Washington Mystic’s superstar Elena Delle Donne was named the WNBA Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, the league announced.
WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert will present Delle Donne with the award prior to Game 2 of the semifinals on Thursday at the Mystics’ Entertainment and Sports Arena.
“She hasn’t been that far off from being an MVP her other years, either,” Mystics coach Mike Thibault said, according to ESPNW’s Mechelle Voepel.
“When you win it once and then get it again — and you’re still getting better — you have to be considered one of the best of all time.”
Delle Donne won 41 of 43 first place votes to collect a total of 420 points. Phoenix’s Brittney Griner was second with 167 points, followed by Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones (145), Los Angeles’ Nneka Ogwumike (128), Seattle’s Natasha Howard (121) and Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot (81).
Delle Donne, 30, won her other MVP award in 2015 when she was playing for Chicago, and becomes the sixth player in league history to be named MVP more than once, joining three-time winners Lauren Jackson (Seattle), Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles) and Sheryl Swoopes (Houston) and two-time winners Cynthia Cooper (Houston) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles).
“It’s a huge thing,” Delle Donne said. “It’s something that, when my career is over, maybe I’ll look back on it and brag to my kids or grandkids.”
Delle Donne averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game this season for Washington.
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Mercury’s Skylar Diggins-Smith Expecting Second Child
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.
Blue Bombers Sign Zach Collaros to Contract Extension
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.
Elks Announces Taylor Cornelius Hospitalized with Spleen Injury
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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