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UConn’s Bueckers tears ACL

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UConn women’s basketball star Paige Bueckers tore the ACL in her left knee during a pickup game and will miss the entire 2022-23 season, the school announced Wednesday.

UConn said in a statement that Bueckers suffered the injury Monday and underwent an MRI that evening. It did not say where the junior guard from Hopkins, Minn., was playing when the injury occurred. It was the same knee she injured last year, causing her to miss significan­t time.

Bueckers was named the 2020-21 AP national player of the year, becoming the first freshman to earn that honor. She averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

She missed 19 games last season after suffering a left knee tibia plateau fracture and torn meniscus in early December. But Bueckers returned to lead the Huskies to the Final Four, where the Huskies lost to South Carolina in the championsh­ip game in Minneapoli­s, which is 10 miles from her hometown.

She finished the season averaging 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

Auto racing: Alex Albon has signed a multiyear contract extension to continue driving for Formula One team Williams. Albon, 26, joined Williams this season as a replacemen­t for George Russell, who moved to Mercedes.

College football: One-time Clemson starting S Lannden Zanders is giving up football because of continuing problems with his injured right shoulder. Zanders has had three surgeries to repair and rehab a torn labrum. He was cleared to compete at the Tigers’ fall camp, which opens Friday. However, Zanders said on social media he felt he was not “physically able” to be the player he had been and made the choice to step away from the game.

NFL: Saints S Tyrann Mathieu reported for training camp and participat­ed in practice drills after initially being excused to attend to what the team described as a personal matter. The 30-year-old, nine-year NFL veteran agreed to a three-year, $33 million contract in May . ... Cardinals WR Marquise Brown was been arrested and charged with criminal speeding. Brown was acquired in a draft-day deal with the Ravens and is expected to play a big role in the Cardinals offense, especially during the first six weeks when DeAndre Hopkins is out because of a suspension . ... Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings. Barr, 32, was a firstround pick by the Vikings in 2014.

NHL: The Devils avoided salary arbitratio­n with F Jesper Bratt, signing him to a one-year, $5.45 million contract. Bratt, 23, set career highs last season in goals (26), assists (47), shots (197), power-play points (18), time on ice (17:26) and points (73) . ... Milwaukee will host an NHL game for the first time in more than three decades when the Blackhawks face the Wild at Fiserv Forum, the home of the NBA’s Bucks in an Oct. 2 preseason game.

Soccer: Premier League players will no longer take the knee ahead of every match, but will do so at “significan­t moments” during the upcoming season in a gesture against racism.

Tennis: Top-seeded Jessica Pegula is out of the Citi Open after getting upset by Australian Daria Saville, 7-5, 6-4.

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