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Thursday, 09/27/07

Charles Barkley and Hemingway

Walk into a bar...

OK, no this isn't the beginning of a bad joke, and the Hemingway I'm referring to is Georgia Tech freshman Iasia and not Ernest.

I am, however, referring to the real Round Mound of Rebound, Sir Charles himself.

That's because Iasia Hemingway, a five-star recruit ranked inside the top 20 by multiple publications, has been dubbed "mini Barkley" because he's her idol and she models her game after the ex-Philadelphia and Phoenix star.

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Monday, 09/24/07

My Humblest Apologies, Pitt

It was less than a week ago that I wrote the Big East battle for third place would come down to Louisville and Notre Dame, but I'd like to add another team into that mix.

Agnus Berenato and her Pitt Panthers will be a very good team next season, and one the rest of the Big East will not be excited to see on the schedule.

The Panthers are receiving preseason Top 25 rankings by a few different publications across the country, and with the team returning six starters from last season, including 2005-06 Big East all-Big East performer Mallorie Winn - injured last year before playing a game - it shouldn't come as a shock that Pitt is garnering these accolades.

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Thursday, 09/20/07

What's Not To Like About Candy?

I'm sorry, but when Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are on the court for Team USA, I don't care how good Kevin Durant will be, he doesn't lead that team in scoring.

So when the women's version of Team USA, complete with the best WNBA players the country has to offer, defeated Australia 70-66 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut - of all places - it only makes sense that the current Tennessee Lady Vols star would take a back seat to more established players like former UConn star Sue Bird or WNBA stars Swin Cash and Tina Thompson.

Let's get one thing straight. Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Seimone Augustus are three of the greatest players in the history of women's basketball. Candace Parker will make you forget their names.

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Tuesday, 09/18/07

MaChelle Tech's Belle

Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph has the Yellow Jackets rolling along like - fittingly for the Ramblin' Wreck - an engineer on a locomotive.

Entering her fifth year at the helm of the Yellow Jacket program, and her fifth year as a head coach, Joseph has amassed a record of 62-56, including last season's NCAA Tournament opening-round game-winning 21-12 season that saw the Jackets fall to Purdue in the second round.

For her efforts, Georgia Tech has awarded Joseph with a two-year contract extension that will run through the 2010-11 season.

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Sunday, 09/16/07

Baby Boom?

Hypothetically speaking, of course.

I realize that isn't much of lead, but if you are reading this sentence, that one did its job. And its purpose is to inform the reader that what I'm about to write should be taken very lightly and isn't in any way a realistic prediction of the future.

With that said, it was announced this week that an NCAA Division I panel has proposed a rule that would forbid schools from cutting athlete's scholarships for any injury or medical condition, including pregnancy.

The question I would like to pose is, will the lifting of the threat of taking away a scholarship, translate into a baby boom of sorts among female college athletes?

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Wednesday, 09/12/07

Doing The Right Thing

Rutgers received a blessing Tuesday.

Kia Vaughn has decided to drop her slander and defamation lawsuit against Don Imus and CBS Radio, according to Marti McKenzie, a spokeswoman for Vaughn's attorney, Richard Ancowitz.

Apparently, after some thought, Vaughn decided the lawsuit would pose a distraction, both to her teammates and to herself, both on the court and in the classroom.

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Tuesday, 09/11/07

Waitress Back At Work

Oklahoma's Amanda Thompson is known as "The Waitress" on the streets of Chicago - her home town - because, as she says, "I am serving people."

After being an out-of-work waitress for the past five months due to rehabilitating her surgically reconstructed right shoulder, the Waitress is back and ready to proudly serve Norman and her Oklahoma teammates.

Thompson has been cleared for full athletic participation and she is chomping at the bit to get back in the gym.

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Monday, 09/10/07

High Price Talent

Obviously not caring about my opinion, a national panel of sports writers and broadcasters sent 30 votes Armintie Price's way to officially make her the WNBA's Rookie of the Year.

Price had a great season for the Chicago Sky, but I felt that L.A.'s Sidney Spencer deserved the award more.

With that said, I first discovered Price's game in January of last season when her Ole Miss rebels cracked the Top 25 for only the second time since 1996.

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Sunday, 09/09/07

USA's Future

Candice Wiggins has been added to the pool of players in camp for the United States National Team that is is training from Sept. 9-12 at John Jay College in New York.

Joining Wiggins is Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, Tennessee's Candace Parker and LSU's Sylvia Fowles as the only players still playing basketball collegiately.

They'll be competing amongst 27 of the nation's top players to make the final roster for the FIBA Americas Championship For Women that will be played from Sept. 26-30 in Valdivia, Chile. The winner of that tournament automatically qualifies for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

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Thursday, 09/06/07

Yankees Ruining Weddings

They say Yankee Stadium is a Cathedral. Rookie pitcher Ian Kennedy hopes it doubles as a Chapel.

On the east coast, the New York Yankees are the main event. On the west coast, USC is the toast of the town.

And right smack dab in the middle, in Kirkwood, Mo., of all places, the two teams hope to join together in holy matrimony.

No George Steinbrenner has not asked for Pete Carroll's hand in marriage, but the Yankees' 22-year-old pitcher Kennedy, a former Trojan, has asked USC women's basketball player, senior Allison Jaskowiak, to be his wife, and the wedding is scheduled for Oct. 6 at the Westborough Country Club.

Except for one minor problem.

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Wednesday, 09/05/07

Best of the Best

There is a team out there with the firepower and talent to take out Maryland, beat back Connecticut and dismantle the national champion Tennessee Lady Vols.

Let me just clarify that this team is made of women and it will have the opportunity to showcase its talents against the likes of the top college teams across the country. I'm speaking, of course, about the USA Women's National Team.

The national team, made up of WNBA All-Stars like Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Swin Cash to name a few, will play an 8-game exhibition schedule against the country's top college programs beginning with Maryland in College Park on Oct. 31.

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Tuesday, 09/04/07

This Ain't Powder Puff

On the hardwood, Duke vs. UConn is enough to pack the house.

The Blue Devils and Huskies would be the featured matchup, the game of the week, regardless of whether it was men's or women's basketball.

On the gridiron, however, not so much. With Connecticut only becoming an FBS (Division I-A) team in 2000 and Duke ritualistically playing the worst football in the ACC each season, this matchup doesn't matter to too many folks outside of Storrs and Durham.

With that said, let's take a look at how some of the top women's basketball schools fared on the first weekend of college football.

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