What to Know About the WNBA Playoffs

The Chicago Sky are set to begin their bid to become the first back-to-back WNBA champions since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001 and 2002. But the regular season was close at the top, and several teams could easily lift the trophy this year. . Here’s how the WNBA playoffs shape up. When do the … Read more

Brittney Griner’s Guilty Verdict Strengthens Supporters’ Resolve

Nothing about Thursday’s proceedings in a Russian courthouse, where the WNBA star Brittney Griner was being tried on drug smuggling charges, surprised experts familiar with Russia’s legal process. Griner was convicted and sentenced to a penal colony for nine years — just one year shy of the maximum sentence. Her conviction was thought to be … Read more

Bill Russell Paved the Way for Black Coaches to Defy Doubters

Bill Russell and Red Auerbach came to an agreement. Auerbach, the longtime Boston Celtics coach, had confided in Russell that he planned to retire from coaching. Russell and Auerbach had created a dynasty together, with Russell dominating at center and Auerbach cementing their championship victories with plumes of celebratory cigar smoke. They would each write … Read more