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Lynx Lindsay Whalen Retiring

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Minnesota Lynx point guard, a four-time WNBA champion,  announced on Monday that she is retiring from the WNBA  after 15 years in the league, according to ESPNW’s Mechelle Voepel.

“I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all of these years,” Whalen said in a statement. “I look forward to the next chapter in my basketball career and wish my Lynx coaches and teammates all of the best in the future.”

Whalen, 36, was named women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Minnesota, back in April. Whalen sparked the Gophers run to the 2004 Women’s Final Four. She will take the helm after the season is over.

Whalen has averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds in her WNBA career and is Minnesota’s career assists leader with 2,337, which is third all-time in the WNBA behind Seattle’s Sue Bird and the retired Ticha Penicheiro.

“I feel so fortunate to have been on the sidelines for so many of her wins,” Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said. “Lindsay’s will to win made her special, along with always putting her team and teammates first. I will always cherish the times we spent together over the last eight years bringing championships to her home state of Minnesota.”

Whalen poured in averaged 14.9 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds back in 2013 en route to leading the Lynx to a WNBA Championship.

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International Tennis Federation Defends Umpire Who Cited Serena Williams

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Umpire Carlos Ramos, who cited Serena Williams three code violations during the US Open final has been defended by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body.

Ramos, who said his “decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules”, cited Williams three times during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, once for getting coaching signals, another for breaking her racket, and a third for calling Ramos a “thief”.

The call for breaking her racket cost Williams a point.

On Sunday, the tournament referee docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of the chair umpire, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket, according to reports.

The ITF stated that Ramos’ citations were “reaffirmed by the U.S. Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses”, on Monday, adding “Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”

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U.S. Ryder Cup Team Adds Tony Finau

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Tony Finau was the final pick by United States captain Jim Furyk to join the Ryder Cup team.

“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world-class golf.”

“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”

“I never thought I was on that team until I got that call,” Finau said. “I made sure I played that way; I played like I always had something to prove. And I let the guys on the team know that I’d be a great pick and I’d be ready to go. It’s definitely cool to accomplish something like this and to be able to play as well as I have under the circumstances, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”

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Aces’ A’ja Wilson Wins WNBA Rookie of the Year

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Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson, the number 1 pick in the draft and college player of the year, became the unanimous choice for WNBA Rookie of the Year.

“It means a lot with that rookie class,” Wilson said. “There are so many great players.”

Although the Aces struggled this season to a 14-20 record, Wilson was a star, and averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.67 blocked shots and her scoring average was second all time by a WNBA rookie, to Seimone Augustus’ 21.9 PPG rookie campaign back in 2006.

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