In Monsoon season, the Las Vegas Aces wrapped their regular season on a satisfying note Sunday, with a 109-100 victory to calm the Seattle Storm in Sue Bird’s final WNBA regular season game and locking up the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The Aces also won the Commissioner’s Cup for best regular-season record, ending at 26-10 and finishing with a four-game win streak that included an 89-78 win over defending WNBA champion Chicago on Thursday. But first year Aces’ coach Becky Hammon has her eyes squarely focused on the post season, which kicks off Wednesday in Las Vegas with a first round three game series vs. the eighth-seeded Phoenix Mercury. The mercury has been winless against the Aces this year.
The Aces said attendance was 10,015. A sellout at Mandalay Bay’s Michelob Ultra Arena on a day when Aces and Raiders owner Mark Davis enjoyed not one but two wins. His Raiders played right across Interstate 15 at Allegiant Stadium and defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the Silver & Black’s first home preseason game.
NBA players Chris Paul and Devin Booker was on hand to witness a career high performance from Chelsea Gray, who poured in 33 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Three other players scored in double digits, including Kelsey Plum, who had 23 points with seven of them coming in the final minute of the game. A’Ja Wilson added 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Riquna Williams scored 11 points, ruining Phoenix’s Sue Bird’s retirement party. “I’m not going to lie, it kind of sucks to lose my last game. But you know what, I lost my first game too, So it’s OK,” Bird joked with the crowd after the final buzzer. Bird is the WNBA record holder for assists and games played. Whenever this season ends, Bird will retire with five Olympic gold medals and at least four WNBA titles, to go along with the two championships she won at UConn. congratulations to Sue Bird but “Lets Go Aces!”
50 Black Athletes That Transformed American Sports
For much of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Black athletes were forbidden from competing as professional athletes. But trailblazers like Jackie Robinson and Althea Gibson slowly chipped away at color barriers in American sports and opened up the floodgates for today’s stars to thrive.
Stacker compiled a list of Black athletes who transformed American sports using information from professional league record books, statistical databases, museums, historical articles, and other sources. Included in this list are names you might expect like the incomparable Willie Mays, who was idolized by legends like Ted Williams but also pushed for the integration of baseball by organizing offseason traveling tours that featured Black ballplayers. Muhammad Ali’s accomplishments in the ring and his activism outside of the ropes surely earn him a spot, but there are also pugilists like Jack Johnson, who was the first Black heavyweight champion of the world. Despite his athletic prowess, Johnson was shadowed by the enforcement of arcane laws throughout most of his life.
Do you know the name of the first Black hockey player to play in the National Hockey League? What about the speed skater who made history at the 2006 Olympics, or the former track star turned bobsled Olympic medalist? We dig into those biographies and more, paying respect to figures that continue to influence American society.
While this list is not exhaustive, the accomplishments of those included are sure to inspire. From overcoming diseases to segregation, learn about the legends of American sport who are responsible for the way we watch games today.