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Photo: Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker headline the star-studded 2021 WNBA Finals, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better story than that of Mercury guard Shey Peddy.

Catch up quick: Peddy's journey began in 2012, when she was drafted by the Sky out of Temple.

  • After getting cut early in training camp, she went abroad to play in Israel, where checks were late and she had to drive herself to away games.
  • In 2013, Peddy was invited to Mystics training camp only to be cut in preseason again. After nearly quitting, she recommitted herself to basketball and blossomed into a EuroLeague star in Latvia.

Then came 2019. Peddy was once again cut by the Mystics in training camp, but when the team needed a replacement player midseason, she came home and made her WNBA debut at age 30.

  • She was cut again three weeks later, but was such an asset that the Mystics hired her as a coaching and video intern. A few months later, Peddy won an WNBA title as a member of the "coaching staff."

2020 was more of the same ... until it wasn't. Peddy was a late addition to the Mystics' bubble roster and got waived midseason. But before she cleared waivers, the Mercury swept in and signed her.

  • That move paid off in a huge way, as Peddy hit a buzzer-beating three — against the Mystics (!) — to help Phoenix advance in the playoffs.

This season, Peddy has been a key contributor for the Mercury, appearing in every game and scoring double-digit points in four of her last five playoff games entering tonight.

"The WNBA is nearly impossible to break into, and there are so many stories of players overcoming the odds and finding their place. But I don't think any player has a success story with as many improbable twists and turns as Peddy's. It's one to celebrate."
Lindsay Gibbs, Power Plays

What to watch...Tonight, Game 2: Sky (up 1-0) at Mercury, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)

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Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.

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