Anne Donovan, a legendary figure in women’s basketball who won Olympic gold as a player and as a coach for the United States, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56. “While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” Donovan’s family said in a statement. “Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach.”
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Donovan was in Knoxville, Tennessee, this past weekend for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction of Rose Marie Battaglia, her former high school coach in Paramus. “Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone,” Donovan’s family said in its statement. “We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women’s basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness. “We appreciate your respect for our family’s privacy during this very sad time.”
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June 20, 2018 | 11:17 am EDT Update
The Spurs haven’t given up hope of reconciling with Leonard, league sources say, though it is unclear if the ballyhooed Gregg Popovich-Leonard summit in San Diego defused the tension. They still have the five-year, $219 super-max offer in the bag. They are projecting patience in preliminary talks.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: Texas A & M’s Robert Williams has informed the NBA that he’s decided to spend draft night on Thursday in Shreveport, La., with friends and family. Williams had earned an invitation into the Green Room at the Barclays Center.
Ian Begley: Aaron Holiday, Ray Spalding and Donte Ingram were among the players who worked out for the Knicks on Tuesday, per sources. Holiday, out of UCLA, is one of the top point guards in the draft. Ingram, from Loyola, has impressed teams in workouts and is seen by some of those teams as a potential second-round pick. Spalding, a 6-10 big, averaged 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season at Louisville. The Knicks have the 9th and 36th picks in Thursday’s draft.
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Writer Tomer Azarly discovered the restaurant’s Yelp page was littered with 1-star reviews from bitter die-hards: Then, Warriors fans fought back for Ayesha and Steph: And then it escalated: It’s a full-on takeover: There are photos of Kevin Durant’s head on a snake’s body, Steph Curry pouring out salt, and a breakdown of all 27 of the 3-pointers Rockets players missed in that Game 7 brick-a-thon.
San Antonio Zoo & Zoo School: Dear Kawhi, We’ve had a moment to get over the shock of media reports that you might not love San Antonio and the Spurs as much as we do. We really want you back and our CEO, @MananaZoo has been cleaning your new personal VIP parking space! #Spurs #SAZoo #Kawhi