Diana Taurasi took a high screen, dribbled around a defender and stretched her long right arm out to lay the ball off the glass and into the basket. The horn sounded, stopping the game, and players from both teams hugged and congratulated the Phoenix Mercury star. Former NBA great Kobe Bryant, there to watch Taurasi make history, stood and applauded as Mercury coach Sandy Brondello presented her with the history-making ball at center court.
Markelle Fultz has long been projected by most to be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. And he still will be. But he'll be playing in Philadelphia as opposed to Boston thanks to a surprising trade between the Eastern Conference franchises. On Monday it became official. Philadelphia is picking first. Boston is picking third. That development didn't change this mock draft as it pertains to which players will go in the top five. But it does mean I now have Fultz playing in Philadelphia and Jayson Tatum landing in Boston -- where he should be a rotation player for a team that will make, and advance in, the 2018 Eastern Conference playoffs. That's a good spot for Tatum. And this could be a blessing
Spending on men's and women's athletic programs has doubled over the past decade across all three NCAA divisions and the greatest gap between the two can be found in Division I, according to a report released Wednesday marking the 45th anniversary of the Title IX ruling that bars discrimination based on gender. The 60-page report , released by the NCAA, suggests some progress has been made in a number of areas when it comes to participation, diversity and equality among college athletes, their coaches and their athletic directors. The report said the difference was even greater among schools in the top-tier Football Bowl Subdivision, which spent an average of $27.3 million on men's sports in 2015 — up from $12.8 million in 2005 — and an average of $45,000 more on male athletes than women in 2015.