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Tennessee to redshirt injured forward Maymon

Tennessee to redshirt injured forward Maymon

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee plans to redshirt senior forward Jeronne Maymon, who hasn't played all season after having a setback in his recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Maymon, a second-team all-Southeastern Conference selection last season, will have one more year of eligibility remaining.

``It's really tough to know that I can't be on the court with my teammates this season,'' Maymon said Sunday night in a statement released by the university. ``But I have confidence in them, just like I have confidence in these coaches and our medical staff. I know this is in my best interest, and I am going to work incredibly hard to come back as an even better player and teammate next season. I love Tennessee. I believe everything happens for a reason, and I see this injury as a blessing in disguise. God does not make mistakes.''

Tennessee (8-4) hosts Mississippi on Wednesday in its SEC opener.

When the Volunteers announced before the season that Maymon had a setback in his recovery, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said the injury wouldn't keep the 6-foot-7 forward out the entire season. But the injury lingered to the point that the Vols eventually decided a redshirt was the best option.

After playing sparingly during the Vols' tour of Italy this summer, Maymon hasn't practiced with the team since his setback.

Maymon averaged 12.7 points and ranked fifth in the SEC with 8.1 rebounds per game last season while serving as the Vols' emotional leader. He ranked second on the Vols in scoring and led the team in rebounding, field-goal percentage (.558) and steals (1.0). Maymon also was fourth in the SEC with nine double-doubles.

The combination of Maymon and sophomore Jarnell Stokes figured to give Tennessee a formidable frontcourt tandem. Before the season, Maymon talked about trying to help give the Vols the nation's top frontcourt.

Without Maymon in the lineup, Tennessee has struggled on offense. The Vols are averaging 64.5 points per game and are shooting 42.4 percent this year, down from 68.8 points per game and 43.8 percent last season.

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.

Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.

But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.

While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.

Here are some photos to put it in perspective...

Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...

On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...

With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

 In their second victory against the Chicago Sky this season, Elena Delle Donne dominated once again.

In 33 minutes of play, the star forward racked up 22 points, seven rebounds and 9 of 15 field goals against her former team. She led the Mystics in points and rebounds. 

Tianna Hawkins brought a spark off the bench, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, six of ten field goals and a +11 differential in just 18 minutes of play. 

The Mystics won all four games on this road trip, tying their season-high win streak from earlier this season. Washington is now 8-3 as they head home to host the Connecticut Sun, who just snapped a seven-game win streak.

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