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Marion Jones Named An ACC Basketball Legend

Marion Jones, a member of UNC's 1994 National Championship squad, will represent the Tar Heels in the 10th annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends, announced Wednesday. The Legends will be honored at the 2014 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, held March 5-9 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Jones is recognized as one of the finest athletes ever to compete at UNC.

Marion Jones' rise and fall played out on the world's biggest stage

The two faces of Marion Jones are inextricably linked. There was the luminous smile she wore on the medals stand in 2000, when Jones won three gold medals and two bronze as the shining track-and-field star of the Sydney Olympics. Then there was the weeping, distraught face on the steps outside a federal courthouse in 2007.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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