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W.N.B.A. Preview: The Mystics Get Their Stars Back in the East

The W.N.B.A. begins its 25th season on Friday with the returns of some big-name veterans and the debuts of promising rookies. “Rosters are stacked with…

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W.N.B.A. Braces for ‘Fierce Competition’ in New Season

Buzzy rookies, reshuffled stars and new interest in women’s basketball after a thrilling N.C.A.A. tournament have positioned the W.N.B.A. to open its 25th season this…

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Baseball Joins Other Sports in Flexing Its Activist Muscles

Activism’s arrival in sports is not new, of course. From baseball’s Robinson to boxing’s Muhammad Ali to football’s Colin Kaepernick to soccer’s Megan Rapinoe, athletes…

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LeBron James Leads a Generation of Athletes Into Ownership

In an age marked by kneeling protests and cross-league walkouts in sports, which gained new traction in 2020, it’s easy to put too much faith…

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Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream Continues to Embrace Activism

The challenge seemed simple and direct. Rebuke Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia for her race-baiting derision of Black Lives Matter. Help remove her from her…

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For Pro Athlete Leading Social Justice Push, a Victory and Uncertainty

“An act of terror,” she called it, as we spoke over the phone. “Seeing the faces of those people as they were in the Capitol,…

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In Georgia, Pro Teams Dive Into Senate Races With Different Playbooks

Georgia’s runoff election on Tuesday will have dramatic consequences, deciding whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate. In an environment of heightened civic engagement for…

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How the Most Socially Progressive Pro League Got That Way

From the beginning of their more than two decades on the court, the players in the W.N.B.A. have defied society’s expectations. Sheryl Swoopes, a marquee…

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