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Mercury’s Diana Taurasi: ‘I still love to play too much’

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Phoenix Mercury superstar Diana Taurasi will make her season debut, returning from injury, on Friday as the Mercury take on the New York Liberty.

Should Taurasi not play on Friday, the Mercury’s next game is Sunday when they take on Atlanta at home.

Taurasi, who is a four-time gold medalist, three-time WNBA champion, five-time scoring champ, 10-time all-WNBA first team, nine-time All-Star and 2009 MVP, has missed the entire season thus far while recovering from surgery to repair a bulging disc in her back that took place back in late April.

Taurasi, who has dealt with a number of back issues throughout both her college and WNBA career, admits that she hasn’t felt “this good in a while.”

During an extensive interview with ESPNW, Taurasi says that despite her injury and her storied career, she has a lot more basketball left in her.

“No, no, no, no. I got … no way. I still love to play too much” Taurasi said. “No, that wasn’t even in my mind frame.

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Mercury’s Skylar Diggins-Smith Expecting Second Child

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Phoenix Mercury star Skylar Diggins-Smith is pregnant and expecting her second child, according to an official announcement from the WNBA star during a post on her Instagram page issued on Monday.

“New addition loading,” Diggins-Smith wrote in the post.

During the latter part of the last season, the Mercury announced that Diggins-Smith would not return to the WNBA this past season due to “personal reasons”, which ultimately levied a partial season suspension of her contract. Diggins-Smith previously missed the 2019 WNBA season, while she was playing for the Dallas Wings, who initially drafted her with the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.

 

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Blue Bombers Sign Zach Collaros to Contract Extension

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed veteran quarterback Zach Collaros to a three-year contract extension through the 2025 season, which will prevent him from hitting free agency in February, according to an official team announcement on Tiuesday.

Collaros, 34, has been vital to the Bombers success, and has been a part of back-to-back Grey Cups with the team, and who was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player last season.

Collaros landed in Winnipeg during the 2019, when the Bombers acquired him via trade with the Toronto Argonauts.

Collaros has thrown for a career-high 4,115 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.

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Elks Announces Taylor Cornelius Hospitalized with Spleen Injury

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The Edmonton Elks have officially announced that quarterback Taylor Cornelius suffered a spleen injury during Saturday’s loss to the Toronto Argonauts and was hospitalized that evening, according to TSN.

The Elks announced on Twitter that Cornelius will miss their final game of the season when they take on the BC Lions. With Cornelius out, the Elks will turn to Tre Ford to take over the starting signal caller duties.

Additionally, Cornelius, 27, is still in hospital for observation, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Edmonton has a league-worst 4-12 record, with no home wins this season.

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