Black female athletes

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s how new all of this is to Coco Gauff: She didn’t quite realize she only has to play every other day at the U.S. Open. “I’m still used to playing juniors,” the American said with a chuckle, “so I forgot about the day off.” She’s still just 15. She’s competing […]

A day before playing in the 2005 final at the All England Club, Venus Williams addressed a meeting of the Grand Slam Board, urging Wimbledon and the French Open to offer equal pay to male and female players. “I said: ‘All of our hearts beat the same. When your eyes are closed, you really can’t […]

Stephanie Ready has achieved a handful of historic marks and her trailblazer status in basketball broke down what many thought would be an impenetrable barrier. The Coppin State University graduate is the first woman to coach a professional men’s basketball team and is also the first full-time female NBA analyst. Ready, a native of Takoma […]

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Age appears to be no barrier for Venus Williams. The 36-year-old Williams beat No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday, becoming the oldest player to reach the Australian Open women’s semifinals in the Open era. Her 50th career win at Melbourne Park earned her a spot in the last […]

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The hope for one last trip to the Olympic medal podium gone when she stalled early in her routine during the uneven bars final on Sunday, Gabby Douglas decided to take a stand of a different kind. Against the online criticism that’s dogged the 2012 Olympic champion seemingly from the […]

This is getting to be BIG fun … watching our sisters and brothers and Simone Biles in particular, rack up the medals in Rio at the 2016 Olympics. And speaking of Miss Biles, she added a third gold medal to her haul, easily winning the women’s vault final Sunday afternoon. The 19-year-old averaged 15.966 during her […]

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Serena Williams and No. 5-ranked Maria Sharapova were drawn into the same section for the Australian Open on Friday, setting up a potential quarterfinal match featuring the 2015 finalists. Six-time champion Williams has a tough draw starting in the opening round against Camila Giorgi of Italy, who finished 2015 […]

MASON, Ohio (AP) — (AP) — One major title stands between Serena Williams and a Grand Slam, and she’s enjoying this “awesome” and “crazy” ride. “There’s still a lot I want to win, but I just want to keep growing,” she said Tuesday. “I just enjoy going out there every time I’m out there. I […]

  Fredia Gibbs is a retired boxer, kickboxer and sports legend once billed as “The Most Dangerous Woman In The World.” Gibbs made history by becoming the first Black woman to win a World Kickboxing Championship with the International Sports Karate Association. Born July 8, 1963, Gibbs was raised on the tough streets of Chester, […]

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun. Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty. The Sun acquired the Liberty’s fourth pick this year […]