DIGGINS LEADS IRISH TO FINAL FOUR: Skylar Diggins shook off early foul trouble to score 24 points, and Notre Dame rallied to beat Duke 87-76 on Tuesday night to earn its third consecutive trip to the Final Four.
Kayla McBride added 17 points, while Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa had 17 each as the Fighting Irish (35-1) won their school-record 30th consecutive game, earning a fourth meeting with Connecticut. Notre Dame has won the first three this season and beaten UConn in the past two Final Fours.
Tricia Liston led Duke (33-3) with 19 points, but the Blue Devils had no answer when Notre Dame used a 15-2 run early in the second half to take a 50-42 lead. The Blue Devils lost in the regional finals for the fourth straight year, failing once again to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2006.
NOTRE DAME'S DIGGINS UNANIMOUS ALL-AMERICAN PICK: Brittney Griner is an All-America for the third straight season and joins a select group.
The Baylor center becomes the fifth three-time Associated Press All-American, following Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke's Alana Beard, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and Connecticut's Maya Moore. Paris and Moore were the only two to earn the honor all four years.
Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Baylor's Odyssey Sims were also on the team announced Monday.
Griner and Diggins were unanimous selections by the same 40-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.
WIZARDS TOP BULLS: John Wall had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds; Emeka Okafor scored the go-ahead dunk in the final minute and the Washington Wizards won their eighth straight home game Tuesday night, beating the temperamental Bulls 90-86.
Carlos Boozer had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bulls. The Bulls' Taj Gibson will have an MRI today after reinjuring his left knee in the second quarter.
TOEAINA NO LONGER A BEAR: The Bears terminated the contract of vested veteran defensive tackle Matt Toeaina on Wednesday.
Toeaina started 24 of 36 games played in five seasons with the Bears, recording 66 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and two tackles for losses.
LILLY COMMITS TO PURDUE CALUMET: Defender Kacey Lilly (Santa Cruz, Calif.) has committed to Purdue Calumet.
Lilly helped Scott Valley win three consecutive Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League titles. She was also a three-time All-SCCAL Second Team selection.
ROSEMONT MAKES PITCH IF CUBS WANT TO MOVE: As Cubs and city officials continue to negotiate over a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the mayor of a nearby community wants team owners to know they are welcome in his town.
Bradley Stephens is the mayor of Rosemont, located near O'Hare International Airport. He says there are 25 acres of land the Ricketts family, owners of the Cubs, can have for free if they decide they want to build a new ballpark.
Stephens understands the idea of leaving one of the most beloved ballparks in the nation is the longest of longshots. But he wants it known if the Cubs have to look for a new home they need look no farther than Rosemont. Stephens says he has made the offer known to the Ricketts.
LOUISVILLE'S WARE LEAVES INDY HOSPITAL: Louisville guard Kevin Ware has been released from an Indianapolis hospital and is headed back to campus, two days after breaking his right leg during the Cardinals' Final Four-clinching victory.
Ware had been at Methodist Hospital since sustaining the horrific injury Sunday during in the first half of Louisville's 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional. He underwent surgery to repair compound fractures of the tibia in the leg and is expected to be out a year.
Ware tweeted Tuesday, "Back to my brothers I go," along with a picture of him on crutches as he prepared to leave the hospital.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino says Ware would travel with the team to Atlanta, but it wasn't known if he will be cleared to fly.
Around the horn
The Colts have agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. ... Southern California has hired Andy Enfield as men's basketball coach after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament.