Brittney Griner left an indelible mark on women's college basketball. Now she's ready to take on the pros.
The Phoenix Mercury took the 6-foot-8 All-America center from Baylor with the first pick in the WNBA draft Monday night.
Despite knowing she was going first, Griner admitted being extremely nervous.
"Sitting at the table, they said 15 seconds (until the selection), and my heart started beating so fast," Griner said. "I was grabbing the tablecloth underneath."
The Chicago Sky selected Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne with the second pick, and the Tulsa Shock took Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins with the third choice.
Cal guard Layshia Clarendon went ninth overall to the defending champion Indiana Fever.
The season starts May 24.
After talking with Rutgers about taking over its scandal-marred men's basketball program, Eddie Jordan returned to Los Angeles to resume his duties as a Lakers assistant coach.
The former Kings coach has emerged as the front-runner to replace Mike Rice, who was fired less than two weeks ago after a video was aired showing him physically and verbally abusing players in practice.
Rutgers declined to discuss the talks with Jordan.
Ethiopian wins sprint for Boston Marathon title
In only his second marathon, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won a three-way sprint in the final mile and captured the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds.
In the women's race, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won her second Boston title, finishing in 2:26:25.
Park takes top spot in women's golf ranking
Inbee Park of South Korea took over the top spot in the women's golf ranking, ending Stacy Lewis' four-week run at No. 1.
Park won the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 7 for her second major title and second victory of the year.
Cornerback Brock signs tender with the 49ers
Cornerback Tramaine Brock signed his one-year tender with the 49ers. He shared the team lead in special-teams tackles with 15 last season.
Defensive back Brandian Ross, offensive lineman Alex Parsons and running back Jeremy Stewart signed their exclusive rights tenders with the Raiders.
The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent kicker Shayne Graham, who made 31 of 38 field-goal attempts last season with Houston. He is a potential replacement for Phil Dawson, who signed with the 49ers.
Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon apologized for making an anti-gay slur at Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson during San Jose's 1-0 Major League Soccer loss Sunday. He faces a possible three-game suspension from MLS, which has a zero-tolerance policy against such comments.
Sacramento State's Caitlin Brooks was named the Big Sky Conference's Softball Pitcher of the Week for the fifth time this season after throwing two shutouts against Weber State, Sac State reported.
Associated Press, San Jose Mercury News, Bee Sports staff