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Women’s sports can’t afford to bench men in the gender-equity fight

The SheIs alliance of women’s sports leagues is a nice idea, but it’s a version of empowerment that puts the onus on women to change the landscape without holding men accountableWhen I saw Tuesday’s official launch of the SheIs initiative – a group of …

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Should women athletes sue the networks for equal coverage?

Women are conditioned to accept what’s given to them and women athletes are no exception. It’s time for a changeDuring the wildly exciting Women’s Final Four earlier this month, the sports economist David Berri and I were speaking on the phone about th…

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As women’s sport grows, athletes find they can’t stay silent in the era of Trump

Female athletes have stood up for what they believe in before – but a leap in status and popularity and social media has helped athletes’ activism take off

Hardly a month seems to go by without high-profile US athletes speaking out on non-sporting causes. Increasingly, the most passionate voices belong to women.

Take the recent basketball game between Seattle Storm and Chicago Sky. The team’s owners organised a pre-game rally in support of Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit that provides reproductive healthcare and whose funding is under perpetual attack from the Republican party and the Trump administration. Several players, including star Seattle forward Breanna Stewart, issued a video backing the event. The Sky centre Imani Boyette skipped warm-up to attend.

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Basketball in 2016: 10 memorable moments

The Golden State Warriors’ dream season ends in a LeBron James nightmare; legends leave the game; the basketball world mourns Pat Summitt

You can be forgiven for thinking that the Cleveland Cavaliers were finished. After all, no team in NBA history had ever come back from a 3-1 NBA Finals lead and they were playing a Golden State Warriors team that wasn’t just good but historically unprecedented. Having gone 73-9 in the regular season, the 2015-16 Warriors were arguably a single win away from being in the “best NBA team ever” conversation.

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WNBA withdraws fines for players who wore black shirts to support gun victims

Players and teams were originally fined for wearing black warmup shirts Penalties seemed to galvanize the players, who voiced displeasureThe WNBA has withdrawn its fines for teams that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings …

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Police walk off job after Minnesota Lynx players wear Black Lives Matter shirts

  • Team highlighted deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling
  • Police federation president praises conduct of officers

A police union official says four off-duty Minneapolis officers working a WNBA game walked off the job at the city’s Target Center arena Saturday after Minnesota Lynx players wore pregame warm-up jerseys supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

The shirts listed the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, both fatally shot by police officers last week. Castile was killed by a police officer in suburban St Paul during a traffic stop. The shirt also showed the Dallas police shield above the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

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Maya Moore and Minnesota Lynx wear shirts in honor of shooting victims

  • Lynx players voice support of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling
  • Castile was killed by police in nearby suburban St Paul this week

The Minnesota Lynx are voicing their support for change.

The WNBA team will wear black warmup shirts that say on the front, “Change starts with us. Justice & Accountability.” On the back of the shirt were the names Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, both fatally shot by police officers this past week. Castile was killed by a suburban St Paul police officer during a traffic stop. Also on the back of the shirt is the Dallas police shield above the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

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How an NBA exec helped fulfill a 6ft 7in woman from China’s American dream

A chance meeting in Beijing set Chen Yue’s life on a course that would see her become the first Chinese woman to play college basketball in the US

The 6ft 7in woman from China and the NBA executive who gave her a life stood in the lobby of a Salt Lake City hotel last Thursday night. For a moment neither knew what to do. So many things Chen Yue had to say to Richard Smith yet no words came out. What do you tell the man who handed you a dream and never realized what he had done?

Chen Yue tried. She wanted Smith to know he’s the reason she’s here. She wanted to say that when he chose her from a group of 80 boys for a basketball team in Beijing seven years ago it was the instant she thought she could be special, that she believed. And that this belief ignited a hope that brought her to the University of California where she is the first woman from her country to play college basketball in the US.

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NBA All-Star celebrity game – live!

9.07pm GMT

Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s a look at the rosters for tonight’s celebrity game.

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Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal headline list of Hall of Fame finalists

  • Iverson, O’Neal named to list of 14 finalists for Hall of Fame
  • Yao Ming could be elected through International Committee
  • Class of 2016 inductees will be named at Final Four in April

One was perhaps the most dominant small player in NBA history, the other rated among the largest. Now both appear bound for basketball immortality.

Related: No more practice for A.I.: Allen Iverson says goodbye to Philadelphia

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Gilbert Arenas’ plan to boost WNBA: less clothing and fewer ‘ugly’ players

  • Arenas says WNBA players look like Orange is the New Black cast
  • Former NBA All-Star bemoans ‘ugly’ women’s basketball players
  • Arizona alum posted sexist screed to Instagram on Tuesday night

Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas has offered up a two-point plan for increasing the popularity of women’s basketball: skimpier uniforms and more traditionally attractive players.

The three-time All-Star posted a sexist Instagram video on Tuesday showing two fitness models playing one-on-one, suggesting that “ugly” WNBA players “looking like cast members from [Orange is the New Black]” have turned off fans from the world’s top women’s basketball league.

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