The WNBA, NBA and MLS Lead American Sports in Diverse, Fair and Inclusive Hiring

Editor’s Note: Richard Lapchick is a human rights activist, racial equality pioneer, sports expert, scholar and author. Over the past two years we have witnessed seismic shifts in the world following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and then the racial reckoning that began after the murder of George Floyd. And now the war in … Read more

2022 WNBA Draft Rankings – Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream, Washington Mystics get top marks

1:15 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. The 2022 WNBA Draft will be judged a lot on how Indiana Fever improves after dominating the first round with four … Read more

As Brittney Griner’s detention continues, all-star center ‘continues to have our full support,’ WNBA’s Cathy Engelbert says ahead of draft

7:21 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. WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert expressed concern Monday about Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner and said the league is doing everything it … Read more

2022 WNBA Draft – Baylor Bears’ NaLyssa Smith ready for WNBA dream start

7:00 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. NaLyssa Smith does not hesitate to answer the question. Yes, the Baylor Bears All-American thinks she should be the No. 1 … Read more

WNBA 2022 Simulation Draft, Version 5.0

10:45 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. The women’s college basketball season is over and the WNBA season kicks off a month from today. Which players will take … Read more

Could have been any WNBA player

MINNEAPOLIS — Two of USA Basketball’s Brittney Griner teammates have broken their silence on the star player’s imprisonment in Russia. Most WNBA players have been reluctant to talk about Griner’s detention for drug trafficking in Russia, hoping to avoid hurting his case. “People say she’s 6-foot-9, she’s different. It’s really not about that,” American basketball … Read more

State Department official says detained WNBA star Brittney Griner is ‘in good condition’

A State Department official confirmed that an Embassy official had been granted access to detained WNBA star Brittney Griner. Griner was detained at a Russian airport on February 19 after officials claimed to have found vape cartridges in his luggage. “Within the last two hours, an official from our embassy has obtained consular access to … Read more

WNBA 2022 Simulation Draft, Version 4.0

8:00 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. At least some of the mysteries of the 2022 WNBA Draft will be answered after March 28. That’s the deadline for … Read more

US State Department officials are still seeking access to Brittney Griner in Russia; a source describes the basketball star as doing “OK”

US State Department officials said they had still not had access to Brittney Griner since her arrest in Moscow on February 17 for drug trafficking, although a source close to the basketball star said told ESPN on Thursday, “We know she’s fine.” A State Department official released a statement to ESPN on Thursday saying, “We … Read more

WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia extended until May 19

A court near Moscow has extended the detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner until May 19, according to Russian news agency Tass. Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport on February 17 after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges allegedly containing cannabis-derived oil, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 … Read more