WNBA playoffs 2022: First-round predictions and the five teams that could win the title

As we head into the 2022 WNBA playoffs, which begin Wednesday, the major storylines from the start of the season are still in play. Will the Chicago Sky become the first franchise to repeat as WNBA champion since the 2001-02 Los Angeles Sparks? Will the Las Vegas Aces give their franchise its first title under …

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Griner's defense team files appeal of conviction

MOSCOW — Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner on Monday filed an appeal against her nine-year Russian prison sentence for drugs possession, Russian news agencies reported. Griner, a center for the Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted on Aug. 4. She was arrested in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after …

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WNBA playoffs 2022: Complete schedule, results, news and highlights

The WNBA postseason has arrived. The 2022 WNBA playoff race came down to the final day of the regular season, with the Las Vegas Aces (26-10) clinching the No. 1 overall seed and home-court advantage, and the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury earning the final two postseason berths. The defending champion Chicago Sky (26-10), …

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Resilient Mercury earn 10th straight playoff berth

7:00 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. Despite playing with worry about the imprisonment of Brittney Griner, parting ways with Tina Charles and not having Diana Taurasi or …

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Fowles sees storied career end as Lynx fall to Sun

6:35 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 UNCASVILLE, Conn. — WNBA all-time great Sylvia Fowles concluded her career Sunday …

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'Syl's House': Lynx honor Fowles in home farewell

MINNEAPOLIS — As the Target Center crowd chanted “Syl’s House!” and teammates and opponents alike looked on with pride, Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles soaked up the affection here Friday night. Fowles, a former MVP and the WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder, will retire at season’s end, and the Lynx and their fans wanted to make …

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From giving birth to season debut: Napheesa Collier's incredible WNBA comeback

3:15 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 Napheesa Collier was matched up against the Atlanta Dream’s Maya Caldwell on …

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Sylvia Fowles: Forever a WNBA legend, soon to be a mortician

SYLVIA FOWLES IS GRINNING. Glowing even. She wants me to know, with her generous smile, that she’s not afraid of the topic. We’re talking about death, and eventually, reincarnation. She likes to contemplate the future, and the unknown. It’s much more interesting to her than the past. “I do believe in reincarnation,” Fowles says. “And …

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How Skylar Diggins-Smith's absence impacts Phoenix's playoff hopes and beyond

8:22 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 announced Thursday that Skylar Diggins-Smith would miss the final two regular-season games this season. The Mercury also have …

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Diggins-Smith's status uncertain for playoff push

10:56 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. The status of All-Star guard Skylar Diggins-Smith remains uncertain as the Phoenix Mercury continue to battle for one of the last …

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