Sport: Ready For Lift-Off

How Tennessee's dynamic Candace Parker will change the face of women's sports

It would rank among sports' all-time highlights, but, sadly, no cameras were on hand when Candace Parker, a 6-ft. 4-in. women's basketball prodigy at the University of Tennessee, took on a member of the men's team this summer one-on-one. At one stage, Parker, 19, drove to her right and leaped toward the basket. Her opponent rose to block her shot. What followed had probably never before happened in the history of hoops: Parker dunked the ball over the player's outstretched hand, as several men playing a pickup game nearby froze, jaws agape. A girl had dunked not only on a guy but...

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