Sports News-August 9, 2012

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A very successful showing in Olympic Stadium yesterday propels the United States back to the top of the total medal standings.  Americans earned seven medals in track and field alone, boosting their total to 81, four more than China.  The U.S. trails China by two in the race for gold, 36-34.

Kobe Bryant scored 20 points to lead the United States basketball team to a 119-86 victory over Australia and into the semifinals of the Olympic tournament against Argentina.  Teammate LeBron James registered a triple-double, finishing with eleven points, 14 rebounds and twelve assists.  Former Nebraska standout Aleks Maric played only two minutes for Australia in the loss.  Coach Mike Krzyzewski's club is on track for back-to-back gold medals.  Next up is Argentina, a team the U.S. already has beaten by 29 points in this tournament.  Then it's the Spain-Russia winner.  The Spaniards advanced with a 66-59 win over France, while the Russians qualified for the semis with an 83-74 win over Lithuania.

The Nebraska football team has added another recruit for 2013.  After several unofficial visits to NU, including a June trip with extended family for Big Red Weekend, Kansas City Rockhurst offensive lineman Zach Hannon committed to the Huskers yesterday over Arkansas and home-state Missouri.  The Omaha World Herald reports that the 6’5, 300-pounder is the 13th verbal pledge for Nebraska's 2013 class.  The Huskers had to fend off the Razorbacks, who hosted Hannon in July, and Missouri, who enter their first year in the SEC with 14 commits for 2013.  Four major recruiting services:  247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout, all rate Hannon as a three-star prospect.  N-U already has one 2013 offensive line commit in Dan Samuelson, who could play a variety of positions.  Hannon will play tackle his senior year for Rockhurst.

Nebraska’s final season of men’s basketball at the Devaney Sports Center will feature a tournament named for one of its top former coaches.  According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the Huskers will play four home games as part of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic, an unusual seven-team tournament from Nov. 15-24, with four host sites.  Nebraska, under first-year coach Tim Miles, will host Valparaiso on November 15th, Nebraska-Omaha on the 18th, Tulane on the 21st, and Kent State on the 24th.  The event honors Cipriano, the Husker coach from 1963 until 1980, when he died from cancer only four days before the start of his 18th season.  He was 253-197 at Nebraska with three postseason appearances, and was a three-time Big Eight Coach of the Year.  N-U will move into Pinnacle Bank Arena to open the 2013-14 season.  Also on Nebraska’s non conference schedule are games against Creighton, Southern California, at Oregon, at Wake Forest and two games in the Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas.  The Huskers will play Central Michigan on Dec. 22 and either Arkansas-Pine Bluff or host UTEP in the second game on Dec. 23.  N-U is expected to release its complete non conference schedule in the coming days.  The Big Ten Conference will release the league schedule to member schools next week.

The Omaha Nighthawks will introduce Bart Andrus as their head coach today at a press conference at the team’s training facility according to the Omaha World Herald.  Andrus’ introduction will occur at 11:00 at the Kroc Center.  Andrus, the Nighthawks’ offensive coordinator last season, will be the club’s third head coach in their third year of existence.  The newspaper reports the team is close to finalizing negotiations to play at TD Ameritrade Park for the second straight season.  A formal announcement, along with ticket information, could come early next week.  Andrus, has served as a head coach at the collegiate and professional levels.  He spent eight seasons working with NFL Europe, the last seven as coach of the Amsterdam Admirals.  Andrus also was coach of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 2009.  He spent five seasons as an offensive assistant with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.  Andrus joined the Nighthawks last season as the team’s offensive coordinator under coach Joe Moglia.  The team finished 1-4 in the UFL’s abbreviated third season.

With his match against Jay Muller of Bennington all square, Lincoln's Larry Sock holed out from the fairway for eagle to win the Second Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship yesterday at the Pines Country Club in Valley.  It is Sock's first senior title having won six major amateur titles in the 70's 80's and 90's.  Muller won the Nebraska Amateur in 1995.  After taking a brief one up lead following a Muller bogey on hole two, Sock never led the match again until his holed shot on #18.  Left with a pitch shot to match Sock's eagle Muller wasn't able to make it from 50 yards.  Murray Krambeer of Bellevue topped Scott Howerter of Lincoln 3 and 2 to win the event's President's flight.  Larry Voorhees of Omaha and Todd Jelden of Kearney won their respective net division flights.

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

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Cleveland              6    Minnesota              2
      Final    Texas                    10    Boston                    9
      Final    Oakland                  9    L.A.  Angels          8
      Final    N-Y  Yankees        12    Detroit                  8
      Final    Baltimore              9    Seattle                  2
      Final    Tampa  Bay              3    Toronto                  2
      Final    Kansas  City          2    Chi  White  Sox      1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Milwaukee              3    Cincinnati            2
      Final    San  Diego              2    Chi  Cubs                0
      Final    Pittsburgh            7    Arizona                  6
      Final    Atlanta                12    Philadelphia        6
      Final    Miami                    13    N-Y  Mets                0
      Final    Washington            4    Houston                  3
      Final    San  Francisco    15    St.  Louis              0
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers        6    Colorado                4

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