Sports News-August 14, 2014

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Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out.  Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he revealed his sexual orientation to his teammates nonchalantly last spring.  The walk-on lineman, who goes by the nickname Chip, follows the precedent set by St. Louis Rams linebacker Michael Sam, who came out publicly after finishing his career at Missouri.
 
The NBA has announced its 2014-15 schedule.  As you might guess, LeBron James and his not-so-new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, will be featured in several national telecasts.  He will play his first game since rejoining the Cavs at home Oct. 30 against New York, then return to Miami for the first time on Christmas.  The NBA regular season will open Oct. 28, with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks in one of the three games that night.

Donald Sterling's winning percentage in court is almost as bad as his former team's lifetime record on a basketball court.  A California appeals court has shot down Donald Sterling's latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  The 2nd Appellate District Court issued a brief ruling saying there was nothing it could do because the team had been sold.  Ballmer closed the deal Tuesday after a probate court judge cleared the way for Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team.
      
Tiger Woods has told United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson and the PGA of America that he has taken himself out of consideration to serve as a captain's pick due to health reasons.  He said he has been told by his doctors and trainer that his back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed.  Woods has played poorly since coming back from back surgery performed in March.

The Colorado Rockies say All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will have season-ending surgery on his left hip Friday.  Tulowitzki was hitting a major league-high .340 when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 22, three days after he was hurt running out a grounder at Pittsburgh.

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst says the football program is stable under coach Bo Pelini.  In a 45-minute interview yesterday with The Associated Press and reporters from the state's two largest newspapers, Eichorst said the program is "stable" and the Huskers have a "seasoned coach who has won a bunch of games”.  Last season, a secretly recorded audio of Pelini criticizing fans went public.  He also nearly struck a sideline official with his cap during a loss to Iowa.  Nebraska finished 9-4 after a bowl win over Georgia.  Eichorst says he wants his coaches to represent the university with "honor and distinction," to provide athletes with a good experience and compete for championships.  Eichorst says Pelini meets those goals.

Aaron Williams became the third high school player to declare his intention to enroll early at Nebraska for the 2015 season, as he signed financial aid agreements yesterday and will join the Husker football program in January.  A 5’11, 185-pound defensive back, Williams attends Carver High School in Atlanta, where he is one of the top defensive backs in the Southeast.  Williams is ranked by ESPN.com as one of the top 50 players in the state of Georgia and is one of the top-50 safeties nationally by 247Sports.  He is a three-time all-region honoree and helped Carver reach the Class AAAA Playoffs in 2013 by totaling 145 tackles and three interceptions.  A consensus three-star recruit, Williams joins Avery Anderson and Eric Lee Jr. as Nebraska early enrollees next January.  Both Anderson and Lee signed their financial aid agreements with Nebraska earlier this month.

The Nebraska women’s soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten coaches’ preseason poll.  Penn State was picked to win the conference.  The Huskers, the defending Big Ten regular-season and tournament champions, finished 19-4-1 last year and lost to Boston College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Nebraska was ranked 13th in the NSCAA preseason poll, which was released earlier this month.

The Creighton women's soccer team was picked to finish eighth in the BIG EAST 2014 Preseason Coaches Poll yesterday.  With a 9-8-1 finish to 2013, Creighton posted its eleventh winning season in head coach Bruce Erickson’s 14 years.  Marquette, the two-time defending BIG EAST Champions, were picked to the win the women’s soccer regular-season crown.

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