Sports News-July 11, 2014

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Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and the New York Yankees are hoping their rookie sensation will be able to pitch again this season.  Yanks GM Brian Cashman says Tanaka could return in six weeks, but didn't rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn't respond to a rehab program.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had his scoreless inning streak end at 41 innings when San Diego's Chase Headley homered in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Padres.  That's the third-longest scoreless streak in Dodger history after Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale. Kershaw won his eighth straight decision to improve to 11-2, going the distance with a three-hitter and striking out eleven.

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson says he hasn't heard from Carmelo Anthony, though expects word from the All-Star forward soon.  Jackson said he hoped to get news yesterday, but adds that he "expected one Tuesday and the Monday before."  Speaking to reporters at the Knicks' summer league practice in Las Vegas, Jackson says he has texted Anthony a couple of times since they met last week, but hasn't gotten a response.  The Knicks offered Anthony a maximum level contract, worth nearly $130 million over five years, at that meeting in Los Angeles.  Anthony had previously met with Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Lakers.

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will miss next week's All-Star game after visiting with a hand specialist and receiving an injection yesterday for his sprained right wrist.  Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was added to the roster as Gordon's replacement.  Gordon, a former Nebraska Cornhusker, said he still plans to attend the game at Target Field in Minneapolis, and that he's looking forward to rooting on fellow All-Stars Greg Holland and Salvador Perez.  Holland, the Royals' closer, and Perez, their catcher, are also making their second straight appearances.  Kansas City manager Ned Yost said he's holding off on putting Gordon on the disabled list in hopes that rest during the All-Star break will be enough.

The preseason honors continue to roll in for Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory.  The junior standout was named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy yesterday.  The 6’6, 240-pound Gregory is among the nation’s top returning defenders.  He led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks last season, including nine in conference games.  Gregory also led the Huskers with 19 tackles for loss and was third on the team with 66 total tackles.  He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for his efforts in 2013, and is considered a strong candidate for first-team All-America honors this fall. Gregory was earlier named to the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott Trophy.  The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented by the Football Writers Association of America and is given to the nation’s top defensive player.  Five finalists for the award will be named on Nov. 20, and the winner will be announced at a banquet in Charlotte on Dec. 8.  Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh won the award in 2009.

The Norfolk Softball Association hosts the Class ‘B’ State Tournament at Ta Ha Zouka Park starting today.  21 teams are involved in the tournament.  The 33-11 Norfolk Golden Girls 18's play the ‘Wimmers’ of West Point at 3:00 with the winner advancing to play the Quakes Black of Omaha at 8:15.  The tournament concludes on Sunday.

106 KIX has announced its upcoming high school football broadcast schedule featuring eleven regular season games.  Norfolk High's four broadcasts has them at home against South Sioux City & Omaha Bryan while visiting Columbus & Lincoln East.  Norfolk Catholic will be covered in road games at Bishop Neumann of Wahoo, West Point-Beemer, and Boone Central/Newman Grove.  Lutheran High Northeast will be broadcast in home games versus David City Aquinas & Battle Creek.  The Eagles will also be covered in road games at Hartington Cedar Catholic & West Holt.  The opener will be Norfolk High versus South Sioux City on August 29th.  Aside from their regular season games, 106 KIX will also cover Norfolk Catholic’s playoff run.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Colorado Springs (Bsbl-8:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Iowa 1 (Bsbl).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            Oakland                6    San  Francisco      1
      Final            Baltimore            4    Washington            3
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Boston                  4    Chi  White  Sox      3,  10  Innings
      Final            Cleveland            9    N-Y  Yankees          3
      Final            L.A.  Angels      15    Texas                      6
      Final            Detroit              16    Kansas  City          4
      Final            Minnesota            4    Seattle                  2
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Chi  Cubs              6    Cincinnati            4,  12  Innings
      Final            Philadelphia      9    Milwaukee              1
      Final            Atlanta                3    N-Y  Mets                1
      Final            Pittsburgh          9    St.  Louis              1
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      2    San  Diego              1
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Indiana          72    Connecticut      68
      Final    Minnesota      91    Tulsa                  85

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