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Stadium re-named after Lauren Jackson

Now here's some respect: Today the Albury Sports Stadium was re-named the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre. Jackson arrived to the ceremony in a black convertible.Background of re-naming.

"Mighty Macs" review

It would have been easy for this movie to be sappy.The central message of "The Mighty Macs" is to never give up on your dreams. But the fuel behind such efforts is to believe in…

Kara Lawson and husband running for Pat Summitt

As mentioned in this space before, former Lady Vol Kara Lawson and her husband Damien Barling will run Nov. 5 and 6 to raise money for Alzheimer's research and awareness. It is their way of…

Pac-12 preview: the University of Oregon

This is the eighth of a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.As the Oregon Ducks enter the third season of the Paul Westhead era, they look to recapture some of the momentum that propelled them…

More possible league shuffling

It looks like the University of Missouri is ready to leave the Big 12. But to go to the SEC? They can't hang.Other news:Virginia is taking is slow under first-year coach Joanne Boyle.Los Angeles Sparks…

Big Mama news

Today is Taj McWilliams-Franklin's 41st birthday, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune tells this heart-warming story about her. Happy birthday, Mama Taj.Tina Thompson received the National Action Network Triumph Award last night for her contributions outs...

Pac-12, Big East, Big 12 polls out

Pac-12 coaches voted, and picked Stanford to win the conference this year:2011-12 PAC-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES’ POLL1. Stanford (11) 1212. USC (1) 1113. California 984. UCLA 835. Arizona State 686. Utah 617. Washington State 598.…

Tayshana Murphy’s alleged killers plead not guilty

The two men arrested in the shooting death of Murry Bergtraum High School guard Tayshana Murphy have pleaded not guilty. Their next court date will be Dec. 20.

More on "The Mighty Macs"

"The Mighty Macs" introduces us all to a piece of women's basketball history, and Cathy Rush and Theresa Shank.ESPN's Mechelle Voepel loved it. The making of the movie.

WNBA draft lottery set for Nov. 10

I still think it should be draft by worst record, but so be it.

Katie Collier continues leukemia fight

Bless the heart of young basketball player Katie Collier, but she is continuing her fight against leukemia with chemotherapy treatment.It was less than three months ago that I watched her and her Seattle-based Tree of…

Pre-season polls beginning to roll out

Cal Poly is tabbed to top the Big West Conference:Media Poll Results1. Cal Poly (11) - 2002. UC Santa Barbara (11) - 1913. UC Davis (2) - 1694. UC Riverside - 1205. Cal State Fullerton…

Pac-12 preview: Stanford University

This is the seventh of a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.Fans said of last year's Cardinal team that, after so many years of "almosts," that the 2010-2011 team was the one that could finally…

Miami selected as ACC preseason favorite

Media representatives have tabbed Miami as the ACC preseason favorite, followed by Duke, Maryland, Florida State and Georgia Tech.Whoops.....North Carolina junior center Waltiea Rolle will be out until at least December because she's pregnant.Virginia ...

Jordan Adams: "I didn’t have the best high school experience"

Top-ranked Mater Dei High School point guard Jordan Adams is about to make her decision from five schools: UCLA, USC, Washington, Maryland and Tennessee. But what does this quote mean?......."I didn't have the best high…

Pac-12 preview: the University of Colorado, Boulder

This is the sixth in a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.by Daniel UribeThe complexion of women's basketball in the former Pac-10 Conference has a new look this season because of the addition of two…

Practices, etc

College:North Carolina Coach Sylvia Hatchell's contract has been extended to 2018.Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt talks about the Vols' 6 a.m. practice this morning.Meet the Cal coaches.USA Basketball:The Pan American Games Team is practicing in Houston.Pr...

New hoops movie "Mighty Macs"

Trailer.Story behind the movie, which opens Friday.Sign me up to go.

ESPN announces 2011-2012 basketball schedule

Tournaments + regular schedule = droolfest.Pre-season polls.C'mon, November.

Pac-12 preview: University of Southern California

This is the fifth in a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.My preview is in the form of a story, with an accompanying slideshow.The Trojans are looking really strong already.

Some projection

What are the chances of Texas A&M repeating as champions?Baylor tipped off the season with midnight madness, featuring a dunk contest.Next week Cal will unveil their new multi-media website.The Tennessee Vols continue their tradition of…

Just a lil bit

The Mountain West Conference and Conference USA are talking about merging.One brave New York high school coach plans to still head his team this winter despite undergoing chemotherapy. He works with a lot of at-risk…

The reconstruction continues at University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke had problems last year, her first as head coach at University of North Carolina-Wilmington. First, a player quit the team after assistant coach Johnetta Hays forced her to log roll continuously during a…

Pac-12 preview: Arizona State University

This is the fourth in a 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams.by Daniel UribeIn a season where many women's basketball teams in the newly-reconfigured Pac-12 Conference will face challenges and deal with new situations, easily…

College, college, college

Media days:Oregon Coach Paul Westhead will have his team running even faster this season.Notre Dame media day.Practice-related stuff:Pat Summitt was more satisfied with Tennessee's practice today than she was yesterday. And Vicki Baugh is the…