Sports News-August 7, 2012

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Alex Morgan headed in the game winner in injury time of extra time to give the United States a thrilling 4-3 win over Canada in women's soccer semifinals.  Christine Sinclair had the hat trick to give Canada three separate leads, but the U.S. came back, behind a pair of goals from Megan Repinoe.  Abby Wambach forced the overtime by scoring on a penalty kick in the 80th minute.  The victory secures a spot for the two-time defending Olympic champs in the gold medal game where the Americans will take on Japan Thursday.

After squeaking out a five-point victory over Lithuania last time out, Team USA regained its shooting touch in 126-97 victory over Argentina that puts the Americans in the medal round in men's basketball.  Team USA next plays Australia in Wednesday's quarterfinals.  Kevin Durant scored 28 points, 17 during a long-range shooting display in the third quarter in a game that included taunting, finger-pointing and technical fouls.  LeBron James scored 18 points but spent most of the second half on the bench with four fouls.  Manu Ginobili scored 16 for Argentina, which will play Brazil in the first game of single-elimination play.

Jered Weaver pitched a four-hitter for his major-league leading 15th victory, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 last night to overtake the final spot in the crowded American League wild card standings.  Weaver improves to 15-1 on the season.  He struck out nine, walked none and faced the minimum through 4 1/3 innings.  The Angels ace has won a career-best ten straight decisions, second in franchise history to Jarrod Washburn, who won twelve consecutive decisions in 2002.  Erick Aybar singled three times and scored twice in his first game back from the disabled list to move Los Angeles ahead of Oakland & Baltimore by one victory.

Justin Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts and Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera homered in the Detroit Tigers' 7-2 win over the New York Yankees.  Detroit has won 19 of its last 23 home games.  The American League East-leading Yankees have lost eleven of 17 overall.  Verlander is now 12-7 on the season.  He threw 132 pitches, his most in a regular-season game, and sent the Tigers to their fifth straight win.  Verlander gave up two unearned runs after his fielding error extended the fifth inning.  The AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner wound up going eight innings, and got a huge roar when he left the mound.

Former Norfolk High standout Jeremy Scott is getting ready to compete for an Olympic medal in the pole vault tomorrow.  He will compete in Group “A” starting at 10:00 AM in London.  The qualification will occur at 4:00 AM in Norfolk.  Scott will compete against 32 other vaulters for a chance at the Final on Friday afternoon at 1:00.  The 31-year-old has spent nine years training with Bell Athletics in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Scott is the tallest pole vaulter in the world at 6’9 ¾.  He has earned the nickname “El Grande”.  Scott says his training has helped him go from clearing 15’2 in high school in 1999 to win the state tournament to clearing 19’1 ¼ in a recent meet.

William Lawson of Omaha was medalist in qualifying yesterday with a score of 73 at the Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship at The Pines Country Club in Valley.  After reaching three-under par, the runner-up from 2011 bogeyed four of his last seven holes to finish one-over par, one stroke better than Dave Shillinglaw of Papillion.  The pair of golfers are the one and two seeds respectively in the 16-player championship bracket.  14 other golfers went through qualifying to comprise the President's flight bracket.  Wayne’s Doug Rose carded a 78.  On the net side, match play began yesterday in two separate flights, both with consolation brackets providing players at least two matches.  Today features double rounds in all flights except the Astleford.  Norfolk’s Rob Merrill will participate in today’s Sam Reynolds Net Flight.

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

Local Scores:  Colorado Springs 10 Omaha Storm Chasers 7 (Bsbl).

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Minnesota            14    Cleveland              3
      Final            Baltimore              3    Seattle                  1
      Final            Boston                    9    Texas                      2
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      4    Kansas  City          2
        
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Pittsburgh            4    Arizona                  0
      Final            Atlanta                  6    Philadelphia        1
      Final            Washington            5    Houston                  4,  11  Innings
      Final            Milwaukee              6    Cincinnati            3
      Final            St.  Louis              8    San  Francisco      2
      Final            San  Diego              2    Chi  Cubs                0
      Final            Colorado                2    L.A.  Dodgers        0

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