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3×3 basketball — How U.S. women are pushing to qualify for 2020 Games

[ad_1] 12:04 PM ETMechelle VoepelespnW.com CloseMechelle 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.From left, Megan Huff, Linnae Harper, Cierra Burdick and Alexis Peterson make up Force 10's 3x3 team. Force 10Force 10, owner of the Seattle Storm, recently announced the formation of a 3x3 professional women's team that will compete in
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R&A executive defends pay gap between Opens

[ad_1] PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers defended the sizable gap between purses for The Open Championship and the Women's British Open, even as reporters peppered him with questions about the disparity during a news conference on Wednesday.The purse for the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club this week is $10.75 million, with the Champion Golfer of the Year collecting $1.935 million.The purse for the
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Five ways WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert can make a good first impression

[ad_1] 5:16 PM ETMechelle VoepelespnW.com CloseMechelle 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.Cathy Engelbert, announced as the WNBA's new commissioner in May, officially starts this week. The former CEO of Deloitte LLC had a lot of success in the business world, and she needs to hit the ground running in
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Serena Williams hasn’t lost focus — she’s gained perspective

[ad_1] 10:31 AM ETAlyssa RoenigkESPN CloseAlyssa Roenigk is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com whose assignments have taken her to six continents and caused her to commit countless acts of recklessness. (Follow @ESPN_Alyssa on Twitter).LONDON -- A little more than an hour after Serena Williams departed from Centre Court at Wimbledon on Saturday, after losing a third straight Grand Slam final for the first time in her
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Why the Djokovic-Federer Wimbledon final was decided by historic tiebreaker

[ad_1] Editor's note: This story originally ran on June 25. It has been updated to account for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer's historic five-set Wimbledon final on Sunday, with Djokovic winning 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3). This was the first singles match at Wimbledon decided by a tiebreaker.On Sunday, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer entered the record books when their Wimbledon championship match reached 12-all in the
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Serena — My fight for equality ends ‘in my grave’

[ad_1] LONDON -- Serena Williams says she has no plans to end her fight for equality any time soon after a question from a reporter invoked Billie Jean King's concerns on Williams' dedication to tennis.After her third straight Grand Slam final defeat Saturday, Williams was asked in her postmatch news conference whether she should focus on tennis over being a celebrity or fighting for equality."The day I stop fighting for
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With all eyes on Serena, Halep keeps her composure to win Wimbledon

[ad_1] 1:43 PM ETD'Arcy MaineESPN LONDON -- Leading 5-2 in the second set, Simona Halep sat in her chair during the changeover and looked straight ahead. She didn't smile or show any signs of emotion whatsoever, seemingly tuning out the buzzing crowd. She wiped the small amount of sweat accumulated on her face with a towel, but otherwise was completely still. She might not have even blinked.When time was called,
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Serena mulls more events to help win 24th major

[ad_1] LONDON -- Serena Williams will seek to play more tournaments outside of Grand Slams to bolster her bid for singles title number 24 after losing the Wimbledon women's singles final to Simona Halep on Saturday.Williams is one Grand Slam off equaling Margaret Court's record of 24 but her latest bid at Wimbledon was ended by Halep as she won 6-2, 6-2.After the match, Williams did not make any excuses
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Federer prevails over Nadal, gets Djokovic in final

[ad_1] LONDON -- In their 40th career showdown, one thing remains certain: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal know how to put on a show at Wimbledon.The second-seeded Federer outlasted No. 3 Nadal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court on Friday to reach his 12th final at the All England Club, where he will seek a record-extending ninth title against top-seeded Novak Djokovic on Sunday.The Swiss star, after failing
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What youth movement? The Big Three still dominate at Wimbledon

[ad_1] LONDON -- It has been 11 years since Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal last played each other at Wimbledon, going back to when the Spaniard won his first title here, ending Federer's run of five straight victories. The two men will meet again at Wimbledon on Friday, this time in the semifinals. In more than a decade -- once considered a lifetime in tennis terms -- almost nothing has