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Recent articles by Ben:

Breanna Stewart’s free agency will shake up the WNBA

"Going to see players (overseas) will be much more common," a WNBA GM said of the future of international offseason recruiting. → Read More

First Impressions on Exciting NBA Rookie Class

Seven early observations about this year’s first-year players. → Read More

WNBA Coach Curt Miller Is Just the Spark L.A. Needs

The veteran leader could be a stabilizing force for one of the league’s oldest franchises. → Read More

NBA Media Day: Latest Analysis, News and Updates

Rounding up the best quotes and news as 2022 training camps get underway. → Read More

MVP. Mama. Mortician. And More.

As the Lynx center nears retirement, she and some of those closest to her look back on a legendary WNBA career on and off the court. → Read More

2022 WNBA All-Star Game: Handing Out Grades for Every Player

Kelsey Plum tied an All-Star Game record with 30 points. Plus, honoring Brittney Griner and Sylvia Fowles and Sue Bird’s final ASG appearance. → Read More

Everything We Know About Brittney Griner’s Ongoing Detention in Russia

The Mercury center has been in custody since mid-February, when she was arrested on drug charges outside of Moscow. → Read More

2022 No. 1 Pick Rhyne Howard Named Among 12 All-Star Game Reserves

The reigning champion Sky will also have four players participating in the All-Star Game. → Read More

Sue Bird and a ‘Fairy Tale’ New York Ending

The Storm legend received a warm embrace throughout her last scheduled game in her home state. → Read More

WNBA Power Rankings: Aces at the Top While Storm, Dream Among Biggest Surprises

The start of the regular season has seen some hot starts, and a few surprises (both good and bad). → Read More

Forty Years Ago an HBCU Played in the First Women’s Final Four. Today the Program Is Gone.

Cheyney State was C. Vivian Stringer’s first coaching stop. Today the program is gone. → Read More

Ranking the 2022 Women’s Sweet 16: Who Can Challenge the Four No. 1 Seeds?

From top seeds to surprise Cinderellas, we assess how the remaining teams in the NCAA tournament stack up. → Read More

Paige Bueckers Takes on Expanded Role As Women’s Tournament Enters Second Round

Bueckers’ return to the starting lineup is already making an impact. Plus, what else to look out for in the women’s round of 32, Saturday’s upsets and upset attempts, and more. → Read More

How Florida Found Its Way Back to the NCAA Tournament

Led for the first year by Kelly Rae Finley, the No. 10 seed Gators are ready to dance. → Read More

Cinderella Stories: Sleeper Picks for the Women’s NCAA Tournament

These eight teams have the potential to make a Final Four run. → Read More

SI’s College Basketball 2021–22 Women’s All-Americans

Whether on the first, second or third team, these players deserve special recognition. → Read More

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski Provides Update on Health Situation

He was unable to coach the second half of his team's game vs. Wake Forest. → Read More

Russian Olympic Committee Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Fails to Medal in Individual Figure Skating

It marked the end of Olympic competition for her in Beijing. → Read More

Angel City FC Adds Gabrielle Union, Three-Year-Old Daughter to Ownership Group

The club added more celebrities to its already star-studded ownership group. → Read More

‘Just Keep Being You’: Matthew Stafford Gives Joe Burrow Advice After Super Bowl LVI

Here’s what one quarterback said to the other after the game. → Read More