WNBA suspends Riquna Williams 10 games for domestic violence

Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams was suspended without pay by the WNBA on Tuesday for 10 games — nearly a third of the season — for a domestic-violence incident.

Williams was arrested April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.

According to an arrest report, Williams, 28, forced her way inside a Florida home and repeatedly struck ex-girlfriend Alkeria Davis in the head and pulled her hair Dec. 6. Two men told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies they spent 10 minutes trying to break up the fight. When they finally separated the women, Williams grabbed a gun from her car, placed it on the trunk and pointed it at one man, saying “you’ll get all 18” before speeding off, authorities said.

“As an organization, we abhor violence of any kind and specifically take domestic-violence allegations very seriously,” the Sparks said in a statement. “We will provide whatever resources we are allowed to help Riquna learn and grow from this unfortunate situation.”

The union said it would file a grievance on Williams’ behalf.

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Chicago, Ottawa swap forwards

The Chicago Blackhawks traded Artem Anisimov to Ottawa in exchange for Zack Smith, a swap of 31-year-old forwards.

Anisimov played four seasons for the Blackhawks, scoring 77 goals and adding 78 assists in 291 games, including 15 goals and 22 assists last season. The Russian also has played with the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets over 11 years in the NHL.

Smith played 70 games last season for the Senators, scoring nine goals and adding a career-high 19 assists. The Canadian has played his entire 11-season NHL career with the Senators with 94 goals and 99 assists in 612 career games. Smith was placed on waivers in September only to go unclaimed. He had nine goals and 19 assists for the Senators last season.

• The Washington Capitals took care of their biggest remaining offseason priority Tuesday by re-signing winger Jakub Vrana to a $6.7 million, two-year contract.

Vrana had been a restricted free agent and will count $3.35 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. Vrana, 23, set career highs with 24 goals, 23 assists and 47 points last season. The 2014 first-round pick is a big part of the Capitals trying to keep their championship window open after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018.

NBA: The Sacramento Kings signed free-agent forward Richaun Holmes to a two-year, $10 million deal. Holmes averaged 8.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game last season for the Phoenix Suns. He also shot 60.8% from the field.

College basketball: USF has added former NBA center Mamadou N’Diaye to head coach Todd Golden’s staff. N’Diaye played five seasons (2000-05) in the NBA. The 7-footer has been an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina and Georgia Tech.

— Steve Kroner

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