Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Voepel: Marion Jones trying to find peace on and off the competitive stage

    It's ironic that the road not taken -- basketball -- ended up being a path Marion Jones came back to after all. Maybe that path will be the one that provides the closest thing Jones will experience to a happy ending in competitive athletics.

    Nov 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Soccer field is a sanctuary for Cleveland State coach

    Cleveland State's upset win over No. 1 Akron on Saturday was one of the most important in the program's history. And no one can put that history into a more amazing global perspective than Vikings coach Ali Kazemaini.

    Nov 2 5:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sheryl Swoopes still waiting for farewell

    Sheryl Swoopes hasn't played in the WNBA in two seasons. So why hasn't she gotten the royal send-off the league's other founding players received?

    Oct 31 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Will Pokey Chatman be lift the Sky need?

    Some are happy she's back. Others will take a wait-and-see approach. But for a franchise that needs a lift, here's hoping Pokey Chatman is the right answer for the Chicago Sky.

    Oct 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Cowboys up

    Oklahoma State will play host to the Big 12 conference championships in cross country Saturday, as the Cowboys look to win their third league men's title in a row. It's the beginning of a stretch run, so to speak, toward defending their NCAA men's title.

    Oct 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Summitt's words fuel fire in UConn-Tennessee feud

    Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt getting caught up in rhetoric is nothing new. But for once, Summitt tossed the verbal barbs. And Tennessee's coach has some explaining to do.

    Oct 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Maryland soccer scores major upset

    Maryland field hockey knocked off the nation's No. 1 team. The Terps' men's soccer and football teams scored impressive wins. But the women's soccer team made history.

    Oct 25 2:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: North Carolina, Maryland meet again

    North Carolina and Maryland are no strangers: the ACC rivals are the undisputed class of the sport. When they meet Saturday, revenge and tradition will be in play.

    Oct 22 12:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: All eyes on Baylor, Griner in Big 12

    As the Big 12 prepares for its final season before Nebraska and Colorado leave the conference, Baylor is expected to dominate the regular-season race.

    Oct 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Nebraska's last year of domination?

    If this does end up being a perfect last Big 12 season for the Huskers -- it would be their fifth in this conference -- there couldn't be a more appropriate representation of the Big Red Godzilla that Nebraska has been in league volleyball play for more than three decades.

    Oct 19 5:35 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn still top dog as 2010-11 officially opens

    As practice officially opens Friday, one thing is certain: Until UConn loses -- like Geno Auriemma swears it will -- they Huskies are still standing at the front of the pack.

    Oct 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Liberty hire Whisenant as coach, GM

    New York on Tuesday became the latest WNBA franchise to hire one person to fill the roles of both coach and general manager.

    Oct 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UCLA volleyball notches big win against Stanford

    In an otherwise all-around good weekend for Stanford athletics, the Cardinal volleyball team experienced its first loss of the season to Pac-10 foe UCLA.

    Oct 11 2:42 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Capital One's college sports competition

    From the most high-profile teams to the under-the-radar sports, the college landscape is riveting, writes Mechelle Voepel.

    Oct 11 8:33 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Priorities seem askew at FIBA summit

    Focusing on what uniforms women wear and how much they dunk are the wrong priorities to focus on if basketball's world governing body truly wants to improve the women's game.

    Oct 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: U.S. women put finishing touches on gold at worlds

    The U.S. women didn't just come together quickly to put on a good show at the world championship. Over the past 11 days, they played some really breathtaking basketball en route to the gold medal.

    Oct 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Host Czechs await Team USA

    Bronze wasn't enough in 2006. But if the U.S. women are to win gold Sunday at the world championship, they'll need to beat the host nation in the final.

    Oct 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Russia, Australia won't see a medal at this year's worlds

    Call it "Freaky Friday" at the FIBA World Championship. Two worlds powerhouses -- Russia and Australia -- were knocked out of contention and will leave the Czech Repubic without a medal.

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Team USA relentless in 106-44 rout

    The U.S. women were never challenged Friday as they earned a spot in the world championship semifinals. But even though they're the big favorite to win, they know they can't think that way.

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Charles leads U.S. women past Australia

    Australia's twin towers Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage are only playing better together with each game. But Wednesday, Tina Charles and the U.S. women played even better, beating the Aussies to advance as the top seed to the quarterfinals.

    Sep 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Whalen leads way in win over Canada

    After a disappointing WNBA season in Minnesota and a tragic loss for her family, the world championship just might finally put a good spin on the year for Lindsay Whalen.

    Sep 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fowles fuels U.S. women's win over Belarus

    With all the change to the U.S. roster, some wondered how good the team's interior attack and defense would be at the world championship. Sylvia Fowles provided the answers Tuesday.

    Sep 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Team USA wraps up group play at 3-0

    With Diana Taurasi scoring, Sue Bird hitting her shots (again) and Tamika Catchings playing her trademark defense, the U.S. women capped a 3-0 start in preliminary play at the FIBA World Championship.

    Sep 25 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: U.S. women open worlds with impressive win

    Considering the little time the U.S. women have had together to prepare for the FIBA World Championship, they opened with a fairly impressive, 99-73 victory over Greece on Thursday.

    Sep 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: U.S. women rout outmatched Senegal

    On the surface, Team USA's 108-52 victory Friday was another easy win over Senegal. But the Americans are wise to use the game as a chance to try to perfect what they do well.

    Sep 23 | By Mechelle Voepel