Significant news day

The day began with this:

The Atlanta Dream fired Michael Cooper after a 12-22 season.

Not shocking, but big news.

WNBA player news:

Brittney Griner, Jonquel Jones and Courtney Vandersloot are WNBA 2017 peak performers for scoring, rebounds and assists, respectively.

Sylvia Fowles is the AP WNBA player of the year.

Brittney Sykes is the August rookie of the month.

Brittney Griner and Tina Charles are the Western and Eastern Conference players of the week.

Angel McCoughtry will coach Atlanta’s co-ed professional basketball team.

More WNBA coach news:

Bill Laimbeer is the coach of the month for August.

College player news:

Brianna Turner will miss the upcoming season at Notre Dame to rehabilitate her ACL, which she tore last spring.

Three players are transferring from Syracuse. So the Orange makeover begins.

College coach news:

Former WNBA guard Tanisha Wright is a new assistant coach at Charlotte.

Steve Fennelly – son of Iowa State coach Bill – is a new assistant coach at Northern Iowa.

Coaching equity:

Gender doesn’t determine a coach’s success, a study found.

College AD news:

Potential candidates to become Virginia’s next athletic director include Big East commissioner Val Ackerman.