As W.N.B.A. Players Call for Expansion, League Says Not Now

Many players and fans want bigger rosters and more teams, but the W.N.B.A. said it can’t “expand for expansion’s sake” without the money to support it.

#basketball, #brown-lexie-1994, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #collective-bargaining, #collier-napheesa-1996, #engelbert-catherine, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-liberty, #ogwumike-nnemkadi, #organized-labor, #reeve-cheryl-1966, #taurasi-diana, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

What to Know About the Robert Sarver Racism and Sexism Allegations

Sarver, who owns the N.B.A.’s Phoenix Suns and the W.N.B.A.’s Phoenix Mercury, has been accused of using racial slurs and making sexual and other inappropriate comments.

#basketball, #black-people, #discrimination, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-mercury, #phoenix-suns, #sarver-robert-1961, #watson-earl-1979, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Seimone Augustus Found Her Voice Long Before Coaching

Augustus, laden with championship rings and now an assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks, first realized her true strength fighting for L.G.B.T.Q. rights.

#augustus-seimone, #basketball, #black-people, #coaches-and-managers, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #los-angeles-sparks, #louisiana-state-university, #minnesota-lynx, #racial-profiling, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #womens-national-basketball-assn

The W.N.B.A.’s Seattle Storm Are Winners. The City Should Fully Embrace Them

Inside the arena, Seattle Storm fans bring the passion. Outside, the city has yet to fully embrace a team that has won four W.N.B.A. championships.

#basketball, #bird-sue, #engelbert-catherine, #fans-persons, #gender, #loyd-jewell, #nba-2k-video-game, #parker-candace, #phoenix-mercury, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Sport’s Post-9/11 Patriotism Seen as Unifier, and ‘Manipulation’

The jingoism at sporting events that temporarily surged during the Gulf War and roared back after Sept. 11 now often drives wedges, but sports leagues want it to stay.

#athletics-and-sports, #baseball, #engelbert-catherine, #kerr-steve, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #selig-bud, #september-11-2001, #silver-adam-1962, #terrorism, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016, #womens-national-basketball-assn

At 25, Liberty Celebrate ‘Magical Moment’ in Women’s Basketball

Early Liberty teams regularly contended for the W.N.B.A. championship and built an enduring connection with fans.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #hampton-kym, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #new-york-liberty, #weatherspoon-teresa, #wicks-sue, #womens-national-basketball-assn

The Queen of Basketball: How Lusia Harris Changed the Game

Lusia Harris led her team to three national championships, scored the first basket in women’s Olympic history and was an official draft pick in 1977.

#black-people, #college-athletics, #documentary-films-and-programs, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #lusia-harris, #mississippi, #national-basketball-assn, #olympic-games-1976, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

The N.F.L.’s Carl Nassib Broke a Barrier. Will Others Follow?

The number of publicly out L.G.B.T.Q. athletes in men’s biggest pro leagues lags far behind that in women’s sports. Will Carl Nassib’s announcement change that?

#athletics-and-sports, #bird-sue, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #collins-jason, #football, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #institute-for-diversity-and-ethics-in-sport, #nassib-carl-1993, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #nunes-amanda-1988, #outsports-com, #rapinoe-megan, #sam-michael-1990, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #ultimate-fighting-championship, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #womens-world-cup-soccer

FIBA President Hamane Niang Steps Aside Amid Sexual Abuse Investigation

Hamane Niang, the leader of basketball’s global governing body known as FIBA, led Mali’s federation at a time of systemic exploitation of female players, activists say. FIBA announced an investigation.

#africa, #athletics-and-sports, #bamako-mali, #coaches-and-managers, #hamane-niang, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-basketball-federation, #national-basketball-assn, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2012, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #world-cup-basketball

Women’s Basketball Is on the Rise. Is Anyone Paying Attention?

W.N.B.A. commissioner Cathy Engelbert on closing the gender gap in sports.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #engelbert-catherine, #national-basketball-assn, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

W.N.B.A. Suspends Coach for Remark About Liz Cambage’s Weight

Liz Cambage, the Las Vegas Aces center, said Connecticut Sun Coach Curt Miller had made disrespectful comments about her weight during a game on Sunday.

