Sports News-July 12, 2013

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It's Peace out for the Los Angeles Lakers.  They waived Metta World Peace yesterday under the NBA's amnesty provision.  He averaged 12.4 points and five rebounds in 75 games last season, having joined the Lakers in 2009.  The former Ron Artest legally changed his name during his tenure with the team.  One of the highlights of his time with the Lakers was his clutch play in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals, which helped them beat Boston for the franchise's 16th championship.  A 14-year veteran, World Peace has also played for Houston, Sacramento, Indiana and Chicago during his career.  He won the league's citizenship award in 2011 for his off-court contributions.

Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees lineup for the first time in nine-months and singled on his first pitch in an 8-4 win over Kansas City.  He has been sidelined following a broken ankle in last year's playoffs.  Jeter was the designated hitter and went 1-4 in his season debut.  He left in the eighth inning with a tight right quadriceps.  Jeter is expected to start at shortstop tonight.

Alfonzo Dennard of the New England Patriots has been arrested and accused of driving drunk in Lincoln where he once starred as a Nebraska defensive back.  Lincoln police say the 24-year-old Dennard was pulled over southeast of downtown Lincoln just before 2:00 AM Thursday.  Lincoln police say he failed a field sobriety test.  Police spokeswoman Katie Flood says Dennard was taken to a detoxification center but not jailed.  Dennard also is accused of refusing a chemical test and a driving infraction.  He has not been charged.  In April, Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation for assaulting a police officer in Lincoln last year.  The jail term was slated to begin on March 1, 2014.  That incident caused his draft stock to plummet from the third round to the seventh round, where the former Nebraska standout was selected with the 224th overall pick by the Patriots.  Thursday's arrest could be deemed a violation of Dennard's probation.  The New England Patriots say they are "extremely disappointed" after learning of the incident.

Doug McDermott had 17 points and a team-best nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Canada knocked Team USA from medal contention with a 94-85 victory today to close out pool play in Group 'C' at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.  With today's loss, the American squad can finish no better than ninth place in the 24-team competition.  Team USA will play three more times, starting with a game on Sunday morning versus either Brazil, Finland or Norway, pending results later tonight.  The Team USA squad lost to Australia 93-84 on Thursday despite McDermott's 22 points.

Nebraska offensive linemen Jake Long and Jeremiah Sirles were honored yesterday, as they were named to the Outland Trophy Watch List.  Both players were on the 75-player watch list that goes to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers of America.  Long has been the anchor of the Huskers' offensive line for the past two seasons.  The 6'4, 315-pounder has started the past 27 games for the Huskers at offensive guard.  Sirles has been a two-year starter at offensive tackle for the Huskers and enters his senior season with 40 career games played.  Long and Sirles were two of the ten players from the Big Ten on the list.  The winner of the 2013 Outland Trophy will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12, and will be honored in Omaha on Jan. 9, 2014.

The Big Ten Conference announced the conference football schedules for the 2016 and 2017 seasons yesterday.  Beginning in 2016, Nebraska will play each of the six other schools in the West Division, along with three rotating opponents from the East Division.  The West Division consists of Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.  The East Division includes Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.  Nebraska will open the 2016 conference schedule on Oct. 1 against Illinois at Memorial Stadium.  Nebraska's 2017 schedule will open at home versus Rutgers on Sept. 23.

Kenny Perry shot a 3-under 67 yesterday and is tied for the lead at the U.S. Senior Open at the Omaha Country Club, putting together a solid start in his bid for a second straight win in a senior major.  Perry, who won the Senior Players Championship two weeks ago at Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, made five birdies against two bogeys.  He's got plenty of company atop a crowded leaderboard.  Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake also shot a 67 yesterday morning, and Gary Hallberg, Mark O'Meara, Tom Lehman and Fred Funk posted the same score in the afternoon.  There had never been as many as seven CO-leaders after the first round at a U.S. Senior Open.  The previous record was five in 1997.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Golden Girls 18's Vs. Nebraska Blue Diamonds at Hastings (Class 'A' State Tourn.-4:45); South Sioux City at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl DH-6:00); Round Rock, TX at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Round Rock, TX 2 (Bsbl). 

      Final          Cleveland              4    Toronto              2
      Final          Tampa  Bay              4    Minnesota          3
      Final          N-Y  Yankees          8    Kansas  City      4
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      6    Detroit              3
      Final          Boston                    8    Seattle              7,  10  Innings
      Final          Baltimore              3    Texas                  1
      Final          Philadelphia        3    Washington        1
      Final          Atlanta                  6    Cincinnati        5
      Final          Chi  Cubs                3    St.  Louis          0
      Final          Arizona                  5    Milwaukee          3
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers        6    Colorado            1
      Final          San  Francisco      4    San  Diego          2
      Final    Minnesota          69    Indiana      62
      Final    Los  Angeles      94    Tulsa          78

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