Sports News-August 3, 2012

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The water at the Olympic pool in London was liquid gold for the United States.  The Americans claimed three gold medals in swimming events.  Michael Phelps continued to add to his record personal Olympic medal collection.  Number 20 overall and his record 16th gold medal came in the 200-meter individual medley.  Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same individual event in three straight Olympics.  He outdueled teammate Ryan Lochte who settled for a silver medal about 30 minutes after he won the bronze in the 200-meter backstroke.

Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in women's all-around, adding it to the team gold she shared with her teammates on Tuesday.  Douglas became the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize, taking the lead on the first event with an impressive vault.  She finished with a score of 62.232, winning by less than three-tenths of a point.  Douglas brought the house down with her energetic floor routine, and United States teammates Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross jumped to their feet and cheered when she finished.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather was released from a Las Vegas jail early today after serving two months of a three-month sentence in a misdemeanor domestic battery case.  The undefeated boxer walked out of the Clark County Detention Center in darkness to resume a boxing career that his lawyers and personal physician warned in court documents might be at risk.  They said jail food and water didn't meet Mayweather's dietary needs, and lack of exercise space in a cramped cell of fewer than 98 square feet threatened his health and fitness.  The 35-year-old boxer pleaded guilty last year to reduced charges stemming from a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on his former girlfriend.  The plea deal allowed him to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison.

The Nebraska football team is one of four Big Ten teams in the Top 25 of the USA Today Coaches Poll released yesterday.  The Huskers, coming off a 9-4 campaign, are ranked 16th.  Other Big Ten teams ranked in the preseason poll includes Michigan (8th), Wisconsin (12th) and Michigan State (13th).  The SEC’s LSU and Alabama are 1-2 respectively.  Both Michigan and Wisconsin travel to Lincoln this season.  The 16 ranking is Nebraska's lowest preseason ranking since 2009, when the Huskers started at 22.  N-U will hold its annual Fan Day today at Memorial Stadium beginning at 2:00 with the first practice of the fall set for Saturday morning.

Nebraska senior Cameron Meredith joined the group of Husker football players earning preseason recognition, as he was named to the Ted Hendricks Award watch list.  The Hendricks Award goes to the best defensive end in the country.  Meredith has been a two-year starter for the Blackshirts, making 27 straight starts over the last two years.  The 6’4, 260-pounder totaled 58 tackles, including five sacks, and nine quarterback hurries to earn honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors.  The 2012 winner will be announced on December 5.

Nebraska sophomore Ameer Abdullah added to the Huskers' preseason watch list total yesterday, as he was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List.  The award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung.  Abdullah ranked ninth in kickoff returns as a true freshman, averaging 29.3 yards per return, including a 100-yard touchdown against Fresno State.  He set the two highest single-game kickoff totals in school history in 2011, including a school-record 228 yards against Fresno State.  The watch list is comprised of 25 seniors, 16 juniors and eight sophomores, representing 44 universities and ten conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Hornung Award selection committee will narrow the field to a small group of finalists in early December.  The winner will be selected in early January following the bowl season.

The Nebraska volleyball team’s consecutive sellout streak of 164 matches at the NU Coliseum will continue to grow.  According to the Omaha World Herald, single-match tickets went on sale Wednesday at 8:00 AM, and they were sold out in less than 30 minutes.  The only regular-season tickets remaining are for the Aug. 26 matchup with Notre Dame at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.  The Huskers will take on the Fighting Irish at 1:30.  The Huskers open with St. Louis on Aug. 24 at 7:00 at the NU Coliseum.  Nebraska will then take on reigning NCAA champion UCLA on Aug. 25 at 6:00.

 The Creighton volleyball team has landed a recruit.  Kenzie Crawford has committed to play volleyball for Creighton, starting in 2013 according to the Omaha World Herald.  The 5’8 setter from Grand Rapids, Michigan was also looking at Houston and Coastal Carolina.  Crawford said she may redshirt her freshman year, which would give her a chance to get used to the school and the college game.  Her club volleyball team, MVA, recently finished 15th in the open division at the AAU tournament in Orlando, Florida.

Personal bests, career-lows and tournament records are once again the norm as the annual birdie fest known as the 17th annual Cox Classic opened in Omaha.  Rookie Luke Guthrie, Bubba Dickerson and Aaron Goldberg all posted nine-under 62’s in the opening round at Champions Run to share the 18-hole lead.  156 golfers are 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.  Gutschewski parred his first twelve holes before finishing with four birdies for a 67.  Hurley, a Monday qualifier, opened with a 69 and Friesen had a 70.  Lashley carded a 72, Zywiec & Cortes de la Riva both shot 73, while Peterson put up a 78.  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.

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

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Reno 2 (Bsbl).

      Final            Minnesota          5    Boston                    0
      Final            Texas                15    L.A.  Angels          9
      Final            Kansas  City      7    Cleveland              6,  11  Innings
      Final            Oakland              4    Toronto                  1
      Final            Cincinnati        9    San  Diego              4
      Final            N-Y  Mets            9    San  Francisco      1
      Final            Washington        3    Philadelphia        0
      Final            Atlanta              6    Miami                      1
      Final            Colorado            8    St.  Louis              2

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