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WNBA President Laurel Richie Steps Down

NEW YORK — WNBA president Laurel Richie is stepping down after more than four years on the job.

The WNBA said in a release Wednesday that Richie is leaving to pursue other opportunities that include being an advocate for girls and young women.

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will oversee the WNBA until a new president is hired. A search for the new league president will begin immediately.

"We thank Laurel for her five seasons of service and commitment to the WNBA and wish her success in her future endeavors," Tatum said in a statement.

"The league's quality of play and depth of talent have never been better. We remain steadfast in our...