Arizona star Williams played
two months with broken pinky
Arizona forward Derrick Williams played the final two months of his sophomore season with his right pinky in a castlike wrap with what the team said was a sprain.
Turns out, Williams’ littlest digit was broken and he and the team didn’t want anyone to know.
“I think that if you tell people that you’re injured, then people on the other team go after your injuries more, like intentionally slapping my hand when I’d go up for a shot, or something like that,” Williams said Wednesday.
Williams broke his finger Jan. 27, when it got bent backward during a game against UCLA. He didn’t miss a game, opting to play with his pinky sealed in a large wrap of gauze and bandages that made his hand look like a toy gun.
Williams didn’t seem to be bothered by the wrap, playing some of his best games down the stretch while shooting left handed and with essentially three fingers on his right. He averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 59 percent to lead the Wildcats to the West Regional final in the NCAA Tournament after they missed the tourney the season before.
The Pac-10 player of the year and Wooden Award finalist has declared for the NBA Draft and is projected as a lottery pick.
Also: Kentucky freshmen Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and junior DeAndre Liggins are heading to the NBA. Maybe.
All three players declared for the NBA Draft but will not sign with an agent, clearing the way for them to return to school next fall if they change their mind by May 8.
Jones and Knight are considered mid-to-high first-round picks, and Liggins is a defensive stopper who hopes to play his way into the first round after being evaluated by scouts.
Madrid ends drought, breaks
trophy during celebration
Real Madrid waited almost three years for a trophy, then immediately broke it.
Madrid defender Sergio Ramos dropped the Copa del Rey from the top of the team bus during celebrations early today in Madrid and the bus then ran over the trophy.
Emergency services gathered the broken pieces and returned them to the bus, but the trophy did not reappear at the club’s traditional celebration spot of the Plaza de Cibeles in central Madrid.
Ramos said the cup is “OK.”
Madrid beat rival Barcelona 1-0 in the Copa del Rey final Wednesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s extra-time goal giving the club its first domestic cup in 18 years and first Spanish league title since 2008.
Also: Chelsea overtook Arsenal as Manchester United’s closest rival for the Premier League title after the Gunners surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Tottenham in London. United is six points ahead with five games remaining but still must play Chelsea and Arsenal.
Manchester United has been ranked football’s most valuable team by Forbes for the seventh year in a row.
Taking into account income, profitability and debt levels, the American magazine’s valuation of Man United has risen slightly to $1.9 billion.
Wladimir Klitschko, Haye will
fight for crowns in Germany
Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye agreed to the final detail of their long-awaited heavyweight title bout, selecting Hamburger SV’s soccer stadium for their July 2 fight in Hamburg, Germany.
The fight between IBF and WBO champion Klitschko and WBA titleholder Haye will take place at the 57,000-seat Imtech Arena.
Klitschko (55-3, 49 knockouts) and Haye (23-1, 23 KOs) originally were scheduled to fight in June 2009.
Also: Joseph Agbeko has been forced out of his bantamweight title bout against Abner Mares after collapsing this week in Los Angeles with an apparent pinched nerve in his back.
Agbeko was scheduled to fight Mares on Saturday in the final of a four-man bantamweight tournament backed by premium cable network Showtime.
Showtime hasn’t decided what will happen to its card at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Vic Darchinyan is slated to meet Yonnhy Perez in the other tournament bout.
Rafael Nadal opened his bid for a sixth Barcelona Open title with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Daniel Gimeno-Traver in Barcelona, Spain. The top-ranked Nadal hammered his fellow Spaniard with hard groundstrokes, cruising to victory after breaking Gimeno-Traver’s first two service games.
Nadal, who sat out last year’s event after winning five straight titles from 2005 to 2009, will face Santiago Giraldo in the third round of the outdoor clay-court event.
Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki advanced past the Porsche Grand Prix second round for the first time when she beat Zuzana Kucova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals in Stuttgart, Germany.
In her bid for a fourth title this year, Wozniacki will face Andrea Petkovic, who defeated former top-ranked player Jelena Jankovic, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
The singles champions at the French Open will each receive $1.7 million, up from about $1.4 million last year.
Organizers say total prize money for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament is increasing to $25 million from about $20.7 million in 2010.
Tampa Bay’s Steve Yzerman, Vancouver’s Mike Gillis and Nashville’s David Poile are finalists for the NHL’s general manager of the year award, which will be announced June 22 in Las Vegas.
A New Jersey judge said nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis should be allowed to continue his bid for the New Jersey Senate because Republicans have failed to prove he doesn’t live in the state.
Lewis is a Democrat making his first run for elected office. He acknowledged voting in California until last year.
Morgan Pressel is returning to Japan to defend her World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup title from May 5 to 8, and she will give half of whatever she makes to the American Red Cross toward relief efforts for tsunami and earthquake victims.
Bernie Ecclestone insisted that Formula One is not for sale, brushing off reports that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is interested in taking over the sport.
“It is all rubbish,” Ecclestone told British newspaper The Times. “Formula One is not for sale. And anyway, we would not sell to a media company because it would restrict the ability to negotiate with other broadcasters.”