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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. (

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)

2010 ACC Women's Basketball Legends: Tonya Sampson, UNC

Tonya Sampson (UNC, 1990-94): As a senior, Tonya Sampson earned Kodak, Basketball America and Basketball Times All-America honors, while leading the Tar Heels to the 1994 NCAA National Championship. She paced the team in scoring in each of her four years, averaging a career-best 21 points per game over the 1992-93 season. Sampson graduated as Carolina’s all-time leading scorer with 2,143 points (The ACC)

Goins, Sampson, Stinson named ACC women's legends

Tonya Sampson and Andrea Stinson, who stared at UNC and N.C. State during an era of significant growth for women's basketball, and former Duke standout Connie Goins are among the sixth ACC Women's Basketball Legends class announced Friday. The legends will be honored at the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, March 4-7 at the Greensboro Coliseum. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Kellie Kennedy follows passion for coaching

For four years, Kellie Kennedy played basketball for the Tar Heels while studying business at UNC. She excelled in the classroom and her play on the court earned her Most Improved Player Honors in 1988. However, as graduation approached, Kennedy was faced with two options: continuing her career in what she loved, basketball, or utilizing the education she received to pursue a career in the business field. Kennedy decided to pursue both. (Loyola Maroon)

IOC reallocates Marion Jones' medals

The International Olympic Committee has reallocated medals from the 2000 Sydney Games events in which Marion Jones, who has since been disqualified, competed. Jones admitted to using banned substances prior to, during and after the 2000 Games in Australia. On Dec. 12, 2007, the IOC stripped Jones of medals she won in 2000 and 2004. (UPI)

Marion Jones eyes basketball career

Disgraced former track and field star Marion Jones has been training with the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars with a view to making a comeback in basketball for European and US teams at age 34. The one-time hero of the 2000 Sydney Olympics was released from a federal prison in September of last year after serving a six-month sentence for lying about taking performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check fraud plot. (ABC Online)

Rashanda McCants is veteran of cancer's battlefield

Tonight will be Breast Health Awareness Night at Target Center. Lynx players will wear all pink when they play Connecticut at 7 p.m. Pink is one of Lynx rookie Rashanda McCants' favorite colors. She is glad to wear it, especially since her mother, Brenda, a breast cancer survivor, will be at the game. "My mom has been through that struggle, and I've seen that struggle right up front," said McCants, a 6-1 rookie forward. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Rashad, Rashanda McCants to Host 3rd Annual "Shoot for the Cure"

Rashad McCants, a member of the 2005 UNC Tar Heels National Championship team and current member of the NBA's Sacramento Kings will host his 3rd Annual "Shoot For The Cure" fundraising event Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26 at the Bele Chere Festival in Asheville, NC. Joined by his sister Rashanda of the Minnesota Lynx, the brother and sister duo are hosting this charitable event to combat breast cancer. (Our Sports Central)

Tonya Sampson of UNC's 1994 NCAA title team plays her first season for Carolina Queens

Long before Tonya Sampson was a college basketball star, she was playing football with the boys on the grassy fields of Royal Lane Park in Clinton.An all-American on the UNC Tar Heels' 1994 NCAA championship basketball team, Sampson is now playing her first full season for the Carolina Queens women's professional football team. (Charlotte Observer)

Rashanda McCants still following her big brother

It is inevitable, Rashanda McCants says, that wherever she goes in life and whomever she meets, the question always comes up: How is your brother? "It's usually the first question someone asks," the Minnesota Lynx rookie said. "People usually ask me how my brother is doing before they ask me about how I'm doing. I don't mind talking about my brother at all, but that part sort of bugs me." (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

NCAA penalizes Florida State for "major violations in its athletics program"

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has penalized Florida State University for major violations in its athletics program. The case involved academic fraud affecting more than 60 student-athletes across 10 sports, as well as impermissible benefits, unethical conduct by three former academic support services staff members, and a failure to monitor by the university.

The sports programs involved in these violations include football, baseball, men's track and field, women's track and field, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball and men's golf. Penalties for the violations include four years of probation, scholarship reductions, vacation of records, and show-cause penalties for the former staff members. (

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