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Month: April 2011

April winds down

WNBA:Katie Smith rejoins Brian Agler.The guru is wide awake in Seattle for Smith-Agler reunion II.The Tulsa Shock released this list of players earlier today who were invited to training camp. But check out the top right corner - the Shock…

Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 2011-04-30

Former LSU asst. Joni Crenshaw joins Georgia staff (georgiadogs.com) http://j.mp/lBFh4P #ncaaw # Former Drake player Angela Christianson transfers to DII Minnesota State Moorhead (msumdragons.com) http://j.mp/mSJ7o1 #ncaaw # Nikki Burton to transfer from Louisville (courier-journal.com) http://j.mp/lojtBp #ncaaw Louisville announcement http://j.mp/iuyolR #…

Punishment; more shuffling

Cal Poly Pomona may face NCAA sanctions for "impermissible contact with prospective student-athletes, impermissible tryouts and open gyms, impermissible use of student managers and impermissible benefits, in addition to institutional findings involving...

Mystics, Fever, Storm trade up

In a three-way trade earlier today, the Washington Mystics took Jasmine Thomas from Seattle; the Storm got Katie Smith and Jacinta Monroe from the Mystics; Indiana got Erin Phillips from Seattle.The Fever's take.The Storm's view.Interesting trade.Train...

Three-team trade sends veteran Katie Smith to the Seattle Storm

Two-time WNBA champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith is no longer a player for the Washington Mystics. She joins the Seattle Storm after a three-team trade that also involved the Indiana Fever. The details of the trade: Seattle…

Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 2011-04-29

Mosqueda-Lewis leads 2011 All-USA girls basketball team (highschoolsports.net) http://j.mp/kFS4go # New Xavier coach Amy Waugh prepared for job for years (cincinnati.com) http://j.mp/juN3zj #ncaaw # RT @SportsPageMag: "Off the Rez" Inspires, Though Off the Mark: http://fb.me/y6whQQXu # Adelaide Lightning lands big…

Spotlight on Tamika Catchings

Tamika Catchings' story of overcoming her hearing impairment to become one of the best pro ballers in the WNBA has been told before, but it never gets old. In addition to her perseverance, I also admire her character and giving…

Grim-looking report card

The 2010-11 Associated Press Sports Editors Racial and Gender Report Card includes these grim facts:REPORT HIGHLIGHTSThe report shows the vast majority of people holding key positions on the major newspapers and media Web sites in the United States and...

UMMC beats Spartak for Russian championship

UMMC, aka the team of Cappie Pondexter, Candace Parker and Deanna Nolan beat Spartak, aka the team of Sue Bird, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Epiphany Prince and Noelle Quinn, 75-70. This is UMMC's second consecutive Russian championship.Box score:SPARTAK V...

Tulsa Shock to hold open tryouts

Like many other WNBA teams, the Tulsa Shock will hold open tryouts for players who want to compete for a chance at a training camp spot. Fifty women will participate in the event on Friday, April 29 at 9:00 a.m.…

Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 2011-04-28

Lauren Jackson commits Opals’ Olympic program, will skip 1st half of 2012 WNBA season (basketball.net.au) http://j.mp/gcQuKS #wnba #2012 # Jackson: “I am so excited about having the Opals as my only priority and commitment.” http://j.mp/gcQuKS #wnba #2012 # Jackson will…

Lauren Jackson to sit out; Laurel Richie downplays; interesting college news

Australian superstar Lauren Jackson will sit out the first half of the 2012 WNBA season to prepare for the Olympics.More on new WNBA president Laurel Richie:Apparently I wasn't the only one incredulous at finding out Richie has never been to…

New WNBA president Laurel Richie does not see lack of basketball background as an issue in marketing the league

Last week the WNBA ended speculation surrounding the appointment of a new leader when the league announced veteran marketing executive Laurel J. Richie as the new president of the 15 year-old organization. Richie, the Girl Scouts of the USA Senior…

Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 2011-04-27

Family matters for Montana State's Tricia Bader Binford (montana.edu) http://j.mp/dFABxN #ncaaw # Cal women's basketball: Former assistant has one 'gem' of a new job (sfgate.com) http://j.mp/hymIie #ncaaw # Blodgett’s buyout one of many uses of UMaine president’s discretionary funds (bangordailynews.com)…

Seattle Storm Star Lauren Jackson to miss 1st half of 2012 season to train for the Olympics

Lauren Jackson, a star forward for the Seattle Storm, is putting her country first in 2012. She announced that she would miss the first three months of the WNBA season next year in order to train with the Australian national…

Some "wow" stuff

WNBA:Uh, what??!! New WNBA president Laurel Richie has never been to a freakin game.Remaining free agents of interest:Cheryl FordChamique HoldsclawTiffany JacksonJennifer LacyIvora LattaBetty LennoxNicole OldheKatie SmithChristi ThomasAmazing.Colegio:L...

Brittney Griner, Courtney Vandersloot added to USA Basketball training camp roster

What an honor:Twenty-two members of the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team, including all 12 who aided the USA to the 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal, will attend the USA National Team’s May 10-12 training camp in Las Vegas,…

Brittney Griner, Courtney Vandersloot added to USA Basketball Women’s National Team Training Camp roster

22 USA Women’s National Team Members Set To Attend May 10-12 Training Camp In Las Vegas From USA Basketball: Twenty-two members of the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team, including all 12 who aided the USA to the 2010 FIBA…

Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 2011-04-26

New Mexico: Familiar face calms players’ anxieties (dailylobo.com) http://j.mp/hsRWaQ #ncaaw # New Mexico: Coach pick is homegrown (dailylobo.com) http://j.mp/fCA6FE #ncaaw # Recent WNBA transactions: Mercury sign Yuko Oga, Olayinka Sanni to training camp contracts, more: http://j.mp/hBCFDK #wnba # Charlotte to…

A few goodies

Love this: there's a new hoops documentary out, and the subject is Louisville freshman point guard Shoni Schimmel. "Off the Rez," AKA the Umatilla, Oregon Indian Reservation, is where Schimmel learned her attack-style of play. I need to see this…

Lindsay Gottlieb is the new Cal coach

Joanne Boyle's former assistant is hired away from UC Santa Barbara to replace her.Seems like a winner.

Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 2011-04-25

Associate coach Vic Schaefer staying at Texas A&M, interviewed for New Mexico job (aggieaports.com) http://j.mp/ikozWA #ncaaw # Bringing a winning mindset to Wisconsin basketball (themadisontimes.com) http://j.mp/gj1Inq #ncaaw # Catch up on last week's news: Hoopfeed Twitter Weekly Digest for week…

From 60 to zero

April always starts out like a hurricaine or a drag race, with the last two or three rounds of the NCAA tournament. It trickles down to a very slow haul, as the WNBA prepares to launch, high school club ball…

Hoopfeed Twitter Weekly Digest for week ending 2011-04-24

AAU girls players audition for Triangle colleges (newsobserver.com) http://j.mp/dZQMaC #ncaaw # University of Nebraska at Omaha: Chance Lindley named head coach (omavs.com) http://j.mp/fQLd3A #ncaaw # Coaching changes, conflict liven up Virginia women's college basketball (dailypress.com) http://j.mp/fjCTVw #ncaaw # Green Bay…

Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 2011-04-24

Geethu Anna Jose becomes 1st Indian player to get WNBA tryouts (AP) http://j.mp/eQb78W #wnba #