W.N.B.A. commissioner Cathy Engelbert on closing the gender gap in sports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Collier, a 6-foot-5 center from the University of Texas, was selected by the Dallas Wings.
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.
Rodriguez and Marc Lore, an e-commerce billionaire, intend to keep the team in Minnesota, the current owner said.
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.
A trying year, on and off the court, helped Loyd finally embrace herself as an elite Black female athlete.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Storm beat the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces behind Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd and a talented roster of veterans.
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.
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.
“Every now and then you notice a rookie going extra hard against you,” said Bird, the star Seattle Storm point guard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
Ms. Moore took a break from basketball to help free Jonathan Irons. His conviction on burglary and assault charges was overturned in March.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“It’s like basketball: Preparation shows, and we’ve been prepared for this moment,” says New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon.
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.
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.
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.
Just because you can’t go to the games doesn’t mean your summer has to be athlete-free.
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.
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.
Sabrina Ionescu, who was selected with the top draft pick by the Liberty, sprained her left ankle in a game against the Atlanta Dream.
The restricted, campuslike environments used by soccer and pro basketball have proved (mostly) impervious to the coronavirus. But not every league fits inside one.
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.
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.
The Seattle Storm forward will play in her first W.N.B.A. game in almost two years since rupturing her Achilles’ tendon. She returns in a season like no other.
A dramatic free agency period, a new collective bargaining agreement and a leading voice on social justice have set the stage for the W.N.B.A.’s players to capture the spotlight.
The @NBABubbleLife Twitter account has amassed more than 100,000 followers in less than two weeks with quirky commentary on the social media posts of basketball’s biggest stars.
As sports return, some female athletes have entered restricted environments with their children in tow. Their leagues have taken steps to make it easier.
Amanda Zahui B. wanted to rush back to the U.S. after George Floyd’s death. But she realized there was work to be done back home.
Kelly Loeffler, who is also campaigning for a Senate seat in Georgia, opposes the league’s plan to allow players to wear jerseys in support of the movement.
Largely outside of the limelight, athletes like Maya Moore, who helped win the freedom of Jonathan Irons in a questionable conviction, have led the charge for social change.
The W.N.B.A. star took time away from basketball to help Irons overturn his conviction.
When the N.B.A., M.L.S. and the W.N.B.A. resume their seasons in Florida, where virus cases are rising, all will trust in new health protocols and hope players abide by them.