Sports shorts: Barrett jumps to 3rd NCAA indoor title

2013-03-09T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Barrett jumps to 3rd NCAA indoor titleStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Arizona senior Brigetta Barrett cleared a season-best 6 feet 4 3/4 inches Friday in Fayetteville, Ark., to win a record third straight NCAA Indoor Championships crown in the women's high jump.

Barrett has won the last five NCAA high jump competitions, including two outdoors.

"I've had a great collegiate career," she said.

UA junior Lawi Lalang ran a 3:58.52 in the preliminary round of the men's mile, the fastest time of the day. He'll compete in the final and the 3,000 meters Saturday. UA senior Georganne Moline advanced to Saturday's finals of the women's 400 with a time of 52.21 seconds, breaking her own school record. Senior Jen Bergman was 10th in the 5,000 at 15:56.35. The UA women are tied for fifth.

• The Pima College women's tennis team has received its best ranking since joining Division I in 2004. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association listed the Aztecs at No. 7 in Thursday's poll. Pima had been ranked 19th.

NFL

Cardinals cut safety Wilson after 12 years

TEMPE - The Arizona Cardinals released Adrian Wilson on Friday, bringing an end to the five-time Pro Bowl strong safety's 12 seasons with the team and clearing about $3 million in salary cap space.

Wilson, 33, took a pay cut to stay with the team before last season. But he knew his days were limited, when Rashad Johnson took a big chunk of his playing time.

One of six NFL players with 25 interceptions and 25 sacks, Wilson made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2008-11. He played in 181 games, fifth-most in team history.

• Former UA Wildcat Chris Gronkowski became an unrestricted free agent after the Denver Broncos declined to issue a contract tender to the third-year fullback.

• Miami signed WR Brian Hartline to a five-year deal for nearly $31 million and QB Matt Moore to a two-year deal.

• Carolina released starting cornerback Chris Gamble in a move to save $7.9 million under this year's salary cap.

Soccer

US women shut out China

ALBUFEIRA, Portugal - Ali Krieger and Whitney Engen did more than defend Friday, scoring their first international goals as the U.S. women stayed atop their group with a 5-0 rout of China at the Algarve Cup.

Christen Press also scored, joining Brandi Chastain, Danielle Fotopoulos and Abby Wambach as the only U.S. players to score four or more goals in their first four games. The Americans, who have won 27 straight, finish group play Monday against Sweden. Nicole Barnhart was in goal Friday, with U.S. starter Hope Solo (wrist) and No. 2 goalie Jill Loyden (broken hand) sidelined for months.

• Goalie Tim Howard has two broken bones in his back and likely will miss the U.S. men's team's World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico this month.

• Brad Keselowski, 2012 Sprint Cup champ, will start on the pole after heavy rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

• China appointed Greg Norman as an advisory coach of its national golf team for the 2016 Games in Brazil.

• Petra Kvitova, Maria Kirilenko, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci moved into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (Calif.) Tennis Center.

• Aussie Richie Porte won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race to take yellow from U.S. cyclist Andrew Talansky.

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