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Griner to miss All-Star Game

Brittney Griner will miss Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game in Uncasville, Conn., while recovering from a sprained left knee she suffered earlier this month.

The rookie center sat out Phoenix’s last five games.

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Another Mercury player, forward Penny Taylor, underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Griner may be joined on the sideline this weekend by Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne. The No. 2 pick in the draft this past April suffered a concussion Wednesday and is questionable to play Saturday. Delle Donne was the first rookie to lead the All-Star voting.

Tamika Catchings had 23 points and moved into fourth place on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list while leading the Indiana Fever past the host Tulsa Shock 71-60.

Catchings moved past Seattle’s Lauren Jackson on the all-time list with 6,024 career points. The 13-year veteran also had a game-high nine rebounds.

Danielle Adams led the host San Antonio Silver Stars to their second straight win, scoring 20 points and adding eight rebounds and six assists in a 65-53 victory over the New York Liberty.

Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes joined Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault and former Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor as the only WNBA coaches with 200 wins.


Serbian player suspended

Serbian player Viktor Troicki was suspended for 18 months for refusing to submit to blood testing before the Monte Carlo Masters. The 53rd-ranked player proclaimed his innocence.

Swiss star Roger Federer fell 6-3, 6-4 to Germany’s Daniel Brands in the second round of the Swiss Open in Gstaad, the third straight tournament in which Federer made a startling exit.


Scott calls for change

Larry Scott of the Pac-12 joined the chorus of commissioners calling for sweeping change in the NCAA, and said it can happen without confrontation and with the five most powerful football conferences still competing on the field with the other five.

NCAA president Mark Emmert told The Indianapolis Star he agrees with Scott and his fellow commissioners, and vowed significant changes to the way rules and policies are made.

College football

Gators erase Hernandez

The Florida Gators pulled up a granite plaque commemorating Aaron Hernandez as a first team All-America selection in 2009. The brick was cemented into the ground outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The school also removed photographs of Hernandez from the locker room, the team area, the football facility and throughout the stadium.

Oklahoma president David Boren said the university plans to extend the contract of coach Bob Stoops through the 2020 season.

Clowney contact OK’d

A South Carolina spokesman said the school found no impermissible contact between All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Jay-Z, the rap mogul turned sports agency head.


New stadium for D.C.

D.C. United and city officials signed an agreement that would keep the Major League Soccer franchise in the District of Columbia with a new, $300 million soccer-only stadium.

The city and the team would split the cost of the stadium, which is tentatively scheduled to open in 2016 in an industrial section of southwest Washington known as Buzzard Point.


• Top-seeded American John Isner avoided an upset in the Atlanta Open, outlasting 19-year-old American wild-card entry Christian Harrison 7-6 (11-9), 4-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals.

• American Jamie Hampton beat Stanford All-American Nicole Gibbs 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. Highly touted 18-year-old American Madison Keys was humbled 7-6 (7-0), 6-2 by Russian veteran Vera Dushevina.

• Israel’s Shahar Peer defeated South African Chanelle Scheepers 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Baku Cup in Azerbaijan.

• Georgia received an important boost for 2013 when offensive lineman Kolton Houston finally won his three-year battle for eligibility.

Verrazano has been installed as a slight 9-5 favorite for the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

• The Nashville Predators signed left wing Nick Spaling to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

• Center Brandan Wright re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks for $10 million over two years.

• The New York Knicks re-signed veteran forward Kenyon Martin.

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