Covered in stars, stripes, red, white and blue, the Washington Valor unveiled their uniforms for the 2017 season Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center.
For their inaugural season starting in the spring, the Arena Football League team of the nation’s capital is donning the same patriotic color scheme of several other Washington, D.C. pro teams — the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals and Mystics.
Officially on March 10, 2016, the AFL awarded Monumental Sports and Entertainment — led by chairman and Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis — the rights to the new team, which also will play its games at the Verizon Center.
Following the acquisition, longtime AFL coach Dean Cokinos — who helped revealing the uniforms — was named the Valor’s first head coach, and in July, the team was officially named and its logo was released.
The Valor is the first AFL franchise in D.C. since the Washington Commandos, which folded in 1990, and the first indoor league team since the D.C. Armor played in the American Indoor Football Association in 2009.
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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/.
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