Sports News-August 13, 2012

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United States athletes concluded one of the best showings in Olympic history, winning the London Olympics medal title and the gold medal crown as well.  American athletics won 46 gold medals, the most ever for an Olympics not held in the United States.  Overall, American athletes are taking home 104 total medals.  China was next with 87.

The U.S. men's basketball defended its Olympic gold medal, beating Spain 107-100 in the championship game.  Kevin Durant led all scorers with 30 points.  LeBron James contributed 19 points and Kobe Bryant had 17.  Pau Gasol scored 24 and Juan-Carlos Navarro had 21 for Spain, which had to settle for silver in the second straight Olympics.  Mike Krzyzewski says this is his final game as coach of Team USA, a position he's held since 2005.  He led the 2008 team to gold in Beijing.  Coach ‘K’ finishes 62-1 as United States national coach, counting non-Olympic games.

Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship, the last major of the PGA golf season, in a runaway.  The Northern Irishman routed the field by a record eight strokes yesterday for his second major title.  McIlroy led throughout the final round at Kiawah Island, shooting a 6-under 66 and eclipsing Jack Nicklaus' seven-shot victory in 1980.  McIlroy sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to break the record and finish at 13-under 275.  David Lynn shot a 68 to finish a distant second.  McIlroy won the U.S. Open last year at Congressional in a similar runaway, beating Jason Day by eight strokes.  Before McIlroy's victory yesterday, the last 16 majors had been won by 16 players.  Tiger Woods shot a 72 to finish 11 strokes behind.

The Creighton men's soccer team has been ranked 14th nationally in the preseason poll by College Soccer News.  In addition, the same organization has deemed Creighton owns the nation's 20th-best recruiting class.  It's the second major poll to honor the Jays with preseason recognition, as last week the NSCAA tabbed Creighton third nationally in its preseason poll.  The Bluejays return seven letterwinners and four starters from the 2011 squad, led by Second Team All-MVC midfielders Jose Gomez and Bruno Castro.  Creighton made a run into the College Cup in 2011, finishing the season 21-2-1.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Tucson (Bsbl-9:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 20 Tucson 3 (Bsbl).

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Boston                  14    Cleveland          1
      Final            Toronto                10    N-Y  Yankees      7
      Final            Baltimore              5    Kansas  City      3
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      7    Oakland              3
      Final            Tampa  Bay              7    Minnesota          3,  10  Innings
      Final            Texas                      8    Detroit              3
      Final            Seattle                  4    L.A.  Angels      1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        5    Miami                  0
      Final            Pittsburgh          11    San  Diego          5
      Final            Philadelphia        8    St.  Louis          7,  11  Innings
      Final            Milwaukee              5    Houston              3
      Final            Cincinnati            3    Chi  Cubs            0
      Final            San  Francisco      9    Colorado            6
      Final            Arizona                  7    Washington        4
      Final            N-Y  Mets                6    Atlanta              5
    
    
          NATIONAL  FOOTBALL  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Indianapolis    38    St.  Louis      3

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