Sports News-August 19, 2013

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Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch four innings before hitting his second homer of the season in the New York Yankees' 9-6 win over the Red Sox in Boston.  Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected from the game by plate umpire Brian O'Nora after Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster wasn't warned following the plunking.  Brett Gardner hit a go-ahead, bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning for the Yankees, who cut the Red Sox's lead in the American League East to one game over Tampa Bay.

When the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun accepted his 65-game suspension in an agreement under the drug-testing agreement, there was a strong, angry reaction from other players.  According to ESPN, some of that may be because of phone calls Braun made in the days leading up to the decision of his appeal, in February 2012.  According to sources, Braun called veteran players around baseball privately at that time to lobby for their support.  In the calls, confirmed by three sources, Braun told other players that in the preparation for his appeal, some information had become known about the collector of his urine sample, Dino Laurenzi Jr., including that he was a Cubs fan, with the implication he might work against Braun, who played for a division rival of the Cubs.  Braun, who is Jewish, also told the players that he had been told the collector was an anti-Semite.  The sources indicate that when Braun made his pleas for support to other players, he did so in anticipation of the possibility that he would lose his appeal.  Instead, Braun became the first player to win an appeal.

A person with familiar with the diagnosis says Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller will miss the entire season because of a right knee injury.  The person confirmed the extent of the injury Sunday on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn't commented.  Keller was hurt in the second quarter of Saturday's exhibition game at Houston and was carted off the field.

Joey Logano earned his first win of the season and boosted his chances of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup by capturing the Michigan 400.  Logano held off Kevin Harvick after both breezed past Mark Martin who ran out of fuel with just over three laps to go.  Logano has moved up to 13th with three races left before the Chase, seven points behind Martin Truex, Jr. for the final wildcard spot.

All Taylor Martinez wants in his last season for the Nebraska football team is to have fun and win lots of games.  He already owns school records for career total offense and passing, and he needs fewer than 600 yards to overtake 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch as the top rushing quarterback.  About the only thing missing is a championship.  Martinez says he's not worried about that.  He plans to keep doing what he's been doing with his breakaway speed and improved passing and see where it takes him and the 18th ranked Cornhuskers.  The Huskers open August 31 at home against Wyoming.  On Saturday, it was announced that defensive tackle Kevin Williams will miss the season because of a knee injury.  Coach Bo Pelini didn't disclose the nature of the injury but said the sophomore from Holland, Ohio, would be ready to play in 2014.  Williams missed the 2011 season because of a knee injury.  He played in five games last season and made four tackles.  Williams was competing for a starting tackle job alongside Thad Randle.

The Omaha World Herald has announced it's preseason high school football rankings.  Class 'A' Champion Millard North is ranked first.  In Class 'B', Norris is preseason ranked first.  In Class 'C-1', Three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic is number one, Pierce is ranked second, Boone Central/Newman Grove is ranked third, and Columbus Lakeview is seventh.  In Class 'C-2", Two-time defending state champion David City Aquinas is ranked first, Lutheran High Northeast is fourth, Crofton is ranked fifth, West Holt is eighth, Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked ninth, and Oakland/Craig is tenth.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan is number one, Howells/Dodge is ranked second, Elgin Public/Pope John is third, West Point Guardian Angels is ranked fourth, Creighton is fifth, Clarkson/Leigh is ranked eighth, and Randolph is tenth.  In Class 'D-2', Defending State Champion Giltner is preseason ranked first, Humphrey St. Francis is second, Fullerton is ranked sixth, Wynot is seventh, and Bancroft/Rosalie is ranked tenth.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake is ranked first and Elkhorn Valley is third.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Memphis (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Memphis 2 (Bsbl).

      Final            Baltimore              7    Colorado                2
      Final            Detroit                  6    Kansas  City          3
      Final            Tampa  Bay              2    Toronto                  1,  10  Innings
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      5    Minnesota              2
      Final            Seattle                  4    Texas                      3
      Final            Houston                  7    L.A.  Angels          5
      Final            Oakland                  7    Cleveland              3
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          9    Boston                    6
      Final            Miami                      6    San  Francisco      5
      Final            Arizona                  4    Pittsburgh            2,  16  Innings
      Final            Philadelphia        3    L.A.  Dodgers        2
      Final            Atlanta                  2    Washington            1
      Final            Cincinnati            9    Milwaukee              1
      Final            St.  Louis              6    Chi  Cubs                1
      Final            San  Diego              4    N-Y  Mets                3
      Final    Indianapolis    20    N-Y  Giants    12
      Final    Atlanta          76    Washington        58
      Final    Chicago          89    Connecticut      78
      Final    Minnesota      88    New  York            57

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