Dream Named Emory Healthcare as the Official Team Healthcare and Sports Medicine Provider

ATLANTA – With a shared commitment to improved maintenance of athletes’ health, Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Dream have announced an expansion of their current partnership with a designation of Emory as the Official Team Healthcare and Official Sports Medicine Provider.

The partnership provides the Atlanta Dream with comprehensive and seamless state-of-the-art medical care. This includes access to Emory’s world class Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, and Spine Center physicians and all of Emory Healthcare. The partnership also provides the Dream access to Emory’s sports science research and performance measurement expertise at the new Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Brookhaven.

“We are excited to continue to build on our relationship with Emory Healthcare,” Atlanta Dream president Theresa Wenzel says. “As we embark on our second decade in Atlanta and have a new head coach leading the franchise, we are thrilled to be able to offer the best possible health care to our players.”

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.

Welcome to the Pistons! Would You Like A Shirt?

Rebounds? Check. Assists? Check. Jersey? Ummm….
Aside from a minor wardrobe mishap, Blake Griffin rocked his debut on February 1st with the Detroit Pistons, who claimed a 104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The star was traded earlier this week from the LA Clippers, and may still be acclimating to his new environment after forgetting his jersey at the beginning of the second-half.

However, Griffin still managed to deliver a great performance scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds with an additional 5 assists. He also showed off his growing chemistry with teammates Anthony Tolliver and Andre Drummond, who welcomed the All-Star forward warmly.

This is an interesting development for Detroit (24-26) going into their next few games at Little Caesar’s Arena. As the Pistons expand their playbook with Griffin, they will continue to reap the benefits of their recent trade.

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.”

Super Bowl Predictions: Who Is Favored for the 2018 Win?

It’s time to place those bets because the Super Bowl Championship game is right around the corner.

There’s plenty of buzz around which of the two NFL competitors battling it out will take home that Lombardi Trophy, and both the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, each with their own strengths, have an interesting game ahead of them.

The Patriots will be appearing in their 10th Super Bowl appearance with Tom Brady leading the pack for his 8th appearance at the championship. There is no doubt that the Patriots have plenty of experience in addition to bringing a strong offensive line to the table. Brady himself has been debated as one of the best quarterbacks of all time and he definitely will use this opportunity to again showcase his impeccable leadership capabilities.

In 2005 these two teams went head-to-head with the Patriots winning by only 3 points but the Eagles have seen plenty of change since then.

There was some concern about the Eagles season after quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL and his LCL, removing him for the season. However, Nick Foles proved he could pull-off a great performance after winning against the Minnesota Vikings and carrying his team to the championships. This game will be a great opportunity to see if the Eagles can continue to execute this kind of adaptive skill and offensive ability.

Both teams enter Super Bowl 52 with a strong defense, but with these two top performing quarterbacks, neither is infallible.

It remains to be seen who will come out on top of this championship game, however both teams’ respective strengths give them decent chances at victory. Either way, the crowds will definitely be roaring at Bank Stadium on the upcoming night of February 4th.

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.

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