Brittney Griner’s Russian teammate, GM offer character statements in court appearance

Two members of Brittney Griner’s Russian club team appeared as character witnesses in her trial Thursday, telling the judge that she has been an exemplary player and citizen during her six seasons in Russia. UMMC Ekaterinburg teammate Evgeniya Belyakova and Maxim Ryabkov, the team’s general manager, spoke during the brief afternoon court session while Griner … Read more

How WNBA All-Star weekend showed off the league’s evolving fashion sense

CHICAGO — Isabelle Harrison learned how to perfect her gameday fit the hard way. She’d rush to put together an outfit and never felt very stylish. “My outfit didn’t look good,” the Dallas Wings player says with a laugh. “I was stressed.” There’s no more messing around the day of a game anymore. Through a … Read more

WNBA star Brittney Griner back in Russian court as trial resumes

KHIMKI, Russia — A lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner at her drug possession trial in Russia on Friday gave the court a U.S. doctor’s letter recommending she use medical cannabis to treat pain. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and standout for the Phoenix Mercury, was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in February after … Read more

Tina Charles hops from Mercury to Storm

Tina CharlesPhoto: Getty Images Superteams are having a tough go of it in 2022. Tina Charles’ “contract divorce” with the Phoenix Mercury was the type of clean, drama-free breakaway from an underwhelming superteam Kyrie Irving could only dream of. Charles, 34, is at the tail end of her prime and reportedly upset with her role … Read more

Handicapping the 2022 WNBA playoff race with a month left in the regular season

With the 2022 WNBA regular season two-thirds complete, five teams have established themselves as postseason shoe-ins and, in some cases, clear championship contenders. But the jostling between the six others vying for the final three playoff spots — the Atlanta Dream, Los Angeles Sparks, Dallas Wings, Phoenix Mercury, New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx — … Read more

Griner’s extended detention disappointing to her WNBA family

New York coach Sandy Brondello was on her way to her team’s Friday morning shootaround when she heard the “disappointing” news that Russia had extended Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention another 30 days. Griner’s original detention date was set to end on May 19. The two-time Olympic gold medalist who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, was … Read more

WNBA 2022 – Ranking the top 25 players in the league 2.0

The All-Star Game is in the books, and just five weeks remain of the 2022 WNBA regular season. And as the playoff race heats up, the best players will continue to have an impact around the league. Before play resumes Tuesday, ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel, Kevin Pelton and Alexa Philippou once again rank the top 25 … Read more

LeBron James critical of United States’ efforts to bring Brittney Griner home from Russia

As Brittney Griner’s wrongful detention in Russia has galvanized the sports world in support of the WNBA star’s return to the United States, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James questioned why Griner would want to return to a country that has taken so much time to aid in a resolution for her. “Now, how can … Read more

WNBA Power Rankings – How all 12 teams can finish the regular season strong

9:00 AM ET Mechelle Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. With the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game completed on Sunday, players’ focus returns to the stretch run of the next month, as … Read more

Why WNBA kept Brittney Griner at forefront of All-Star Game: ‘She’s our sister’

CHICAGO — The first half of the WNBA All-Star Game was a jubilant festival. The Wintrust Arena crowd roared as retiring Sue Bird made her way through the stands to the court. A’ja Wilson skipped down the floor as Candace Parker playfully shoved Sylvia Fowles after the retiring center started off the game with a … Read more