Sports News-August 9, 2013

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Veteran Jim Furyk and Masters champion Adam Scott share the first-round lead at the 95th PGA Championship, the final major on the men's golf calendar.  Both shot an opening round 5-under-65. David Hearn and Lee Westwood are tied at minus-4.  Tiger Woods shot an opening round 1-over-par-71 with a round that featured a bogey, double bogey and two birdies.  British Open champion Phil Mickelson stumbled with a double-bogey on No. 18 and also shot 1-over 71.  There were 35 rounds under par.  The last time the PGA was played at Oak Hill, only twelve players broke par in the first round.  The projected cut is at one over par.  That would be the lowest since the 2010 PGA at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

Make it a 12-game winning streak and a seven-game lead for the American League Central Division-leading Detroit Tigers.  They finished a four-game sweep in Cleveland by routing the Tribe 12-3 for Max Scherzer's 17th victory in 18 decisions.  He is baseball's first 17-game winner.  Scherzer held the Indians to two runs on four hits in his seven innings.  Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs.  Prince Fielder had a pair of doubles and drove in two.  The Tigers broke this one open early, scoring six runs in the third inning.

The NCAA is getting out of the jersey-selling business.  President Mark Emmert acknowledged that it was "hypocritical" for the governing body to be selling jerseys of players and other college athletes on its own website.  He said it did not fit the NCAA's own model.  Emmert said all of the items would be removed as soon as possible.  The decision comes less than a week after Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel was accused of receiving money for signing autographs.  That would be a violation of NCAA rules, and if proven, could jeopardize his eligibility.  USA Today reported this week that some of the items sold on an NCAA site could be searched by using the names of specific players.

LeBron James' court time yesterday had nothing to do with basketball.  James was back in his hometown for jury duty, though the Miami Heat star never had the chance to serve as a juror.  The NBA's MVP posted a photo of himself on social media yesterday with the caption: "Jury duty time. Time to serve my civic duty."  James arrived at the Summit County Courthouse around 8:20 AM, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.  But he was sent home along with the rest of the jury pool about 9:30 after two potential criminal trials did not take place.  James read a book while waiting "quietly and appreciatively" in the office of the jury foreman, Sheriff's Lt. Kandy Fatheree told the newspaper.

Olympian Jeremy Scott of Norfolk will be participating in the International Associations of Athletic Federation World Championships in Moscow, Russia starting on Saturday.  The former Norfolk High standout will be involved in the Pole Vault qualification.  Scott finished second at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa last June to qualify for the trip to Russia.  Nine reigning World champions and 20 individual Olympic medalists will lead Team USA at the Championships through August 18th.

The Wayne State volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2013 Northern Sun Conference Preseason Volleyball Coaches' Poll released yesterday.  Senior outside hitter Cori Hobbs was selected as the Wildcats' Player to Watch in the NSIC this season.  Six-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Concordia-St. Paul was the unanimous selection to win the NSIC volleyball title.  Wayne State finished the 2012 season with a 22-10 record, finishing fourth in the Northern Sun Conference with a 14-6 league mark.  They finished the season ranked 18th in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll while advancing to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for an eighth straight season.  Wayne State will open the 2013 season September 6th and 7th at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament in Minnesota with the team's first match against the University of Indianapolis Friday, September 6th at 9:00 AM.  In other Wildcat volleyball news, the team ranked fourth in NCAA Division II for home attendance during the 2012 season according to an NCAA attendance report released this week.  It marks the fourth straight year that Wayne State has ranked in the top ten nationally in home volleyball attendance and the four ranking ties for the school's highest-ever national ranking matching the 2010 season.

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

Local Scores:  Sacramento 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

      Final          Detroit                10    Cleveland      3
      Final          Kansas  City          5    Boston            1
      Final          N-Y  Mets                2    Colorado        1
      Final          Pittsburgh            5    Miami              4,  10  Innings
      Final          Philadelphia      12    Chi  Cubs        1
      Final          San  Francisco      4    Milwaukee      1
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers        5    St.  Louis      1
      Final    Baltimore      44    Tampa  Bay            16
      Final    Cincinnati    34    Atlanta                10
      Final    Cleveland      27    St.  Louis            19
      Final    Washington    22    Tennessee            21
      Final    Denver            10    San  Francisco      6
      Final    Seattle          31    San  Diego            10
      Final    Los  Angeles      74    Indiana          64
      Final    Washington        79    Minnesota      75

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