Sports News-July 22, 2014

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday in Los Angeles to discuss the pending $2 billion sale of the franchise, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.  While no settlement was reached, sources said the two men had a "friendly conversation" for about 90 minutes at Sterling's house in Beverly Hills in their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer negotiated the record-setting sale with Shelly Sterling on May 29.  Donald Sterling has since challenged his wife's authority to sell the franchise in state court.  A probate trial to resolve the matter has been underway since last month but was in recess for a week. 

Big XII Commissioner Bob Bowlsby warns that anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now will hate what's coming.  During his opening address at Big XII football media days yesterday, he said significant changes are on the way.  Bowlsby isn't sure people understand how much pending lawsuits against the NCAA and its member schools could change things.  He says the Big 12 and other conferences are defendants in seven class-action lawsuits "and that number is growing all the time.”  He believes new funding challenges, including legal battles and expenses increasing at a higher rate than revenue, will eventually result in the elimination of some minor sports teams.  The former Stanford athletic director also anticipates tension among sports on campus and among institutions with different resources.  Bowlsby also says "cheating pays" in the NCAA these days and doesn't foresee things getting much better in the future.

Former Creighton star Doug McDermott is the only two-time winner of the Fred Ware Award, presented annually by The Omaha World-Herald to the four-year college athlete in the state of Nebraska who made the most significant achievement in sports while representing the best traditions of his or her institution.  McDermott finished his senior season that saw him lead the Bluejays to a third straight Round of 32 NCAA Tournament appearance, as he topped the nation in scoring with 26.7 points and added a team-high seven rebounds per game.  He finished his career fifth in NCAA history with 3,150 career points and was the first male to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press since 1985.

The Nebraska football team has added another recruit.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Mirko Jurkovic Jr. made his verbal commitment to the Huskers' class of 2015.  The 6’5, 276-pound Indiana native was recruited by NU to play offensive tackle.  Jurkovic is rated with three stars by both and, he took a two-day visit to Lincoln in June.  He whittled his final list to Nebraska, Florida and Ohio State.  Jurkovic will compete this coming season for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.  He becomes the third offensive lineman to verbally pledge to Nebraska's class of 2015, joining Michael Decker of Omaha North and Christian Gaylord of Baldwin City, Kan., also three-star players.

Birdies were plenty during the first round of the 106th Nebraska Amateur Championship yesterday at Norfolk Country Club.  Five players are tied atop the leaderboard, including 1999 Champion David Clouse of Friend.  Joining Clouse at the top are 2004 Nebraska Match Play Champion at Norfolk Country Club Travis Minzel of Lincoln, Josh Reinertson of Gibbon, Renen Sahr of Gordon, and Greg Stanek of Bellevue.  Twelve players are under par after 18 holes.  Regarding area golfers, in the top 25, Norfolk’s Lance Lawson shot a 69 and Wayne’s Joey Baldwin carded a 70.  Schuyler’s Clint Kracl, Brunswick’s Sam Meuret, and Norfolk’s Lance Morrow put up a 72.  Columbus’ Brady Vancura shot 73.  Play resumes today.

Six Wayne State men’s basketball players were named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court announced yesterday.  A record number 895 student-athletes from 335 colleges and universities in NCAA Division I, II or III and NAIA Division I and II earned NABC Honors Court distinction.  Wildcat players receiving the honor included seniors Adol Aluong, Tyler Bauschek and Ryan Rolfzen along with juniors David Andersen, Jordan Holdsworth and Patrick Kurth.  Wayne State had the most players honored of any school from the Northern Sun Conference listed for the award.

The Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star basketball games were held yesterday in Lincoln.  In the boys game, Gibbon’s Rylee Reinertson hit a buzzer-beating shot as the ‘Blues’ edged the ‘Reds’ 115-114.  Earlier in the day, Reinertson competed in the Nebraska Amateur at the Norfolk Country Club, shooting an opening day 72.  Luke Hegemann of Howells/Dodge scored 18 points for the ‘Blues’.  Wayne’s Jalen Barry added twelve points for the ‘Reds’.  Lane Rohrich of Pierce was selected a Most Valuable Teammate for the ‘Blues’.  In the girls all-star game, the ‘Reds’ shaded the ‘Blues’ 77-76.  The ‘Reds’ Lauren Lehmkuhl of Wakefield scored 13 points and collected eleven rebounds while Paige Ballinger of Pender added ten points.  Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s Kaylee Jensen was named a Most Valuable Teammate for the ‘Blues’.

American Legion Baseball Seniors Area Tournaments continue across the state.  At the A-6 Tournament in Norfolk, Grand Island Home Federal faces Columbus in the championship game at 4:00 with an if necessary game to follow.  In other seniors area tournaments, regarding area teams, at the B-5 Tournament at Albion, the host team meets Wakefield in the championship game at 5:30 with an if necessary game to follow.  At the C-1 Tournament at O’Neill, Valentine takes on Creighton in the championship game at 5:00 with an if necessary game to follow.  At the C-2 Tournament at West Point, Pender battles Dodge/Scribner/Howells in the championship game at 5:30 with an if necessary game to follow.  At the C-3 Tournament at Wisner, Crofton plays Wisner/Pilger/Beemer at 6:00 with an if necessary game to follow.  At the Class ‘B’ Juniors State Tournament at Aurora, Waverly faces Beatrice in a 4:00 elimination game and Hickman plays Blair at 7:00.  At the Class ‘C’ Juniors State Tournament at Creighton, Louisville/Weeping Water meets Malcolm at 5:00 and Creighton faces Battle Creek at 8:00.  

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

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Memphis 1 (Bsbl).

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A-6 Area Seniors Tournament at Norfolk
Columbus eliminated Gretna 8-5
Grand Island Home Federal routed Fremont 10-2

B-5 Area Seniors Tournament at Albion
Wakefield eliminated Columbus Lakeview 4-2

C-1 Area Seniors Tournament at O’Neill
Valentine eliminated T-B-S 11-9
Creighton whipped Ainsworth 14-4

C-2 Area Seniors Tournament at West Point
Dodge/Scribner/Howells eliminated West Point 2-0

C-3 Area Seniors Tournament at Wisner
Crofton clipped Tekemah/Herman 8-7

Class ‘B’ State Tournament at Aurora
Waverly eliminated Kearney County/Minden 7-0
Blair beat Holdrege 7-2
Hickman routed Beatrice 15-0

Class ‘C’ State Tournament at Creighton

Battle Creek outlasted Palmer/Wolbach/Greeley/Spalding 9-5 in 10 Inn.

Malcolm topped Crofton 10-7 in 8 Inn.

Creighton defeated Louisville/Weeping Water 3-1

      Final          Detroit                  4    Arizona                3
      Final          Seattle                  5    N-Y  Mets              2
      Final          Texas                      4    N-Y  Yankees        2
      Final          Boston                  14    Toronto                1
      Final          Minnesota              4    Cleveland            3
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      3    Kansas  City        1
      Final          Baltimore              4    L.A.  Angels        2
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers        5    Pittsburgh          2
      Final          San  Francisco      7    Philadelphia      4
      Final          Miami                      3    Atlanta                1,  10  Innings
      Final          Milwaukee              5    Cincinnati          2
      Final          Washington            7    Colorado              2

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