Sports News-August 22, 2013

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The New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki has collected his 4,000th career hit between Japan and the major leagues.  The 39-year-old Suzuki has 2,722 hits in a 13-year major league career and amassed 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan's Pacific League.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward sustained two jaw fractures when he was hit by a pitch from New York's Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning, and most likely is out until the playoffs. reported Heyward would be put on the disabled list and is likely out 4-6 weeks.

Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul has been elected president of the NBA players' association.  The vote came six months after the players fired Billy Hunter as executive director.  Hunter countered with a wrongful-termination lawsuit in May, accusing Derek Fisher, the former union president, of conspiring with league officials during the 2011 lockout.  Also yesterday, Roger Mason Jr. was elected first vice president, and Anthony Tolliver and Steve Blake were elected vice presidents.

The Nebraska state volleyball tournament will be played in Lincoln for three years, starting in 2014.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Nebraska School Activities Association's board of directors voted yesterday for the move.  Lincoln hosted the tournament from 1981-2009.  It was moved to Grand Island in 2010 and will be held there this coming November.  Lincoln's new Pinnacle Bank Arena and a renovated Devaney Sports Center will be used for the tournament next year.

The crown jewel of amateur golf tournaments in Nebraska will be returning to Norfolk Country Club in 2014 for the playing of its 106th Championship July 21-24.  It will mark the fifth time the club has hosted the tournament.  The Norfolk Country Club, a tree-lined par-72 golf course, can play at 6,800 yards.  Norfolk Country Club first hosted the Nebraska Amateur in 1969 and was won by Frank Rose of Fairbury.

The Omaha World Herald has announced it's preseason high school softball rankings.  Class 'A' Defending State Champion Millard South is first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  Elkhorn is ranked first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Defending State Champion Arlington is number one, West Point Guardian Angels is third, Wayne is ranked fifth, and O'Neill is eighth.

The Norfolk High softball team gets their season underway today when they visit Lincoln Southeast for a 5:00 doubleheader.  The Lady Panthers return four players with starting experience this year in junior catcher Lakyn McCarter, senior Emma Kwapnioski, junior Malia Gass, and junior pitcher/first baseman Skyler Johnson.  McCarter, offensively, hit .374 last season while Johnson sported a 7-4 record last year as a pitcher.  Norfolk will try to improve upon last year's 13-23 season.  The Lady Panthers' 38 regular season game schedule includes home games with Grand Island, Fremont, the Norfolk Invite, Lincoln North Star, O'Neill, Bellevue West, and Lincoln High.

The organization overseeing high school sports competition in Nebraska says its wants its members to decide whether to adopt a transgender policy.  The Nebraska School Activities Association board of directors met yesterday and said it doesn't have a policy in place.  It will instead allow members to make the decision.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports the association created confusion when it posted an item on its website about a policy on transgender students participating in high school sports.  Board members insisted they had not voted on a policy.  Implementation of a policy will involve at least several districts voting on legislation ahead of the general assembly meeting in April.  NSAA Executive Director Rhonda Blanford-Green says the announcement yesterday is the best and most open way to draft a policy.  

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln SE (SB DH-5:00); New Orleans at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Local Scores:  New Orleans 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 5 (Bsbl).

      Final          Boston                  12    San  Francisco      1
      Final          Seattle                  5    Oakland                  3
      Final          Cleveland              3    L.A.  Angels          1
      Final          Baltimore              4    Tampa  Bay              2
      Final          N-Y  Yankees          4    Toronto                  2
      Final          Detroit                  7    Minnesota              1
      Final          Texas                      5    Houston                  4
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      5    Kansas  City          2
      Final          Atlanta                  4    N-Y  Mets                1,  10  Innings
      Final          St.  Louis              8    Milwaukee              6
      Final          San  Diego              2    Pittsburgh            1
      Final          Philadelphia        4    Colorado                3
      Final          Cincinnati          10    Arizona                  7
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers        4    Miami                      1
      Final          Washington          11    Chi  Cubs                6
      Final    Indiana      80    San  Antonio      63

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