April 25, 2019
Ruth J Morrison

Ruth J Morrison

In-studio Report About 2015 WNBA Draft with Naomi Grey

What’s The 411Sports correspondent, Naomi Grey, came to the studio to talk with What’s The 411Sports hosts Glenn Gilliam and Greg Alcala about the 2015 WNBA Draft.

In the video, Naomi gives us the “411” on the first five players selected in the draft; and the New York Liberty’s draft selections. Naomi also engaged in conversation with Glenn and Greg regarding what the WNBA and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver can do to give the WNBA more visibility.

In case you were wondering, the top five picks in the 2015 WNBA Draft were:

1. Notre Dame’s shooting guard, Jewell Loyd selected No.1 by The Seattle Storm

2. Minnesota Golden Gopher’s Amanda Zahui B. selected by Tulsa Shock

3. UConn’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis selected by the Seattle Storm

4. Duke’s center/forward Elizabeth Williams selected by the Connecticut Sun

5. Middle Tennessee State University center Cheyenne Parker selected by Chicago Sky

Oddly enough, the Daily News Journal reported that Parker was dismissed from her MTSU team in late February for repeated violations of athletic department policy.

Parker served a five-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of athletic department policy to begin this season. That suspension included both of the Lady Raiders' preseason games and the first three games of the regular season.

I guess the Chicago Sky were unfazed by Parker's athletic department policy violations, or her skills trump the violations. We'll get to the bottom of this later.

For more information about the WNBA Draft, read Naomi Grey’s detailed article about the 2015 WNBA Draft.

Domestic Violence A Lingering Issue for NFL

In this episode of What's The 411Sports recorded on September 15, 2014, the panel of Chris Graham, Gregory Alcala, Bianca Peart, and Glenn Gilliam are giving commentary on sports news and events. This week they are talking about:

NFL Week 2
16 U.S. Senators Sent a Letter NFL Commissioner Goodell Regarding Domestic Violence
Mayweather vs. Maidana
Danny Ferry's Controversial Comments About former Cleveland Cavaliers player Luol Deng
Interview with Professional Boxer Sonya "The Scholar" Lamonakis
In the Dog House: NFL: Lack of Policies for Domestic Violence

 

Athletes Rising: Becky Hammon, Danny Jacobs, and Mason Plumlee

In this episode of What's The 411Sports, the team of Glenn Gilliam, Bianca Peart, Gregory Alcala, and Chris Graham, are talking about the San Antonio Spurs elevating Becky Hammon to its coaching staff, making her the first woman to become a coach on an NBA team; and Professional Boxer Danny Jacobs' return to the boxing ring after beating bone cancer, and other stories

Dean Smith Acknowledgement, NFL Combine, Nets Scrambling, and Knicks in the Basement

GLENN: THANKS FOR JOINING US.

GREG: IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE PASSING OF DEAN SMITH, THE COACHING INNOVATOR WHO WON TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NORTH CAROLINA, AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IN 1976 AND INDUCTION INTO BASKETBALL'S HALL OF FAME MORE THAN A DECADE BEFORE HE LEFT THE BENCH, DIED ON SUNDAY. HE WAS 83.

GLENN: THE NFL COMBINE IS IN FULL SWING. TEAMS ARE GETTING READY FOR NEXT SEASON.  BUT I WANT TO TAKE A QUICK LOOK BACK TO SUPER BOWL 49 BECAUSE I DO HAVE AN ISSUE.

GREG: STAYING WITH FOOTBALL AND THE COMBINE WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE MEDIA’S CREATION OF THE JAMEIS WINSTON - MARCOS MARIOTTA COMPETITION? AND SPEAKING ABOUT GUYS COMING OUT OF COLLEGE, CARDEL JONES, OHIO STATE’S STAND OUT 3RD STRING QUARTERBACK DECIDED TO STAY IN SCHOOL. SHOULD HE HAVE STAYED OR SHOULD HE HAVE BOLTED FOR THE NFL?

