LEGENDARY HOOPSTER DONOVAN DIES AT 56
Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.
Donovan’s family confirmed the death in a statement.
Donovan was at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend, in a ceremony attended by former University of Colorado coach Ceal Barry, who was inducted into the hall.
Donovan, who was recruited out of high school by another CU coach, Rene Portland, before the center decided to go to Old Dominion, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, was part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.
The 6-foot-8 star coached both in college and the WNBA. She became the first female coach and the youngest person (42) to win a title in the WNBA, guiding the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2004.
Donovan was a member of three Olympic teams as a player. The 1980 team did not go to Russia because of a boycott. The team won the gold in 1984 and 1988, and she coached the winning 2008 team.
After retiring, she was an assistant at Old Dominion and coached at East Carolina University from 1995-1998. She coached the Philadelphia Rage in the American Basketball League in 1997-98, competing against the Colorado Xplosion, among other teams.
Maryland lineman dies.
Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.
Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized May 29 and died Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 325-pounder was 19.
The school would not disclose the cause of death.
Cowboys OG Martin gets huge contract.
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Redskins’ Williams expects to be in training camp.
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Niners’ Goodwin honored.
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White Sox put Jones on DL.
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Mets’ Syndergaard to get more rest.
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