Sports News-August 7, 2013

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The NBA has released its upcoming schedule, which will begin with three games on October 29.  The Indiana Pacers host the Orlando Magic in the opening game of the season, about the time the Miami Heat are holding another championship ring ceremony.  The Heat will open their title defense against the Chicago Bulls before the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Los Angeles Clippers in the final game of the opening-night slate.

Cam Newton says he has spoken to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel about coping with the pressures of being a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback who lives life in the limelight.  The Panthers quarterback said Tuesday that he and Manziel have talked a few times this offseason, but Newton wouldn't discuss the specifics of the conversation.  He says that's something personal between him and Manziel.  Newton says Manziel "has to go through these types of situations to know how to handle them in the future.  When somebody comes up to you and asks for your autograph, you don't know if they're going to do it for good or bad" purposes.  Like Manziel, Newton was under media scrutiny while at Auburn during an NCAA investigation into a pay-for-play allegations.  ESPN reported yesterday that Manziel was paid $7,500 for signing approximately 300 mini and full-sized helmets on Jan. 11-12 while he was attending the Walter Camp Football Foundation event.  A broker played two cell phone videos for ESPN showing Manziel signing white Texas A&M helmets and footballs laid out on a bed in a hotel room.  The video does not show Manziel accepting any money.

The Atlanta Braves own baseball's longest current winning streak following a 2-1 triumph at Washington.  Julio Teheran allowed a run and four hits in six innings as Atlanta earned its twelfth consecutive win.  Evan Gattis supplied a two-run single in the fifth inning to help the Braves stretch their lead in the National League East to 14 ½ games over the Nationals.

Riley Cooper returned to the Philadelphia Eagles after he was caught on video using a racial slur and given four days off.  The wide receiver was fined by the Eagles after his slur became known last Wednesday.  He left the team last Friday to seek counseling.  The video of Cooper was taken at a Kenny Chesney concert in June.  Cooper apologized profusely last Wednesday and Thursday.

Even though Ameer Abdullah is Nebraska's undisputed top running back, he's approaching the football season as if he is competing for the job.  Abdullah was one of the Big Ten's biggest surprises last season, running for more than 1,100 yards filling in for the injured Rex Burkhead.  Now a junior, he says he's just as hungry as he was his freshman year.  Abdullah attracted little fanfare when he signed with Nebraska in 2011.  Of the three running backs in that year's recruiting class, he's the only one who remains at Nebraska.  Big Ten coaches named Abdullah to their all-conference second team last season. The 5'9, 190-pounder had six 100-yard games, finished with 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 178 yards and two more scores.

Wayne State was selected to finish seventh in the 2013 Northern Sun Conference Preseason Football Coaches Poll released yesterday.  The Wildcats were also picked to finish fourth in the NSIC South Division.  Minnesota State has been dubbed the league and South Division favorite this season by coaches.  Wayne State senior running back Charlie Davidson and senior safety Austan Pomajzl were named as Wildcat Players to Watch in the NSIC this season.  Wayne State has 17 starters returning from the 2012 team that was 6-5 overall.  The Wildcats open the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7 at Northern State in a 6:00 contest.

Jay Muller, Steve Samuelson, Chris Mangan and Jeff Epstein each won two matches yesterday at the third Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship to advance to today's semifinals.  The morning set of matches was delayed 3 1/2 hours by storms before the action started at The Pines Country Club in Valley.  Samuelson beat Columbus' Mike Krumland 2 and 1 in a quarterfinal match.  Krumland won his Round of 16 match via a withdrawal by Omaha's David Evans.  Muller, the top seed, is facing Samuelson at this hour, the reigning Senior Amateur champion in the first match.  Mangan and Epstein are in action as well at this hour.  All matches began off the tenth tee and the finals will be contested in the afternoon.  Competition also continued in the Presidents Flight for the gross division as well as the Sam Reynolds and the Bob Astleford flights on the net side.

Local Scores:  Salt Lake 3 Omaha Storm Chasers 0 (Bsbl).

      Final    Cincinnati            3    Oakland                  1
      Final    Arizona                  6    Tampa  Bay              1
      Final    Baltimore              4    San  Diego              1
      Final    Detroit                  5    Cleveland              1
      Final    Boston                  15    Houston                10
      Final    Minnesota              7    Kansas  City          0
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      3    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final    Texas                      8    L.A.  Angels          3
      Final    Toronto                  7    Seattle                  2
      Final    Atlanta                  2    Washington            1
      Final    Philadelphia        9    Chi  Cubs                8
      Final    Pittsburgh            4    Miami                      3
      Final    N-Y  Mets                3    Colorado                2
      Final    St.  Louis              5    L.A.  Dodgers        1
      Final    Milwaukee              3    San  Francisco      1
      Final    New  York            93    Washington        88
      Final    Los  Angeles      74    Connecticut      72
      Final    Indiana              64    Chicago              58
      Final    Minnesota          93    San  Antonio      80
      Final    Seattle              80    Phoenix              65

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