Two-time All-America center Brittney Griner is recovering from a broken right wrist suffered in a longboard accident. Coach Kim Mulkey said...

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Griner in cast after breaking wrist on longboard

Two-time All-America center Brittney Griner is recovering from a broken right wrist suffered in a longboard accident.

Coach Kim Mulkey said Griner will be in a cast for four weeks. The school released no other details about the injury on the longboard, an elongated skateboard.

The injury comes only weeks after Griner finished her junior season and the Bears ended the first 40-win season in NCAA history with their second national championship.

Griner averaged 23.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.2 blocks and won the John R. Wooden Award.

College football

Leach still bitter about firing

A rejuvenated Mike Leach recently finished his first spring practice at Washington State, a program that has lost 40 of 49 games the past four years. He is hoping to have the same success he had at Texas Tech, where he led the Red Raiders to bowl games each of his 10 years there.

His bitterness about the way his run at Texas Tech ended was apparent during a news conference before his appearance as featured speaker at the Omaha Sports Banquet on Wednesday night. He said he figured it was a matter of time before he got another job.

“I was in my coaching prime. I was having fun doing what I was doing,” Leach said. “But two years got taken away from me.”

Leach is installing his pass-oriented spread offense and is curious to see how it stacks up in the Pac-12.

“We had a real productive spring, got a lot of work done,” Leach said. “Like everybody, we’re looking for depth. We have a lot of work to do before the season starts in order to be real good.”

Delany: Non-division champs shouldn’t have a shot

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, who has floated ideas for how a four-team playoff should be set up, said any new format shouldn’t include a team that doesn’t win its division.

Alabama finished behind Louisiana State in the SEC West last season, but the Crimson Tide got a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game and beat the Tigers.

Delany insisted he isn’t pushing for a particular format to be implemented for the 2014 season. He said a proposal that would put four conference champions, ranked among the top six, into the four-team playoff was simply an idea he discussed with reporters last week in Chicago.


Federer, Nadal triumph

Roger Federer of Switzerland rallied to beat Milos Raonic of Canada 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) at the Madrid Open to narrowly avoid his earliest tournament exit in two years.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal had an easier time in his first match on the blue clay as he beat Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-2, 6-2. Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic lost to countrywoman Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-3, while top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beat Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-4.


ACC, ESPN agree to extension

The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN extended their television deal through the 2026-27 season. A person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press that it’s worth $3.6 billion over the 15 years. The deal comes ahead of the additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the Big East and would represent a 33 percent increase in TV money for each league school from the previous deal unveiled nearly two years ago.


Finchem stands by Masters

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the Masters is “too important” for the tour to take it off its official schedule, even though Augusta National has never had a female member.

“We have concluded a number of times now — and we have certainly not moved off of this — that we are not going to give up the Masters as a tournament on our tour,” Finchem said. “It’s too important. And so at the end of the day, the membership of that club have to determine their membership. They are not doing anything illegal.”


Farrar second in Giro

Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania took the lead in the Giro d’Italia after his Garmin-Barracuda squad won the team time trial in the fourth stage in Verona, Italy. Garmin riders are 1-2-3-4 in the overall standings, with Navardauskas 10 seconds ahead of sprinter Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee and South Africa’s Robert Hunter.


• Minnesota lawmakers working out the final version of a bill for a new Vikings stadium raised the amount the team would pay by $50 million, a calculated move that could soon put the team in the new facility it has long coveted. The bill has the Vikings paying $477 million. Vikings officials said the team’s billionaire owners, New Jersey developers Zygi and Mark Wilf, are backing the deal.

• The Pittsburgh Steelers signed second-round draft pick Mike Adams, a tackle, and seventh-round picks David Paulson and Terrence Frederick. Paulson, a tight end, is a graduate of Auburn Riverside High School.

• Anaheim star Ryan Getzlaf broke a tie midway through the third period to help Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 at the world hockey championships in Helsinki.

• Wake Forest hired former star player Jen Hoover as its women’s basketball coach.

• World 100-meter champion Yohan Blake ran the year’s second-fastest time, winning the Cayman Invitational in 9.84 seconds in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

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