Sports News-August 14, 2012

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     NEW YORK (AP) - Nick Swisher hit a grand slam and had five RBIs as the New York Yankees easily won a battle of American League division leaders, 8-2 over the visiting Texas Rangers. Derek Lowe worked four shutout innings of relief after signing with the Yankees earlier in the day, helping the Bombers keep their five-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. The Rangers top the AL West by six games over Oakland.
     UNDATED (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have pulled into a tie with San Francisco for the NL West lead. Shane Victorino belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs as the Dodgers downed Pittsburgh 5-4, pushing the Pirates five games behind the Central-leading Reds. Danny Espinosa went 4-for-6 with a two-run homer, three RBIs and three runs scored as the Nationals blasted the Giants 14-2  to stretch Washington's lead in the NL East to 5  1/2 games over Atlanta.
     DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says the decision to release six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson wasn't based on any single incident and wasn't made to send a message. Philbin said the Dolphins simply decided the fit was wrong for both the team and Johnson. The Dolphins terminated Johnson's contract Sunday night, about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife.
     BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was evaluated for a concussion after colliding with teammate Nate Allen during a training-camp session Monday. Asomugha also left with a lacerated lip and sore neck as a result of the mid-air collision, which occurred on a pass play during a seven-on-seven period.
     ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks can start practicing with the team after being taken off the physically unable to perform list.  Nicks missed the first two weeks of training camp at the University at Albany while completing rehabilitation on a broken right foot that he hurt in May during Organized Team Activities.

The Nebraska volleyball team will enter the 2012 season ranked fourth in the AVCA Coaches Poll.  The Huskers were one of four Big Ten teams to earn a spot in the top ten, joining third ranked Penn State, seventh ranked Illinois and ninth ranked Purdue.  The Huskers welcome back a strong team in 2012 that returns All-Americans Gina Mancuso, Lauren Cook, Morgan Broekhuis and Hannah Werth.  During the 2011 season, Nebraska finished with a 25-5 record, captured its first Big Ten title in its first season in the league and made a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 30th time.

Nebraska sophomore tackle Tyler Moore’s temporary leave from the football program will last at least through the 2012 season, his father confirmed last night to the Omaha World Herald.  Brian Moore said his son will redshirt, head to his home in Florida, for the fall semester and attend classes at St. Pete College.  Tyler Moore will then make a decision to continue his career at NU, Florida or Florida State.  The Gators and Seminoles both reached out to Tyler’s high school coach after learning that the 6’6, 305-pounder had left the Huskers’ program last Friday.  Brian Moore acknowledged that his son was homesick.  He declined to comment on any perceived problems with specific coaches.  Coach Bo Pelini has been “very cordial” about the departure and is “taking the lead” on Tyler Moore’s potential return, said Brian Moore, who added that Pelini has asked his assistant coaches to give Tyler room to decide this fall.  A consensus four-star recruit out of high school, Tyler Moore started as a true freshman in 2011 before being replaced by senior Marcel Jones at the start of Big Ten play.  Without Moore, who started four games last season and played in nine, the Huskers have juniors Brent Qvale, Jeremiah Sirles and Andrew Rodriguez as their top three tackles.  Moore’s decision comes on the heels of NU’s announcement that Ryan Klachko had left the program.  They were two of the five offensive linemen in the Huskers’ 2011 recruiting class.

Allie Havers, a 6’5 forward from Michigan, has orally committed to the Nebraska women’s basketball team for the 2013-14 season.  As a junior, Havers earned first-team Class ‘A’ all-state honors from both The Associated Press and Detroit Free Press last winter after averaging 18.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 5.6 blocked shots.  She shot 49% from the field, 74% from the free-throw line and 32% from three-point territory.  Havers, who originally committed to Michigan last winter, chose the Huskers over Iowa State and Wisconsin-Green Bay after de-committing.  She’s ranked tenth from the Class of 2013 in the four-state region by Midwest Recruiting Report and second in Michigan.

A global helium shortage is deflating the Huskers touchdown balloon celebration this season according to the Omaha World Herald.  Fans typically release about 5,000 red balloons into the sky to celebrate the Huskers first score during home football games.  The tradition will make its final appearance during Nebraska's season-opener against Southern Miss on Saturday, September 1.  Expect between 2,000 and 2,500 balloons that day.  The hiatus is indefinite.  The university's helium provider does not have any helium and does not expect to replenish its supply until late September or early October. It may not be available for years.  The tradition dates back to the 1940's when a student group sold red balloons on ‘O’ Street, according to the press release.

Tad Pospisil is tearing up the track.  Pospisil, a weekly racer, has claimed twelve of 17 Limited Latemodel events this year at Boone County Raceway in Albion.  The 24-year-old  must green flag his next race on Friday at Boone County to lock up his second straight championship.  Pospisil placed seventh last Friday.  Last Saturday, he took fifth at the Midwest Latemodel Racing Association event in McCool Junction.  On Sunday, Pospisil was fourth at the I-80 Super Latemodel Racing Association event in Greenwood.  His engines are a 525 crate engine and Ostrich limited latemodel engine.  Pospisil’s crew includes his brother Dylan Pospisil, grandfather Jerry Pospisil, and Chad Fox.

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      Final            Toronto                3    Chi  White  Sox      2,  11  Innings
      Final            Minnesota            9    Detroit                  3
      Final            Cleveland            6    L.A.  Angels          2
      Final            Tampa  Bay            4    Seattle                  1
      Final            Philadelphia      4    Miami                      0
      Final            San  Diego            4    Atlanta                  1
      Final            Chi  Cubs              7    Houston                  1
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      Final    Dallas      3    Oakland      0

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