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Sports briefs: Phoenix takes Brittney Griner with top pick in WNBA Draft
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WNBA • The Phoenix Mercury took Baylor center Brittney Griner with the top pick in the WNBA Draft on Monday night in Bristol, Conn. The 6-foot-8 phenom finished as the second all-time scorer in women's NCAA history, with 3,283 points. She is the top shot-blocker ever, with 748. She also had a record 18 dunks — including 11 this season.

Chicago took Delaware star Elena Delle Donne with the No. 2 pick, and Tulsa took Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins with the third pick. Delle Donne, a 6-foot-5 forward, was second in the nation in scoring (26.0) and averaged 8.5 rebounds. Diggins helped the Irish reach the Final Four the past three seasons.

Georgetown's Porter opts for draft

college basketball • All-American Otto Porter Jr. is leaving Georgetown after his sophomore season and declaring himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Porter was the Big East player of the year and finished second in the voting behind Michigan's Trey Burke for The Associated Press player of the year award. A 6-foot-8 forward, Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, both highs for Georgetown.

Maryland sophomore center Alex Len also has opted for the draft. The 7-foot-1 player averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 2012-13. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 78 blocked shots.

Boise State fights Big East exit fee

college football • Boise State is asking a judge to declare that the school does not owe a $5 million penalty for cancelling its entry into the Big East Conference last year. The university announced Monday it had filed a lawsuit in state court after a representative of what will soon be the American Athletic Conference said the conference intended to sue the university.

Boise State signed an agreement in December 2011 to join the Big East in 2013 for football. However, the school says the conference lost three-quarters of its membership over the next year, failed to add more football schools west of the Mississippi and lost its guaranteed spot in BCS bowls. University President Bob Kustra argues the conference the Broncos agreed to join no longer exists.

From wire reports

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