Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in Monday's draft by the Phoenix Mercury, came out as gay, casually mentioning the fact in an interview...
Top pick Griner comes out
Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in Monday’s draft by the Phoenix Mercury, came out as gay, casually mentioning the fact in an interview as if it were an afterthought.
Griner, a 6-foot-8, three-time All-America center during an illustrious career at Baylor, said she has previously talked about her sexuality, but this appears to be the first time she’s discussed the matter publicly.
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“It really wasn’t too difficult,” she told SI.com. “I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that. I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.”
Jordan to coach Rutgers
Rutgers is turning to one of its greatest players to lead the men’s program past an embarrassing coaching scandal and into its future with the Big Ten Conference. Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has reached a tentative agreement to take over as coach, The Associated Press reported.
Jordan, the school’s all-time leader in assists and steals, hammered out a five-year contract after returning to New Jersey this week. An announcement might not happen until next week.
The agreement comes two weeks after Rutgers fired Mike Rice after a video was aired that showed him grabbing and kicking players in practice and using anti-gay slurs. Rutgers announced Thursday that Rice will receive a $475,000 settlement, less than half of what’s called for under his contract for being terminated.
Michigan players returning
Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary announced they are putting off the NBA draft to return for their sophomore seasons at Michigan, which has already lost national player of the year Trey Burke and guard Tim Hardaway Jr.
Michigan State also got a boost when Big Ten freshman of the year Gary Harris announced he’s coming back.
Kentucky adds to class
Kentucky has added three more pieces to what’s considered its greatest recruiting class with the signings of Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson, both McDonald’s All-Americans, and Dominique Hawkins.
Davis leads PGA event
England’s Brian Davis took the first-round lead in the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C., while Jason Day and Marc Leishman kept the Australian flag flying high. Four days after Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, Day and Leishman shot 4-under 67 to finish two strokes behind Davis.
Kevin Streelman and Charley Hoffman were a stroke behind Davis at 66, while Johnson Wagner also shot 67. U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson led a large group at 68 that also included former Husky Richard H. Lee.
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor had a 73.
Pettersen tops in Hawaii
Suzann Pettersen rebounded from her lone bogey with three back-nine birdies at wind-swept Ko Olina in Kapolei, Hawaii, to take the second-round lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship.
The Norwegian, a 10-time LPGA Tour winner ranked sixth in the world, shot a 3-under 69 in the afternoon to reach 10-under 134. Defending champion Ai Miyazato was a stroke back after a 68.
Washington resident Wendy Ward (148), former Husky Paige Mackenzie (150) and former Cougar Kim Welch (151) all missed the cut.
No. 2 Murray toppled
Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-2, 6-4, while second-ranked Andy Murray of Britain was routed 6-1, 6-2 by Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the third round.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia put his sore right ankle to the test again, rallying from a set down for the second straight match to beat Juan Monaco of Argentina 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
• The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said 2004 Olympic 200-meter champion Shawn Crawford, 35, was suspended for two years for not giving full information about his whereabouts for out-of-competition drug testing. However, his coach said Crawford retired last summer and U.S. Track and Field said he filed retirement papers this year.
• Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe won’t revive his swimming career next week in the Australian trials for the world championships.
• NBC Sports has extended its contract to televise Notre Dame football games through 2025.
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• The National Women’s Soccer League landed a TV deal with Fox Sports. Six regular-season matches will be shown in July, followed by two playoff matches and the championship Aug. 31.
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