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NWSL announces list of players available in college draft

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The 2022 NWSL College Draft is on Saturday, with the NWSL announcing on Tuesday the full list of players available to be drafted.

As expected, Florida State midfielder Jaelin Howell has declared for the NWSL College Draft and will likely be selected first overall by San Diego, sources told Just Women’s Sports.

Others included on the list are Naomi Girma from Stanford and Penelope Hocking from Southern California, Just Women’s Sports’ projected second and third picks in the draft.

The 2022 NWSL Draft presented by Ally will stream live on Paramount+, the CBS Sports HQ Twitch channel and on the CBS Sports HQ and NWSL YouTube channels. CBS Sports HQ will also stream the draft from 2-4 PM, ET. Both drafts will stream internationally outside the U.S. on the NWSL’s Twitch channel.

Final list of players registered for the 2022 NWSL Draft, in alphabetical order:

Last Name First Name School/University Position(s) Played Hometown Youth Club Citizenship
Adams Haileigh University of Colorado – Boulder Defender Pasadena, California Golden State United States
Adams Leslie Siena College Goalkeeper Collegeville, PA Reading Rage United States
Alexander Tinaya Louisiana State University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Reading, England Arsenal Women Youth Academy United Kingdom
Anderson Taylor University of Richmond Midfielder Peachtree Corners, Georgia Concorde Fire United States
Arthurs Carli Stephen F. Austin State University Forward, Defender Lewisville, Texas Solar Soccer Club United States
Aviza Shannon St. John’s University Midfielder, Defender Medway, Massachusetts Boston Breakers United States
Bardes Erica Central Connecticut State University Midfielder, Defender Montvale, New Jersey World Class FC United States
Bass Jasmine New Jersey City University Forward, Midfielder Middletown, New York TOWS (Town of Walkill Soccer Club) United States
Beckman Natalie University of Denver Forward, Midfielder Aurora, Colorado Colorado Rapids (Colorado Storm) United States
Beletic Isabella University of Incarnate Word Midfielder, Defender Corpus Christi, Texas Classics Elite / Athenians United States
Belisle Mollie University of Georgia Forward Atlanta, Georgia Concorde Fire United States
Bennett Elysa Washington State University Forward De Pere, Wisconsin FC Wisconsin Eclipse (ECNL) United States
Bentick Aysha University of Louisiana – Monroe Midfielder, Defender London, England Millwall Lionesses United Kingdom
Berry Olivia Benedictine College Goalkeeper Cedar Hill, Missouri WC St. Louis United States
Bike Jenna Boston College Forward Trumbull, Connecticut Connecticut Football Club United States
Bloomer Jordyn University of Wisconsin – Madison Goalkeeper Hartland, Wisconsin FC Wisconsin United States
Bostard Haley Grand Canyon University Midfielder, Defender Discovery Bay, California West Coast Wild United States
Bova Marisa Purdue University Goalkeeper Hartland, Wisconsin SC Waukesha (SC Wave) United States
Breslin Hope University of Illinois Forward, Mifielder Massapequa, New York East Meadow Soccer Club United States
Briede Belle Stanford University Forward, Midfielder Alpharetta, Georgia Tophat Soccer Club United States
Brown Ryanne Wake Forest University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana Fire United States
Brummett Gabi University of Portland Forward, Midfielder Bow, New Hampshire FC Stars of Massachusetts United States
Bruster Kayla University of Georgia Defender Smyrna, Georgia Tophat Soccer Club United States
Caffey Tiana Louisiana State University Midfielder, Defender Port St. Lucie, Florida Space Coast United United States
Cahalan Claire University of Toledo Forward, Mifielder Ann Arbor, Michigan Michigan Hawks United States
Camberos Scarlett University of California – Irvine Forward, Midfielder Chula Vista, California Albion Soccer Club United States/Mexico
Campbell Raenah Drexel University Forward Skaneateles, New York Syracuse Developmental Academy United States
Canales Marley University of California – Los Angeles Midfielder San Diego, California San Diego Surf United States
Cardozo Ashley Utah State University Forward, Midfielder Salt Lake City, Utah La Roca United States
Cavanaugh Meghan University of South Florida Forward, Midfielder Clifton Park, New York New York Elite FC United States
