Brian Agler hired to coach WNBA’s Dallas Wings
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Wings had already been through an extensive search for a new coach when Brian Agler suddenly became an option.
"Better to be lucky than good sometimes," Wings general manager and president Greg Bibb said Tuesday when introducing the team's new coach. "And we got lucky in early December when the all-time winningest coach in U.S. women's professional basketball history became available."
‘Short but sweet’ search lands Fisher as coach of LA Sparks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a "short but sweet" search to find the new coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Turns out he has been sitting in the courtside seats for years.
Derek Fisher was introduced Friday as coach of the team that he watched play at Staples Center while helping the Lakers win five NBA championships as their point guard. It's Fisher's second stint as a head coach in the pro ranks. He was fired from the New York Knicks in 2016.
Derek Fisher hired to coach WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher has been hired to coach the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, five days after longtime WNBA coach Brian Agler resigned.
Fisher helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five NBA titles during his 18-season playing career and served as president of the players' union. He coached the New York Knicks from 2014-2016.
Brian Agler resigns as coach of WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks
Brian Agler is ready for a new challenge.
The longtime WNBA coach resigned as coach of the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday after four years with the team that included winning a championship in 2016.
"Sometimes it's time to make a change," Agler said in a phone interview with the AP on Friday.
Agler officially resigned on Nov. 1, but was required by contract to give the team 30 days' notice. The team announced the move Friday morning.
WNBA playoff field set, LA-Minnesota meet in first round
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA playoffs are set after a wild, unpredictable regular season came to an end Sunday.
As expected, Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet in the postseason for a third straight year. Unexpectedly, it's in the first round.
The two-time WNBA finalists finished a surprising sixth and seventh in the regular season and will face off in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristi Toliver scored 18 points to help the Washington Mystics beat the Los Angeles Sparks 83-74 on Saturday for coach Mike Thibault's 300th career regular season win.
Thibault is the first WNBA coach to reach that milestone. Sparks coach Brian Agler is second all-time with 264.
LaToya Sanders added 14 points and eight rebounds while Elena Delle Donne and Ariel Atkins scored 11 points apiece for the Mystics (12-6). Washington has won six of its last seven games.
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles has jumped over Minnesota to the top spot in The Associated Press WNBA power poll following the Sparks' season-opening victory over the Lynx.
The Sparks received all 14 first-place votes from the national media panel in the first regular-season poll Tuesday. Minnesota, which had been No. 1 in the preseason poll, fell one spot to second.
Reeve, Agler, Hughes chosen court coaches at training camp
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — WNBA coaches Cheryl Reeve, Brian Agler and Dan Hughes will serve as court coaches at USA Basketball women's national team training camp in South Carolina next month.
The trio will help coach Dawn Staley with on-court drills and scrimmages during the three-day camp from Feb. 9-11.
Most of the 29 members of the national team pool are expected at the training camp, except for the five college players and those competing professionally in Asia this winter.
Sparks beat Lynx, move within win of consecutive WNBA titles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike came up big to move the Los Angeles Sparks within one win of repeating as WNBA champions.
Ogwumike had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Parker had 13 points and five steals to help the Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 75-64 in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night.
"Good players have to make big plays," Sparks coach Brian Agler said. "Tonight was our night."
Curt Miller wins coach and executive of year
Connecticut's Curt Miller is the WNBA's Coach of the Year and the Sun's Jonquel Jones earned the league's most improved player award on Sunday, the league announced.
Miller led the Sun to a fourth-place finish in the standings after the team lost Chiney Ogwumike to an injury before the season. Connecticut lost five of its first six games before winning 17 of the next 21. He received 36 votes from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks have been playing a lot better over the last few weeks and their defense has been a big reason why.
Nneka Ogwumike scored 17 of her 21 points in the first half to help the Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 87-79 on Tuesday night.
"We're getting better defensively," Los Angeles coach Brian Agler said. "At the start of the season we were one of the bottom two teams. I'm not sure where we are now, but we're better than that."