NCAA BASKETBALL: Ware released from hospital
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Louisville’s Kevin Ware took what he said would be the hardest step in his recovery — the first one.
The sophomore guard was back on the Cardinals’ campus after being released from Methodist Hospital, two days after millions watched him break his right leg in a horrifying play.
Ware had been hospitalized since sustaining the gruesome injury Sunday in the first half of Louisville’s 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA tournament. He underwent surgery to repair compound fractures of the tibia.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino has said he’d like Ware to travel to the Final Four in Atlanta.
Cano signs with Jay-Z’s company
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper and recording producer Jay-Z is expanding into sports representation and has signed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano away from Scott Boras to be a client.
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, and his Roc Nation company have partnered with CAA Sports to form Roc Nation Sports. Cano changed his listed agent with the Major League Baseball Players Association from Boras to CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen.
Fans want 44K season tickets
SEATTLE (AP) — The man who’s trying to bring the NBA’s Sacramento Kings to Seattle said fans have requested 44,000 season tickets in the event the team actually relocates.
Hedge fund manager Chris Hansen had urged Seattle fans to join a “priority ticket waitlist” to show the NBA how strong support is for bringing professional men’s basketball back to the city and calls the result “nothing short of stunning.”
Seattle has been without an NBA franchise since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.
Hansen and Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer have agreed to buy a majority stake in the Kings from the Maloof family for $341 million, but the deal needs league approval. Owners are meeting today to discuss the sale.
Griner leads All-Americans
UNDATED (AP) — Brittney Griner has been in a class by herself all season. Now she’s part of a select group as a unanimous selection to The Associated Press’ All-America team.
Baylor’s 6-foot-8 star senior became the fifth three-time AP All-American.
She was joined 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.
Former Patriots coach dies at 79
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chuck Fairbanks, who coached Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens at Oklahoma and spent six seasons as coach of the New England Patriots, died after battling brain cancer. He was 79.
Oklahoma said in a news release that Fairbanks died Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Fairbanks was 52-15-1 in six years with the Sooners, including an Orange Bowl victory his first season and consecutive Sugar Bowls wins in 1971-72 before taking over the Patriots. He won 46 games for New England, a franchise record at the time.
Former Big Eight rival Colorado hired Fairbanks after a legal battle with the Patriots. He also was coach and general manager of the New Jersey Generals in the USFL.
Owens says Fairbanks “was a special coach, he was a special friend.”