Marion Jones signs with Shock
Former sprinter Marion Jones signed with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock Wednesday, hoping to launch a new career after losing five Olympic medals for using steroids and doing jail time for lying to federal prosecutors. Jones said playing for the Shock is not about her past but instead fulfills her dream of playing basketball against some of the best players in the world.
"The word redemption is not in my vocabulary," Jones, 34, said at a news conference, flanked by team president Steve Swetoha and coach Nolan Richardson. "I'm a competitor, I want to play against the best in the world, and I know that I will be doing that." Before Jones became known as the world's fastest woman, she was the starting point guard on North Carolina's national championship team in 1994. She was drafted by Phoenix in 2003 but never played in the WNBA.
NFLJets re-sign TE Hartsock
The Jets announced the re-signing of tight end Ben Hartsock. Hartsock, primarily a blocker, inked a two-year deal worth $3.2 million. He saw action in all 16 regular-season games as well as the Jets' three postseason contests, starting nine. He was a key part of their top-ranked rushing attack and finished the season with one lone catch - a 2-yard touchdown reception against the Titans in the Jets' 24-17 win on Sept. 27. Originally drafted by the Colts in 2004, the 29-year-old has helped pave the way for four 1,000-yard rushers in his career: Thomas Jones (2009), Edgerrin James (2004, 2005), LenDale White (2007) and Michael Turner in 2008.
Chelios to play for Atlanta
The Atlanta Thrashers have a newcomer in 48-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios, an 11-time All-Star. Chelios joins the Thrashers after getting five goals and 17 assists in 46 games with Chicago of the AHL. Chelios has played 25 NHL seasons, winning three Stanley Cups and three Norris Trophies as the league's top defenseman.
SKIINGVonn near World Cup title
With the arithmetic clearly in her favor, Lindsey Vonn is closing in on a third straight overall World Cup title after finishing second to Maria Riesch in the season's final downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Three races remain and Vonn holds a commanding 225-point lead over Riesch, her good friend and rival. Vonn, the downhill champion at the Vancouver Olympics, already clinched the downhill title and is also assured of the super-G crown.- AP