Yan Xiaonan survives Mackenzie Dern’s grappling in majority-decision victory

Yan Xiaonan put on a show for the fans — make that fan, singular — in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. Yan got the better of Mackenzie Dern in standup fighting and survived relentless grappling threats by her multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion opponent to earn a majority-decision victory … Read more

U.S. women break team record with 27th straight FIBA World Cup win

SYDNEY — There’s been a long legacy of success for the U.S. women’s basketball team at the World Cup. The names change over time, but the results don’t seem to. Kelsey Plum scored 20 points, Chelsea Gray added 16 and the United States routed Bosnia and Herzegovina 121-59 on Tuesday to break the team record … Read more

U.S. women’s basketball team scores 145 points in rout of South Korea, breaking FIBA World Cup record

SYDNEY — Brionna Jones scored 24 points, A’ja Wilson added 20 and the U.S. used a dominant inside effort for a record performance in a 145-69 win over South Korea on Monday in the World Cup. It broke the highest scoring game in World Cup history, surpassing the 143 points Brazil had in 1990. It … Read more

MMA pound-for-pound rankings – Just one small move in men’s top 10, but voters add new names

The ESPN pound-for-pound MMA rankings you see below are only slightly different from the men’s and women’s top 10s we published Aug. 24, the last time our voting panel weighed in. That should come as no shock. There have been only two UFC fight cards and few other major events across the sport in the … Read more

Connecticut Sun oust defending champ Chicago Sky in 5 games to reach WNBA Finals

10:17 PM 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 further experience at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times and Cincinnati Enquirer CHICAGO — No WNBA team has repeated as champion since the Los … Read more

Margaret Court defends tennis record in wake of Serena Williams’ farewell, says admiration not reciprocated

Australia’s Margaret Court believes she doesn’t get as much credit from the tennis world as she deserves for her 24 Grand Slam singles titles and that Serena Williams doesn’t reciprocate her admiration. Williams — who holds 23 Slam titles, one shy of the record Court set from 1960 to 1973 — was feted in many … Read more

Coco Gauff advances to US Open quarterfinals for first time with straight-sets win

NEW YORK — Coco Gauff raised a fist then wagged her right index finger, responding to, and riling up even more, a loud-louder-loudest Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd that was standing and screaming. Gauff’s US Open opponent, Shuai Zhang, covered both ears with her hands to shield them from what she described later as a “boom” … Read more

Venus and Serena Williams granted wild card for women’s doubles at US Open

NEW YORK — Venus and Serena Williams will be playing doubles together at the US Open, which begins Monday, after receiving a wild card for entry. It will be the first time the sisters have played at a major together since the French Open in 2018. The US Open is believed to be the 40-year-old … Read more

Las Vegas Aces’ Becky Hammon named 2022 WNBA Coach of the Year

12:01 PM 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 further experience at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times and Cincinnati Enquirer The Las Vegas Aces‘ Becky Hammon was named 2022 WNBA Coach of … Read more

Minnesota Lynx celebrate Sylvia Fowles in last regular-season home game ahead of WNBA legend’s retirement

2:24 AM ET M.A. VoepelESPN.com Close M.A. 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. MINNEAPOLIS — As the Target Center crowd chanted “Syl’s House!” and teammates and opponents alike looked on with pride, Minnesota Lynx … Read more