sports!

Atlanta Dream Sign Guard Maggie Lucas to Training Camp Contract

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream have signed guard Maggie Lucas to a training camp contract the team announced Tuesday.

“While Maggie has had a string of bad luck with ACL’s, I can say with certainty no one attacks rehab harder than she does,” Collen said. “My hope for Maggie is that she enters training camp ready to compete at her pre-injury level.”

Lucas played 64 games over three seasons for the Indiana Fever before tearing her ACL four games in to the 2016 season. Due to the injury, Lucas missed the remainder of the 2016 season and the entire 2017 WNBA season. She has career averages of 4.9 points and has shot 33.5% from the three-point line.

Atlanta Dream signs former WNBA All-Star forward Jessica Breland

ATLANTA – Atlanta Dream head coach Nicki Collen announced the signing of unrestricted free agent forward Jessica Breland to multi-year contract.

“Jessica is a huge get for us,” Collen said. “It was a hard decision for her to leave a place that was comfortable for her and take a chance on the Dream and me, but I am incredibly thankful for the chance to coach her.  I believe she is a perfect fit for our up-tempo system.  I can’t wait to see her in a Dream uniform.”

 Breland, a six-year veteran, started 33 of 34 games for the Chicago Sky in 2017. A big with range, Breland averaged a career-high 9.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. She was one of the top unrestricted free agents available this offseason.

“I want to thank the Chicago Sky for some incredible memories,” Breland said. “I am looking forward to creating memories and experiences with the Atlanta Dream. I am excited to take this next step in my career with Coach Nicki and my new teammates.”

The Underdogs, Eagles Dethroned the Pats to win the Super Bowl

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on defeating the New England Patriots 33-41 and winning last night Super Bowl game.

This is Philly’s first time winning the Lombardi trophy  in 57 seasons!

Clarendon, Hayes, McCoughtry, Sykes and Elizabeth Williams will be representing Atlanta Dream at USA Women’s National Team Camp

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 2, 2018) – Twenty-two of the USA’s top, professional women’s basketball players are expected to participate in the USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp, scheduled for Feb. 9-11, 2018, at the University of South Carolina. Included on the list are 16 members of the 2017-20 USA National Team and an additional six athletes who were invited to participate by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee in hopes of being named to the USA National Team pool.

The USA will train at 10 a.m. (EST) on Feb. 9-10 and 9 a.m. (EST) on Feb. 11 at the Carolina Coliseum.

“I’m excited any time that we can get together with USA Basketball and have a training camp that assembles some of the best players in the country,” said Dawn Staley, USA National Team and University of South Carolina head coach. “It’s always a great thing. It gets your basketball wheels moving. It’s less than two weeks away, and all of Columbia is excited to have our USA Basketball training camp here.”

“It is always good to have our athletes together during our training camps and we are appreciative of their efforts to attend given the length of travel and busy schedules. Preparation for the World Cup is critical to our success. Another goal of our committee is to always have a pool that is fluid, and we will continue to evaluate players for possible inclusion on the USA National Team roster,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball Women’s National Team director and chair of the USA Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee. “While the committee has seen these six hopefuls in the WNBA and previously in college, it’s important to see athletes in a USA National Team setting before we add anyone to the pool.”

The minicamp will feature 16 members of the 2018-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool, including Sue Bird (Seattle Storm); Tina Charles (New York Liberty); Layshia Clarendon (Atlanta Dream); Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics); Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings); Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky); Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury); Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta Dream); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream); Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx); Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks); Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces); Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); Morgan Tuck (Connecticut Sun); and Courtney Williams (Connecticut Sun).

Attending the camp as USA National Team hopefuls are: Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings); Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks); Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever); Brittney Sykes (Atlanta Dream); Sydney Wiese (Los Angeles Sparks); and Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream).

Members of the USA National Team pool who are unavailable to participate in the February camp are: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx); Napheesa Collier (University of Connecticut); Asia Durr (University of Louisville); Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks); Kayla McBride (Las Vegas Aces); Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State University); Chiney Ogwumike (Connecticut Sun); Katie Lou Samuelson (University of Connecticut); Odyssey Sims (Los Angeles Sparks); and A’ja Wilson (University of South Carolina).

Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx) and Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm) currently are competing in China, and their inclusion on the training camp roster will depend on their respective teams’ run in the WCBA playoffs.

Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), a member of the past two U.S. Olympic (2012, 2016) and USA World Cup (2010, 2014) gold-medal winning teams, was named to the 2017-20 USA National Team last fall. However, she has since retired from USA Basketball. Whalen donned her first USA Basketball uniform in 2002 and has claimed a total of six gold medals while helping USA Basketball teams compile a 66-3 overall record, including exhibition play.

2x WNBA Champion Renee Montogomery sign with Atlanta Dream

 

ATLANTA – Atlanta Dream head coach Nicki Collen announced the signing of two-time WNBA Champion and former UConn standout Renee Montgomery to a multi-year contract Thursday.

“Leaving the Minnesota Lynx was difficult but I’m excited to bring that championship experience to the Atlanta Dream,” Montgomery said. “I live in Atlanta so I’m excited to come back east where I’m closer to family and friends and start a new journey with the Dream.”

“When I got the job I immediately targeted Renee Montgomery,” Collen said. “I could not be happier that she has decided to call Atlanta her WNBA home. I know she will help build something special here.