#basketball, #cambage-liz-1991, #connecticut-sun, #las-vegas-aces, #miller-curt-1968, #womens-national-basketball-assn

After Helping Her Husband Gain Freedom, Maya Moore Savors Her Own

Moore, the 2014 W.N.B.A. M.V.P., is reveling in married life and continuing a fight for criminal justice reform alongside Jonathan Irons, whom she married after helping him win his release from prison after 23 years.

#atlanta-ga, #basketball, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #irons-jonathan-1981, #moore-maya, #university-of-connecticut, #womens-national-basketball-assn

W.N.B.A. Braces for ‘Fierce Competition’ in New Season

A wave of talented rookies could make for tense battles as new faces like Aari McDonald and Charli Collier take on perennial all-stars like Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #indiana-fever, #mcdonald-aari, #new-york-liberty, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Regular People Keep Challenging N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. Players

There’s confidence, and then there’s thinking you can beat one of the 500 (N.B.A.) or 150 (W.N.B.A.) best basketball players in the world.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #content-type-personal-profile, #national-basketball-assn, #scalabrine-brian, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Charli Collier Is the No. 1 Pick in the W.N.B.A. Draft

Collier, a 6-foot-5 center from the University of Texas, was selected by the Dallas Wings.

#basketball, #collier-charli-1999, #dallas-wings, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #womens-national-basketball-assn

5 W.N.B.A. Draft Hopefuls to Watch

A deep run in the N.C.A.A. tournament isn’t required for a basketball player to become a star or make it to the pros. These five women aim to prove it.

#basketball, #basketball-college, #content-type-personal-profile, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #dungee-chelsea, #jones-ndea, #kushkituah-kasiyahna, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #pulliam-lindsey, #thompson-unique, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Alex Rodriguez Near Deal to Purchase Timberwolves and Lynx

Rodriguez and Marc Lore, an e-commerce billionaire, intend to keep the team in Minnesota, the current owner said.

#basketball, #lore-marc-1971, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #minnesota-lynx, #minnesota-timberwolves, #national-basketball-assn, #rodriguez-alex, #taylor-glen, #womens-national-basketball-assn

LeBron James Leads a Generation of Athletes Into Ownership

James is now an owner of the Boston Red Sox and recently helped a W.N.B.A. player, Renee Montgomery, with her group’s bid to purchase the Atlanta Dream.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #boston-red-sox, #fenway-sports-group, #james-lebron, #montgomery-renee, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Jewell Loyd Is in the Gym, Building Her Game and a Community

A trying year, on and off the court, helped Loyd finally embrace herself as an elite Black female athlete.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #loyd-jewell, #seattle-storm, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Atlanta Dream, WNBA Team Co-owned by Kelly Loeffler, Are Sold

Renee Montgomery, a former Dream guard, is part of a group buying the team from Kelly Loeffler, the former Georgia senator, who upset players by attacking the Black Lives Matter movement.

#abair-suzanne, #atlanta-dream, #basketball, #brock-mary, #gottesdiener-larry, #loeffler-kelly-l, #montgomery-renee, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream Continues to Embrace Activism

Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream helped galvanize opposition to one of her team’s owners, Senator Kelly Loeffler, who has criticized Black Lives Matter. But the Capitol riot underscored the work ahead.

#atlanta-ga, #atlanta-dream, #black-lives-matter-movement, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #ossoff-jon, #perdue-david-a-jr, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #warnock-raphael-g, #williams-elizabeth-o-1993, #womens-national-basketball-assn

What These Athletes Learned From Their Pandemic Pauses

The coronavirus disrupted lives around the world and sent the gymnast Sunisa Lee, the swimmer Rudy Garcia-Tolson, the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Lewis on unexpected journeys.

#baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #garcia-tolson-rudy, #gymnastics, #lee-sunisa-2003, #lewis-kyle-1995, #major-league-baseball, #olympic-games-2020, #paralympic-games, #seattle-mariners, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #swimming, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Sports Came Back in 2020. Now Comes the Hard Part.

Aggressive coronavirus testing made the restart of professional sports possible, but the financial pain of empty arenas lingers and plans for next year are up in the air.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-mavericks, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #womens-national-basketball-assn

How the Most Socially Progressive Pro League Got That Way

The women of the W.N.B.A. have made it a hotbed of activism, leading the way for higher-profile professional leagues in combining social action and sports.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #bird-sue, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #engelbert-catherine, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #kaepernick-colin, #minnesota-lynx, #montgomery-renee, #moore-maya, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-liberty, #organized-labor, #swoopes-sheryl, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Seattle Storm Win the W.N.B.A. Championship

The Storm beat the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces behind Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd and a talented roster of veterans.

