Sameer Malla
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Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Sameer Malla expects to graduate in August 2022 with a master’s degree in sports journalism and also has a master’s in geographic information systems from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Malla has written for the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

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Phoenix Mercury ‘starting fresh’ following their breakup with Tina Charles

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury made the surprise decision to release veteran Tina Charles. The team is looking forward and has a renewed sense of hope, turning its major weakness – defense – into a strength


‘We will see desperation’: Planned Parenthood Arizona stops abortions after Roe v. Wade overturned

PHOENIX – Planned Parenthood Arizona announced Friday it had shut down abortion services in the state, citing “Arizona's tangled web of conflicting laws” after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Abortion opponents, meanwhile, said “life has won a great victory.”


No All-Star Game starters for Phoenix Mercury; Brittney Griner given honorary title

PHOENIX – At the halfway point of the WNBA season, the All-Star Game starters were announced. For the first time since 2009, a player from the Phoenix Mercury will not start in an All-Star game.


18 more days: Russian court extends Brittney Griner detainment

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner will remain detained in Russia until at least July 2. The announcement came on the heels of the WNBA organization’s meeting with members of the U.S. State Department.


Mercury in retrograde? Not during WNBA team’s 3-game winning streak

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury opened 2-8 to start the season, with a rookie coach, multiple player absences and Brittney Griner on players’ minds. The team has rattled-off three straight wins thanks to newfound chemistry and good health.


Middle seats, canceled flights, COVID exposure: Taurasi, WNBA players sound off on commercial travel

PHOENIX – More WNBA players, including Diana Taurasi, are pushing back about having to fly commercial for road trips, and the issues came to a head earlier this year after the league fined the New York Liberty franchise fined $500,000 for using private jets.


Are race, gender slowing Brittney Griner’s return? Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard raises question

PHOENIX – Brittany Griner’s imprisonment for more than 100 days prompted Phoenix Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard to question why she remains jailed and compares the case to that of Gabby Petito, the missing vlogger who was murdered.


Jailed Brittney Griner, absent players contribute to slow start for Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX – As Brittney Griner remains detained in a Russian prison, the Phoenix Mercury continue to struggle with a new coach and unavailable players.