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Mystics beat Sun to take 2-1 lead in WNBA Finals

Elena Delle Donne put forth a gutsy effort, playing through a back injury, and Washington beat the Connecticut Sun 94-81 on Sunday and moved within a victory of winning the franchise’s first title.

Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne has herniated disk in back

Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has a herniated disk in her back. The league’s MVP is undergoing treatment and the team said it would update her status Saturday. The series is tied 1-1, with Game 3 at Connecticut on Sunday.

Elena Delle Donne’s 29 points, 12 rebounds lead Mystics past Storm

Elena Delle Donne had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Ariel Atkins added 17 points – hitting five 3-pointers – and the Washington Mystics beat the Seattle Storm 99-79. Emma Meesseman chipped in with 13 points for Washington (14-6), which matched its season high with a fifth straight victory. Kristi Toliver and Aerial Powers each scored 12 points.

Elena Delle Donne, A’ja Wilson are WNBA All-Star captains

Elena Delle Donne is a captain of the WNBA All-Star Game for the second straight year. This time she’ll be facing a team captained by A’ja Wilson. The WNBA announced the pair as captains for the All-Star Game in Las Vegas that will be played on July 27.

WNBA All-Stars see coming out as way to help others

Many of the WNBA’s top players, including several in this weekend’s All-Star game, have come out over the past few years. Their decisions have not generated the headlines they once did. WNBA players’ sexual orientation was rarely publicly discussed when the league first started, but now it is embraced and topics like same-sex marriage and child care are commonplace. Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi see it as a chance to help others struggling with their sexuality.

Word ‘championship’ arises as Mystics introduce Elena Delle Donne

Here’s a hint at what Elena Delle Donne’s addition means to the Washington Mystics: All of 33 seconds into the 2015 WNBA MVP’s introductory news conference Friday, coach and general manager Mike Thibault used the word “championship.” So, yes, expectations are suddenly high for the Mystics, who have won precisely one playoff series in the team’s 19-season history.

Former WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne traded from Sky to Mystics

The Washington Mystics have acquired Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky for Stefanie Dolson, Kahleah Copper and the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft. The 2015 WNBA MVP is arguably the biggest name to be traded in the 21-year history of the league. The move Thursday gets Delle Donne closer to her Delaware home.

Seattle Storm eliminated from playoff picture

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Allie Quigley scored 17 points, Elena Delle Donne reached 1,500 career points, and the Chicago Sky beat the Seattle Storm 93-65 on Sunday night. The Sky (20-12) moved a step closer to securing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and eliminated the Storm (9-22) from playoff contention.

Elena Delle Donne, Courtney Vandersloot lead Sky past Storm, 94-84

SEATTLE – Elena Delle Donne and former Gonzaga University star Courtney Vandersloot each scored 21 points to help the Chicago Sky beat the Seattle Storm 94-84 on Friday night. Delle Donne was back in the lineup after missing a game with an ankle injury. The WNBA scoring leader was 5 of 13 from the field and 11 of 11 at the foul line. The third-year pro was greeted with cheers during introductions, finally playing at Key Arena after missing 2013 with a foot sprain and last season to Lyme Disease.

Delle Donne to miss All-Star game with concussion

Forward Elena Delle Donne will miss the WNBA All-Star game today ( 12:30 p.m., ABC) because of a concussion. The No. 2 pick in the draft was injured in the Chicago Sky’s loss to Washington on Wednesday when she was going for a loose ball with a minute left in the third quarter. Delle Donne is the first rookie to lead the All-Star voting and will be replaced on the Eastern Conference roster by Atlanta’s Erika de Souza. Delle Donne, whos averages 18.2 points for third-best in the WNBA, joins top draft pick Brittney Griner (sprained left knee) on the sideline for the league’s showcase game at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. – AP

Delle Donne finds comfort at home with Delaware

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tina Martin’s best recruiting pitch for Elena Delle Donne was to do no recruiting at all. The Delaware coach’s decision has paid off for the third-seeded Blue Hens (30-1), who open play in the NCAA tournament against Arkansas-Little Rock (20-12) today.