Chang Lauren University of South Carolina Midfielder Alpharetta, Georgia Tophat Soccer Club United States
Cherry Mackenzie Coastal Carolina University Midfielder, Defender Canton, Georgia Atlanta Concorde Fire ECNL United States
Cleverley Daisy Georgetown University Midfielder Auckland, New Zealand Western Springs Club AFC New Zealand
Coleman Gabriella Oklahoma State University Forward Keller, Texas D’Feeters Soccer Club/ DKSC United States
Cook Ava Michigan State University Forward Battle Creek, Michigan Midwest United – Kalamazoo United States
Correa De Oliveira Julia Chicago State University Forward, Midfielder Canoas, Brazil EC Pelotas Phoenix Brazil
Cosme Caitlin Duke University Defender New Hyde Park, New York Albertson Fury 98 United States
Cowart Jessika University of Washington Midfielder, Defender Redwood City, California Palo Alto Soccer Club United States
Cummings Sydney Georgetown University Defender Millstone Township, New Jersey FC Copa Academy United States
Curran Chardonnay University of Oregon Midfielder, Defender Ewa Beach, Hawaii Hawaii Rush United States
DeMarco Giovanna Wake Forest University Midfielder Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania Match Fit Academy United States
DeMelo Savannah University of Southern California Forward, Midfielder Bellflower, California Beach Futbol Club United States
Dennis Chyanne University of South Florida Midfielder, Defender Sunrise, Florida Orlando City ECNL United States/Jamaica
DePriest Peyton Middle Tennessee State University Forward, Midfielder Franklin, Tennessee Tennessee Soccer Club United States
Dickey Claudia University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Goalkeeper Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Soccer Academy United States
Dierickx Natalie Western Washington University Goalkeeper Kirkland, Washington Crossfire Premier FC United States
DiGenova Marissa Temple University Forward, Midfielder, Defender King of Prussia, Pennsylvania FC Delco United States
Diwura Soale Wasila Louisiana State University Midfielder Accra, Ghana Hasaacas Ladies FC Ghana
Doyle Darby Western Washington University Midfielder Spokane, Washington Spokane Shadow G98 United States
Doyle Julie Santa Clara University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Newport Beach, California San Diego Surf Soccer Club United States
Edwards Hannah Grand Canyon University Defender Aurora, Colorado Colorado Storm ECNL United States
Elwell Madison Vanderbilt University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Ambler, Pennsylvania YMS Xplosion United States
Enciso Sabrina University of Arizona Defender Moreno Valley, California SoCal Blues United States
Fishel Mia University of California – Los Angeles Forward, Midfielder San DIego, California San Diego Surf SC United States
Fisher Samantha University of Notre Dame Forward, Midfielder Simi Valley, California Real So Cal United States
Fregulia Kaitlin Cal State University – Long Beach Forward, Defender Torrance, California Beach Futbol Club United States
Frerker Andrea Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville Midfielder, Defender Maryville, Illinois Loufusz Soccer Club United States
Gareis Ryan University of South Carolina Forward Naperville, Illinois Sockers FC Chicago ECNL United States
Gee Tatum Princeton University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Long Beach, California Beach Futbol Club United States
Girma Naomi Stanford University Defender San Jose, California N/A United States
Golob Lana Virgina Commonwealth University Defender Recica ob Paki, Slovenia ŽNK Nona Pomurje Slovenia
Grant Jazmin University of Houston Forward, Midfielder Atascocita , Texas Texas Rush United States
Gray Emily Virginia Tech University Midfielder Sewell, New Jersey Penn Fusion Soccer Academy United States
Green Deanna University of South Alabama Midfielder, Defender Madison, Mississippi Mississippi Rush United States
Griffith Sarah Purdue University Forward, Midfielder Naperville, Illinois Team Chicago United States
Grosso Julia University of Kentucky Midfielder, Defender Sunrise, Florida Sunrise Sting United States
Guion Renee Clemson University Defender Simpsonville, South Carolina Carolina Elite Soccer Academy United States
Halvorsen Kaile Santa Clara University Forward, Midfielder Honolulu, Hawaii Surf Hawaii United States
Hancuff Hensley Clemson University Goalkeeper Edmond, Oklahoma Orlando Pride DA Club United States
