Receiver Austin Hill (29) rests a moment during drills on the first day of spring practice for University of Arizona Football at UA Kindall/Sancet Stadium on Monday, March 3, 2014. Photo by Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star.

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Arizona Wildcats senior receiver Austin Hill is a member of the watch list for the 2014 Walter Camp Award, it was announced Friday by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

The Walter Camp Award annually recognizes the outstanding player in college football.

Hill is also on the watch lists for the Maxwell Award (college player of the year) and the Biletnikoff Award (most outstanding receiver).

Hill returns for his senior season with 102 career catches for 1,675 yards and 13 touchdowns. He missed the 2013 season with a knee injury. In 2012, he made 12 starts at the slot receiver position and played in all 13 games as a redshirt sophomore. Hill was a 2012 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, All-Pac-12 Second Team and Phil Steele Fourth Team All-America.

In 2012, Hill totaled 81 catches for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the Wildcats’ receivers. He ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 in total receiving yards (1,364) and yards per game (104.9). He scored two touchdowns in four games and had at least one score in seven games while collecting 100 yards or more in five contests.

Against Toledo, he had seven catches for 139 yards and one touchdown off the bench, and hauled in a career-high 11 catches for 165 yards at Stanford. Hill collected 259 yards on 10 catches in the 39-36 win against No. 10 USC.

As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he played in 10 games and started one. Hill collected 21 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns. He hauled in a season-high eight catches for 128 yards at Oklahoma State.

WNBA All-Star Game

Mercury players lead West in Phoenix event

PHOENIX — The desert is a perfect place for this year’s WNBA All-Star Game. It’s where the most dominating basketball in the league has been played this season.

The Phoenix Mercury enter the All-Star break on a franchise-record 12-game winning streak and have compiled a gaudy 18-3 record.

Mercury stars Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner are starters for the West in today’s game (12:30 p.m., ESPN), with teammate Candice Dupree among the reserves.

Taurasi will make her seventh All-Star appearance. Griner was supposed to start as a rookie last year but sat out the game because of an injury. She enters the game after her second dunk of the season Tuesday night.

East All-Star reserve Chiney Ogwumike, a rookie with Connecticut, says the Mercury is “a great measuring stick” for the rest of the WNBA.


Gatlin, Bowie star in Monaco meet

MONACO — American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie set the fastest times this year in the 200 and 100 meters, respectively, at Friday’s Herculis meeting.

Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion in the 100, came out of the bend with the lead and pulled away in the homestretch to cross the line in 19.68 seconds despite a 0.5-meter headwind. Nickel Ashmeade finished second in 19.99, Christophe Lemaitre took third, and Tyson Gay placed fourth in the 10th leg of the Diamond League circuit.

In the women’s 100, Bowie showed a tremendous burst of speed in the last 30 meters to win in 10.80. Veronica Campbell-Brown, the 2007 world champion, finished second in 10.96.

Includes material from a news release