Montgomery, a 10-year WNBA veteran, averaged 8.0 points and 3.4 assists in 21.8 minutes for the eventual champions. After an injury to starting guard Lindsay Whalen, Montgomery started the final 12 games of the 2017 season and helped the Lynx to the No. 1 seed entering the Playoffs.

“Renee is a guard who can run a team as well as really stretch the defense with her 3-point shooting ability,” Collen said. “Beyond her skill on the court, I believe her championship pedigree will help lend leadership in the locker room.  Fans will love her tenacity defensively and her ability to light it up from deep. I could not be happier that she has decided to call Atlanta her WNBA home and help build something special here.”

Mike Glenn’s Civil Rights Artifacts

Sports lovelies!

Your girl, “The Self  Proclaimed Sportsnista,” Yakiri Thomas was out and about in the city of the A… I had a chance to check out an amazing exhibit. This was definitely a Thought Provoking and Awe inspiring civil rights artifacts exhibit at Stonecrest Library  in Lithonia with Former Atlanta Hawks, 10-year NBA  veteran, GA Sports Hall of Famer, FOX Sports SE analyst Mike “Stinger” Glenn .

Below are pictures from the exhibit.

   t     

🤷‍♀️Smh 🤦‍♀️ Omg 😲 Moment

This week’s Smh Omg Moment is a Double Whammy:

On YouTube 35 lb Verne Troyer best known as his character “Mini Me” on the Austin Powers movie, met up with NFL prospect  6’4 335lbs Du’Vonta Lampkin at Sports Academy in Newbury Park, California.
Troyer, worked out with the former Oklahoma defensive tackle Du’Vonta to get him ready for the NFL Draft. Some of the exercises workouts included battle ropes, flippin’ tires, dumb bell shoulder rise , running on a treadmill- well in Vern case walking on a treadmill.

The most hilarious moment was watching Vern jump on the weight sled as Du’Vonta pushes his 35 lbs body across the floor!

Check out the Video below.

Atlanta Hawks Rookie John Collins elected to the Rising Star for NBA All Star Weekend

Congrats to Atlanta Hawks, John Collins who will compete in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars in February at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.

Collins, will represent the Atlanta Hawks on the US team.

Here’s the moment Collins, finds out he is competing .

Atlanta Dream star is having a bundle of joy 🍼

ATLANTA – Third-year Atlanta Dream guard Bria Holmes released the following statement Tuesday:

“Unfortunately, I will have to miss the 2018 season because I’m expecting but I plan to return to the Dream in 2019 stronger, healthier and ready to play. As a female professional athlete, it is hard to start a family while playing year-round but this little human inside of me is truly a blessing to me, my family, and my boyfriend. I’m so happy and thankful I can continue my career after my bundle of joy is here. To my coaches, teammates, staff, & fans I want to thank you so much for all your support and help since I was drafted in 2016 and wish everyone good luck this season – I’ll be cheering you all on! One Dream, One Team.”

Atlanta Dream first-year Head Coach Nicki Collen said: “While I am certainly disappointed Bria won’t be in a Dream uniform this summer, as a mother of three, I also wish to congratulate her on starting her own family. This league is about celebrating the female athlete and everything that it entails. Bria is a big part of the Dream family and we will welcome her back in 2019.”

Atlanta Dream, “I Have A Dream” Contest

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream will host its annual “I Have a Dream” essay contest beginning Wednesday, December 20th, to recognize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Atlanta-area students are asked to submit 300-500 word essays expressing their dream job or dream college.

The contest, which will run until Monday, January 29th, will be judged by a panel including Atlanta Dream president, Theresa Wenzel, to choose contest winners in three categories – Elementary, Middle School and High School. Each winner will receive tickets to the first 2018 Dream game, be recognized in game and will receive a school visit from the franchise. The High School winner, one boy and one girl, will also be eligible to receive a $250 scholarship from the Atlanta Dream Youth Foundation.

Entering its historic 11th season, the Atlanta Dream has been connected to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the very beginning. The original Circle of Friends, a group that led to the founding of the organization, took the speech in to consideration when naming the franchise.

Essay Contest Details:

Every essay should start with “I have a dream….” From that point, it is up to the student to express his or her dream in 300-500 words. In one paragraph, the student should describe if money wasn’t an issue what your dream job or dream college would be.
The essay submission should be submitted as an attachment and sent to JrDream@atlantadream.net no later than January 29, 2018. All documents should include the student’s first and last name, school, grade, teacher and guardian contact info.
A panel of judges including the president of the Atlanta Dream, Theresa Wenzel, will review the essays and select the winners. Winners will be notified in February.
All participants receive a buy one get one free ticket voucher in the Jr. Dream section to the 2018 Home opener and enrolled as a Jr. Dream member.
Two winners (one girl and one boy) will be selected from elementary, middle, and high school equaling (6) total winners. The (6) winners will be recognized on the court during the home opener. We will share more details when we solidify the game logistics. We will also draw names from all finalists and award them with tickets and prizes.
Winners will receive the following:
Elementary school: A visit from the Atlanta Dream and tickets to the 2018 Home opener.
Middle school: A visit from the Atlanta Dream and tickets to the 2018 Home opener.
High school: A $250 scholarship from the Atlanta Dream Youth Foundation and tickets to the 2018 Home opener.
Contest Timeline:

Submission due date: January 29, 2018

Winners notified: February 12, 2018

The Dream will tip off its historic 11th season at McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus. Full schedule will be posted once released by the WNBA.