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Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, left, holds the championship trophy with her teammates in September after winning the 2018 WNBA basketball finals. The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports. [AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster]
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, left, holds the championship trophy with her teammates in September after winning the 2018 WNBA basketball finals. The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports. [AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster]

The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 WNBA games beginning next month when the season opens. The Minnesota Lynx vs. the Chicago Sky on May 25 will be the first game on the CBS Sports Network.

Kansas' Azubuike will return for senior year

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike will return for his senior season, giving coach Bill Self the 7-foot center he hoped to build his offense around last season.

Azubuike averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery last season. The Jayhawks went on to finish 26-10 and lose in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Cardinals' Wacha back on disabled list

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha was placed on the 10-day injured list because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee and will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against NL Central rival Milwaukee.

St. Louis said the move was retroactive to Friday. Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was recalled Monday from Triple-A Memphis.

Wacha is sidelined for the fourth time in six years.

Saban undergoes hip replacement surgery

Alabama coach Nick Saban has undergone hip replacement surgery.

Dr. Lyle Cain said Monday the 67-year-old Saban is expected to make a full recovery and "should be able to return to work in the very new future."

Saban said after Alabama's spring game that his hip problems would be evaluated and that he could need six to eight weeks of recovery.

He said he wanted to get it fixed "because I don't want to coach for one more year, I want to coach for a lot of more years."

Mets' ace gets clean bill of health

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom remains on track to start Friday night after an MRI on his right elbow showed no damage.

New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the NL Cy Young Award winner had a test Monday morning that came back clean.

Wire reports

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