Ups and downs in the news

Here are a couple heavy hard luck stories with silver linings: Atlanta Dream owner Kathy Betty reinvented herself after loss, and Seimone Augustus’ recent surgery gives me the willies just to think about it.

Karina Figueroa will return to Saturday to Long Beach State, where she just finished her college career, to play for the Sparks. Will she make the roster?

More on the Ashley’s takeover of Storm media day yesterday, and some media day photos.

The Tulsa Shock’s Vivian Frieson, still holding it down for Seattle in training camp, speaks with Swish Appeal.

On the college tip, Anne Donovan is rounding out her staff at Seton Hall.

North Carolina State athletic director Lee Fowler has stepped down.