Sparks deal for Sun’s All-Star, ESPN analyst Chiney Ogwumike

first_img WNBA, CBS Sports agree to 40-game TV deal Chiney Ogwumike will join former MVP Candace Parker, Alana Beard and Baylor star Kalani Brown — the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft. LA is also expected to re-sign point guard Chelsea Gray.The Sparks will open their season on the road versus the Aces on May 26 and then turn around and host the Sun for their home opener on May 31. The Sparks’ roster just got deeper.LA added Connecticut All-Star and former No. 1 draft pick Chiney Ogwumike, the team announced Saturday. Ogwumike, who is also serving as an ESPN analyst released a video on Twitter sharing the news and her thanks to the Sun’s organization and ESPN. “Chiney Ogwumike is one of the most athletic, versatile and efficient frontcourt players in the WNBA,” Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler said. “Chiney provides us additional inside scoring, rebounding and rim protection. She will be a great addition to our roster.” In the deal, which reportedly includes a 2020 first-round pick, Ogwumike will be reunited with her sister, Nneka. They will become just the second pair of sisters to play on the same WNBA team together, following Kelly and Coco Miller in 2010 for Atlanta Dream.Chiney Ogwumike, a two-time WNBA All-Star, had been plagued with injuries until last season. In her return, she earned her second All-Star bid and averaged 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. She finished 2018 shooting 60.3% from the field, the third highest mark in the league. Related Newslast_img read more

450,000 Iowa customers still without power at midday Tuesday

first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds says hundreds of thousands of Iowans remain without power a day after the derecho storm with hurricane-force winds swept through the state — and it may be several days before service is fully restored. At mid-day (Tuesday), the governor indicated an estimated 450-thousand Iowa homes and businesses had no electric service.“At our peak last night, there were 550,000 households without power,” Reynolds says. “Linn County had 97% without power at one point, as well as Marshall County.” The power grid has been seriously damaged in Linn, Marshall and Scott Counties.“For example, more than 22 of the large, lattice transmission towers were directly impacted,” Reynolds says. Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman Jeri Huser says service will be restored as soon as utility companies can safely do so.“Some areas of service can expect to be without power for several days as debris is cleared and downed power lines are replaced,” Huser says. Iowa utility companies are activating their mutual aid agreements with utility and tree companies in other states, to get more crews into Iowa to deal with the situation.“Utility companies have reported to the IUB and have indicated that the storm damage was one of the most destructive of record,” Huser says. Alliant Energy has announced service to neighborhoods, industries and businesses will be restored systematically. The first priority has been getting hospitals, nursing homes, fire and police departments and water systems back online.last_img read more