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WNBA loses star Diana Taurasi for season because of big Russia payday

WNBA loses star Diana Taurasi for season because of big Russia payday

The 2014 WNBA finals MVP, Diana Taurasi, will be M.I.A. in 2015, and she's going to make even more money doing so. Taurasi announced Tuesday that she will sit out the 2015 WNBA season to rest for her Russian EuroLeague club team UMMC Ekaterinburg's upcoming season.  Taurasi reportedly makes $1.5 million per season from the Russian team -- a figure that dwarfs her WNBA salary near the league maximum of $107,000 -- and she'll be compensated even more to rest.  "The year-round nature of women's basketball takes its toll and the financial opportunity with my team in Russia would have been irresponsible to turn down," Taurasi wrote in a letter to...

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