Iran Olympic chief says no punishment coming for Elnaz Rekabi, but concern remains

SEOUL, South Korea — The president of Iran’s national Olympic committee said Thursday that competitive climber Elnaz Rekabi will not be punished or suspended after competing in South Korea over the weekend without wearing her nation’s mandatory headscarf. Supporters of Rekabi, however, remain worried for the 33-year-old climber as other athletes have been targeted by … Read more

France wants Joel Embiid for national team in 2024 Olympics

HENDERSON, Nev. — Joel Embiid has two choices: the red, white and blue of the U.S., or the blue, white and red of France. An Olympic medal might hinge on his decision. France is still hopeful that Embiid — the reigning NBA scoring champion — will choose to wear its colors for the 2024 Paris … Read more

New-look Team USA wins fourth straight gold at FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

4:07 AM 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 SYDNEY — A fair amount of uncertainty surrounded USA Basketball as they … Read more

Team USA routs Canada to reach FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup gold medal game

SYDNEY — Breanna Stewart and the United States used a dominant defensive effort to beat Canada and reach the gold medal game of the World Cup for the fourth consecutive tournament. Stewart scored 17 points and the Americans raced out to an early lead to put away Canada 83-43 on Friday. The 43 points was … 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

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge clocks 2:01:09 for world record in Berlin Marathon

BERLIN — He’s done it again. Two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge bettered his own world record in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday. The Kenyan star clocked 2 hours, 1 minute, 9 seconds to shave 30 seconds off his previous best mark of 2:01:39 set on the same course in 2018. “My legs and my body … Read more

A life of remarkable resolve

THE TRAIN PLATFORM in Celle, Germany, is bustling. It’s a sea of duffel and roller bags, parents tending to small children beneath a beaming late-summer Sunday sun. Soon, the high-speed train will arrive and, however and wherever the weekend was spent, it’s time to return home. The train will stop first in Hanover, roughly 25 … Read more

NHL considering World Cup play-in for 2024, unsure on Russians, commissioner Bill Daly says

HENDERSON, Nev. — The NHL is considering a play-in tournament for the 2024 World Cup of Hockey that would be held directly before the February event. “For 2024, we may do a mini-qualifier as part of the tournament,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN on Thursday during the Player Media Tour here. The NHL … Read more

Victor Wembanyama, projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA draft, will match up against another star prospect, Scoot Henderson, in Nevada exhibitions, source says

Projected No. 1 pick Victor Wembanyama will travel to Las Vegas next month for a pair of highly anticipated games, matching up with projected No. 2 pick Scoot Henderson, a source told ESPN. Metropolitans 92 from Paris will take on G League Ignite on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 in a pair of exhibition games … Read more