Semifinals getting ready to finish; college season revving up to begin

WNBA playoff news:

The Aces face a win-or-go-home Game 5 against the Mercury.

Phoenix returns to Las Vegas for the matchup.

How No. 6 Chicago crashed the party.

Seven years and the biggest free agent signing in Sky history lead them to the Finals.

WNBA team news:

The Sun saw a disappointing end to the best season in franchise history.

What went wrong for Connecticut?

WNBA player news:

Candace Parker is the “missing piece” Chicago needed.

Players will get access to reproductive health and support in a deal assisted by WNBPA president Nneka Ogwumike.

College conference news:

The Big 12 joins the SEC in letting schools set athlete compensation.

College team news:

Maryland has all its starters back and one goal: a national title.

Amidst great expectations, Michigan is ready for the challenge.

Five unanswered questions for UConn heading into the first practice of the year.

Husky questions and storylines.

Illinois has maintained its culture and identity despite roster and assistant coaching changes.

College player news:

Georgia’s Mikayla Coombs has been named vice chair of the SEC women’s basketball leadership council.

High expectations rest on Iowa State’s players.

Five from USC to watch this year.

Iowa sophomore Sharon Goodman will miss the season with a torn ACL.

College coach news:

Dawn Staley is going out of her way to get the Gamecocks prepared for the season.

Kelly Graves previews the new Ducks.

USF’s Yolisha Jackson is making a 40-year commitment to Black women in basketball.