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Catching Up With the Guru Catching Up

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 7:26 AM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA-NEW YORK- KNOXVILLE - Ok everybody. If the Guru figured his way through the platform there are three new posts in correct order - this one for your entertainment and two more seriously written ones just underneath involving the Honda awards dinner in New York and the... Read more

Honda Awards Toss Drexel's Hester A Dinner in New York

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 6:01 AM
(Guru's note: If the Guru is doing his special triple play of new postings this is the second one and another one follows below this one with the Dawn Staley foundation in the headline). By Mel Greenberg NEW YORK - Drexel senior Nicole Hester did not win the Honda Collegiate Women's Sports Award... Read more

Staley's Foundation Students Conquer Life

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 4:28 AM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA _ In many situations, the reach of women's basketball stretches far beyond the court strategies, the summer WNBA competition, and the winter race for the NCAA championships. The Guru attended four separate events to date this month and all had roots in basketball but... Read more

WNBA: Detroit Shock Exchanging Bad Boys

Monday, June 15, 2009, 11:42 AM
By Mel Greenberg Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, coach of the WNBA defending champions, is leaving the team after leading the bunch from the Motor City to three league titles, and will be replaced by assistant Rick Mahorn, according to a source familiar with the move. The team will make the announcement... Read more

Guru Returns To The Orange State

Saturday, June 13, 2009, 5:55 PM
By Mel Greenberg KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Greetings from the land of the Vols where apparently the sun still comes up in spite of how the season ended for Pat Summitt and her charges in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Guru actually made the drive for the first time in history down here for... Read more

WNBA: Sun's Day In New York

Sunday, June 7, 2009, 8:33 PM
(Guru's Note: Following coverage early last week of Elena Delle Donne's decision to return to basketball, the Guru spent a few days in Avalon, N.J., at the ECAC-SIDA convention, Then it was on to family lockdown for niece Allison Swartz's wedding Saturday night to Aaron Greenfield. Thus, no WNBA advances... Read more

Delle Donne To Replace Biden As The New Diamond State Favorite?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 12:19 AM
(Guru’s analysis) By Mel Greenberg The presence of former Delaware United States senator Joe Biden as the nation’s vice president wasn’t enough to prevent the Wilmington area from losing an auto plant on Monday in the wake of General Motors’ filing for bankruptcy. But when... Read more

UPDATED: Delle Donne says 'homesickness' drove her from UConn

Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 9:56 AM
By Jonathan Tannenwald Hey folks, Mel just called me with the breaking news that former star Connecticut recruit Elena Delle Donne, now at Delaware, will announce today that she will join the Blue Hens' women's basketball team for this coming season. This news was reported earlier this... Read more
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Mel Greenberg covers college and pro women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has worked for 38 years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather. He was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Jonathan Tannenwald is a producer with In addition to covering the local college scene, he spent two years as the Washington Mystics beat writer for Women's Hoops Guru. He also writes his own blog, Soft Pretzel Logic, which covers men's college basketball, football, and other sports.

Kathleen Radebaugh is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She covered women's basketball for the school's newspaper, The Hawk, and served as sports editor her sophomore year. She was also a four-year member of the varsity crew team.

Erin Semagin Damio covers the University of Connecticut and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the blog, and contributes other features. The Storrs, Conn., native also attends Northeastern University, where she is a coxswain on the varsity crew team.

Acacia O'Connor is based in Washington, D.C., where she reports on the Mystics and the college basketball scene in the nation's capital. A graduate of Vassar college, she played on the varsity women's basketball team and was editor of the student newspaper.

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