Griner and Ogwumike finally to square off

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Griner and Ogwumike finally to square off

This is how big Brittney Griner is and we dont just mean her 6-foot-8 height, 7-foot-4 wingspan and 9-foot-2 reach.

Shes so big that she dwarfs RGIII Robert Griffin III, the reigning Heisman trophy winner - making him only the second biggest athlete at Baylor.

That will change. In a few weeks, RGIII will be wealthier than Griner will probably ever be, when he becomes the second pick in the NFL Draft. If he succeeds in the NFL, hell be king.

But for now, hes Griners caddy. He texted Baylor coach Kim Mulkey and told her hes coming to Denver this weekend to cheer on Griner and her teammates in the Final Four against Stanford. RGIII will probably be hoping she can throw down another two handed jam in transition again.

Can Nneka Ogwumike counter with Andrew Luck?

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Ogwumike is a superstar in her own right a player who has helped Stanford get to the Final Four in every year that shes worn a Cardinal uniform. Shed be the shoo-in for the national player of the year if it wasnt for you-know-who.

But Nneka isnt the biggest thing on her campus: Luck is because hes s almost as unusual in his own right as Griner: a superstar Stanford football player has been almost as rare as a woman hoopster with 88-inches between her outstretched fingers. On the other hand, a player like Ogwumike is what we expect out of Tara VanDerveers program, which churns out player of the year candidates and Final Four berths like theyre undergrad requirements.

Griner and Ogwumike are the headliners of an intriguing womens Final Four: all four No. 1 seeds are in the finals for only the second time in history. And none are the defending champion: Texas A&M was knocked out along the way.

The other semifinal is as exciting as holding yet another Republican debate: this will be the eighth time in two seasons that Notre Dame and UConn have played each other. UConn holds a 4-3 lead, thanks to its win in the Big East final earlier this month.

Stanford and Baylor, in contrast, havent played each other since Griner has been in a Baylor uniform. Its an unfamiliar matchup, but an intriguing one, between the two best players in the country.

Griner has everyone talking: not just because she is so tall and skilled, or because she can dunk, but she brings an edge. She punched a girl in the face when she was a freshman. On Monday, she jumped off the bench when a fight broke out between her teammate and a Tennessee player and ended up being ejected from the game.

She brings some controversy, Van Derveer said. I think it brings a lot of good attention to the game. People are paying attention to whats going on in Denver.

RGIII will be. Andrew Luck should show up, to level the playing field.

Moore's team-high 15 leads Cal past Princeton in Hawaii

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Moore's team-high 15 leads Cal past Princeton in Hawaii

BOX SCORE

HONOLULU -- Charlie Moore scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures and California pulled away from Princeton 62-51 in the Pearl Harbor Invitational Tuesday.

Jabari Bird scored 11 of his 13 points after halftime and Sam Singer and Grant Mullins added 11 points apiece for the Golden Bears (7-1).

Moore, a freshman point guard, shot 6 of 9 from the field and scored 10 points after halftime.

Princeton took a 46-44 lead following Henry Caruso's 3-pointer from the left corner with 7:45 left to play, but California answered with an 11-1 run that was capped by a backdoor reverse layup by Bird off an assist from Moore.

Devin Cannady scored 16 points and Spencer Weisz added 10 for the Tigers (2-4).

Princeton closed out the first half on a 4-0 run to take a 20-18 lead into halftime.

There were 12 ties and 15 lead changes in the game.

California dominated Princeton in both points in the paint (34-12) and bench scoring (24-7).

BIG PICTURE

California: The Golden Bears were a woeful 10 of 23 from the free-throw line. They made just 1 of 3 from the charity stripe in the first half and only 9 of 20 in the second. They entered the game averaging 67.5 percent for the season.

Princeton: The Tigers came into the contest averaging 9.6 3-pointers made per game, but made just 1 of 11 attempts from behind the arc in the first half and finished 6 of 26 for the game.

UP NEXT

California will look to extend its win streak to six games when it takes on Seton Hall Wednesday.

Princeton will play Wednesday against Hawaii, the first time the two schools have met.

Former Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42 years old

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Former Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42 years old

BOULDER, Colo. — Authorities say 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam has been found dead in a Colorado park.

The Boulder County coroner's office said Tuesday that it was still investigating the cause of the death of the 42-year-old Salaam.

The body of the one-time running back was found Monday at Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder.

Salaam led Colorado to one of its best seasons in 1994, when the Buffaloes went 11-1.

He had a terrific rookie season with the Chicago Bears in 1995, rushing for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns.

But he only scored three times in the next two years and he played his last game in 1999 with the Cleveland Browns.