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Breanna Stewart Named WNBA Most Valuable Player

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Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart was named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player, and she will receive the award later in the day as the Storm host Phoenix in a semifinal series opener at KeyArena.

Stewart has averaged 21.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 blocks for Seattle this season.

“In this league, I’m playing against however many former national players of the year, and going against the best competition every night,” Stewart said, according to ESPN”S Mechelle Voepel. “And really trying to play my best and show that to everyone.

“We have team goals, and I have individual goals for myself. And being MVP was a goal that I had. I wanted to prepare like this was going to be an MVP-type season. To go out and leave everything on the court.”

Stewart has made efforts to improve her fitness by practicing yoga, pilates, and a healthier diet.

“I’m making sure I’m getting enough calories and the right portions, plus just finding healthy snacks, and not having unhealthy snacks in my house. Because if I see them, I’ll eat them.”

Stewart also credits Sue Bird, whom she worked out with, along with Jewell Loyd, following her return from China.

“Sue has played a big factor in it for me,”Stewart said.”I got some guidance in what I should be doing.

“One of the things I talked to Sue about was, ‘If you could have started doing all this with your diet at 23, would you?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, definitely.’ That’s all I need to hear. She’s 37, and still remains the best of the best, and continues to be great.”

Stewart has been on a meteoric rise since coming into the WNBA a few short seasons ago.

“I think part of it is being more prepared for the strength and physicality of this league, and then understanding our system,” Stewart said. “We had a coaching change, but the way we played kind of remained the same. I know where I’m going to get my best opportunities to score.”

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Aces Talking Trade for Liz Cambage

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The Las Vegas Aces are working on the final details of a trade with the Dallas Wings that would bring All-Star center Liz Cambage to Las Vegas, according to SB Nation’s Bradley Klopfer.

The 6-foot-8 Cambage finished second in the WNBA MVP voting in 2018 behind the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart following an impressive season in which she averaged 23 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while also earning her second All-Star appearance in three seasons.

2018 was a special year for Cambage as she led the WNBA in player efficiency rating with 30.7, and also set a single-game record by scoring an impressive 53 points.

Las Vegas had yet another disappointing season, posting a 14-20 record and finishing 9th.

As part of the trade, the Wings will receive Aces guard Moriah Jefferson, forward Isabelle Harrison and a future WNBA draft pick.

The Los Angeles Sparks had reportedly been discussing a trade for Cambage with Las Vegas and supposedly had offered a package including Kalani Brown, Maria Vadeeva, and a draft pick.

Those talks gained a lot of traction as Cambage stated that she only wanted to play in Los Angeles, making a trade with the Sparks the most likely outcome.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cambage requested a trade in January and cited the Los Angeles Sparks as a preferred destination, but reportedly would play in Las Vegas.

Talks between the Aces and Wings were ongoing since the trade request but went dormant of late before picking back up over the past 2 weeks and picking up major steam by Sunday.

While Cambage has not commented on a potential move to Las Vegas, or publicly changed her stance on playing in Los Angeles, she could have changed her mind during these trade talks.

Jefferson, 25, was the 2nd overall pick of the San Antonio Stars in 2016 and averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 points as a rookie.

While she has been a very productive and consistent player throughout her WNBA career, she was limited last season due to injury, averaging 5.4 points and 2.1 assists.

When healthy, she provides solid, consistent production.

Harrison, 25, was the 12th overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft, but missed her rookie season due to a knee injury. She sat out the 2018 WNBA season with an auto-immune issue.

Harrison had a solid 2017 season with the Stars, averaging 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

While a deal is not done yet, the two sides are “finalizing” a deal, per the SB Nation report. However, the Las Vegas Review Journal states that
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Regardless, this story is developing and one thing is seemingly for certain; Cambage is on her way out of town, one way or the other.

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Sparks Land Chiney Ogwumike in Trade with Sun

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The Los Angeles Sparks have acquired All-Star Chiney Ogwumike from the Connecticut Sun in exchange for a 2020 first round draft pick, the teams announced on Saturday.

The trade will reunite Oqwumike with her sister, Nneka, the 2016 WNBA Most Valuable Player, to form a fierce tandem for the Sparks moving forward.

The sisters were teammates when they played for Stanford.

“Chiney Ogwumike is one of the most athletic, versatile and efficient frontcourt players in the WNBA,” Sparks general manager Penny Toler said. “Chiney provides us additional inside scoring, rebounding and rim protection. She will be a great addition to our roster.”

“We would like to thank Chiney Ogwumike for her contributions to our organization since 2014,” Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller said in a statement. “We wish her well with her career and expanding her off court interests.”

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John Peterson Un-Retires from Professional Golf After Tiger Woods Performance

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Former NCAA champion John Peterson, who retied from the sport of professional golf at the age of 30 in 2018, is coming out of retirement to play once again.

According to ESPN’s Bob Harig, Peterson changed his mind about his career partly due to Tiger Woods’ “inspiring” win at the Masters back on April 14th.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had,” Peterson said, during an appearance on 104.5 FM ESPN Radio Baton Rouge .

“I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills.

“Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the national championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him, and I beat him a lot, and I’m just like, ‘Man, that could be me.’

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

Peterson will have to attempt to qualify for events and then tournaments later this year.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff,” Peterson said. “I will get back. I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top-10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

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