Hand Jacqueline Colorado College Forward, Midfielder Auckland, New Zealand Auckland Football Federation New Zealand
Hansen Taylor University of Montana Defender Cardiff by the Sea, California San Diego Surf Soccer Club United States
Harber Jojo Stanford University Forward, Defender Bellevue, Washington Eastside FC/Crossfire ECNL United States
Harding Audrey University of North Carolina – Wilmington Forward, Midfielder Akron, Ohio Ohio Premier United States
Harkleroad Emma University of South Dakota Goalkeeper Geneva, Illinois Strikers Fox Valley United States
Harr Jordie Texas Tech University Forward, Midfielder Sachse, Texas Sting Soccer United States
Harriot Madiya Vanderbilt University Midfielder, Defender Davie, Florida Sunrise Sting United States
Harris Tiana Kent State University Defender Whitby, Canada FC Durham Academy Canada
Heckman Isabel Murray State University Defender Powder Springs, Georgia Southern Soccer Academy United States
Hopcroft Shanade University of Colorado – Boulder Forward, Midfielder Aylesbury, England Middlesex U17’s United Kingdom
Howell Jaelin Florida State University Midfielder Lone Tree, Colorado Real Colorado United States
Hussen Ameera University of Washington Forward, Midfielder Federal Way, Washington Crossfire Premier FC United States
Hylton-Pelaia Jayda Arizona State University Defender Brampton, Ontario Woodbridge Soccer Club Canada
Ikeda Angelique Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville Midfielder, Defender Saint Charles, Missouri Loufusz Soccer Club United States
Irwin Jamie University of New Hampshire Defender Roxbury, New Jersey STA Morris United United States
Jacobs Karen San Bernardino Valley College Forward Redlands, California Pateadores Soccer Club United States
Jacobsen Eden University of Utah Midfielder North Salt Lake, Utah La Roca United States
Kajan Zsanett St. John’s University Forward, Midfielder Budapest, Hungary Ferencvarosi Torna Club Hungary
Kearse-Thomas Olivia Arizona State University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Phoenix, Arizona Del Sol United States
Kelley-Lusk Hannah West Texas A&M University Forward Farmington, New Mexico N/A United States
Killman Jenna Western Washington University Forward, Midfielder Olympia, Washington Washington Premier FC United States
Kirton Alexa University of New Mexico Midfielder Sammamish, Washington Eastside FC United States
Knox Alexus Georgia State University Defender Powder Springs, Georgia BUSA ECNL United States
Kowalski Amanda Butler University Midfielder, Defender Arlington Heights, Illinois Eclipse Select Soccer Club United States
Kouzelos Gabrielle University of Louisville Goalkeeper Wadsworth, Ohio Internationals Soccer Club United States
Kuehn Athena Lousiana State University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Colorado Springs, Colorado Colorado Pride Predators United States/Germany
LaMacchia Elaina University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Forward, Midfielder, Defender, Goalkeeper Mequon, Wisconsin SC Waukesha United States
Lampe Brooke University of North Texas Forward, Midfielder, Defender, Goalkeeper Mansfield, Texas Solar Chelsea ZuaZua United States
Laurendeau Marika The College of Saint Rose Goalkeeper Sainte-Julie, Canada CS Longueuil Canada
Layne Emerson Loveland High School Forward, Midfielder Fort Collins, Colorao Real Colorado United States
Leal Amanda Cal State University – Stanislaus Goalkeeper Mountain House, California West Coast Soccer Club United States
Lee Shannon Claire George Mason University Defender Haymarket, Virginia McLean ECNL United States
Lewis Sofia Minot State University Forward, Midfielder Minot, North Dakota Minot Soccer Association United States
Livingstone Kelly Ann Georgetown University Midfielder, Defender Glen Ridge, New Jersey Match Fit Academy United States
Loughman Raleigh University of Michigan Midfielder San Diego, California MVLA Soccer Club United States/Argentina
Lucci Carolina Chowan University Forward Monaca, Pennsylvania North United United States
Lundgren Jenna Western Illinois University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Elmhurst, Illinois Oak Brook Soccer Club, Eclipse United States
Martin Molly University of Mississippi Forward, Midfielder Memphis, Tennessee Memphis Lobos/BUSA United States
Mayer Anna Missouri Western State University Goalkeeper Duluth, Minnesota East Select Soccer United States
