Sports News-August 1, 2013

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A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is preparing to kick Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless he accepts a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport's latest drug scandal.  The person says whether Commissioner Bud Selig would actually issue a lifetime suspension was unclear and a permanent ban could be shortened by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to about 200 games.  A-Rod is the most prominent of 14 players linked in media reports over the past seven months to Biogenesis of America, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly distributed banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Saying he was "ashamed and disgusted" with himself, Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized repeatedly for making a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert that was caught on video and led to him getting fined.  The video of Cooper using the N-word surfaced Wednesday on the Internet.  Cooper called it the lowest of lows and said he had no excuse for directing the slur at an African-American security guard.

LeBron James is seriously considering running for president of the National Basketball Players Association, multiple sources told ESPN.  James is giving a run "some very heavy thought," one source said.  The biggest consideration for James will be the time commitment being the union president would require.  James has limited time to give because of sponsorship and charity commitments in addition to playing.  Deep playoff runs with the Miami Heat the past three seasons have also been taxing.  Still, James has been investigating the issue with advisers and fellow players this summer.  Current NBPA president Derek Fisher's term expired this summer.  The association could elect a replacement as soon as August, when they have their annual meeting in Las Vegas.  However, the organization is in flux at the moment and has yet to name a replacement for executive director Billy Hunter, who was dismissed earlier this year.  It isn't clear when a replacement will be hired.  Hunter was accused of managing union funds and funneling them to family members.  Hunter subsequently sued Fisher and the union.

The NFL Pro Bowl rosters for next year will be selected in a draft by team captains, with Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice assisting as alumni captains.  The NFL will abandon its old AFC vs. NFC format that has been in place since 1971.  The league says fan voting will determine the players in the draft pool.

The Creighton women's basketball team announced its non-conference schedule for 2013-14 today.  The Jays face four teams that appeared in the NCAA Tournament and at least two more that made the NIT Tournament a year ago before starting its first season in the BIG EAST Conference.  Creighton opens the regular-season with a familiar foe as they travel to Des Moines, Iowa to face Drake on Nov. 8.  The Bluejays' home schedule includes South Dakota State, Minnesota, Houston, South Dakota, and BYU.  Creighton will also visit Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska on Dec. 14.  The non-conference schedule concludes for the Jays with a three-game tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Dec. 19-21.  The pairings for the Las Vegas Tournament have not been announced, but other teams in the tournament include Clemson, DePaul, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Washington and UNLV.

The Waverly baseball team forfeited its shot at a Class 'B' American Legion Seniors State Championship after six players were arrested or cited late Tuesday night according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  According to Scottsbluff police, three of Waverly's players were arrested and three others were cited during an investigation into a reported vandalism of a mailbox in Scottsbluff, near the team's hotel.  All six of the players are accused of being in possession of alcohol. One also is accused of destruction of property.  The three players who were arrested bonded out Wednesday.  Waverly was to face Hickman, a team made up of players from Norris High School, in the championship game at 4:00, but American Legion officials posted the game as a forfeit.  Brent Hagel-Pitt, activities director for the state American Legion, said any misconduct by players results in a suspension.  A team needs to field nine players to compete.  When Waverly could not field nine players, a forfeit was declared.  Head coach Michael Goodrich has reportedly resigned as head coach according to the Omaha World Herald.

Sutton has won the Class 'C' American Legion Baseball State Tournament at O'Neill.  They forced a second elimination game by beating Pender 3-2 in ten innings and then shutout Pender 4-0 in the second game.   Pender finishes as the Class 'C' Runner-up with a 23-7 record while Sutton's mark is 47-4.

Andy Sajevic of Fremont and Calvin Freeman of Table Rock finished yesterday's third round of the 105th Nebraska Amateur at ArborLinks Golf Course tied for the lead at 2-under-par 214.  Sajevic posted 3-under-par 69 yesterday, while Freeman shot 71.  Sajevic would become the first player since Steve Friesen in 1998 to win both the Men's Amateur and Men's Match Play titles in the same year, while Freeman would capture his first Nebraska Golf Association championship with a win.  Brunswick's Sam Meuret shot a 73 yesterday and is currently at 228.  Today's final round is underway.
Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Tacoma (Bsbl-9:00).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Tacoma 0 (Bsbl). 

      Final            Detroit                11    Washington            1
      Final            Arizona                  7    Tampa  Bay              0
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          3    L.A.  Dodgers        0
      Final            Toronto                  5    Oakland                  2,  10  Innings
      Final            Cleveland              6    Chi  White  Sox      5,  10  Innings
      Final            Houston                11    Baltimore              0
      Final            Boston                    5    Seattle                  4,  15  Innings
      Final            Texas                      2    L.A.  Angels          1
      Final            Kansas  City          4    Minnesota              3
      Final            Cincinnati            4    San  Diego              1
      Final            San  Francisco      9    Philadelphia        2
      Final            Pittsburgh            5    St.  Louis              4
      Final            Atlanta                  9    Colorado                0
      Final            Miami                      3    N-Y  Mets                2
      Final            Chi  Cubs                6    Milwaukee              1
      Final    New  York      88    Washington      78

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