Russian court rejects Brittney Griner’s appeal of 9-year sentence

MOSCOW — A Russian court on Tuesday upheld the nine-year prison sentence handed to American basketball star Brittney Griner for drug possession, rejecting her appeal. Griner, an eight-time All-Star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted Aug. 4 after police found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her … Read more

Brittney Griner’s birthday honored by Staley, Auriemma, more

8:30 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. They think fondly of her laughter, her hugs, her sweet tooth, her impressive skills, her love of her teammates. As Brittney … Read more

Brittney Griner at ‘weakest moment’ in Russia, wife says

WASHINGTON — WNBA star Brittney Griner is at her “absolute weakest moment in life right now” as she faces a hearing in Russia later this month for her appeal of a nine-year prison sentence for drug possession, Griner’s wife said in an interview that aired Thursday. Cherelle Griner told CBS “This Morning” that her wife, … Read more

Phoenix Suns likely to fetch record sale price for an NBA team, bankers say

As Robert Sarver prepares to sell the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, investment bank officials who have managed the sales of professional sports franchises told ESPN that they expect the transaction’s final price to set a record. “It’ll be the highest price ever paid for an NBA team,” one investment bank official … 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

Next steps for Mercury after Sarver NBA, WNBA Phoenix sale

4:55 PM 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. The Phoenix Mercury have won three WNBA championships and have perhaps the greatest player in the history of women’s basketball. Robert … Read more

Robert Sarver says he’s starting process to sell NBA’s Phoenix Suns, WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury

Owner Robert Sarver on Wednesday announced that he has begun the process to sell both the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury franchises. “As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement Wednesday. “I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would provide the time … Read more

WNBA Future Power Rankings: Predicting best, worst franchises

9:00 AM ET Kevin Pelton Close ESPN Senior Writer Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system M.A. Voepel Close ESPN.com 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 … Read more