McCarthy Robyn Cal State University – Fresno Midfielder, Defender Brentwood, California West Coast Soccer Club United States
McClure Megan Arkansas State University Goalkeeper Webster Groves, Missouri St. Louis Scott Gallagher (ECNL) and United Women’s Soccer (UWS) United States
McLaughlin Christine Christendom College Forward, Midfielder, Defender Fauquier, Virginia Virginia Soccer Association United States
McManus Mikenna Northeastern University Defender Lake Forest, California West Coast Futbol Club United States
McMillan Caylon Stephen F. Austin State University Midfielder Forney, Texas FC Dallas 98G ECNL United States
McNally Natalie Western Carolina University Defender Grayslake, Illinois Greater Libertyville Soccer Association United States
McNulty Hannah Providence College Forward Warwick, Rhode Island Bayside FC United States
Medina Jodi Alabama A&M University Goalkeeper Coral Springs, Florida Coral Springs United FC United States
Menta Jenna Wake Forest University Forward, Midfielder Somers, New York New York Soccer Club United States
Miagkova Alina Syracuse University Defender Lipetsk, Russia Lokomotiv Moscow Russia
Mitchell Alexis University of South Dakota Midfielder Lee’s Summit, Missouri Sporting Blue Valley ECNL United States
Morgan Charmé Oklahoma State University Midfielder, Defender Frisco, Texas Dallas Texans United States
Moser Louisa George Mason University Forward, Goalkeeper Fairfax, Virginia SC Freiburg Germany
Murnin Madison University of Central Florida Midfielder, Defender Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville FC United States
Myers Erica University of Tennessee – Martin Goalkeeper Holland, Ohio Metro FC Toledo United States
Nabet Lily Duke University Midfielder Los Angeles, California Real So Cal United States
Nasello Sydny University of South Florida Defender Millstone Township, New Jersey FC Copa Academy United States
Ochoa Rodriguez Paola Missouri Valley College Forward, Midfielder Sioux City, Iowa South Sioux Soccer United States
Ordoñez Diana University of Virginia Forward Prosper, Texas FC Dallas United States
Palacios Randi Liberty University Goalkeeper Ashburn, Virginia Football Club of Virginia United States
Pantaleao Ermelinda University of Louisiana – Monroe Defender Belo Horizonte, Brazil N/A Brazil
Pedroza Siera Hope International University Forward, Midfielder, Goalkeeper Tustin, California Wolfpack United States
Perez Maia University of Hartford Goalkeeper Kentwood, Michigan Midwest United  FC Women United States
Peters Sarah University of Kansas Goalkeeper Lee’s Summit, Missouri Sporting DA United States
Peterson Karstyn Utah State University Forward, Defender West Haven, Utah La Roca United States
Philpotts Rachel University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Midfielder, Defender Linden, Michigan Nationals Soccer Club United States
Potts Nicola Ball State University Forward, Midfielder Nuneaton, England Aston Villa Women United Kingdom
Proulx Lysianne Syracuse University Goalkeeper Boucherville, Canada AS Varennes Canada
Provenzano Gabby Rutgers University Midfielder, Defender Sergeantsville, New Jersey Players Development Academy United States
Pulver Sydney Washington State University Midfielder, Defender Parker, Colorado Real Colorado United States
Pursey Valentine Western Carolina University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Ticehurst, England Brighton and Hove Albion United Kingdom
Rabot Iris James Madison University Midfielder Lyon, France Olympique Lyonnais France
Reiss de Araujo Thais University of North Florida Forward, Midfielder, Defender Jacksonville, Florida U-17/U-20 Brazilian National Team Brazil
Reyes Calista Pepperdine University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Las Vegas, Nevada Eagles Soccer Club United States
Ries Taryn University of Portland Forward Ridgefield, Washington FC Portland United States
Ritchie-Williams Chiara Louisiana State University Midfielder, Defender London, England Arsenal Women’s Football Club United Kingdom
Rockwell Jenna University of the Cumberlands Defener London, Kentucky Lexington FC United States
Rodriguez Izzy Ohio State University Midfielder, Defender Canton, Michigan Michigan Hawks United States
Roelfsema Mijke Rice University Midfielder, Defender Schoonhoven, Netherlands ADO Den Haag Netherlands
Ross Julianne Northeastern University Defender Cumberland, Rhode Island Boston Breakers/NEFC United States
