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Archive: July, 2009

WNBA: New York Liberty Change Coaches in Playoff Bid

Saturday, August 1, 2009, 2:44 AM
By Mel Greenberg The last time the New York Liberty changed coaches in 2004, the team had come off a difficult road swing prior to an easing of the schedule when Carol Blazejowski decided to replace Richie Adubato with assistant coach Pat Coyle. On Friday, a change was made with Blazejowski lettting... Read more

Top Two Seeds Avoid Upsets in Summer League Playoff Openers

Thursday, July 30, 2009, 5:17 AM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Dept. of Recreation Women's NCAA Summer League playoffs got under way Wednesday in quarterfinal action with one minor and one major upset in terms of seeds in the quarterfinals at Northeast High. In the major upset of note, sixth-seeded Vegas edged... Read more

WNBA: UConn Karma Continues

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 6:00 AM
By Mel Greenberg It looks as if the WNBA couldn't overcome the media coverage of the dominant presence of University of Connecticut alumnae at last weekend's All-Star game at the Mohegan Sun the pro league might as well join the crowd. And so it was that All-Stars Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), who was... Read more

WNBA All-Star Game: Uncasville Becomes UConnville For At Least A Day

Sunday, July 26, 2009, 3:09 AM
By Mel Greenberg UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Years from now, persons looking up past WNBA All-Star games will find in the record book that the West beat the East 130-118 here at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday afternoon to end a two-year run that produced the only two victories held by the East in the... Read more

WNBA: On The Scene At All-Stars in Casino-land

Saturday, July 25, 2009, 8:49 AM
By Mel Greenberg UNCASVILLE, Conn. - In a reversal of normal Guru lifestyle, the Guru has opened his eyes here in casino-land this Saturday morning just past sunrise as opposed to heading for shuteye as daylight approaches. Thus having several options -- one of which is watching a movie on the... Read more

Musings: Another Round of Guru Catch-Up

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 5:15 AM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA - And now some looking behind and ahead to give you all a reason to visit here The summer is a bit slower by comparison to a year ago when a collegiate coaching shuffle moved along between May and early July. Meanwhile, virtually all the media was caught by surprise... Read more

WNBA: Ex-Comets Aide's Efforts in Foreign Affairs

Sunday, July 19, 2009, 6:50 PM
(Guru's note: Things to do while working a slow desk night. The Guru will offer some fresh commentary after the shift. But for now, many of you would find this feature from the FIBA site of interest involving former Houston Comets assistant Kevin Cook, who was with Van Chancellor during his tenure... Read more

WNBA: No Place Like Home (Stateside) For Sparks' Stanley

Monday, July 13, 2009, 12:17 AM
By Mel Greenberg NEW YORK – It was a bit of a homecoming here for Los Angeles assistant coach Marianne Stanley last Thursday night when the WNBA Sparks came to Madison Square Garden to play the Liberty. Stanley, a former Immaculata star in the Philadelphia suburbs in the early 1970s, was a... Read more

WNBA: Lisa's Legacy Tour

Monday, July 6, 2009, 11:22 PM
(Guru's note: Parts of this Associated Press story will probably appear elsewhere. But here it is in full. The Guru will return to New York for the L.A. game Thursday night and be at the local summer league Wednesday.) By NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer The opportunities for female athletes were... Read more

WNBA: Liberty Climb Past Shock Out of East Cellar

Thursday, July 2, 2009, 11:35 PM
By Mel Greenberg NEW YORK - The last time the New York Liberty and Detroit Shock crossed paths, the Shock survived a close encounter in the deciding game of the Eastern finals on the way to a third league title. Much has changed in the early going of the current season since Detroit danced in the... 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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