Sports News-August 6, 2013

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has received a lengthy suspension for his association into Biogenesis, a closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.  Rodriguez received the harshest penalty among the players punished, a suspension that will run through the 2014 season.  However, he has appealed the suspension and will be allowed to play until an arbitrator makes his decision on the matter.  Rodriguez made his season debut last night and went 1-4 in the Yankees' 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.  He was loudly booed before his first at-bat, a bloop single to left field in the second inning.  Rodriguez returned just as the Yankees were placing shortstop Derek Jeter back on the disabled list, this time with a strained right calf.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has told reporters that he is taking a wait and see attitude on the allegations that quarterback Johnny Manziel accepted cash for autographs.  Sumlin says the school is investigating the story that ran on ESPN that said the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback signed items in exchange for a five-figure fee.

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has broken his right leg and had surgery following a crash in a sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway last night.  A spokesman for Stewart said the 42-year-old driver broke his right tibia and fibula.  A scheduled test for the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR team at Atlanta Motor Speedway today was canceled.  No replacement driver for this weekend's race at Watkins Glen was immediately announced.  The accident came a day after Stewart finished ninth in the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway.  He's eleventh in the Sprint Cup standings with five races to go until the Chase for the championship field is set.  Stewart was leading the 30-lap feature in a 360 winged sprint car with five laps to go when a lapped car spun in Turn Four and collected Stewart and two others.  

Nebraska hit the practice field for the first time in preparation for the season last night, going through a two-hour workout in shorts and helmets inside the Hawks Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice facility.  The Monday evening workout was the first of 29 practices for Nebraska in advance of the Huskers' season opener against Wyoming on Aug. 31.  Coach Bo Pelini's sixth Nebraska team includes twelve returning starters from last year, when NU finished 10-4 overall and captured the Big Ten Legends division crown.  Pelini has guided each of his first five Nebraska teams to nine wins or more, and Nebraska is one of only four schools to win at least nine games each year since 2008.

Jay Muller of Bennington and Stan Darling of Fremont shared medalist honors yesterday during qualifying for the third Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship at Pines Country Club in Valley.  The pair of golfers shot 2-under 70 and hold the top two seeds in the Championship bracket for match play.  Columbus' Mike Krumland is tied for fourth place at 72.  Twenty-nine players competed in the gross division's stroke play qualifier with the top 16 advancing to the Championship bracket; the other 13 comprise the tournament's Presidents Flight.  On the net side golfers were pre-flighted into two brackets of ten.  Action continues today in both the Bob Astleford and the Sam Reynolds flights.  Today's play begins off the tenth tee is underway.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Salt Lake (Bsbl-8:05).

Local Scores:  Salt Lake 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

      Final    Detroit                  4    Cleveland          2
      Final    Houston                  2    Boston                0
      Final    Kansas  City        13    Minnesota          0
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      8    N-Y  Yankees      1
      Final    Texas                      5    L.A.  Angels      2
      Final    Toronto                  3    Seattle              1
      Final    Atlanta                  3    Washington        2
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers        3    St.  Louis          2
      Final    San  Francisco      4    Milwaukee          2

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