Buzz on the way to season tipoff

In preparation for Saturday’s regular-season tipoff, the WNBA has season previews galore, as well as 20 things to know about the league’s 20th season.

ESPN has five burning questions.

Today’s preseason result:

The Sparks held off the Stars, 77-70.

Team news:

The Lynx are going for back-to-back championships this year.

The Mercury are shooting for their fourth title.

Player news:

Skylar Diggins’ surgically-repaired knee is feeling good.

Here’s how Elena Delle Donne stays in fighting shape.

Devereaux Peters will have a key role with the Fever.

Today’s numerous transactions:

May 9, 2016

Team Player Transaction

Connecticut Macaulay, Victoria Waived
Connecticut Baker, Brandie Waived
Dallas Schimmel, Jude Waived
Dallas Jarosz, Tori Waived
Minnesota Williams, Courtney Waived
Minnesota Wallace, Sydney Waived
Phoenix Cheslek, Shelby Waived
Bias, Tiffany Awarded on waivers from Seattle
Seattle Hollingsworth, Quanitra Waived
Washington Lee, Chelsey Waived
Washington Grant, Danaejah Waived
Washington Galdeira, Lia Waived

The Dream have also released Ariel Massengale and Niya Johnson.

College team news:

No transfers at Tennessee.

College player news:

LaKaris Salter is transferring from Mississippi State.

Kentucky commitment Lindsey Duvall has reopened her recruitment.

College coach news:

What a bunch of discriminative bull….Wisconsin coach Jonathan Tsipis’ salary is more than double previous coach Bobbie Kelsey’s.

Jordan Dupuy is Northwestern State’s new head coach.

Janese Banks is Indiana’s new assistant coach.

Alaura Sharp is a new assistant coach at Louisiana Tech.

Ty Shaw is IPFW’s new assistant coach.

Tyler Cordell is a new assistant coach at Columbia.