Uppers, a downer and some warm fuzzies

Alana Beard stopped in to play ball with the Obamas.

On the down side, since Beard left Louisiana, girl’s basketball has been in a slump in that state.


The Vols have several days off, and Coach Pat Summitt and superstar freshman Meighan Simmons are watching tape together:

“The more we can watch tape together, the better,” Summitt said. “I’m the one who’s going to watch with her. I feel like we have a good connection. Hopefully I can help her to calm down and relax.”


Two of next year’s frosh class – Andraya Carter and Kaela Davis – are already homies.

In case you missed it, Lyssi Brewer has opted to return this season.

On the pro tip:

Ticha Penicheiro is expected to re-sign with the Los Angeles Sparks this WNBA season.

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