Teams across the country are practicing, preparing and priming themselves for the new season, which the annual Midnight Madness helps tip off. What five things are we most looking forward to when the ball goes up?
Oct 17 | By Michelle Smith
Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador At-Large for Global Women's Issues, discussed the role that sports play in the advancement of girls around the world as part of her keynote speech Thursday at espnW's Women + Sports Summit.
Oct 10 2:06 AM ET | By Michelle Smith
After years of silence, former basketball star Ruthie Bolton says she was routinely beaten by her former husband and hopes that her story can help others.
Oct 10 10:32 AM ET | By Michelle Smith
Embracing the need to adapt, WTA CEO Stacey Allaster wants to bring more tennis and better player access to its fans throughout the world.
Oct 9 9:29 PM ET | By Michelle Smith
Uncertainty about her basketball future plagued Penny Taylor the past two seasons as she fought back from a knee injury. Tuesday, her pivotal performance helped put Phoenix on the brink of another WNBA title.
Sep 10 10:58 AM ET | By Michelle Smith
The Mercury are up 1-0 in the WNBA Finals and winning off the court, too. The team is helping its honorary assistant coach, 11-year-old Mia McPoland, spread the word about a rare blood disorder, and maybe even find a match for a bone marrow transplant.
Sep 9 3:00 PM ET | By Michelle Smith
With Sky star Elena Delle Donne spending most of the game on the bench, forward Candice Dupree and center Brittney Griner gave Phoenix a force inside that Chicago just couldn't counter.
Sep 7 9:55 PM ET | By Michelle Smith
After playing for five teams over her first five seasons in the WNBA, Allie Quigley finally has found the perfect fit in Chicago.
Sep 5 5:47 PM ET | By Michelle Smith
After overcoming a rash of injuries and illness this season -- and making the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history -- the Sky pulled off their second upset of the postseason and clinched their first trip to the WNBA Finals.
Sep 4 1:08 AM ET | By Michelle Smith
With Elena Delle Donne nursing a sore back, Chicago center Sylvia Fowles is the key to getting the Sky to their first WNBA Finals.
Sep 3 2:33 AM ET | By Michelle Smith
With Elena Delle Donne fighting a back injury, the Sky used their star player as a decoy and got everybody else to step up in a double-overtime victory over Indiana.
Sep 2 12:13 AM ET | By Michelle Smith
Elena Delle Donne took just 12 shots -- a low for the postseason -- and Chicago committed 14 turnovers in its Game 1 loss to the Indiana Fever.
Aug 31 5:49 PM ET | By Michelle Smith
Instead of folding when Chicago went on a 12-1 run to pull within one in the fourth quarter, Indiana dug deep and held on for the Game 1 victory in the WNBA's Eastern Conference finals.
Aug 31 12:40 AM ET | By Michelle Smith
Chicago and Indiana both had losing records in the regular season, but ignore that: Any series with Tamika Catchings facing Elena Delle Donne is compelling. Michelle Smith has five questions leading into the WNBA Eastern Conference finals.
Aug 29 12:30 PM ET | By Michelle Smith
Lin Dunn's focus is solely on her Fever's upcoming battle with the Sky in the WNBA's Eastern Conference finals, even as her four-decade coaching career enters its final days.
Aug 28 1:11 PM ET | By Michelle Smith
We take a look at the five biggest questions facing the eight teams -- including five with losing records -- in the WNBA playoffs.
Aug 18 | By Michelle Smith
With less than a week to play in the regular season, everyone is still chasing Minnesota and Phoenix.
Aug 11 | By Michelle Smith
It began with her WNBA coach Dan Hughes putting in a good word with Gregg Popovich -- perhaps Becky Hammon could peek her head into a few Spurs practices, he wondered. A year later, Hammon is a groundbreaking sports coach. How did that happen?
Aug 6 | By Michelle Smith
With the regular season winding down and just one team in the division boasting a winning record, we handicap the Eastern Conference race down the stretch run.
Aug 6 | By Michelle Smith
The Mercury have set the standard this season. But with the return of Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus, Minnesota finally has all five of its starters on the floor again for the first time since last fall's WNBA Finals.
Jul 31 | By Michelle Smith
With eight teams sporting losing records, Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta remain 1-2-3 in our weekly rankings.
Jul 28 | By Michelle Smith
Move over, Minnesota. After beating the Lynx for the first time since 2011, Phoenix takes over the top spot in the rankings.
Jun 16 | By Michelle Smith
Over the past 10 years, Tamika Catchings has built the Catch The Stars Foundation into a staple among youth outreach programs in Indianapolis.
Jun 30 10:54 AM ET | By Michelle Smith
Coach Brian Agler and his family have gotten so much more from basketball than they have given up because of it.
Jun 13 | By Michelle Smith
#BringBackOurGirls has not brought the girls back, but Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike have partnered with UNICEF in a fundraising effort aimed to benefit one million girls in northern Nigeria.
Jun 11 | By Michelle Smith