Salvador Romane California Baptist University Goalkeeper Lyon, France Paris Saint-Germain PSG France
Santos Ashley Illinois State University Midfielder, Defender Naperville, Illinois Team Chicago Academy United States
Sapp Mercedes University of North Florida Goalkeeper Orlando, Florida Orlando City Elite United States
Schill MacKenzie University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Forward, Midfielder Pewaukee, Wisconsin SC Wave United States
Schimmer Marleen Grand Canyon University Forward, Midfielder Mainz, Germany TSV Schott Mainz Germany
Sever Jelena University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Forward, Midfielder Milwaukee, Wisconsin United Serbians Soccer Club United States
Shepherd Lucy Hofstra University Forward Worcester, England Aston Villa Women United Kingdom
Silva Santos Ana Paula WIlliam Carey University Midfielder Sao Paulo, Brazil N/A Brazil
Skiba Bridgette Oregon State University Goalkeeper Portland, Oregon Westside Timbers United States
Sodoma Sarah Arkansas State University Midfielder, Defender St. Louis, Missouri Lou Fusz Soccer Club United States
Stackpole Haleigh University of Mississippi Forward, Midfielder Bowling Green, Kentucky NC Courage Academy United States
Stauffer Annie Transylvania University Midfielder, Defender Owensboro, Kentucky Indy Fire Juniors ECNL United States
Steigleder Regan Northwestern University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Iowa City, Iowa Michigan Hawks United States
Steinwascher Cecelia Grand Valley State University Midfielder, Defender Sterling Heights, Michigan N/A United States
Stephan Dani Michigan State University Midfielder, Defender DeWitt, Michigan Michigan Hawks United States
Stevenson Erin University of Maryland – Baltimore County Midfielder, Defender Sellersville, Pennsylvania FC Bucks United States
Suarez Quevedo Sara Chicago State University Forward, Midfielder Las Palmas, Spain Union Viera Spain
Talbot Madeline Stephen F. Austin State University Goalkeeper Shreveport, Louisiana Shreveport United United States
Talley Jada University of Southern California Forward Corona, California So Cal Blues United States
Taylor Miriael Hofstra University Forward, Midfielder, Defender Kent, England Chelsea Women, Arsenal Women United Kingdom
Thomas Haley Boston College Midfielder, Defender Kennewick, Washington Three Rivers Soccer Club United States
Thompson Jordan Gonzaga University Defender Sumner, Washington Washington Premier FC United States
Thompson Kayla Brown University Goalkeeper Austin, Texas Lonestar Soccer Club United States
Thron Julietta Northwestern University Midfielder, Defender Caldwell, New Jersey Matchfit FC United States
Tripp Amber Utah Valley University Forward, Midfielder Draper, Utah Utah Avalanche United States
Van der Jagt Olivia University of Washington Midfielder Kent, Washington Eastside FC United States
Villagrana Yossimar Butler Community College Midfielder Wichita, Kansas Wichita Kansas Rush United States
Walker Ellie University of Portland Defender Vancouver, Washington FC Portland United States
Wandt Jennifer Baylor University Goalkeeper Brookfield, Wisconsin FC Wisconsin United States
Weaver Camille Colorado College Midfielder, Defender Bend, Oregon Bend FC Timbers United States
Wegener Emory University of Georgia Goalkeeper Alpharetta, Georgia Atlanta Fire United United States
West Alex University of Vermont Midfielder, Defender New York, New York Albertson Fury United States
Westin Emma University of California – Berkeley Forward, Midfielder Stockholm, Sweden Boo FF Sweden Sweden
Whitmore Lindsey Southern Methodist University Forward, Midfielder Henderson, Nevada Heat FC United States
Winebrenner Jenna Texas Christian University Defender Kansas City, Missouri Futura FC United States
Wiseman Ebony James Madison University Midfielder King’s Lynn, England Norwich City FC United Kingdom
Wolfbauer Madison Bowling Green State University Forward, Midfielder Canton, Michigan Michigan Hawks United States
Zamiela Chloe University of South Florida Forward, Defender Stuart, Florida Sunrise SC United States
Zerva Theoni University of Louisiana – Monroe Midfielder, Defender Kalamata, Greece PAOK Greece
Zullo Luciana University of South Carolina Forward, Midfielder Flemington, New Jersey PDA United States
Zuniga Jenna Cal State University – Stanislaus Midfielder, Defender Manteca, California Davis Legacy United States

