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‘Players of the New School’ showcases black women influencers in media

Last week Jasmine Baker finally sat down with her “Minny Tribe” to discuss the upcoming WNBA season. This group consists of a few of the top writers, producers, content creators and influencers in sports media. The east...

Sky’s Allie Quigley became a WNBA star through hard work, resilience

When you think of Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the back-to-back WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year awards she won in 2014 and 2015? How about her 29 points...

Jesse Owens was the ultimate underdog success despite Nazi opposition

Athletic achievement has a way of silencing haters. For legendary Olympian Jesse Owens, the haters happened to be Nazis, in Germany, during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Adolf Hitler conducted the opening ceremony. As Owens lined up...

The self-confidence of today’s WNBA players is a lesson for all women

Today’s WNBA players don’t cry, “Nobody believes in us!” Instead, they show utmost belief in themselves. And thank goodness! For way too long, women athletes had to “apologize” for playing sports, expected to compensate for their “unfeminine” athleticism through...

WNBA: Taj McWilliams-Franklin is an underdog who exceeded expectations

The WNBA’s first generation of players was all underdogs. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, American women’s basketball players plied their trade across the globe, all while holding out for the promise of a professional league in...

NCAAW: Taylor Mikesell leaving Maryland for Oregon part of bigger trend

On Saturday, former Maryland Terrapins sharpshooter Taylor Mikesell revealed her decision to sign with the Oregon Ducks, who lost stars Sabrina Ionescu, Satou Sabally and Ruth Hebard to graduation and the WNBA. Mikesell joins a surprisingly large number...

WNBA: Emma Meesseman of the Washington Mystics was an underdog in 2013

In a league where many second- and third-round draft picks never fulfill their dreams of playing in the pros, Emma Meesseman’s performance in the 2019 WNBA Finals says a lot about her ability to defy expectations as...

‘For the Culture’ shows Staley changing the culture, changing the game

ESPN recently aired the South Carolina-centered documentary “For the Culture” showing the Gamecocks’ reflections of their successful 2019-20 season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gamecocks are one of the most visible teams in college...

NCAAW: Arizona Wildcats were tournament-bound for first time since 2005

The NCAA isn’t releasing a bracket this year but at Swish Appeal we’ve decided to make one anyway, based on this formula created by our Zack Ward. Here’s a recap of one of the 64 teams who...

NCAAW: Iowa Hawkeyes found an heir to Megan Gustafson in Kathleen Doyle

The NCAA isn’t releasing a bracket this year but at Swish Appeal we’ve decided to make one anyway, based on this formula created by our Zack Ward. Here’s a recap of one of the 64 teams who...

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