On The Fly: WNBA Superlatives For Moore, Bird, Charles, Etc.

Sun to open; WNBA seems to be littered with UConn names

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is history. So the slate is clear for the 2015 WNBA season to begin Friday. The Connecticut Sun, already pounded by injuries, will be at Mohegan Sun Arena to play Washington. UConn fans will make sure to say hello to the Mystical pair, Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley.

As always, the league general managers participated in a survey in which the Minnesota Lynx were picked to win the championship for the third time in five years. Maya Moore was chosen to repeat as MVP. Sue Bird was chosen best leader, the one who would make the best coach and, along with Elena Delle Donne, the one who should take the last shot of the game. Tina Charles is the one with the best post moves and New York's Kiah Stokes is the sleeper rookie most likely to be a success.

The World Cup of women's soccer kicks off Saturday. University of Hartford women's coach John Natale is working for Sweden as an advanced scout. He is off to Canada as Sweden prepares to face Nigeria, Australia and the United States as a member of Group D. You'll recall Natale, a Wethersfield native, served as an advanced scout for Team USA during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and as a coach for the Americans during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Both teams were coached by Pia Sundhage, now Sweden's coach. … Speaking of the sport, former Mets catcher Mike Piazza is reportedly eyeing the purchase of the Italian soccer club, Parma.

If you're in The Big Apple this weekend for the Belmont, don't be surprised to see the Empire State Building lit like a green apple. It will be illuminated in green and white to honor Saturday's 147th running of the race with American Pharoah going for the Triple Crown. For the first time, however, images of horses will be seen galloping though the building's mast while the rest of the tower is lit.

Well, this is bad news for the University of North Carolina: On Thursday, the NCAA charged it with five violations connected to the school's academic fraud scandal, including a lack of institutional control for poor oversight. They are Level 1 infractions and that's as ominous as they get. … The San Francisco Giants had their third day at the White House in the past five years, celebrating another World Series win with President Barack Obama.

Hey, what's this? Milwaukee is apparently getting a new $500 million sports arena and taxpayers will be expected to chip in half the cost under a financial deal that would rely on current and former team owners for the rest. And those guys never ever had an NHL team or two NCAA championship basketball teams? Waaaaaaaah!


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