Serena Williams is ‘super interested’ in owning a WNBA team

Serena Williams speaks on stage during keynote conversation at 2019 conference in San Jose, California
The tennis icon is all in on women's sports — and the WNBA is right on her heels. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage via Getty Images)

Could Serena Williams co-own a WNBA team in the near future? 

Speaking with CNN on Monday, Williams expressed her interest in that potential — as well as the mounting enthusiasm for women’s sports around the world. 

"I think women’s sport is having a moment that it should have always had," Williams said. "I feel like tennis has had its moment. It’s international, and it’s huge, and it’s always gonna be there.

"Now it’s time to lift up other sports — women’s soccer, women’s basketball — there’s so many other sports that women do so great, let’s put it on that platform. Women’s basketball is getting there, and it’s arrived."

When asked if she had any interest in adding a WNBA team to her roster of ownership stakes, the tennis great welcomed the idea. "I absolutely would be," Williams said. "With the right market, I would definitely be super interested in that."

"There is no risk — women’s sport is exciting," Williams added, citing the 2024 NCAA women's tournament's record-breaking viewership as evidence. "People are realizing that it is exciting to watch, so it's an overly safe bet."

Williams may not need to wait long to act on that bet. On Monday, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said that she is "pretty confident" the league will expand to 16 teams — up from its current 12 — by 2028. 

The goal, she said, is to reach 14 by 2026. Oakland's Golden State is already on track to launch the league's 13th team in 2025. The move will mark the WNBA's first new franchise since the Atlanta Dream debuted in 2008.

"It's complex because you need the arena and practice facility and player housing and all the things," Engelbert said at a press conference before Monday's WNBA draft. "You need committed long-term ownership groups, and so the nice thing is we're getting a lot of calls."

Engelbert went on to name a few of the cities behind those calls, saying that the league continues to engage in discussions with Philadelphia, Toronto, Portland, Denver, and Nashville, as well as South Florida.

"These can either take a very long time to negotiate or it can happen pretty quickly if you find the right ownership group with the right arena situation," Engelbert added.

The Commissioner's 16 team goal is not only good news for WNBA fans, it's great news for current and future WNBA players. At 12 teams with just 12 roster spots each, the league is held to a total of 144 players for any given season. An abundance of fresh talent coming up through the NCAA ranks has put pressure on the organization to make room for more worthy competitors, and four additional teams might be just the ticket.

Hellen Obiri claims back-to-back Boston Marathon wins

Hellen Obiri, winner of the women's division of the Boston Marathon, poses with the Boston Marathon trophy
Hellen Obiri, winner of the 2024 Boston Marathon's women's division, poses with her trophy. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Kenyan runner Hellen Obiri won the 128th Boston Marathon on Monday, becoming the first woman to claim back-to-back titles since 2005.

She clocked a total time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, and 37 seconds in a women's division that race organizers described as "historically fast."

"Defending the title was not easy," Obiri said. "Since Boston started, it's only six women [that have repeated]. If you want to be one of them, you have to work extra hard. And I'm so happy because I'm now one of them — I'm now in the history books."

