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Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne is ready to sit out the 2017 season to force a move to another team, according to VICE Sports. David Clarkson Jersey.Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP and former Rookie of the Year, is a restricted free agent this offseason. The three-time All-Star indicated she would be willing to change teams on the Locked on Womens Basketball podcast.Some things will be moving forward for me, Delle Donne said on the podcast. Ive loved playing with my teammates. Theres a great group of young women there. And hopefully with [new Sky coach] Amber [Stocks] and a new system, itll be great for them. But for me, wherever I end up, Ill be ready to play basketball.The Sky did not immediately return requests for comment from ESPN.Delle Donne averaged 21.5 points per game last season as the Sky reached the WNBA semifinals, and former coach and general manager Pokey Chatman was fired after an 18-16 campaign.Stocks, a former assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks, had little to say about Delle Donne during her introductory news conference, according to VICE.Sky owner Michael Alter also avoided speculation about a contract extension for Delle Donne, who has led Chicago in scoring since joining the team as the No. 2 pick in the 2013 draft.Free agency starts in January, and I think part of that process is -- this is with every player, not just Elena, whos a restricted free agent -- is a conversation about what our plans are, Alter told VICE, and finding out who is committed to what were doing and who will embrace what were doing and who wants to be here.The Sky can match any offer made by another team in free agency, but according to VICE, Delle Donne wont rule out missing the 2017 season should Chicago try to block a move with a qualifying offer. The Washington Mystics, who finished 13-21 last season, are a potential destination for Delle Donne, whose family lives in the area.I dont want to have to sit out, she told VICE. I want to play the game I love, the game I work so hard on. So hopefully that doesnt have to occur in my future. Jack Johnson Jersey . -- Stanford squashed Oregons national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. David Savard Blue Jackets Jersey . All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. http://www.bluejacketshockeystore.us/Nick-Foligno-Jersey/ . After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. In the most basic sense, coaches help provide us with entertainment. Yet we demand much more of them than that. We have an entire genre of film and television built around the idea that coaches, particularly in high school and college, have a deep and long-lasting influence on their players. As a society, we buy into the narrative that through strict discipline, hard work and inspirational words, coaches can mold young people into good, successful adults.My work focuses specifically on the intersection of football and sexual violence, and people often ask me how we can begin to mitigate this problem within sports. While there are many answers to this question, an obvious one is that coaches must be a part of the solution. Thats especially true in the bright spotlight of the NFL, where misogyny and violence against women have become epidemic. So the day before the presidential election, when Patriots coach Bill Belichick sent a letter of support to Donald Trump-whom numerous women have accused of assault (allegations that the president-elect denies)-and added his voice to endorsements by Rex Ryan, Mike Leach and a handful of retired coaches, I wondered what message that sent to his players, fans and anyone else who was listening.Coaches understand their level of influence better than any of us. Theyre folded into our communities; they can get movement and money on whatever issues they support. What they say matters, which is why they are so careful with their words and so often try to remove themselves from hard conversations. This is especially true for issues like domestic and sexual violence. We care so deeply about a teams ability to win that when a player is reported for committing off-field violence and his playing time is jeopardized, its all we can talk about. How a coach responds to allegations often sets the tone for how his team and the fan base react. At Baylor, where 17 women reported 19 players for sexual or domestic violence in the past five years, coach Art Briles lost his job after his team was found to have a cultural accountability failure. Yet there were calls from boosters to reinstate him.The NFL continues to struggle with how to respond to reports of domestic violence, with teams not handling the problem openly and coaches often offering no significant comment. This came to a head aggain in October with former Giants kicker Josh Brown, who admitted to abusing his then-wife in 2015. Custom Columbus Blue Jackets Jersey. The inaction spoke volumes: The team had re-signed Brown in the offseason despite knowing his history; the league suspended him for one game once his admission became public, despite a policy that allows for up to six; and coach Ben McAdoo, who once stated he wouldnt tolerate domestic violence, said little more during the episode than Were not going to turn our back on Josh. Hes a teammate and a guy were hoping makes strides. Brown was later released.Coaches can no longer ignore their role in perpetuating a culture that takes these issues too lightly. After the election, Belichick backed away from his letter, saying it wasnt politically motivated, just a note to a friend. The letters he writes dont mean I agree with every single thing that every person thinks about politics, religion or other subjects, he said. Yet by his refusing to engage in the conversation any further, how are we to know what he means?There are coaches across the country who are engaging in issues like healthy relationships, consent and gender equity. Nebraska coach Mike Riley apologized to Brenda Tracy, who reported being assaulted by multiple players during Rileys tenure at Oregon State in 1998. She spoke to his current players earlier this year and has said she now considers Riley a friend and an ally. Futures Without Violence has a program called Coaching Boys Into Men, which integrates a coach-led discussion of those issues into regular practice. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten helped put the program into schools in the Arlington, Texas, area. The key is getting more coaches interested in doing the work.Its going to take the country a long time to unpack everything thats happened in this election cycle. We are at a moment when the ability to shift the conversation from one of locker room talk to one of anti-misogyny feels like a herculean effort. For young people and fans of sport, coaches are spiritual and cultural guides for how they view the world. Coaches must embrace that role, not shun it.Jessica Luthers book Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape is out now. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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