Pound-for-pound MMA rankings – Alexander Volkanovski and Aljamain Sterling make strides into the top 10

A big win resulted in a small (but significant) move for Alexander Volkanovski. The UFC men’s bantamweight champion made his way with Chan Sung Jung on Saturday in their UFC 273 title fight, edging the South Korean 152-51 on his way to a one-sided fourth-round TKO . The win, Volkanovski’s 21st straight and third title … Read more

Rachel Balkovec applauded her historic debut at the helm of the New York Yankees minor league team

LAKELAND, Fla. — Rachel Balkovec signed autographs, got a standing ovation when she was introduced, and posed for a photo at home plate. It was then time to get to work. The manager of a minor league New York Yankees team had a game to play. But that Friday night, the fact that Balkovec became … Read more

Geno Auriemma, reflecting on NCAA final loss, says UConn would still need a ‘little bit of luck’ to beat South Carolina

2:01 a.m. ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com 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 worked for ESPN since 1996. MINNEAPOLIS — UConn’s women’s basketball team played and won its first NCAA Finals in this city in 1995. And in 10 … Read more

South Carolina Gamecocks go wire to wire against UConn Huskies to win second national championship

10:46 p.m. ET Alexa PhilippouESPN Close Covers women’s college basketball and the WNBA Previously covered UConn and the WNBA Connecticut Sun for the Hartford Courant Stanford graduate and Baltimore native with additional experience at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times and Cincinnati Enquirer MINNEAPOLIS — A year after a heartbreaking Final Four loss to eventual … Read more

Naomi Osaka rallies in Miami Open final; Daniil Medvedev upset in quarter-finals

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Naomi Osaka’s eyes filled with tears at the end of her match, a scene far too familiar to her in recent years. These were of the happy variety. For the former world No. 1, this is major progress. Unranked Osaka defeated No. 22 Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday in … Read more

Penn’s Lia Thomas is tied for fifth in the 200-yard freestyle final at the NCAA Swimming Championships

ATLANTA — In her second appearance in the NCAA Finals, University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas tied for fifth in Friday’s 200-yard freestyle at the McAuley Aquatic Center. Stanford junior and Canadian Olympian Taylor Ruck won the title, edging out Cal senior Isabel Ivey at the wall in 1 minute, 41.12 seconds to set a … Read more

Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo hits 96th career home run to break NCAA softball record

HONOLULU — Oklahoma slugger Jocelyn Alo, playing in her home state for the first time since high school, hit the 96th homer of her storied career on Friday night to become the all-time leading homer hitter in the NCAA softball history. Alo’s record home run came in the sixth inning of the Sooners’ undefeated and … Read more

Chip Ganassi Racing launches Women in Motorsports campaign with PNC Bank

Chip Ganassi Racing and PNC Bank celebrated International Women’s Day with the launch of a campaign to promote gender equality in motorsport. Women in Motorsports will feature both a series of video content featuring female industry leaders and an internship program designed to create opportunities in motorsport for women. “While women continue to make inroads … Read more

Several WNBA players competing in Russia considering leaving after Ukraine invasion, agents say

9:49 p.m. ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com 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 worked for ESPN since 1996. Several WNBA players currently competing in Russia are considering leaving the country as a safety measure following the invasion of Ukraine, … Read more

Therese Johaug wins women’s cross-country for 3rd Olympic gold; American Jessie Diggins gets silver

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — Norwegian great Therese Johaug won her third gold medal of the Beijing Olympics on Sunday and Jessie Diggins took silver for the best result by an American in an individual cross-country skiing event since 1976. Fighting fierce winds and brutal temperatures, Johaug went out front early in the 30-kilometer mass start race … Read more