For third time, Griner leads women All-America team
Brittney Griner has been in a class by herself all season. Now, she’s part of a select group.
Baylor’s 6-8 star senior was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press’ All-America team Tuesday.
Griner became the fifth three-time AP All-American, joining Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke’s Alana Beard, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Connecticut’s Maya Moore. Paris and Moore were the only two to earn the honor all four years.
Griner was joined on the squad by Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Baylor teammate Odyssey Sims.
With Sims and Griner, it marked the sixth time that teammates were first team All-Americans. Connecticut has done it four times and Tennessee once.
Rutgers coach Rice may lose job for abusing players
The airing of a videotape of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice using gay slurs, shoving and grabbing his players and throwing balls at them in practice over the past three seasons has the university’s athletic director reconsidering his decision not to fire the coach.
Scarlet Knights AD Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by a disgruntled former employee, and he suspended Rice for three games, fined him $50,000 and made him undergo anger management classes for inappropriate behavior after investigating it.
In an interview with WFAN, Pernetti said university president Robert Barchi saw the tape and concurred with his actions against Rice.
ESPN aired the tape Tuesday.
A pair of Nevada Wolves separate from their Pack
RENO, Nev. – A pair of juniors who started on Nevada’s basketball season this year won’t be back next season.
Wolf Pack coach David Carter told the Reno-Gazette Journal on Monday that forward Devonte Elliott and guard Jordan Burris plan to transfer after finishing out the current academic semester at Nevada.
Burris started 16 games this season, averaging 6.7 points and 4 rebounds per contest. Elliott started eight games, averaging 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds.
Can Carson Palmer solve Arizona’s quarterback woes?
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals have acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders.
The Cardinals gave up a conditional 2014 draft pick and swapped one of their sixth-round picks this year for Oakland’s seventh-round selection.
Palmer reworked his contract as part of his move to the desert, agreeing to a two-year deal worth up to $20 million, with $10 million guaranteed.
New Arizona coach Bruce Arians gets a starting quarterback at a bargain basement price.
But at least the Raiders were able to get something for the quarterback, rather than just release him. Oakland acquired quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday in a deal that sent two draft picks to the Seahawks.
Dallas Stars trade another of their stars for the future
The Dallas Stars are really rebuilding for the future now.
Dallas on Tuesday traded 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr to Boston and sent surging center Derek Roy to Vancouver. That came just more than a week after captain Brenden Morrow was dealt to Pittsburgh.
The latest moves came a day after a 4-0 loss to Anaheim, a team the Stars play twice more this week. Dallas is 12th in the Western Conference with 13 games left and on track to miss the playoffs for the fifth year in a row.
Dallas got two young prospects and a conditional second-round pick from Boston, and a 23-year-old defenseman and a second-round pick from Vancouver.
The Stars now have nine picks in this summer’s six-round draft.