signs with Adidas
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Los Angeles Sparks rookie Candace Parker has signed a multiyear endorsement deal with Adidas. Parker was the top choice in the WNBA draft and The Associated Press player of the year.
Adidas declined to disclose the value of the deal. Parker’s agent was not immediately available.
Parker also signed a multiyear deal with Gatorade on Tuesday.
In a statement Parker says, “They have been part of my life since the day I first picked up a basketball.”
Parker played three seasons at Tennessee and helped win two national championships. She is headed to Beijing as part of the 2008 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team.
Music City native
to test NBA waters
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Standout Mississippi State point guard Jamont Gordon has decided to turn pro, but won’t hire an agent in case anything goes wrong before the NBA draft.
Gordon told The Associated Press of his decision earlier in the week. Gordon said he intends to go through with the draft if he remains injury free.
He filed the necessary paperwork after last season, but withdrew before losing his eligibility.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Nashville native was an all-Southeastern Conference selection this year and just lost out to Vanderbilt’s Shan Foster for league player of the year. He averaged 17.2 points per game and was one of the SEC’s most difficult matchups.
Pac’s trade to Dallas
moving at slow pace
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Considering all the baggage Adam “Pacman” Jones carries, maybe it should be no surprise that his move to the Dallas Cowboys is going slowly.
The Tennessee Titans agreed Wednesday to a deal sending the rights to the suspended cornerback to the Cowboys. But there are so many loose ends that need to be tied down that the trade was not finalized Thursday.
It might not happen today, either. Yet it seems likely to be settled by early afternoon Saturday, in time for the start of the NFL draft. After all, the Titans are supposed to get Dallas’ fourth-round pick.
“We’re still in the process of finalizing the trade papers, the contracts, so it’s a very complicated process with Dallas, the NFL, the player, ourselves,” Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said Thursday. “So until that situation is finalized, we will not comment on it. However, as soon as it is finalized, we will have some type of get-together to address the situation in detail.”
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said team owner Jerry Jones likely will discuss the trade once it’s done. However, he doesn’t expect Pacman Jones to comment any time soon.