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Moment #28: Sheryl Swoopes comes out


Part of Outsports’ series on our 100 most important moments in gay sports history. Basketball, 2005. This is a tough one. On the one hand, Swoopes is one of the most decorated professional athletes...

Podcast: Michael Irvin for gay equality, Sheryl Swoopes engaged to marry a man


Everyone seemed to be talking about Michael Irvin's appearance in 'Out' magazine last week discussing his gay brother and his support for gay marriage. We talk about how the article came about. On...

Sheryl Swoopes is not a lesbian, now engaged to marry a man


Sheryl Swoopes, who came out as a lesbian to much fanfare in 2005, is now engaged to marry a man. Mechelle Voepel of ESPN uncovers the news and says she first learned of Swoopes' new relationship...

Sheryl Swoopes returning to the WNBA


Out WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes is returning to the WNBA after a 2-year hiatus. The 40-year-old last played for the Seattle Storm, but she has now signed with the Tulsa Shock. During her hiatus she...

Sports Illustrated's Title IX Anniversary Issue Released; 12 Women's Basketball Players On SI.com's Top 40 List


For its May 7 issue, Sports Illustrated is honoring the 40th anniversary of Title IX with a number of articles online and in print.

Gary Kloppenburg's Plans For The Tulsa Shock Do Not Include Sheryl Swoopes, Betty Lennox


New Tulsa Shock head coach Gary Kloppenburg has started the transition to a new-look Tulsa Shock for the third season in a row. Team president Steve Swetoha answered fan questions yesterday and...

NYT: Leaving Detroit for Tulsa, the Shock Lost Their Way

TULSA, Okla. — Once, it seemed an intriguing idea for prefab success, dismantling a three-time W.N.B.A. championship team in Detroit and relocating it brick by brick to this regional hotbed for women’s basketball. The Tulsa Shock planned to be relentless and hounding as they opened play in 2010. The coach and general manager, Nolan Richardson, was a local favorite. He had never coached women or professionals. But he had won the National Invitation Tournament with the University of Tulsa in 1981 and an N.C.A.A. title with Arkansas in 1994. His drag-strip, trapping style, known as 40 minutes of hell, had been attractively and disruptively frenetic. Anticipating her blistering speed in a frenzied system, Richardson signed the disgraced sprinter Marion Jones. She had won an N.C.A.A. basketball title at North Carolina in 1994. This would give Jones a chance to resume her athletic life after she lost her Olympic gold medals, and even her freedom for a time, in the fallout from a doping scandal. Instead, Tulsa’s ambitious experiment failed. Richardson is gone. Jones is gone. Several indispensable stars from Detroit never arrived. One of the league’s greats, Sheryl Swoopes, resumed her W.N.B.A. career with Tulsa this season, but there is only so far that 40-year-old shoulders and knees can carry an overmatched team. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/sports/basketball/trading-detroit-for-tulsa-wnbas-shock-lost-their-way.html?hp

Seattle Storm 78, Tulsa Shock 72 - "There's none like Bird. She's got ice in her veins."


Down to nine players suited up, the lineup change didn't phase the Tulsa Shock, who played with the Seattle Storm for 39 minutes. Until Sue Bird hit an icy trey with 39.6 seconds to all but seal...

Tulsa Shock 83, Connecticut Sun 72 - The Shock Start a New Streak


The Tulsa Shock now have a new streak to crow about, a win streak. After posting a WNBA-record 20 game losing streak, Tulsa has won their last two consecutive games.

Sheryl Swoopes was honored by the Tulsa Shock organization before their game against the Atlanta...


Sheryl Swoopes was honored by the Tulsa Shock organization before their game against the Atlanta Dream. Swoopes received a bouquet of roses from president Steve Swetoha.

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