Source says WNBA’s Maya Moore, Tina Charles given franchise tags

Maya Moore and Tina Charles aren’t going anywhere.

Two people familiar with the deals said Press that the former UConn teammates were given the franchise tag by Minnesota and New York for the next WNBA season.

It’s no real surprise that the perennial All-Stars won’t hit the free-agent market.

Other tagged players include Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago), Jasmine Thomas (Connecticut), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix) and Glory Johnson (Dallas). The people spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.

Top unrestricted free agents include Allie Quigley (Chicago), Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus (Minnesota), Alana Beard (Los Angeles) and Briann January (Phoenix). All are expected to re-sign with their teams. Other unrestricted free agents include Essence Carson (Los Angeles), Crystal Langhorne (Seattle) and Epiphanny Prince (New York).

Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles) and Natalie Achonwa (Indiana) are the top two restricted free agents. Their current teams are allowed to match any offer they get from another club.

Teams can negotiate with their restricted and unrestricted free agents Tuesday, but deals may not be finalized until Feb. 1.

Financial constraints tend to limit bidding — and thus player movement — in the WNBA. The league knows a more active free-agency period could draw increased interest.

elsewhere

‘Insensitive’ remark

costs announcer

A public-address announcer lost his job over a remark about a American Indian player in a lacrosse game that he and the Philadelphia team called “insensitive.”

The Philadelphia Wings said announcer Shawny Hill had been “permanently removed” from his role with the team and suspended from assignments at the Wells Fargo Center.

Georgia Swarm forward Lyle Thompson, of the Onondaga Reservation in central New York, said Hill said “Let’s snip the pony tail” during Saturday night’s game and fans then began to shout calls to “scalp” him.

Hill said his words weren’t “racially motivated” but reflected a lack of knowledge of heritage and history.

Soccer: Gabriel Jesus kept up his scoring spree for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League, moving the champion to four points back of Liverpool.

•German-born American coach and former U.S. national-team player David Wagner stepped down as manager of the Premier League’s last-place club, Huddersfield, which has two wins and a league-low 13 goals scored in 22 games.

•The LA Galaxy re-signed midfielder Emmanuel Boateng for a fourth season.

College football: Notre Dame’s all-time leading rusher, Autry Denson Jr., has been named Charleston Southern’s head coach. Denson gained 4,318 yards and scored 43 touchdowns for the Fighting Irish from 1995 through ’98. He spent the past four seasons as Notre Dame’s running backs coach.

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