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Mystics fall in Atlanta as Elena Delle Donne suffers knee injury

Mystics fall in Atlanta as Elena Delle Donne suffers knee injury

ATLANTA -- Alex Bentley came off the bench to score 21 points and the Atlanta Dream evened their WNBA semifinal playoff series against Washington with a 78-75 victory Tuesday night, but the game was marred in the closing minutes when Mystics star Elena Delle Donne went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

Delle Donne had another huge game with 27 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal, giving the Mystics a chance to take control of the best-of-five series with their second straight road win.

Then, with just over 3 minutes remaining and Washington clinging to a 70-68 lead, Delle Donne stumbled on a drive to the basket and collapsed to the court, clutching her left knee .

The entire Mystics team raced to her side at the opposite end of the court, some turning away in dismay when they saw Delle Donne writing on the court in pain.

Washington coach Mike Thibault said he wasn't sure about the seriousness of the injury, but a pained expression revealed his concern.

"It's an emotional time," he said. "We don't know what Elena's status is going to be. Obviously, she's a huge factor in what we do."

The injury may deprive the series of two of its biggest stars. The Dream already was missing its longtime leader, Angel McCoughtry, who went down late in the season with a knee injury and cheered on her teammates from the bench.

The teams head to Washington for Game 3 on Friday night.

Dream coach Nicki Collen said she's expecting Delle Donne to be back on the court unless she hears otherwise.

"I wouldn't count her out," Collen said. "She seemed to be walking around fine after the game."

After Delle Donne's injury, Washington struggled to create offensive chances down the stretch. A traveling call gave the ball to Atlanta, which went ahead for good, 76-74, on Elizabeth Williams layup off an inbounds pass. Ariel Atkins missed a 3-pointer, Washington turned it over again and Kristi Toliver's long 3 at buzzer bounced off the rim, allowing the Dream to hold on.

Bentley provided a spark off the bench, especially after Brittney Sykes went to the bench with four fouls early in the third quarter and the Mystics pushed out to a 10-point lead, the biggest for either team. Bentley hit 8 of 14 shots, one of them on a flailing drive that really got the Dream fired up.

Wimbledon Championships canceled due to coronavirus for the first time since World War II

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Wimbledon Championships canceled due to coronavirus for the first time since World War II

Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played.

The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the event it refers to simply as The Championships is being scrapped for 2020.

Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the club's grass courts on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.

Instead, the next edition of the tournament will be June 28 to July 11, 2021.

The tournament was first held in 1877 and has been contested every year since, with the exception of two stretches: from 1915-18 because of World War I, and from 1940-45 because of World War II.

It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped completely in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

That includes the Tokyo Olympics - which have been pushed back 12 months - and the NCAA men's and women's college basketball tournaments.

Wimbledon is the first major tennis championship completely wiped out this year because of the coronavirus. The start of the French Open was postponed from late May to late September.

As of now, the U.S. Open is still scheduled to be played in New York from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.

The List: What's the best cereal?

The List: What's the best cereal?

Oh what’s that you say? I won the The List again? Well, it’s good to see everyone agrees with my logic on super powers now too. 

Okay, so Alexa won too, so what, I’m making this about me. 

How could anyone vote for anything other than flying being the greatest super power? 

Who doesn’t want to avoid traffic instantly?  You can travel anywhere effortlessly, get a great view of anything, and just like in that weird dream you have, avoid anyone chasing you just by jumping up in the sky and evading them (oh that’s just my dream? Okay well you never know).  

Plus, Superman could fly. I mean, his name is Superman. He has super right in his name, which means everything he does is at the highest level of all super heroes. 

That includes flying, and that’s why flying is the best.  

But I don’t need to tell you that, because you already made the same smart choice.  

Let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute here, and just admit that it’s human nature to argue about pretty much anything. It doesn’t mean you care about everything enough to argue, but everything out there has someone arguing in favor of it.  

That’s what makes “The List” so great, and it’s also why it’s very important that you understand Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch is the greatest cereal ever made. 

For one, everyone loves peanut butter.  Plus it’s not overdone with a whole bunch of extra flavors, just simple perfect crunchy peanut butter perfection.  

Plus it makes the milk taste amazing.  

Don’t think twice, and vote for Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter crunch.