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Mercury women's basketball team member breaks Phoenix mayor's nose at practice

Published On: Aug 30 2012 03:15:27 PM CDT
Updated On: Feb 10 2014 07:28:43 PM CST
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton with broken nose

Courtesy Greg Stanton Facebook page

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton tends to his broken nose that he suffered during a Phoenix Mercury basketball practice.

PHOENIX, Ariz. -

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 "injuries are just part of the game - they're battle wounds."

Stanton says he had a great time and can't wait to watch the Mercury on Sunday, their first game since the end of the WNBA's Olympic break.

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