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Mystics move on as Kara Lawson ponders retirement

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Mystics move on as Kara Lawson ponders retirement

Kara Lawson's basketball résumé is the stuff of legends. Two state High School titles at West Springfield. All-American at Tennessee. Gold medalist for USA Basketball. WNBA championship with the Sacramento Monarchs. The All-Star shined during 13 WNBA seasons, including the last two with the Washington Mystics. 

Now there's a good chance the 35-year-old guard and Alexandria native's on-court resume won't any additional chapters. 

While she has not officially retired, Lawson is not on the Mystics roster for the 2016 season. The belief is that she will instead focus on her burgeoning broadcasting career.

"She chose to work for ESPN as of right now, " Mystics coach Mike Thibault told CSNmidatlantic.com.

Thibault, who also serves as the team's general manager, is prepping for the upcoming season as if Lawson will not return. Washington opens training camp this week. 

For several years, Lawson spent her offseasons working as a college and professional basketball analyst. Her current ESPN duties include coverage of the NBA playoffs.

Lawson averaged 9.6 points and sank 93.9 percent of her free throws last season in 22 games for the Mystics, who reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons under Thibault. The career 39 percent 3-point shooter played a key role on Sacramento's 2005 title team and won gold with USA basketball in 2008.

Thibault coached Lawson for three seasons with the Connecticut Sun including 2012 when she averaged a career-high 15.1 points. Named Washington's coach and GM in December 2012, Thibault acquired Lawson before the 2014 season to serve as a perimeter option and veteran leader.

Victor Oladipo crushed his 'In My Feelings' challenge

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Victor Oladipo crushed his 'In My Feelings' challenge

The latest viral sensation stems from Drake's new song 'In My Feelings' and it's breaking the internet. There's something about these challenges that interest the sports world and professional athletes themselves. 

Remember when the Miami Heat released their Harlem Shake music video? This viral sensation would be the start of many more to come. 

A year later, in 2014, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took center stage. The New York Jets released their music video after being nominated by the Jimmy Fallon from The Tonight Show and the New England Patriots. 

In March of 2016, the “Running Man” was created after University of Maryland basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley posted an Instagram video dancing to Ghost Town DJ's 1996 classic "My Boo".  

Then came the Mannequin Challenge, where people remained frozen while “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd played in the background. The New York Giants joined in on the fun from their locker room. 

This year's craze all began when social media star @TheShiggyShow posted a video interpreting Drake's lyrics through dance moves. 

Upper Marlboro, Md. native and DeMatha Catholic High School alum Victor Oladipo posted his challenge on Instagram Tuesday. 

Oladipo just continues to show he is a true renaissance man. First showing off his vocals at last month's NBA Awards and now this. That man is one smooth cat. 

7.6.18: Special Edition -- Rick Horrow on location in Africa

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7.6.18: Special Edition -- Rick Horrow on location in Africa

Sports professor Rick Horrow is on location in Africa and is joined by LeAnn Davis, park ranger and rhino activist.

By Rick Horrow

Podcast Editor: Tanner Simkins