#basketball, #bird-sue, #clark-alysha-1987, #las-vegas-aces, #playoff-games, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #womens-national-basketball-assn

The One Name the W.N.B.A. Won’t Say

Players have united to depose a sitting senator in Georgia, who has clashed with the Black Lives Matter movement and is an owner of the Atlanta Dream.

#atlanta-ga, #atlanta-dream, #basketball, #bird-sue, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #elections-senate, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #warnock-raphael-g, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Breanna Stewart Is Ready for the W.N.B.A. Finals, and the Election

Stewart and her W.N.B.A. peers are playing through the postseason while also continuing their social justice advocacy in the wake of the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Sue Bird Uses Veteran Know-How for Edge Over WNBA Rookies

“Every now and then you notice a rookie going extra hard against you,” said Bird, the star Seattle Storm point guard.

#basketball, #bird-sue, #seattle-storm, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Sabrina Ionescu Opens Up About Kobe Bryant and Rookie Year Woes

This week, Marc Stein settles the Giannis-LeBron debate and talks to Ionescu, of the W.N.B.A.’s Liberty, about rehabbing her severely sprained ankle and grieving Kobe.

#ankles-body-part, #antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #bryant-kobe, #bryant-gianna-2006-20, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #juventus-soccer-team, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-liberty, #sports-injuries, #womens-national-basketball-assn

She’s the W.N.B.A. Threat No One Warned You About

Minnesota Lynx guard Crystal Dangerfield wasn’t a top pick, and her coach didn’t plan to play her much. Now she’s the rookie of the year, and leading her Lynx through the playoffs.

#auriemma-geno, #basketball, #dangerfield-crystal-1998, #minnesota-lynx, #reeve-cheryl-1966, #smith-katie-1974, #womens-national-basketball-assn

W.N.B.A. Postpones Storm-Lynx Game Over Coronavirus Concerns

Some Seattle Storm players received inconclusive virus test results before Game 1 of their semifinal series against the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday. The game was postponed.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #minnesota-lynx, #seattle-storm, #womens-national-basketball-assn

At N.Y.U., Explaining an Unraveling World Through Basketball

A professor thought he had created a class that could explore society’s fissures through a single sport. Then the pandemic struck, and basketball became more relevant than ever.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #basketball-college, #colleges-and-universities, #frazier-walt, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-university, #womens-national-basketball-assn

A’ja Wilson Wanted This to Be Her Year. So Far, It Is.

Wilson, the Aces forward, led Las Vegas to the No. 1 seed and won the W.N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award. “It’s crazy to think that I’m just really honestly just scratching the surface.”

#basketball, #las-vegas-aces, #staley-dawn, #wilson-aja-1996, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Candace Parker Wants You to Know She’s Not Done Yet

“Legacy is something people talk about when it’s all said and done, but legacy is created in the moment, in the present,” said Parker, the Los Angeles Sparks star.

#basketball, #bryant-kobe, #fisher-derek-1974, #los-angeles-sparks, #parker-candace, #summitt-pat, #university-of-tennessee, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Maya Moore of W.N.B.A. Weds Jonathan Irons, Inmate She Helped Free

Ms. Moore took a break from basketball to help free Jonathan Irons. His conviction on burglary and assault charges was overturned in March.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #irons-jonathan-1981, #marriages, #moore-maya, #university-of-connecticut, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Diana Taurasi Is Still Living Up to Her ‘White Mamba’ Nickname

Taurasi, the Phoenix Mercury guard, knows she is near the end of her career, but she plays with her signature competitive fire and is “finding the beauty in the struggle.”

#basketball, #bryant-kobe, #phoenix-mercury, #sports-injuries, #taurasi-diana, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Tina Charles Is a W.N.B.A. Superstar Hiding in Plain Sight

Charles has stacks of awards and eye-popping stats from her run with the Liberty. But a W.N.B.A. championship, and the spotlight, have eluded her.

#basketball, #charles-tina, #new-york-liberty, #university-of-connecticut, #washington-mystics, #womens-national-basketball-assn

How Layshia Clarendon, Athlete and Activist, Spends Sundays

The New York Liberty guard has worked all summer in Florida as part of the W.N.B.A.’s experiment isolating in a bubble.