A two-time Olympic silver medalist and two-time 5000m world champion, Obiri is a clear favorite in this summer’s Paris Olympics.

“Last year I was pretty familiar to the marathon, but this year my training was perfect — we trusted everything we were doing,” Obiri said. “When we won last year, of course I was saying I’m going to win this one. Winning is like love. It’s something precious to me.”

Though, she wasn’t without a challenge. Fellow Kenyan Sharon Lokedi finished a mere eight seconds behind Obiri. Edna Kiplagat, who won the 2017 Boston Marathon, completed the podium sweep for Kenya with a third place finish.

Emma Bates, the race's top American finisher, came in 12th.

Obiri wasn't alone in making Boston Marathon history this year. The repeat champ walked away with $150,000 in total prize money allocated from a purse that topped $1 million for the first time ever. 

College rivals Angel Reese, Kamilla Cardoso drafted to the Chicago Sky

Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso competing at the NCAA SEC Conference Tournament Championship
Once rivals, Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso are now teammates. (Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports)

The Chicago Sky made a splash in Monday night’s WNBA draft, taking Kamilla Cardoso and Angel Reese in the first round. 

South Carolina’s Cardoso, who was the 2024 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, went third to the Sky. The day before, the team had swapped picks with the Minnesota Lynx to land the No. 7 pick as well, which they used on Reese, the 2023 Final Four MOP.

Now, the two will team up in Chicago after battling each other in both college and high school

"She’s a great player, and I’m a great player. Nobody's going to get no rebounds on us," Cardoso joked afterwards, while Reese expressed excitement about playing under new Sky head coach Teresa Weatherspoon.

"Being able to be a Black woman and as a head coach, and everything she's done at the NBA level, I just knew everything they were bringing to the table," Reese said of the Sky. "Player development is something that I was looking for and they looked for in me. I'm super excited for this move."

Former NBA star and Chicago Sky co-owner Dwayne Wade welcomed the pair to Chicago.

“The foundation is set,” he wrote.

The Sky have entered re-building mode after winning a WNBA title in 2021. This offseason, they traded franchise cornerstone Kahleah Copper to the Phoenix Mercury for a package that included the No. 3 picked used on Cardoso.

Now, Cardoso and Reese will be looking to jump-start the team's return to contention.

Watch: Iowa star Kate Martin’s draft moment goes viral

Kate Martin poses with Cathy Engelbert after being drafted by the Las Vegas Aces during the 2024 WNBA Draft in New York
2nd-round pick Kate Martin poses with Cathy Engelbert Commissioner of the WNBA at the 2024 draft. (Photo by Catalina Fragoso/NBAE via Getty Images)

Former Iowa captain Kate Martin was in the audience during Monday night’s draft when she was selected 18th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. 

The moment quickly went viral, as Martin was in the crowd to support superstar teammate Caitlin Clark going No. 1 overall, and was not one of the 14 players invited to the draft.

"To be honest, I don't think I'd have the type of career if I don't have a teammate like Kate," Clark said about Martin leading up to the 2024 national championship game. "She's been one that has had my back. She holds me accountable. I hold her accountable. But I think at the same time, me and Kate are wired so similarly that we get each other on a different level."

Martin being drafted marks the first time that Iowa has had two players selected in the same WNBA draft since 1998.

“She's one of the best leaders I've been around," Clark said. "She wants the best for her teammates. She's one of the most selfless people."

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said Monday that she is “so proud” of her player, “because her dreams came true.”

"She has been such a big part of our program over the last six years,” she said. “Her efforts did not go unnoticed by her peers. I wish Kate all the success with this next step.”

Martin said afterward that she’s “excited for the opportunity” and to showcase her “really good” work ethic. Helping Iowa to back-to-back NCAA title games, Martin finished her college career with 1,299 points, 756 rebounds and 473 assists.

“There are a lot of emotions right now,” Martin said in an interview on ESPN. “I’m really happy to be here. I was here to support Caitlin, but I was hoping to hear my name called. All I wanted was an opportunity and I got it. I’m really excited.”

While Martin was watching from the crowd, her family was watching from back home.

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