Trouble in LA

Sparks general manager Penny Toler admitted using racial epithets during a post-game speech to the team after semifinal Game 2. A deep look at what went wrong in the team’s last two games.

Players were uncomfortable with Toler’s speech.

The WNBA will investigate.

Finals news:

Elena Delle Donne is getting extensive back treatment.

With Delle Donne’s status in doubt, the Mystics plan to be more physical on defense.

WNBA player news:

Angel McCoughtry has no plans to retire as she enters free agency.

WNBA commissioner news:

Cathy Engelbert aims to enhance the player experience.

College team news:

Gonzaga is optimistic and excited about the season.

Virginia and Virginia Tech need the aid of the newcomers.

Four newcomers hope to contribute at UMaine.

College player news:

Jordan Danberry is back and ready to lead young Mississippi State.

College coach news:

Muffet McGraw is unapologetically revolutionizing women’s sports.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz embraces high expectations.

An early look at how Dawn Staley might build South Carolina’s lineup and rotation.

Jazmin Pitts is a new assistant coach at Nevada.