Sheryl Swoopes comes out
HOUSTON — The only thing that outshines the exquisite diamond on Sheryl Swoopes’ left ring finger is the glow on her face as she discusses the love of her life.
It’s a love that the WNBA superstar has kept hidden for more than seven years. On Wednesday she “quit pretending,” disclosing that she is gay and in a committed relationship.
“I feel like I’ve been living a lie,” the Houston Comets star said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m at a place in my life right now where I’m very happy, very content. I’m finally OK with the idea of who I love, who I want to be with.”
Swoopes said she currently lives with her partner, former Comets assistant coach Alisa Scott.
The story was first reported in ESPN the Magazine, which hit newsstands yesterday. She also announced an endorsement deal with Olivia, a lesbian cruise line.
Swoopes, the only WNBA player to win three MVP trophies, said she never had feelings for a woman before Scott and didn’t understand them when they began. But in the seven years since, she said she’s been “hurting” while hiding her relationship.
Now, Swoopes said, she finally feels free.
Swoopes is a five-time All-Star, three-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion as a member of the Comets, whose run of four straight titles began when she was a rookie in 1997.
While piling up accolades and accomplishments, the 34-year-old Swoopes said she dreamed about the day when she could attend an awards banquet with Scott on her arm.
The New Orleans Hornets traded center Jamaal Magloire to the Milwaukee Bucks yesterday in exchange for forward Desmond Mason, an unconditional first-round pick in the 2006 draft and cash. Magloire, an All-Star two seasons ago, averaged 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds in 23 games for the Hornets last season. The 6-foot-11 center missed 51 games last season with a broken right ring finger. He had expressed a desire to be traded to Toronto, his hometown.
Joe Steranka, who has spent the last 18 years as a broadcast executive for the PGA of America, was appointed chief executive officer yesterday. Steranka replaces Jim Awtrey, retiring after 19 years. He will be introduced Nov. 1 at the PGA of America’s annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Two weeks after it was widely reported, the sport’s national governing body yesterday made Mike Krzyzewski the first coach of the first men’s senior national team.
Vince Spadea of the United States upset fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-6 (5), 7-5 and No. 8 Robby Ginepri retired with an illness yesterday, eliminating two more seeds from the first round of the Lyon Grand Prix. The loss for Ljubicic was his second in four days, following a five-set defeat to Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s Madrid Masters final which ended a 16-match win streak that included titles in Metz and Vienna.
Off the field
CBS yesterday appointed its top sports executive, Sean McManus, to replace Andrew Heyward as head of a news division still searching for Dan Rather’s replacement and seeking to rebound from last year’s discredited report on President Bush’s military service. McManus, 50, follows in the path of the late Roone Arledge at ABC as an executive who took over a network news division while still running sports.