Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson appears in two full-page glossy photos in Sports Illustrated's famed swimsuit edition, which was mailed yesterday...

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Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson appears in two full-page glossy photos in Sports Illustrated’s famed swimsuit edition, which was mailed yesterday and should be in major bookstores by tomorrow.


Jackson, a 23-year-old Australian, is featured in the “Olympic Flames” portion with American gold medal-winners Jennie Finch (softball) and Amanda Beard (swimming).

Jackson, who hasn’t played since helping the Storm win the WNBA championship last fall due to ankle surgery, is expected to re-sign with Seattle in the upcoming weeks for the league-maximum $89,000. Storm coach Anne Donovan visited the power forward in Australia last month to solidify their relationship.


Fellow Aussie Tully Bevilaqua is a question, however. An unrestricted free agent, the backup guard is being offered a starting position with starting-guard salary by other teams, which is a significant difference in price. Losing forward Sheri Sam to Charlotte on Monday doesn’t create much more money for the Storm to spend under the $673,000 cap either.

“It was to be allocated to a bunch of players, not just a lump sum to one,” said Donovan, who also is the team’s director of player personnel. “For Sheri, this is the point in her career that she’s been waiting for. To get a three-year deal is huge for her.”


Donovan spoke with unrestricted free agent Adia Barnes last night, who is playing in Turkey. Barnes returned from a torn ACL last summer and expects to play for a roster spot in training camp.

“She’s plugging away,” Donovan said. “She sounded settled in, and her playing is coming together. … Every hour of every day things change, becoming clearer.”



WNBA names president

NEW YORK — PGA Tour executive Donna Orender will replace Val Ackerman as WNBA president.


Ackerman, the WNBA’s only president, said in October she was resigning, and NBA commissioner David Stern quickly focused on Orender .

Orender, a senior vice president with the tour, will take over in April, a month before the season opens.


“I am thrilled to return to the sport of basketball, which has taught me so much and has assisted me in developing the skills necessary to succeed in the world of business,” she said Tuesday.

An All-American at Queens College and an All-Star in the defunct WBL, Orender has spent the last 17 years with the PGA Tour, where she oversaw worldwide management of the tour’s television and production, advertising, brand management and integration.


Orender also was responsible for the tour’s new media and Internet business.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.