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The Aces Got to the W.N.B.A. Finals With Physical Play. What Happened?

The Las Vegas Aces battled and bruised other teams en route to the top seed this W.N.B.A. season. A’ja Wilson dominated the block on both sides of the court, and Angel McCoughtry sliced through defenders with ease. Driving to the basket, getting to the foul line and pushing the pace were what made the Aces …

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Breanna Stewart Is Ready for Her Old Normal: Winning Championships

Along with the rest of the world, athletes have had their careers upended by the coronavirus pandemic. They are giving The New York Times an intimate look at their journeys in periodic installments through the rest of the year. Read Stewart’s previous installments here and here. At long last, Breanna Stewart’s W.N.B.A. comeback was set …

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W.N.B.A. Preview: With Sabrina Ionescu, the Liberty Hit Refresh

The W.N.B.A. season begins Saturday with everything a basketball fan could want, from a wave of intriguing rookies to a slate of superstar veterans ready to win another championship. Below, our reporters tell you what to expect this season in the W.N.B.A.’s Eastern Conference. (And click here for our preview of the race in the …

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Who Is Behind Those N.B.A. ‘Bubble Life’ Tweets?

For nearly two weeks, the Twitter accounts @NBABubbleLife and @WNBABubbleLife have anonymously chronicled the world’s best basketball players shotgunning beers, dancing with their teammates, failing at fishing and going about everyday activities, like getting haircuts and eating pancakes. The posts — a curated series of videos, photos and musings pulled from players’ social media accounts …

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Parenting Inside Sports’ Bubble: ‘This Is Mom’s Job. Work With Me.’

When her soccer team returned to the field in June, Amy Rodriguez had a familiar problem. Alone in Utah with her two sons, she needed to get back to work but had no way to hire child care help because of the pandemic. So Rodriguez did what only felt normal after years of balancing her …

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Dream Owner Kelly Loeffler Faces Backlash for Protest Opposition

On Monday, the W.N.B.A. announced that its upcoming season would be “dedicated to social justice with games honoring the Black Lives Matter movement.” It did not seem to be a relatively controversial or surprising message, considering how engaged W.N.B.A. players have been in the movement, which has also drawn support from a wide range of …

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Jonathan Irons, Helped by W.N.B.A. Star Maya Moore, Freed From Prison

Jonathan Irons, whose bid for freedom from a 50-year prison sentence was embraced and pushed by the W.N.B.A. star Maya Moore, walked out of a Missouri penitentiary on Wednesday, nearly four months after a judge overturned his conviction on charges of burglary and assault. Irons, 40, an African-American man convicted at age 18, was met …

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Florida Is a Popular Site for Pro Leagues. It’s Also a Virus Hot Spot.

Florida reported 2,610 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to a New York Times database, only a slight drop from the state’s one-day record of 2,783. That was set on Tuesday. Florida was one of the first states to reopen in the midst of the global pandemic. Now, it is one of nearly two dozen …

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W.N.B.A. and Players Agree to Plan for 22-Game Season Starting in July

W.N.B.A. players have ratified a plan between the league and the players’ union to play a 22-game season, beginning in late July, along with a full playoff schedule, all at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the league announced Monday. Players who opt into the 2020 season — they have until June 25 to notify their …

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W.N.B.A. Union Mulling Plans to Start Season as Early as July

The union representing the players of the W.N.B.A. is mulling over proposals to start its coronavirus-delayed 2020 season, with the league hoping to begin play as early as next month. The season was postponed because of the pandemic in early April, before training camps even opened. The league has been formulating plans for an abbreviated, …

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Breanna Stewart’s Comeback Is Going to Take a Little Longer

Along with the rest of the world, athletes have had their careers upended by the coronavirus pandemic. They are giving The New York Times an intimate look at their journeys in periodic installments through the rest of the year. Over the last decade Breanna Stewart has dominated her sport as few ever have. She won …

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With Sabrina Ionescu, the Liberty Have a Much-Needed Chance to ‘Reset’

For the Liberty, a tumultuous decade that put the franchise’s future in doubt has given rise to a team that is new in almost every way imaginable. A new owner: Joe Tsai, not James L. Dolan. A new home: Barclays Center, after a long run at Madison Square Garden and a two-year exile to the …

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Liberty Trade Tina Charles to Mystics in Three-Team Deal

The Liberty traded Tina Charles, a veteran All-Star center, to the Washington Mystics as part of a three-team deal on Wednesday, just days before they are widely expected to select Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu with the top pick in the W.N.B.A. draft. The Liberty received the 12th pick in this year’s W.N.B.A. draft from Washington as …

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Kobe Bryant Headlines 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Class

Kobe Bryant leads one of the most highly anticipated player classes ever for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame alongside three other superstars from the N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. who defined the sport over the first two decades of this century. Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers star who died on Jan. 26 in a …

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