Sports shorts: UA's Cordes breaks breast stroke marks

2013-03-30T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: UA's Cordes breaks breast stroke marksStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

INDIANAPOLIS - Arizona's Kevin Cordes smashed the U.S. short-course and NCAA records in the 100-yard breast stroke Friday night as the Wildcats moved up four spots to third during the second day of the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships.

Cordes won the final in 50.74 seconds to break the American record of 50.93 that he set in the preliminary heats at IU Natatorium. California's Damir Drugonjic set the previous NCAA record of 50.86 in 2009.

"I guess I have times in my mind, but I just really go out there and try swim as fast as I can to the best of my ability," said Cordes, more excited about a 1-2 finish with teammate Kevin Steel (51.69) than the records. "It's the best-case scenario. ... A bunch of points for Arizona."

Said Steel: "(Cordes) makes things very easy. He pushes the envelope and you just try to keep up." With 234.5 points, UA trailed leader Michigan (336) and Cal (301.5). The Cats finished third in the 200 medley relay in 1:23.23.

• In women's tennis, Arizona beat host Washington State 6-1 as UA's Kim Stubbe won both her No. 2 singles match and No. 2 doubles match with UA's Akilah James. UA (9-8, 1-3 Pac-12) hadn't beaten WSU since 2006.

NFL

Romo signs $108M, six-year extension

ARLINGTON, Texas - Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and the Cowboys agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $108 million Friday, with $55 million guaranteed to make him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

Romo, 33 next month, could be in Dallas through 2019, giving him a chance to be the starter longer than ex-Dallas QBs Troy Aikman (11 seasons) and Roger Staubach (seven).

• NAU President John Haeger rescinded offers for the Arizona Cardinals to conduct training camp on the Flagstaff campus, saying the school isn't interested in a short-term deal. Arizona is now talking with Glendale about moving its training camp to University of Phoenix Stadium and the nearby Glendale Youth Sports Complex.

• Tight end Fred Davis re-signed with Washington. ... Chicago agreed to a one-year deal with QB Josh McCown and a one-year deal with ex-Jets guard Matt Slauson.

MISCELLANEOUS

Martin can replace Hamlin in one race only

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A deal to loan Mark Martin to Joe Gibbs Racing as a six-week replacement driver for the injured Denny Hamlin fell apart Friday, when Michael Waltrip Racing said Martin can drive Hamlin's car only next week at Martinsville, a track not on his schedule.

• In Key Biscayne, Fla., David Ferrer advanced to the final at the Sony Open by rallying from a break down in the third set Friday to beat Tommy Haas, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Ferrer will face 2009 champion Andy Murray, who rallied past Richard Gasquet 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 after Gasquet struggled with an apparent right foot injury.

• English soccer teams Chelsea and Manchester City will play an exhibition May 23 at St. Louis' Busch Stadium.

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