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Coach wins biggest battle to bring her daughter home

[ad_1] CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- It took a bout with food poisoning in a hotel room in Senegal before Joanne Boyle could exhale.The former Virginia women's college basketball coach will not need to schedule a 16th trip to sub-Saharan Africa.Nor will she plead for another signature from a tribunal official or hold her breath awaiting an approval for an international adoption that consumed much of her life the past decade.Her daughter,
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Women’s basketball recruiting — From bullied to Louisville commit, Olivia Cochran keeps going

[ad_1] Middle school was a lonely place for Olivia Cochran. She was bullied repeatedly, often because of her size."I had self-esteem problems," said Cochran, a 6-foot-1 senior forward at Carver (Columbus, Georgia). "I didn't have confidence like everyone else. Sometimes, I still don't."When you're bigger than everyone else -- even the teachers ... I was fat and stuff. I was anti-social. I used to get picked on a lot."Basketball became
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NHL next? Four women officials blazing a new trail in pro hockey

[ad_1] Growing up in Massachusetts in the late 1980s and early '90s, there weren't as many opportunities for girls hockey, so Katie Guay played with the boys until ninth grade. She always tucked her hair under her helmet. "I did it so when I was going into the boards, I wasn't as easy of a target," says Guay, now 36.After graduating from Brown University in 2005, Guay began a post-hockey
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Why are American women more successful in tennis than U.S. men?

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- The spotlight on American women at the US Open this year was relentless, shifting from 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff to 37-year-old Serena Williams to iconoclastic stylist Taylor Townsend, pausing now and then to give us a glimpse of a Madison Keys, Sofia Kenin or Caty McNally.Lurking in the background, out of the light: an embattled generation of American men.As fans cry for the next great American
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CrossFitter Katrin Davidsdottir represents Iceland’s history of strong women — Body Issue 2019

[ad_1] Chris Paul, Liz Cambage, Brooks Koepka and NFL stars such as Myles Garrett and the Eagles offensive line are featured in ESPN's 2019 Body Issue. To see interviews, pictures, videos and more, visit our full 2019 gallery.THE ANNUAL CROSSFIT Games is a revival meeting for all the various tribes who worship at the altar of self-improvement through pain. Endless subcultures are on display: veterans raising awareness about PTSD and
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Naismith Hall of Famer Teresa Weatherspoon always demanded the best of herself and teammates

[ad_1] 11:34 AM 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.The New York Liberty were stranded at an airport, unsure if they'd even arrive back home in time to play that night's WNBA game. So to prepare, they taped the outline of a court on the floor of
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UConn, Louisville, NC State up in Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25

[ad_1] 9:40 AM ETCharlie CremeESPN.com CloseCharlie Creme projects the women's NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN.com.Now that the transfer portal has emptied and the coaching carousel has stopped, it's time to take another look at the Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25.More might change before the 2019-20 season opens in two months. Eligibility has yet to be determined for a number of transfers, and whether the likes of Evina Westbrook (UConn) and Elizabeth
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Phoenix Mercury honor women of inspiration through custom sneakers

[ad_1] Sep 2, 2019Nick DePaulaESPN Throughout the past decade, the Phoenix Mercury have honored some of the most accomplished and groundbreaking female figures from the worlds of business, sports, politics and beyond during their annual Woman Of Inspiration Night.Past honorees have included the likes of Robin Roberts, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mo'ne Davis and Holly Rowe. On Tuesday, new WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert will be the latest of a list of diverse
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Lindsay Whalen ready to instill her own vision for Minnesota Gophers

[ad_1] ALBANY, N.Y. -- Lindsay Whalen repeatedly taps her pen against the notebook she is carrying, scrunching her eyebrows as she yells out instructions. "Patience with the ball," she calls after a turnover by Team Americas.It's the inaugural edition of the Aurora Games, and Whalen, a former WNBA star who is now the head coach of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team, is coaching the Americas side against Team
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Argentina forfeits Pan Am game for wrong jersey

[ad_1] LIMA, Peru -- Argentina's women's basketball team had to forfeit its match against Colombia at the Pan American Games on Wednesday for wearing the wrong uniform color and can no longer advance to the medal rounds.The Argentines were supposed to wear white jerseys as the away team but came onto the court in Lima in blue, the same color as Colombia. They had 15 minutes to correct the mistake