Sports News-August 21, 2013

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Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera has another injury to deal with as he attempts to become the first to win baseball's Triple Crown in consecutive seasons.  Cabrera might have aggravated a previous ailment, or he may have a new one.  Manager Jim Leyland says Cabrera was in pain after his first swing in the ninth inning last night in a 6-3 loss to Minnesota.  Cabrera struck out swinging with two on, closing out the loss.  Leyland wasn't sure if the injury was in Cabrera's groin or stomach area.  Cabrera has been playing through a strained lower abdomen, injured hip and banged-up left leg.  Cabrera had one hit in five at-bats, dropping his batting average to .359 with 40 homers and 120 RBIs.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will serve a six-game suspension under the NFL's substance-abuse policy and will be eligible to return to the regular-season roster on October 14.  A person familiar with the decision says the league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season.  Miller released a statement saying "although my suspension doesn't result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules."

Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster has declined to appeal the five-game suspension he received from Major League Baseball for throwing at New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez during Sunday's game at Fenway Park.  Dempster threw one pitch behind A-Rod's knees in Sunday's game at Fenway Park and two more inside before hitting the Yankees shortstop.  New York manager Joe Girardi was fined for arguing with plate umpire Brian O'Nora following the plunking.

Two boys in Duncan, Oklahoma, have been charged with murder and another is accused of being an accessory after a college baseball player from Australia was gunned down because the boys were bored.  Christopher Lane, 22 years old, who authorities say was chosen at random, was shot once in the back and killed.  The suspects are 15, 16 & 17 years old.

Yasiel Puig had just one opportunity to help the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense last night, and he made the most of it.  Puig came through as a pinch-hitter, hitting a tie breaking, solo homer in the eighth inning of the Dodgers' 6-4 win at Miami.  Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly kept his prized rookie out of the starting lineup due to his .171 batting average over the previous nine games.  Puig ended an 0-11 skid and his blast helped the Dodgers end their first two-game losing streak in nearly two months.  Los Angeles has won 43 of its last 53 games and leads the National League West by 7 ½ games over Arizona.

Eagles first-year coach Chip Kelly has named veteran Michael Vick his starting quarterback.  Vick has been solid in two preseason games while backup Nick Foles has struggled to grasp Kelly's multifaceted offense.  Vick has thrown for 199 yards this preseason and will take a 113.2 quarterback rating into Friday's game at Jacksonville.

The Nebraska Athletic Department and NET Television announced yesterday that five regular-season Husker volleyball matches will air on the network during the 2013 season.  Matches include St. Mary's on September 12, Dayton on September 13, Iowa State on September 14, Indiana on October 18, and Purdue on October 19.  Today's announcement means that volleyball fans will be able to see Nebraska on television at least ten times during the 2013 season. In addition, audio for every match of the 2013 season will be carried on the Husker Sports Radio Network and online at Huskers.com.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha men's soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the Summit League Preseason Poll voted on by the league's seven head coaches.  League newcomer Denver was selected as the favorite after finishing 11-6-3 last season and bringing six starters and 18 letterwinners back.  The Mavs finished 5-10-1 overall last season and 3-3-1 in the Summit League to finish in a tie for fourth with Fort Wayne in the standings.  Nebraska-Omaha has ten players back with starting experience. The Mavs are still ineligible for the conference and NCAA tournaments in their third year of Division I transition.

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

Local Scores:  Memphis 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 0 (Bsbl).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            San  Francisco      3    Boston                  2
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          8    Toronto                4    (first  game)
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          3    Toronto                2    (second  game)
      Final            Tampa  Bay              7    Baltimore            4
      Final            Minnesota              6    Detroit                3
      Final            Texas                      4    Houston                2
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      2    Kansas  City        0
      Final            Cleveland              4    L.A.  Angels        1,  14  Innings
      Final            Seattle                  7    Oakland                4
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Colorado                5    Philadelphia      3
      Final            Arizona                  5    Cincinnati          2
      Final            N-Y  Mets                5    Atlanta                3
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        6    Miami                    4
      Final            Washington            4    Chi  Cubs              2
      Final            Milwaukee              6    St.  Louis            3
      Final            Pittsburgh            8    San  Diego            1
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Chicago      79    Washington        73
      Final    Atlanta      88    Minnesota          75
      Final    Phoenix      89    Tulsa                  86
      Final    Seattle      77    Los  Angeles      57

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