Sports News-August 2, 2012

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China completed a sweep of the synchronized diving events to increase its total to 17 gold medals and 30 overall.  The United States had twelve golds and 29 total medals.  Make it three straight Olympic routs for the U.S. women's basketball team, which has mowed down its first three games by an average margin of 39 points.  Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 to lead the United States Olympic women's basketball team to an 89-58 victory over Turkey.  Turkey was able to hang with the U.S. early in the game and had a one-point lead in the first quarter.  But the Americans built a 15-point advantage by the half, and coasted home.

Daniel Rodriguez is as proud of fulfilling a promise to a friend as he's been of his decorated military career.  Rodriguez has been cleared by the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference to join Clemson's football team.  He spent four years in the United States Army, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal of Valor for his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Rodriguez took part in the Battle of Kamdesh in October 2009 that saw a force of 300 Taliban overwhelm the American outpost of fewer than 40 soldiers.  Rodriguez saw friend Kevin Thompson die in the fighting.  It was a few days earlier Thompson encouraged Rodriguez to chase his dream of playing college football.  Rodriguez will play receiver.

Authorities say a group of men attacked Wisconsin running back Montee Ball early Wednesday morning, knocking him to the ground and causing injuries that sent him to the hospital. Police said five men jumped Ball around 2:15 a.m. near campus.  They knocked him down and kicked him.  Ball, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy last season, was taken to a hospital with head injuries.  Coach Bret Bielema said Ball has been released and is under the care of the school's sports medicine staff.  Ball reported on Twitter that he’ll be fine.

The United Football League is returning with the same four teams as last year and they will play an eight-game regular season.  UFL spokesman Larry Weisman also said yesterday that Bart Andrus is the new coach of the Omaha Nighthawks.  Andrus was the team's offensive coordinator in 2011.  Returning coaches are Marty Schottenheimer of the Virginia Destroyers and Jim Fassel of the Las Vegas Locomotives.  The Sacramento Mountain Lions haven't named their coach.  Las Vegas opens Sept. 19 at home against Sacramento.  Defending champion Virginia plays at Omaha on Sept. 21.  A championship game will be Nov. 16 at a site to be determined.  The league is made up mostly of free agents hoping to get signed by an NFL team.  CBS Sports Network will televise all games.

The Cox Classic Golf Tournament gets underway today at Champions Run Golf Course in Omaha.  156 golfers will be in competition with seven from Nebraska.  The seven include O’Neill’s John Hurley, Scottsbluff’s Nate Lashley, York’s Raul Cortes de la Riva, Omaha’s Scott Gutschewski & John Petersen, and Lincoln’s Steve Friesen & Shane Zywiec.  The four-day event concludes on Sunday with the purse being $650,000. The Cox Classic Presented by Lexus of Omaha will be on the Golf Channel this week.

The first Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic, featuring many of the area’s finest graduated seniors, will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Norfolk’s Veterans Memorial Park.  59 High School teams will be invited to nominate players for selection to one of the two squads that will be determined at a later date.  The Classic will feature athletes from both the eleven-man and eight-man competition.  Norfolk Catholic football coach Jeff Bellar will serve as the President of the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic Board of Directors while Pierce coach Mark Brahmer will serve as Vice-president.  Coaches and players will be determined at a later date for the inaugural game.  Faith Regional Health Services is the Title sponsor.

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

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Reno 3 (Bsbl).

      Final          N-Y  Yankees        12    Baltimore              3
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      3    Minnesota              2
      Final          Tampa  Bay              4    Oakland                  1
      Final          Detroit                  7    Boston                    5
      Final          Texas                    11    L.A.  Angels        10,  10  Innings
      Final          Kansas  City          5    Cleveland              2
      Final          Seattle                  5    Toronto                  3
      Final          Milwaukee            13    Houston                  4
      Final          Pittsburgh            8    Chi  Cubs                4
      Final          Arizona                  4    L.A.  Dodgers        0
      Final          Philadelphia        3    Washington            2
      Final          Miami                      4    Atlanta                  2
      Final          Cincinnati            6    San  Diego              4
      Final          St.  Louis              9    Colorado                6
      Final          N-Y  Mets                2    San  Francisco      1

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