Saturday's sports stories


Shawna Chen
Updated Nov 20, 2021 - Sports

WTA asks China ambassador's help in finding missing tennis star

Photo of Peng Shuai crouched with her racket in front of her on a tennis court as her partner serves from behind
China's Peng Shuai in a women's doubles semi-final match at the Kunming Open tennis tournament on April 27, 2019. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images
Erin Doherty
Nov 20, 2021 - Sports

Washington Spirit win their first-ever NWSL championship

Andi Sullivan #12 of Washington Spirit (C) celebrates with Trinity Rodman #2 after scoring during the second half against Chicago Red Stars.
Andi Sullivan of Washington Spirit celebrates with Trinity Rodman after scoring during the second half against Chicago Red Stars during the NWSL Championship on November 20, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images
Kierra Frazier
Nov 20, 2021 - Sports

Australian Open to require players to be vaccinated against COVID

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates against Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men's singles final during day 14 of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Feb. 21. Photo: TPN/Getty Images
Erin Doherty
Nov 20, 2021 - Sports

Player empowerment is key to the future of U.S. women's pro soccer

The Orlando Pride Starting XI prior to a game between NJ/NY Gotham City FC and Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium on October 9, 2021
The Orlando Pride Starting XI prior to a game between NJ/NY Gotham City FC and Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium on October 9, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Roy K. Miller/ISI Photos/Getty Images
Shawna Chen
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

Cruz backs WTA's willingness to pull out of China over Peng Shuai

Photo of Ted Cruz's face up close as he is speaking
Sen. Ted Cruz,(R-Texas) at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
Noah Garfinkel
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

White House wants "verifiable proof" of Peng Shuai's whereabouts

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai during a match in the 2020 Australian Open. Photo: Fred Lee/Getty Images
Kendall Baker
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

NFL to enforce stricter protocols as COVID surges

General view of the National Football League logo inside of MetLife Stadium.
Photo: Rich Barnes/Getty Images
Adam Tamburin
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

TSSAA investigates slur allegation

The leader of Nashville charter school STEM Preparatory Academy sent a letter saying the incident was a vivid illustration of "institutional racism" embedded in athletics and the TSSAA itself.
A letter from STEM Prep CEO Kristin McGraner to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Image courtesy of STEM Prep
Thomas Wheatley
Nov 19, 2021 - Sports

A casual fan’s guide to Atlanta United’s MLS Cup playoff

Atlanta United FC goalkeeper Brad Guzan jumps to make a save during a match against NYCFC.
Brad Guzan makes a save. Photo: Rich von Biberstein for Icon Sportswire via Getty Images