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Some stuff that’s come across the wire:

Sparks Ink Ebony Hoffman to Free Agent Contract; Penicheiro and Quinn Re-Sign

From Jayda: Sign here…WNBA players begin to ink contracts and Storm re-signs Camille Little

Meanwhile, Ben has: The Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Basketball – Celebrating 25 years of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

It will be great when we don’t have to recognize it,” – Phoenix Mercury assistant coach, Bridget Pettis, regarding National Girls and Women in Sports Day in an interview with the Arizona Republic.

I’ve written many articles defending women’s basketball over the years. I make no apologies for doing so; it is a passion of mine and something I deeply believe in.

The fact is, though, a thousand articles could be written with different perspectives from much better writers and it still would not make the lasting impact we long for. We would inevitably end up being dismissed as too defensive or excessively optimistic. As the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

Today, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, I’m somewhat conflicted. On one hand, I’m proud that we have a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments of women in sports. Conversely, it saddens me that a formal day is even needed in the first place. Shouldn’t we, in 2011, be passed this as a society? When will women’s basketball get the respect it deserves?

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and it’s all about the bigs:

Four international veterans were today added to the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team, from which the 2010 USA World Championship and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams will be selected. Added to the USA National Team roster were Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx), Ebony Hoffman (Indiana Fever) and Kia Vaughn (New York Liberty), all of whom have aided USA Basketball teams to gold medals during their careers. Player selections were made by the five-member USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.

Mechelle wonders where Langhorne is.

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