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This Week in Sports :: July 21-25, 2008

Jul 24, 2008

What? A brawl in the WNBA? Kidzworld has the 411 on this bizarre fight, as well as all the other happenings in sports this week!

WNBA Brawl

A brawl in the WNBA proves that anything can happen in the world of sports. In a game between the Detroit Shock and the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday, a fight erupted in the closing seconds of the game. With 4.6 seconds left, Detroit's Cheryl Ford fouled the Sparks' Candace Parker. The foul did not sit well with Parker, who had to be separated with Ford. On the next possession, Parker once again got tangled with Detroit's Plenette Pierson, and that's when the melee erupted. Parker threw a punch at Pierson before getting tackled. Then players and coaches joined in shortly after. In all, 10 players and one coach were suspended for their involvement in the fight. This is not the first time a fight erupted in that arena in Detroit. Who could forget the infamous NBA brawl that happened there almost four years ago between the Pistons and the Pacers?

50 Year-Old to Play in WNBA

Nancy Lieberman is a pioneer for women's basketball. The 50 year-old former Olympian was also the first woman to play professionally in the USBL - a former men's minor league basketball league. The Detroit Shock signed the Hall of Famer and one of their former coaches, to a seven-day contract on Thursday. In her first game on Thursday against the Houston Comets, Lieberman recorded two assists and two turnovers in nine minutes of action.

Childress to Europe

Josh Childress of the Atlanta Hawks shocked the entire basketball world when he decided to sign with a pro team in Greece. Usually, NBA players do not head overseas until they are older and not good enough to play in the NBA anymore. But Childress is a young player who has some value in the NBA. Upset with Atlanta's handling of his new contract, Childress signed a three-year, $20 million contract with the Greek team Olympiakos. Childress' signing is one of the largest deals ever given to an American player in Europe. This move by Josh could start a trend with NBA players opting to go to another country to make more money.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • Watch out Chicago Cubs, you got company! The Milwaukee Brewers have won eight straight and are only one game behind the first place Cubs in the NL.
  • The Golden State Warriors re-signed guard Monta Ellis to a six-year, $66 million contract on Thursday.
  • Dwayne De Rosario's 69th minute goal seals a 3-2 victory for the MLS All-Stars over West Ham United in the 2008 MLS All-Star Game.

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