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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, March 25, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, March 25, 2012.
By United Press International
Swoopes returns to WNBA at 40

Swoopes returns to WNBA at 40

TULSA, Okla., March 28 (UPI) -- Forty-year-old Sheryl Swoopes, who played for four WNBA champions, has returned to the league, signing with Tulsa after sitting out for two years.
Catchings gets WNBA's top-defender award

Catchings gets WNBA's top-defender award

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Indiana forward Tamika Catchings was named the WNBA's Defensive Player of the Year for a record fourth time, the league said Monday.

Sheryl Swoopes signs with Seattle Storm

SEATTLE, March 3 (UPI) -- The Seattle Storm announced Monday the signing of WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes to a multiyear contract.

WNBA: San Antonio 79, Houston 63

HOUSTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Vicki Johnson scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half Sunday as the San Antonio Silver Stars beat Houston, 79-63, in the season opener for both teams.

Report: Sheryl Swoopes admits to being gay

BRISTOL, Conn., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Women's basketball star Sheryl Swoopes has admitted that she is gay. The three-time Most Valuable Player and nine-year veteran in the WNBA made the admission in the latest edition of ESPN the Magazine published Wednesday.

WNBA: Sacramento 74, Houston 65

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Yolanda Griffith scored 19 points and Kara Lawson added 18 as Sacramento beat Houston, 74-65, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Arco Arena.

WNBA: Sacramento 73, Houston 69

HOUSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Sacramento Monarchs beat the Houston Comets, 73-69, in Game 1 of the WNBA's Western Conference finals Thursday night. Yolanda Griffith had 14 points and eight rebounds.

WNBA: Houston 75, Seattle 58

SEATTLE, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Tina Thompson scored 16 points Saturday night as Houston humbled the Seattle Storm, 75-58.

WNBA: Houston 67, Seattle 64

SEATTLE, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Sheryl Swoopes scored a team-high 20 points Thursday night as Houston overcame Seattle, 67-64, to even their Western Conference playoff series at a game each.

WNBA: Houston 80, Phoenix 72

PHOENIX, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Tina Thompson led the way Thursday night with 18 points as Houston beat Phoenix, 80-72, qualifying for a Western Conference playoff berth.

WNBA: Los Angeles 55, Houston 50

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- An inspired Lisa Leslie had 19 points with 14 rebounds Sunday to lead Los Angeles over the Houston Comets, 55-50.

WNBA: Houston 75, Seattle 72

HOUSTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Sheryl Swoopes score a game-high 23 points Sunday as Houston eased past Seattle, 75-72.
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Sheryl Swoopes
OLY2000092904 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2000 - SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA: Team USA's Sheryl Swoopes takes the ball to the hoop as she is guarded by Korea's Yang Jung-Ok in the women's basketball semifinal at the Olympic Games September 29 in Sydney, Australia. Swoopes led the USA in scoring with 19 points as they beat the Koreans 78-65 to advance to the gold medal game against Australia. jr/tt/Christine Chew UPI

Sheryl Denise Swoopes (born March 25, 1971) is an American professional basketball player who played most recently for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA when it was created. She has won three Olympic Gold Medals and is a three-time WNBA MVP. Frequently referred to as the "female Michael Jordan," Swoopes is famous for both her offensive and defensive skills. In 2005, she averaged 18.6 points, 85% free throws, 4.3 assists, 2.65 steals and 37.1 minutes playing time per game. Swoopes is considered "one of the greatest collegiate players of all time".

Born in Brownfield, Texas, Swoopes was raised by her mother Louise Swoopes, and played basketball with her three older brothers. She began competing at age seven, in a local children's league called Little Dribblers. Coached under Dickie Faught and Kathey Granger, Swoopes was a member and junior on the 1988 Texas State Championship team.

Initially recruited by the University of Texas, Swoopes left the school shortly after her arrival without playing a game, and enrolled at South Plains College. After playing at South Plains for two years, Swoopes transferred to Texas Tech.

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