It's not that the Americans won't face some challenges or can sleepwalk their way onto the medal stand, but this U.S. squad, which beat China 87-56 in the FIBA opener, is one that can control its fate.
Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel
In 2015, Sadena Parks will become just the fifth African-American to compete on the LPGA Tour. She plans to do more than play. She plans to win.
Sep 25 4:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
After leading No. 4 Washington to victories over Maryland and previously undefeated Wisconsin with a combined 29 kills and 22 digs, Huskies senior Krista Vansant nabbed our weekly honor.
Sep 24 4:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Texas' five-set win at Nebraska might be the type of thing that comes to mind when you think big-time volleyball, but don't forget about the Blackbirds of LIU Brooklyn.
Sep 23 1:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
From a professional women's tournament at Augusta to a formal outreach to the tour's LGBT fan base, there's a lot to dream about in women's golf.
Sep 18 5:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
After leading Texas A&M to back-to-back victories over then-No. 6 USC and No. 13 San Diego at the USC Classic last week, Texas A&M freshman setter Stephanie Aiple nabbed our weekly honor.
Sep 17 2:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
A word to the Wise: Beware of the SEC. Mechelle Voepel highlights big wins for Florida and Texas A&M over a Pac-12 powerhouse in this week's five things you need to know about volleyball.
Sep 17 12:32 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Here are our final 2014 WNBA power rankings as we evaluate the season and take a very quick look at what 2015 might entail.
Sep 16 | By Mechelle Voepel
Maya Moore wasn't able to win another WNBA title in 2014, but the Lynx forward's season was a huge success by any other measure. Now, Moore and her USA Basketball teammates must quickly prepare for the world championship.
Sep 15 | By Mechelle Voepel
From exhilarating wins by Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie to a fairytale finish by Mo Martin to gut-wrenching misses for Brittany Lincicome and Karrie Webb, this year's LPGA's majors had a little bit of everything.
Sep 14 9:58 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
From breaking the record for regular-season wins to all five starters averaging double figures, and from a near perfect run through the playoffs to losing just one game at home all season, Phoenix's title run ranks the Mercury among the best WNBA championship teams ever.
Sep 14 12:48 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
It took a total team effort for Phoenix to overcome Brittney Griner's absence and sweep Chicago. But in the end, Diana Taurasi played the biggest part in winning the franchise's third title.
Sep 13 3:25 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Brittney Griner not playing in Friday's Game 3 seems to be the only thing that might prevent Phoenix from sweeping Chicago in the WNBA Finals.
Sep 12 11:32 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Outside of the United States, no nation has had a bigger impact on the WNBA than Australia. And three Aussies have Phoenix one win away from a third championship.
Sep 11 7:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Ranked No. 2 at the end of last year, Suzann Pettersen has been stymied by a bad back and several poor finishes this season. Still, she's rounding into form for the year's last major.
Sep 10 12:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Inky Ajanaku, filling the leadership void left by the graduated Carly Wopat, was in the middle of everything for Stanford as the Cardinal knocked off Penn State and Illinois to jump to No. 1.
Sep 10 11:16 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Brittney Griner shook off two blows to the face to help Phoenix deliver an even bigger blow to Chicago: The Mercury are on the brink of a sweep in the WNBA Finals.
Sep 10 10:56 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
A big victory over Penn State catapulted Stanford -- one of eight undefeated Pac-12 teams -- to No. 1. Nittany Lions freshman Ali Frantti made quite an impression, though.
Sep 9 2:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Brittney Griner was such a force on defense Sunday as the WNBA Finals opened that she would have been one of the game's most valuable players even if she hadn't scored a point. And that's exactly how she wants it.
Sep 14 12:28 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Even with a healthy Elena Delle Donne, Chicago would be an underdog in the WNBA Finals. But with the Sky star limited to just 10 minutes in Game 1, Chicago's chances of beating Phoenix for the championship are slim.
Sep 7 10:24 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Can Chicago win one of the first two games in Phoenix? How big of a factor will Elena Delle Donne be? Can the Sky do anything to slow Mercury star Diana Taurasi? The answers to these and more will determine which team hoists the WNBA trophy.
Sep 6 5:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Diana Taurasi has piled up championships at every level and secured her place among the all-time greats. But an "inner insecurity" that she's never good enough keeps driving the 32-year-old, who is as fascinating, riveting and mesmerizing as ever.
Sep 5 1:10 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
With her talent, sunny personality and Nigerian background, Inky Ajanaku reminds a lot of people at Stanford of former basketball star Chiney Ogwumike, but she needs a final four appearance to complete the package.
Sep 4 3:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Phoenix is the clear favorite in the WNBA Finals, a championship series with more than its fair share of stars and intriguing matchups. But Chicago wasn't even supposed to be here and has proved it can pull an upset.
Sep 4 12:18 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Every star had stepped up. But Diana Taurasi shined the brightest, scoring 13 unanswered points and 31 overall to lead Phoenix past defending champion Minnesota and into the WNBA Finals.
Sep 3 3:34 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel