December 24, 2010 |
It had been raining all day and the gym floor was a bit moist, so Lisa Leslie mopped the hardwood while Imani Stafford, a high school junior, quickly laced up her basketball shoes. The scene surprised three men on the other side of the basketball court, who stopped watching a pickup game and stared as Leslie, 6-5, and Imani, 6-7, began doing drills at a Los Angeles health club. Shooting came first. Imani shuffled her feet as if she were running in place, caught the basketball and fired off a shot as quickly as she could.
June 16, 1985
USC's Ebonics Support Group will honor Mike Garrett and Lionel Hampton as outstanding alumni at its eighth annual Gala Dinner June 25 at the Bonaventure. Other alumni to receive awards include Robert Kennard, Pamela McGee, Paula McGee and Vivian Nash. The Ebonics Support Group was founded in 1976 to assist black and other minority students at USC with scholarships and financial aid. It has expanded its activities to include specific social human and professional needs of minority students.
June 27, 1997 |
The New York Liberty opened overtime with six consecutive points, then held on to defeat the Houston Comets, 62-60, before an announced crowd of 8,931 at Houston on Thursday in the WNBA's first overtime game. Sacramento 78, Charlotte 70--Former Olympians Ruthie Bolton-Holifield and Pamela McGee combined for 44 points before an announced crowd of 6,248 at Sacramento as the Monarchs handed the Sting its third loss in a row.
December 13, 2002 |
Many players from USC's two-time national championship team would prove to be successful off the court, too. One of the more impressive post-basketball resumes belongs to guard Melissa Ward, a walk-on, who became an Air Force pilot and now works for United Airlines. She is one of eight African American female pilots for the airline, and the first and only African American female flight captain for a major passenger airline. "I wasn't trying to be the 'first' anything," Ward said.
January 16, 1991 |
The games go on, as they always do. But from the tennis courts in Australia to sports arenas across the United States, athletes and fans are thinking about something besides sports. "I think the major concern is whether we have a war or not. That's what I'm concerned with," San Antonio Spurs star David Robinson, a Navy lieutenant, said near the midnight deadline for Iraq to leave Kuwait.
March 17, 2011 |
If Kurt Rambis truly is on his way out in Minnesota, as CBS Sports recently reported and the Timberwolves denied, the timing could be right for a Lakers-Rambis reunion. ? Brian Shaw probably hopes that Rambis stays put. ? Phil Jackson's successor, of course, will inherit a team that could be a three-time defending NBA champion. ? Kobe Bryant and his teammates continue trending upward. ? "Amidst all the wheeling and dealing by NBA general managers this season," reader Dean M. Smith of Juniper Hills e-mails to note, "we Laker fans were stuck with a do-nothing guy in Mitch Kupchak . And as such, he should be GM of the year.