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Ivory Latta To Become Parkinson's Ambassador

To whom much is given, much is required. No one believes in that infamous saying more than WNBA star point guard Ivory Latta of the Tulsa Shock. Fortunately she doesn't limit her leadership skills and talents to just the basketball court. She recently agreed to become an Official National Ambassador for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) Champions Program. (Tar Heel Blue)

Marion Jones representing US on diplomatic visits

Former track star Marion Jones is making a series of diplomatic visits to Serbia and Croatia this week on behalf of the U.S. State Department, an international opportunity for her to continue rehabilitating her tarnished image. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Jessica Breland Joins WNBA's Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun has signed 6-foot-3 rookie forward Jessica Breland to a seven-day contract. The former North Carolina star received the Honda Inspiration Award last month after returning to the court last fall following one season out while undergoing treatments for Hodgkin's lymphoma. (Blue Ridge Now)

Tulsa Shock Cut Marion Jones

The Tulsa Shock have parted ways with former Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Marion Jones. The announcement came as they waived Jones to make room for former Oklahoma Sooners center Abi Olajuwon on the roster. In 14 games with the Shock this season, Jones was averaging just under one point per game. (KTUL.com)

Charlotte Smith's departure to coach Elon leaves hole in UNC coach's staff

North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell said she is going to miss assistant Charlotte Smith, who recently became Elon's coach. Smith served as a bridge between the UNC coaching staff and its players. As a former player, she connected with players on a level others couldn't, having excelled with the Tar Heels and as a professional player in the WNBA. (Charlotte Observer)

Former UNC star Jessica Breland receives Inspiration Award

Jessica Breland is always happy to share her story of overcoming Hodgkin's lymphoma with the hope it can be helpful to someone else. The former North Carolina basketball star, who returned to the court last fall after sitting out one season while undergoing treatments, was honored Sunday night as the selection for the Honda Inspiration Award. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Charlotte Smith Named New Head Coach At Elon

Former National Player of the Year and longtime North Carolina assistant coach Charlotte Smith was named the new head coach of the Elon women's basketball program, Elon Director of Athletics Dave Blank announced in a press conference Wednesday. (Tar Heel Blue)

Elon names former Tar Heels star Charlotte Smith as new women's coach

Charlotte Smith, perhaps the most recognizable player in the history of the North Carolina’s women’s basketball team, has been hired as the new coach at Elon University. She will be introduced in an official capacity as the school’s sixth women’s basketball coach during a news conference Wednesday afternoon on campus at Alumni Field House. (Burlington Times News)

Honda Inspiration Award goes to Jessica Breland

Basketball star Jessica Breland, a 2011 Carolina graduate and member the WNBA’s New York Liberty, has been named the 2011 recipient of the 23rd annual Honda Inspiration Award. This award is given each year to a female college athlete who has overcome adversity to excel in her sport. (UNC.edu)

Jessica Breland wins Inspiration Award

North Carolina basketball player Jessica Breland has won the Honda Inspiration Award after returning to the court following treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Breland was diagnosed with the disease in May 2009 and received chemotherapy. She sat out a year and returned to basketball this season. She averaged 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in the ACC tournament. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Jessica Breland battles to make WNBA

Jessica Breland found the strength to persevere through six months of cancer treatment. She missed a season with the Tar Heels and returned as a redshirt senior. On draft day last month, the Liberty acquired Breland, a 6-foot-3 forward, from Minnesota, which selected her in the second round with the 13th overall pick. (New York Times)

One can't deny Marion Jones' resilience

It was just a regular afternoon this past summer, in a gym at the University of Tulsa, where you might have mistaken Marion Jones for somebody whose life hadn't completely collapsed. "Those are the moments I really cherished, where I wasn't in the spotlight," Jones said as she discussed her new book, "On the Right Track," and "Marion Jones: Press Pause," the "30 for 30" documentary about her that will debut Tuesday on ESPN (8 p.m. ET). (ESPN.com)

Marion Jones makes comeback with new book

Former Olympic gold medalist and UNC track star Marion Jones is speaking out in a new autobiography about being a star athlete and the performance-enhancing drugs that ultimately led to the end of her track and field career. “On the Right Track,” which was released Tuesday, chronicles her life since pleading guilty in October 2007 to lying to federal investigators looking into drug use among athletes. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marion Jones: 'I really wish I wouldn't have lied'

What Marion Jones really wants you to know is she's sorry for lying to federal investigators about her drug use. That, and her role in a check-fraud scam, are what landed her in prison for six months in 2008, during which she spent a month and a half in solitary confinement after fighting another inmate. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Whirlwind: Title-winner Camille Little off to play ball in Israel

Catching up with Camille Little these days isn’t easy. She’s fresh off winning her first WNBA title with the Seattle Storm, but she’s also on the move, trying to figure out what time zone she’s in. “I’ve been home for a few days here in Winston staying with mom and dad,” Little said on her cell phone while driving to see friends in Chapel Hill. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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