#basketball, #bradenton-fla, #brooklyn-nyc, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #womens-national-basketball-assn

A Basketball Friendship Became a Tag Team for Social Justice

Natasha Cloud of the Mystics and Bradley Beal of the Wizards are leading their teams in a joint push against racism in Washington, D.C.

#basketball, #beal-bradley, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #cloud-natasha-1992, #national-basketball-assn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #washington-mystics, #washington-wizards, #womens-national-basketball-assn

At the W.N.B.A., the Fight for Racial Justice Goes Way Back

“It’s like basketball: Preparation shows, and we’ve been prepared for this moment,” says New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Why Does the W.N.B.A. #SayHerName? Ask Angel McCoughtry

McCoughtry, a star veteran on the Las Vegas Aces, has been praised for suggesting that the W.N.B.A. include Breonna Taylor’s name on its jerseys.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #las-vegas-aces, #mccoughtry-angel, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #womens-national-basketball-assn

When Player Protests of the Kenosha Shooting Halted the Sports World

A walkout by pro athletes brought several sports to a halt on Wednesday night, and raised the volume on a conversation they were eager to have.

#basketball, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes, #womens-national-basketball-assn

On Neutral Courts, N.B.A. Bubble ‘Home’ Teams Still Have an Edge

In striving to manufacture a home-court advantage where none exists, the N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. are relying on a database of music, audio cues and graphics to help teams feel at home.

#basketball, #coronavirus-reopenings, #img-academy, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Tee Up Sports Podcasts

Just because you can’t go to the games doesn’t mean your summer has to be athlete-free.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #collier-napheesa-1996, #comedy-and-humor, #durant-kevin, #minnesota-lynx, #national-basketball-assn, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #soccer, #united-states, #university-of-connecticut, #university-of-south-carolina, #wilson-aja-1996, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #you-must-remember-this-radio-program

The Weird, Disturbing (and Comforting) Return of Pro Sports

The swirl of conflicting emotions about the return of sports, and whether it will last, seems apt for these turbulent times of pandemic and social unrest.

#baseball, #basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #cespedes-yoenis, #chapman-aroldis-1988, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-anthony-1993, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #kay-michael, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #womens-national-basketball-assn

W.N.B.A. Players Escalate Protest of Anti-B.L.M. Team Owner

Led by the members of the Atlanta Dream, players have begun wearing T-shirts supporting a political opponent of Senator Kelly Loeffler, who co-owns the Dream and has spoken against the Black Lives Matter movement.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #endorsements, #loeffler-kelly-l, #phoenix-mercury, #taurasi-diana, #warnock-raphael-g, #williams-elizabeth, #womens-national-basketball-assn

W.N.B.A. Rookie Showdown Halted by Ionescu Injury

Sabrina Ionescu, who was selected with the top draft pick by the Liberty, sprained her left ankle in a game against the Atlanta Dream.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #new-york-liberty, #sports-injuries, #womens-national-basketball-assn

‘Bubbles’ Are Working. But How Long Can Sports Stay Inside?

The restricted, campuslike environments used by soccer and pro basketball have proved (mostly) impervious to the coronavirus. But not every league fits inside one.

#baseball, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #espn-wide-world-of-sports-complex, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-womens-soccer-league-us, #quarantines, #soccer, #womens-national-basketball-assn

A W.N.B.A. Coach Heard a Call to Feed the Hungry. She’s Answering It.

Bridget Pettis, a former W.N.B.A. player and coach, is sitting out this season and focusing on teaching her community in Phoenix about gardening and healthy eating.

#basketball, #chicago-sky, #coaches-and-managers, #nonprofit-organizations, #pettis-bridget-1971, #phoenix-ariz, #phoenix-mercury, #volunteers-and-community-service, #womens-national-basketball-assn

‘We Will Be a Voice for the Voiceless’: The W.N.B.A. Season Is Dedicated to Breonna Taylor

The Seattle Storm, with all-time assist leader Sue Bird and 2018 M.V.P. Breanna Stewart back in action, took the “bubble” tournament’s first victory over the New York Liberty’s seven-rookie squad.

#bird-sue, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #new-york-liberty, #seattle-storm, #stewart-breanna-1994, #womens-national-basketball-assn