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Inmate backed by WNBA’s Moore gains release

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Maya Moore’s quest to see Jonathan Irons walk free from Missouri’s Jefferson City Correctional Center was realized on Wednesday. Moore, who put her WNBA career with the Minnesota Lynx on hold in 2019 to help Irons have his conviction for burglary and assault with a weapon overturned, was among those......
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Blackfeet Nation Boxing Club is fighting to save the lives of Native American women

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Donna Kipp is a fighter for the Blackfeet Nation Boxing Club. Her father, Frank, owns the club. Kipp was a bronze medalist at the 2015 Junior Olympic Nationals. Watch “Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible” on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. In 2003, one year after I was born, my......
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Namajunas on return: I do miss having that belt

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Rose Namajunas‘ last fight was more than 14 months ago. On that night, in Brazil, she lost her strawweight title in dramatic fashion after she was knocked out following a slam by Jessica Andrade. Following the bout, Namajunas said she might never fight again. Six months later, in an emotional......
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Sources: NBA plans ‘Black Lives Matter’ on courts

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The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are planning to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the court inside both sidelines in all three arenas the league will use at the Walt Disney World Resort when it resumes the 2019-20 season late next month in Orlando, Florida, league sources told ESPN.......
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Chicago G Colson tests positive for coronavirus

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5:35 PM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle 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. Chicago Sky guard Sydney Colson said on Twitter on Saturday that she has tested positive for......
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This Special Olympics athlete is on the front lines of the coronavirus

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JOHANNA SCHOENECK ENTERS her house through the basement door now. That was the first change the coronavirus wrought. She works second shift at a group home, where she’s a direct support professional and helps to care for people who — like her — have intellectual and developmental disabilities. She’s on......
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Mystics’ Cloud, Sanders will skip WNBA season

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WASHINGTON — Washington Mystics players Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders are opting out of participating in the 2020 WNBA season for the league’s reigning champions. In a social media posting Monday, Cloud cited a desire to “fight on the front lines for social reform,” while Sanders explained in a statement......
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Sun’s Jones won’t play over coronavirus concerns

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1:08 PM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle 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. Jonquel Jones, who helped lead Connecticut to the WNBA Finals last season, won’t play this season......
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Saints’ Jenkins issues call to action: ‘Time is now’

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New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, a co-founder of the Players Coalition and prominent activist for social justice and racial equality, urged athletes, coaches and media “to do our part to make this country better” during Sunday night’s ESPYS broadcast, calling the events of the past month “a tipping point.”......
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How a search for family brought one NFL coach to a place he never expected

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7:10 AM ET Sarah SpainespnW.com Close Sarah Spain (follow her on Twitter @SarahSpain) is the co-host of Spain & Fitz on ESPN Radio, host of the That’s What She Said podcast, a SportsCenter reporter and an espnW columnist since 2010. She was a heptathlete at Cornell and is a lifelong......
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How Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird plan to step up — and aside — in the fight for justice

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There is no bigger power couple in the sports world right now than three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird and two-time World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe. Not only do they star in sports — Bird is the longtime point guard for the Seattle Storm and a four-time Olympic gold medalist, and......
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Buss to whites: Acknowledge racism and stop it

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Los Angeles Lakers chief executive officer and governor Jeanie Buss shared a photograph of a letter on her Instagram account Friday containing racist and misogynistic epithets “so that everyone can see the hate is real and living out there,” she wrote. The two-sentence letter, composed on a type writer, begins......
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Questions, concerns loom as US Open prepares for Grand Slam amid pandemic

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“This is crazy. I’m excited.” That was the expression from Serena Williams, the most accomplished women’s player of the Open era, as the USTA revealed its plans to hold the Western & Southern Open and the US Open in conjunction over a 24-day “bubble” period beginning Aug. 19. The plan......
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Dream’s Montgomery to sit out 2020 season

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11:23 AM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle 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. Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery says she will sit out the 2020 WNBA season and work......
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ENSPIRE winner Maryam Shojaei on her fight to get Iranian women back in the soccer stadium

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Growing up, Maryam Shojaei‘s mother told her daughter stories of attending soccer matches in Iran. Before 1979, everybody — man or woman — was allowed inside the stadium. That changed when the conservative government imposed an unwritten rule to exclude women from attending men’s soccer matches because of “profane language”......
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Serena Williams says she’ll play in the US Open

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Serena Williams says she will play in this year’s US Open tennis tournament. The 23-time Grand Slam champion announced her intentions in a taped video message revealed Wednesday by the USTA. “I really cannot wait to return in New York and play the US Open 2020,” said Williams, 38. “I......
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Love 40 — Venus Williams through the years

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Venus Williams was just a teen when she said it. She has spent the next 23 years proving it. “Everything’s different about me. Just face the facts.” Those words came before her powerful and athletic game led her to the No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis. They came before she......

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