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Fathers, children and instilling a love of sports

Fathers, children and instilling a love of sports

Michael Jones told his eldest daughter, "You're going to make it — it'll be OK," but it was piping hot outside, and Brionna was sweating, and each of her 10 laps around the high school track was harder than the last.

Brionna figures she was about 14 then, old enough to be at the doorstep of a sterling basketball career at Aberdeen and Maryland, young enough to not fully appreciate that her father wasn't being mean, just pragmatic. Because if she couldn't run 2 1/2 miles, she wasn't in shape. And if she wasn't in shape, she wouldn't make varsity.

"It was a long day, but I got through it, like he said," said Brionna, a rising senior center for the

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