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RIO DE JANEIRO -- In an upcoming interview with Vogue magazine, reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne publicly reveals she is gay and is engaged to her longtime partner. Cheap Xavier Cedeno Jersey .It was just one of those articles where they came into my home, spent a couple days with me, and [fiancee] Amanda [Clifton] is a huge part of my life, Delle Donne, a Chicago Sky star, told reporters in Rio, where she is playing for Team USA. So to leave her out wouldnt have made any sense. Its not a coming out article or anything. Ive been with her for a very long time now, and people who are close to me know that, and thats that.The article states Delle Donne and Clifton were engaged June 2.Even though her relationship is now public, Delle Donne said she still plans to keep her private life private.As the future keeps moving on, I dont plan on having our relationship out in the public and all this media on it, she said, but obviously theres excitement right now because people see it for the first time.In hindsight, there were clues that they were engaged in plain sight even before Wednesdays news. Weeks ago, a photo of Clifton was posted on social media showing her next to a sign that read, Will You Marry Me? and a caption that read, I obviously said yes!The couple has been photographed frequently together in the past, too. But, as Delle Donne explained, respect for Cliftons privacy contributed to them not formally discussing their relationship before now.I decided Im not at all going to hide anything, Delle Donne said.She added that her Sky teammates have known about the relationship.They know Amanda, Delle Donne said. Shes always around. Its nothing crazy.Delle Donne is now at least the third member of the U.S. Olympic womens basketball team to announce her same-sex marriage. In May 2015, center Brittney Griner was married to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson (though Griner filed for divorce less than a month later). Two months earlier, Seimone Augustus married aspiring actress LaTaya Varnier -- but not before Team USA coach Geno Auriemma took time during a three-day national team camp to give Augustus some impromptu dancing lessons for her wedding.Sue Bird, who is also a member of Team USA, said shes definitely proud of her Olympic teammate and pleased that Delle Donnes disclosure isnt as big of a deal as it could have been in years past.Thats probably the best part of the story is that its not a huge deal anymore, Bird said. Definitely from a personal standpoint but from a society stand point, thats where we wanted to get. We wanted be in this place where its not a big deal. We want to be in this place where you dont even have to make an announcement. Its a non-issue to me in a lot of ways.The U.S. womens team opens Olympic play on Sunday. Cheap Lorenzo Cain Jersey . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. Cheap Jonathan Schoop Jersey . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. Adelaide star forward Josh Jenkins reckons there was something his AFL suitors couldnt promise in their lucrative contract offers - comfort.Jenkins on Thursday ended months of speculation about his future, signing a five-year contract extension reported to be worth about $550,000 a year.The 27-year-olds career-best form this season, booting 44 goals and averaging 5.7 marks per game, has helped the Crows surge to second on the ladder.But the Victorian native says his decision to knock back generous offers from interstate clubs wasnt just about on-field success.I just put a high price on being comfortable and happy where we are, Jenkins said.My girlfriend and I sat down and spoke about a lot of things. I said I didnt want to find a new dog-walker and I didnt want to have to get a new hairdresser.I think it says a lot about the fact that Im actually happy in Adelaide itself.Football does consume most of our lives but theres a lot of time when were away from the club as well.Jenkins, whose contract had been due to expire at the end of the year, said he had always intended to stay put despite interest from a number of rivals.He also alluded to the shockk death of former coach Phil Walsh last year and the impact it had in bringing teammates closer together. Cheap Tyler Saladino Jersey. Were all here for success. The reason Ive been more than happy to commit for so long is because I dont think were far away from that, he told the Crows website.With the demographic of the group, what weve been through and how weve become so close, and with the team playing such good football, I think we can sustain that.Coach Don Pyke said Jenkins had developed into a strong leader on and off the field with an exemplary work ethic.We are rapt Josh has decided to stay as his form and progress this season has been fantastic, Pyke said.He provides real flexibility and balance to our line-up, can play minutes in the ruck and is always keen to learn and improve his game.Jenkins, a late bloomer who made his AFL debut aged 23, was drafted by Essendon but traded to Adelaide in 2011 before playing a game.The powerful forward said he was confident his delayed start would allow him to keep playing well into his 30s. ' ' '