Sports News-August 6, 2014

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The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on a throwing error by third baseman David Freese in the bottom of the ninth.  Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer and scored the winning run as the Dodgers stretched their lead in the National League West to 2 ½ games over San Francisco while leaving the Angels two games behind Oakland for the American League West lead.

David Price wasn't at his best in his Detroit Tigers debut yesterday, but he was good enough to help his new team earn a victory.  Price struck out ten and allowed three runs and eight hits in 8 2/3 innings before the Tigers pulled out a 4-3, twelve-inning win over the Yankees in New York.  The lefty gave up solo homers by Brian McCann and Martin Prado in his first start since being traded by Tampa Bay last week.  Alex Avila snapped the 3-3 deadlock with a solo homer in the top of the twelfth inning.

LeBron James met in person with new Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt for the first time yesterday as he prepares for the upcoming season, sources told ESPN.  James has been busy since announcing his decision to sign with the Cavs last month, going on promotional trips for Nike to Brazil and China and shooting a movie in New York.  He met face to face with team owner Dan Gilbert before announcing his free-agent choice and had communicated with Blatt by text since signing.  Blatt saw a thinner James at their meeting.  James has been focused on cutting his weight by reducing his carb intake since the end of the NBA Finals, and he has lost more than ten pounds.  His thinner frame was noticeable in some photos he posted on his Instagram account earlier this week.

College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell has fired men's basketball coach Doug Wojcik.  Yesterday’s move comes more than a month after the school said it was investigating Wojcik, who players, assistant coaches and staffers in the athletic department said he verbally abused them.  McConnell said in a statement that Wojcik's dismissal was immediate and for cause.  McConnell did not detail reasons for the move and said he and the school would have no further comments about it.  Wojcik came over from Tulsa two years ago.  He led the Cougars to the Southern Conference tournament finals in his first year, but fell to 14-18 this past winter in College of Charleston's first in the Colonial Athletic Conference.

The Nebraska basketball team will open the Diamond Head Classic against host Hawaii, tipping off at midnight on Dec. 23.  The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.  The Huskers, who return all five starters from a team that went 19-13 and earned an NCAA tournament berth, face a Rainbow Warrior squad that returns eight letter winners from a team that won 20 games last season.  The Huskers will then face either defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Wichita State or Loyola Marymount in the second round on Dec. 23, with the game on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.  The three-day tournament will feature twelve games, with teams advancing through a bracketed-tournament format.  Five of the participating teams appeared in the postseason this spring, including Nebraska, Wichita State, Colorado and George Washington, all NCAA tournament teams.

Four players are left in the Championship Flight going into today at the fourth Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship at Riverside Golf Club.  Semifinal matches have begun morning and include some decorated players.  Omaha's Pete Godwin will take on Grand Island's Allen Boltz, and Fremont's Steve Samuelson will face Mike Krumland of Columbus.  Krumland, the 2014 Nebraska Senior Amateur Champion, is looking for a sweep of senior championships.  Lincoln's Bert Newell defeated Kearney's Jack Wilkins 3 and 2 to win the Bob Astleford Net Flight.

Local Scores:   Iowa 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            Cincinnati          9    Cleveland              2
      Final            Philadelphia      2    Houston                  1,  15  Innings
      Final            Minnesota            3    San  Diego              1
      Final            St.  Louis            3    Boston                    2
      Final            Kansas  City      12    Arizona                  2
      Final            Seattle                4    Atlanta                  2
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      5    L.A.  Angels          4
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Detroit                4    N-Y  Yankees          3,  12  Innings
      Final            Baltimore            9    Toronto                  3
      Final            Texas                  16    Chi  White  Sox      0
      Final            Oakland                3    Tampa  Bay              0
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Miami                    6    Pittsburgh            3
      Final            N-Y  Mets              6    Washington            1
      Final            Milwaukee            4    San  Francisco      3
      Final            Chi  Cubs              6    Colorado                5,  12  Innings
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Chicago            82    Connecticut      66
      Final    Minnesota        66    Indiana              64
      Final    Washington      79    New  York            46
      Final    Phoenix            75    Atlanta              67
      Final    Tulsa                96    Los  Angeles      90

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