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A judge has cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer by ruling against team owner Donald Sterling's attempt to block the transaction. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced.  Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks. 

A media panel has selected running back Ameer Abdullah and defensive end Randy Gregory of Nebraska to the Big Ten Players to Watch list for this season.  The list of ten players, five each from the East and West divisions, was announced yesterday before the conference's football media day in Chicago.  Abdullah ran for almost 1,700 yards last season and is the top returning rusher in the Big Ten.  Gregory led the conference with 10 ½ sacks in 2013.  Both are on watch lists for several national awards this year. 

The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.  Suh, a former standout Nebraska Cornhusker, is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice yesterday that negotiations are being tabled. Lewand and Mayhew both expressed optimism that a deal can eventually be reached.  Lewand said Detroit's salary-cap situation isn't the reason for the delay in an agreement.  If the two sides can't reach a deal after the season, the Lions could still keep Suh by using their franchise tag on him.  The Lions selected Suh with the second overall pick in 2010, and he has 27 ½ sacks in his four pro seasons. 

Local Schedule:  Albion vs. Hickman at Blair (Class ‘B’ Baseball State Tourn.-8:00); Pender vs. Shelton/Gibbon at Hebron (Class ‘C’ Baseball State Tourn.); Memphis at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05). 

Local Scores:  Albion 15 Cozad 5 (Class ‘B’ State Baseball Tourn.); Pender 9 Creighton 3 (Class ‘C’ State Baseball Tourn.); Omaha Storm Chasers 7 New Orleans 6 (Bsbl). 


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The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a registered sex offender on charges of first-degree sexual assault involving a 15-year-old victim. Sheriff’s officials took 41-year-old John Suing of Wynot into custody yesterday afternoon following an investigation into an alleged assault Sunday evening in Woodland Park. Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says Suing is currently being held in the Pierce County jail on several felony charges including a probation violation. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues. Unger says it’s believed Suing contacted the victim using social media. 

Norfolk firefighters responded to a fire at Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon at around 1:15. By the time firefighters arrived, employees using fire extinguishers, had contained the blaze to a trash receptacle in one of the restrooms. According to Fire Marshal Terry Zweibel no one was injured and there was only minor damage to the restroom. The Norfolk Fire and Police Divisions are investigating. 

An Omaha couple has been killed in a rollover crash near West Point.  Cuming County Sheriff Bradley Boyum says the crash site and crumpled vehicle were found Monday morning about two miles south of West Point, just off U.S. Highway 275. The victims were identified as 40-year-old Yvonne Pivonka and her husband, 41-year-old Franklin Pivonka. Their bodies were found in a heavily wooded area. Deputies believe the accident occurred sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, as the Pivonkas were returning home from a concert. Relatives say the Pivonkas had seven children ranging in age from 3 to 20. 

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning for the Clerk of the Madison County District Court.  Marjorie Schaffer died Saturday at her home following a brief illness. She was 64.  Funeral services for Marjorie Schaffer will be held at 10:30 tomorrow morning at St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Madison, with burial in St. Leonard’s Cemetery. Visitation will be tonight from 4 until 7 p.m. at the church.  The Madison County Clerk of the District Court Office will be closed all day tomorrow, and the Madison County Courthouse will be closed tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

Union Pacific intends to tear down its old depot in Columbus early next year, ending its more than 100 years of service to the public and the Omaha-based railroad.  The railroad had talked to the city about acquiring and moving the building, which U.P. spokesman Mark Davis says is only 12 feet from the rails - too close for public safety.  It had to be moved at least 35 feet from the tracks. City officials looked into moving the depot but determined the estimated $750,000 cost would have been too high.  Union Pacific is erecting another building to house offices and locate equipment for a signal team. 

Norfolk’s newest trail is actually a new lane on an old street. City workers have painted lines indicating a bike path on the east side of 3rd Street from Elm Avenue to Georgia Avenue. Trail Advisory Board member Danelle McKeowen says the goal is to connect current trails to make a loop.  Earlier this year, the Norfolk City Council approved a new concrete trail to be built going north from Elm Avenue, connecting to the bike lane behind the YMCA. 

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