GREG: THE NEW YORK JETS HIRED TODD BOWLES AS HEAD COACH TO REPLACE REX RYAN. IS THIS A GOOD MOVE FOR THE JETS? AND GIANTS MAY GIVE TOM COUGHLIN AN EXTENSION IS THIS GOOD FOR THE GIANTS?

GLENN: SINCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT QUARTERBACKS, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT MY TOP FIVE NFL QBS OF ALL TIME: 1) MONTANA 2) BRADY 3) DOUG WILLIAMS 4) AARON ROGERS 5) WARREN MOON ...THAT'S RIGHT I SAID IT! AND RUSSELL WILSON IS RIGHT BEHIND MOON, SO THERE.

GREG: I NOTICED THAT PEYTON MANNING IS NOT ON YOUR LIST. MANNING TOLD THE DENVER BRONCOS THAT HE IS READY TO ROLL. DOES HE HAVE ANOTHER SUPERBOWL RUN LEFT IN HIS ARM?

Women Making History: Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, and Natalie Hinds

A huge shoutout goes to three African-American swimmers who took the top three finishes in a single event at the Women's Division 1 NCAA Championship. Simone Manuel and Lia Neal of Stanford University, and the University of Florida's Natalie Hinds took the top three spots respectively in the women's 100 yard freestyle on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Fans who follow swimming closely, would remember that Neal won a bronze medal in the 4x100 free relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Upon their win, USA Swimming tweeted:

History @NCAA Swim Championships 100 free as @simone_manuel @LiaNeal @nathindss became first African-Americans to earn 1-2-3 #sportforall

Way to go, ladies, looking for continued greatness in 2016!!!

Katrina Adams: A Woman Making History

Katrina Adams made history when she was elected Chair, CEO and President of the United States Tennis Association. Adams became the first black person to lead the USTA as Chair, CEO, and President.

The video opens with an interview conducted last summer at the US OPEN 2014, with D.A. Abrams, USTA’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, who foretold Ms. Adam’s ascension.

Brooklyn Nets are on a Tear; Knicks Tanking, and Steve Nash is Retiring

What's The 411Sports hosts Glenn Gilliam and Gregory Alcala are discussing New York basketbal in the run-up to the NBA playoffs and Steve Nash's retirement.

Steve Nash, a Canadian born in South Africa, played in the National Basketball Association for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, the Phoenix Suns again, and lastly with the Los Angeles Lakers. An outstanding point guard, Nash, was an eight-time NBA All-Star and a two-time recipient of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

 

 

The New Face of New York Baseball

Now that New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has retired, who will be the face of New York baseball? Will it be Matt Harvey, Masahiro Tanaka, Curtis Granderson, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, or minor league baseball player, Aaron Judge?

Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke, and Michigan State are the 2015 NCAA Final Four

Now that Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke, and Michigan State made it into the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, who will ascend to the Final 2 and ultimately win the championship?

Many have their eyes on Kentucky as the Wildcats come to the tournament with a 38-0 record.

Can Kentucky get past Wisconsin?

Can Michigan State under Tom Izzo derail the Duke Blue Devils?

We shall see on Saturday, April 4, 2015, but in the meantime, watch the What's The 411Sports hosts, Glenn Gilliam and Greg Alcala duke it out in this video (no pun intended)!

 

Mo'ne Davis Donates her Jersey to Baseball Hall of Fame

In this episode of What's The 411Sports, the panel of Chris Graham, Gregory Alcala, Bianca Peart and Glenn Gilliam discuss sports news and events of the week including stories that are flying under the radar.

Mo'ne Davis is in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Brooklyn Nets Media Day
NFL Week 4 Roundup: Teddy Bridgewater, Steve Smith, Kirk Cousins, RG III, Geno Smith
The Pennsylvania Legislature Unanimously Approved September 14 -20 as Taney Dragons Week
Tony Stewart Walks Away From Criminal Charges
Derek Jeter Makes His Final Appearance at Yankees Stadium
In the Doghouse (Unofficially): John Idzik, Jr. GM, New York Jets
and more...

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