Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart is expected to miss the upcoming season after she ruptured the Achilles tendon in her right ankle.
Stewart, 24, injured the leg on Sunday in the EuroLeague Women's championship game in Hungary. She flew to Los Angeles where test results confirmed the injury.
The Seattle Storm announced the diagnosis Wednesday. Stewart won both the league and finals MVP awards while leading the Storm to the franchise's third WNBA title in 2018.
"As we all know there are highs and lows throughout a career," Stewart wrote on Twitter. "This is just another obstacle that I will overcome."
Stewart was playing for Dynamo Kursk, a Russian club, when the former UConn star appeared to land awkwardly on the foot of fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner after attempting a jumper late in the first half against UMMC Ekaterinburg. She immediately grabbed at her lower right leg while grimacing in obvious pain.
"This is a tough time for Stewie and our hearts go out to her," Storm CEO and General Manager Alisha Valavanis said.
The WNBA season begins May 24.
Cavs lose another one
Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite said he is forgoing his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft.
Diakite made the announcement Wednesday. He's the fourth member of the national champions to make the move, joining De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy.
The 6-foot-9 Diakite was a hero in the Elite Eight victory against Purdue, taking a pass from Kihei Clark and hitting a short jump shot at the regulation buzzer to tie the score.
• Kentucky guard Tyler Herro said he was closing the option of going back to school for his sophomore season. The Wisconsin native is projected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick in the NBA draft.
AROUND THE HORN
Soccer: Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham Hotspur into its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years and ended Manchester City's quadruple hopes by scoring the decider in a breathtaking Champions League game that produced seven goals and saw an apparent injury-time winner for City ruled out after a video review. City won the second leg 4-3 at home, but the Spurs advanced 4-4 on aggregate thanks to scoring three goals on the road. Raheem Sterling appeared to score in stoppage time for City, but video review determined Sergio Aguero was offside. … Liverpool returned to the Champions League semis after beating host Porto 4-1.
Golf: Eun-Hee Ji birdied six of the final eight holes for an 8-under 64 and a two-shot lead halfway through the first round of the Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Football: The Alliance of American Football is officially out of business. The eight-team league that folded after eight games of its initial season filed for bankruptcy.
Colleges: LSU athletic director Joe Alleva is stepping down from that position after 11 years on the job.