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Camille Little, Storm Win WNBA Title

Sue Bird jumped into Lauren Jackson’s arms to celebrate the Seattle Storm’s second WNBA championship and admitted that, after six years of waiting, this title was sweeter than the first. After losing in the first round of the playoffs five straight years following their first title, Bird, Jackson and the Storm are champions again. Former UNC standout Camille Little had 15 points and seven rebounds for Seattle. (Tar Heel Blue)

Marion Jones pleased with progress in 1st season in WNBA

As her first season in the WNBA comes to a close, Marion Jones is pleased with her progress and committed to continuing her development. "I'm encouraged that every game I feel more confident," the former world-class sprinter said. "I feel I'm starting to get the hang of this basketball thing. I'm just encouraged that personally things are getting better." (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

Camille Little does a lot for Storm

Camille Little refers to herself as having been "a mean girl" in college. She says this with a half smile, but she isn't really joking. This is a player almost disarmingly self-aware and candid. Little tells it like it is because she has no interest wasting time telling it any other way. But a mean girl? That's perhaps too harsh a self-assessment for the former UNC forward, who's now with the WNBA-leading Seattle Storm. (ESPN.com)

Tulsa Shock Signs Ivory Latta

A season of change continued for the Tulsa Shock on Monday as they signed veteran free-agent guard Ivory Latta to a contract. In order to make room on the 11-player roster, rookie guard Natasha Lacy was placed on waivers. A former UNC standout, Latta has amassed career averages of seven points and two assists in her three years in the league with the Detroit Shock and Atlanta Dream. (FOX 23)

Marion Jones' transition to pro basketball proves to be 'a humbling experience'

Four of the players on Marion Jones' 1994 NCAA championship team were shorter than she is. None of her teammates on the Shock is shorter or lighter than the 5-foot-10, 150-pound Jones. But do not be confused. There is enough of the champion left in Jones to push back against the notion expressed in a recent article that said she was struggling in the WNBA. (Los Angeles Times)

Vermont Names Lori Gear McBride Head Women's Basketball Coach

Lori Gear McBride has been named head coach of the women's basketball program at the University of Vermont, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Robert Corran announced today. Gear McBride, who won an NCAA National Championship as a member of the University of North Carolina squad in 1994, is the seventh head coach at Vermont since 1979. (University of Vermont)

Marion Jones has quiet WNBA debut as Lynx top Tulsa

Marion Jones’ path to stardom in the WNBA won’t be a sprint. The former Olympic track star had little impact in limited playing time in her debut for Tulsa on Saturday night as the relocated Shock lost their inaugural game in their new hometown 80-74 to the Minnesota Lynx. Jones, who won a national championship for North Carolina in college, made her return to basketball after more than a decade away. (Yahoo! Sports)

Marion Jones makes final cut for WNBA's Shock

Former Olympic sprinter Marion Jones has made the roster for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. The 34-year-old Jones, the oldest rookie in the league, is known for her triumphs as a track sprinter at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and later for having her five medals taken away for using steroids. She won a national championship in 1994 as the point guard for North Carolina's team. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marion Jones will debut with Tulsa Shock

Marion Jones, 34, will resume her athletics career Saturday night when she makes her debut with the Tulsa Shock, the WNBA franchise that moved out of Detroit in the off-season. Known for her triumphs as a track sprinter at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and later for having her five medals taken away for using steroids, she's returning to basketball after more than 10 years away from the game. (Winston-Salem Journal)

The second coming of Marion Jones

Each day, the painful effects of Marion Jones' past give way to sweat and sore muscles. Earlier this month, the 34-year-old signed with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, returning to a sport she has not played competitively since 1997, when she last played for the North Carolina Tar Heels. As a freshman, she helped the team win the 1994 NCAA title. Her signing was generally welcomed. (ESPN.com)

Marion Jones: I've Paid My Debt, Now It's Time to Move Forward

These days, Marion Jones says she is channeling the words of Satchel Paige and is not looking back. Still, if you've lived the life Jones has lived and been the places she's been, including prison, you can't help but play the "what if" game, and wonder how life would have gone had she continued playing basketball rather than becoming the fastest woman on Earth. (AOL FanHouse)

Marion Jones isn't out for 'redemption'

Marion Jones hasn't lost much of her swagger. The disgraced sprinter once called the world's fastest woman was introduced Wednesday as the newest member of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock and she offered no apologies for her steroids use or her time in federal prison. She was poised and ready for questions about her troubled past. "The word redemption is not in my vocabulary," Jones, a former UNC basketball star, said at a news conference. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Embattled Marion Jones to join WNBA's Shock

The WNBA's Tulsa Shock will hold a news conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET to announce the signing of former track star Marion Jones. Jones worked out for Shock coach Nolan Richardson last Saturday. Jones was stripped of five medals she won in the 2000 Summer Olympics after she admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs prior to the Summer Games. (WTVD)

Sprinter Marion Jones eyes comeback

Track and field superstar Marion Jones' bid to get her athletic career back on track brought her to Tulsa on Saturday for a workout with Tulsa Shock coach Nolan Richardson. Jones was stripped of five medals she won in the 2000 Summer Olympics after she admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. Now, at age 34 and after giving birth to her third child just eight months ago, Jones is attempting an athletic comeback — this time in basketball. (Tulsa World)

No. 18 Tar Heel Women Fall To Boston College, 69-62

Sylvia Crawley returned to the gym where she contributed to so many wins as a player. She left with her first victory there as a coach. Carolyn Swords scored 14 points to help Boston College beat No. 18 North Carolina 69-62 on Thursday night, giving Crawley a win against her alma mater. Crawley, in her second season as the Eagles' head coach, played for UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell on the Tar Heels' 1994 NCAA championship team. (Tar Heel Blue)

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