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Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver named 2018 WNBA All-Stars

Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver named 2018 WNBA All-Stars

On Tuesday, the WNBA revealed the list of 22 players selected by fans, WNBA players and head coaches and media for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018. 

Two Washington Mystics will be featured in the July 28 showcase at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Elena Delle Donne is making her fifth All-Star appearance and serving as one of two team captains, while Kristi Toliver earns the honor for her second time, and first since 2013. 

Delle Donne recorded her 3,000th career point Sunday night becoming the fastest player in WNBA history to reach the milestone with a 23-point performance in a loss to the Atlanta Dream. It was just the 148th game of her career. 

The 28-year-old is averaging 20.6 points, good for fourth in the league. 

Toliver is averaging 14 points and 4.2 assists. The former Maryland Terrapin is also just a week removed from making her debut as part of the Wizards coaching staff during Las Vegas Summer League. 

The Mystics are 13-9 and atop the eastern conference by 0.5 games. The last time the team had two all-stars was in 2015, when Stefanie Dolson and Emma Meesseman played together.

For ticket information about Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018, fans may visit lynx.wnba.com/allstar/.

Katie Ledecky's impact away from competition at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

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Katie Ledecky's impact away from competition at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are officially under two years away, which will mark Japan's fourth time hosting the Games. 

Just this week wrapped up the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships from Tokyo serving as a preview for not only next year's world championships, but the 2020 Games itself. 

21-year-old American swimming phenom Katie Ledecky continued to make her dominant presence felt finishing with three individual gold medals (400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle races) in the meet.  The 1,500-meter wasn't even close. 

What she did with her time away from competition, though, was just as impactful. 

The Washington, D.C. native held a Sports Diplomacy swimming clinic in Setagaya Ward. This will be the site of Team USA training camps ahead of Tokyo 2020. 

The U.S. Department of State thanked Ledecky for "deepening US-Japan cultural bonds & educational exchanges." 

So far Ledecky has won five Olympic gold medals and 14 world championship gold medals, the most in history for a female swimmer. 

2019 World Swimming Championships are set to be held in Gwangju, South Korea next July.