Phoenix mayor breaks nose at Mercury practice

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Posted on August 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 6:38 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A feel-good story and a photo opportunity left Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton with a broken nose.

Stanton practiced Monday with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and ran drills with their practice squad. In one of the drills, Stanton went up for a rebound against the Mercury's Nakia Sanford and came down with a broken nose.

He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for a CT scan and it was determined his nose is fractured in two places.

Stanton's office says he's in good spirits and will meet with a doctor to determine if further care is required.

The mayor issued a statement saying "Playing with the Phoenix Mercury was an incredible experience despite receiving a broken nose. As a basketball fan and player, I have great respect for our hometown team, and these kinds of injuries are just part of the game - they're battle wounds. I had a great time today and I can't wait to watch the first game of the Mercury back in action on Aug. 19."
 

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