After quietly advancing through group play, defending World Cup champion Japan is once again playing with a technical skill that is probably better than that of any other team in the semis.
Jun 27 11:47 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
Japan had numerous chances and finally put the match away in the 87th minute on Mana Iwabuchi's goal to get past Australia 1-0 and earn a semifinal berth. Here are three observations.
Jun 27 11:24 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
The Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality was a breakthrough in the LGBT community. But the next logical question is, will that decision have an impact in the sports world?
Jun 27 12:09 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
Lady Andrade and her Colombia teammates caused some raised eyebrows with trash talk leading up to Monday's game against the U.S. And guess what? That's a great thing for women's sports.
Jun 23 1:20 AM ET | By Kate Fagan
China did what it needed to in a 1-0 win over Cameroon. But even as it bowed out of the World Cup, the African nation might have had the breakout necessary to propel the sport back home.
Jun 20 10:30 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
For long stretches on Saturday, Cameroon outplayed China. But the Chinese converted on a golden opportunity early, then hung on for a 1-0 win and a trip to the World Cup quarterfinals.
Jun 21 12:18 AM ET | By Kate Fagan
The problem is, gender is hardly binary; both men and women have varying levels of testosterone. But it's just the female athletes who will be punished for not falling within acceptable limits.
Jun 14 7:30 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
For the first time, Las Vegas has lines on every Women's World Cup match at its sportsbooks. And with a bit of knowledge, fans can cash in on the emerging market with odds in their favor.
Jun 16 2:16 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
Cameroon came close to magic against the reigning World Cup champs, but in the end Japan held on for a 2-1 win bolstered by their indelible defense.
Jun 13 2:34 AM ET | By Kate Fagan
In its second World Cup match, Switzerland routed a hapless Ecuador side 10-1 as midfielder Fabienne Humm set a FIFA record with the fastest-ever hat trick, netting three goals in five minutes.
Jun 12 11:28 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
Expanding the Women's World Cup field -- and enduring growing pains -- is only the first step toward developing women's soccer across the globe. Countries also need to kick in some serious dough.
Jun 9 11:07 AM ET | By Kate Fagan
Cameroon and Ecuador were scoreless for much of the first half. Then... Ecuador was snowed under by Cameroon's offense. Here are three observations from Monday's Group C matchup.
Jun 8 11:09 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
With a 1-0 victory over Switzerland, Japan kept defending World Cup champions unbeaten in opening games. But the win came with a loss. Here are three observations from Monday's Group C matchup.
Jun 9 11:39 AM ET | By Kate Fagan
Brittney Griner has filed papers seeking to annul her 29-day marriage to Glory Johnson.
Jun 6 2:32 AM ET | By Kate Fagan
Even in a 0-0 meh of a game, Saturday's draw with South Korea was a victory for Abby Wambach and the U.S. women's team because of the rousing crowd. Now she just needs to win the World Cup.
May 30 9:54 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
One thing is certain after espnW acquired an acrimonious email exchange between Missouri's and Missouri State's softball programs -- there is no love lost between these two in-state teams.
May 29 8:43 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
May 27 was a huge day for soccer news and conversation, which swallowed up the U.S. women's national team's media day as Abby Wambach & Co. prep to head off to Canada next week.
May 29 5:12 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
Alex Morgan said that she expects her knee to be "100 percent" for the upcoming World Cup.
May 27 3:53 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
Things aren't always as they seem, especially on social media. Five friends of the late Madison Holleran share examples of the times they've put filters on their sadness. #LifeUnfiltered
May 7 2:06 PM ET | By Kate Fagan
Was Jewell Loyd's decision to leave Notre Dame for the WNBA a year early bad for college basketball? Or could it signal the next important step in the evolution of women's hoops?
Apr 15 | By Kate Fagan
The Connecticut women's third straight national title came with a bit of history Tuesday night. Their 63-53 win over Notre Dame allowed Geno Auriemma to equal John Wooden.
Apr 8 10:51 AM ET | By Kate Fagan
UConn was unbeatable on Sunday, but Maryland's Brionna Jones, Lexie Brown and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough have all the tools to carry the Terrapins for the next two years.
Apr 6 2:17 AM ET | By Kate Fagan
Maryland wasn't supposed to be here. But the young Terps made their way to Tampa, where "everybody's rooting" for them heading into Sunday's semifinal against UConn, Brenda Frese says.
Apr 4 | By Kate Fagan
Indiana isn't the first state to pass a "religious freedom" bill. But it may be the last one to not include provisions explicitly banning discrimination against the LGBT community. Why not do that now, Indiana?
Mar 31 12:04 PM ET | By Kate Fagan