MVP race narrows…..and other notable items

At last, the WNBA’s MVP race is down to three candidates: Lauren Jackson, Tamika Catchings and Cappie Pondexter. A tough call, indeed.

Pondexter and Tina Thompson are the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week. Let’s give it up for the vet Thompson. How long has it been since she got that honor? Fantastic.

The New York Liberty are planning to play for the next three years in Newark, N.J.

The Storm’s Brian Agler is a candidate for coach of the year.

Atlanta Dream players recently had a team meeting, which I’ve always advocated as a great way to keep the lines of communication open. But this writer calls it “desperation.” I don’t get it, because it’s not as if the Dream weren’t having a great season. It sounds like the writer was just desperate for a story lead.

Former University of Florida great Murriel Page has entered her pro retirement in the best of all situations: by being named an assistant coach at her alma mater. Congrats, Page.

Oregon State Coach Scott Rueck has added another assistant coach to his staff in Eric Ely, who comes from Oral Roberts University.

ESPN’s Chris Hansen has an excellent U17 tip sheet.

And if this story doesn’t touch you, you’re a cold piece: Andrea Woodson-Smith is playing wheelchair basketball.