Sports News-July 23, 2013

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Ryan Braun is the first player to receive a suspension stemming from Major League Baseball's investigation of players reportedly linked to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.  The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season, causing him to miss the team's final 65 games.  MLB Commissioner Bud Selig cited Braun for multiple "violations" of baseball's drug program and labor contract.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller will miss the first four weeks of the NFL season for violating the NFL's drug policy, pending an appeal. Miller insists that he did nothing wrong, tweeting, "I'm sure this'll be resolved fairly."  He was the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 with 11 ½ sacks and he topped that last season with a franchise-record 18 ½ sacks while making it to his second straight Pro Bowl.

Matt Garza has landed in a playoff race after being acquired by the Texas Rangers.  The Chicago Cubs receive rookie pitcher Justin Grimm, third baseman and top prospect Mike Olt, Class 'A' pitcher C.J. Edwards and a player to be named for Garza, who's 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts.

A published report says Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has kicked top rusher Carlos Hyde off the team after an alleged assault in Columbus.  The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Hyde was named as a person of interest in a weekend assault against a female in a downtown Columbus bar.  The newspaper cites sources saying Hyde was dismissed from the team over the incident early Saturday.  Ohio State officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

University of Nebraska junior Jamal Turner was honored yesterday, as he was chosen to the Jet Award watch list.  The Jet Award honors the best return specialist in college football.  Drawing its name from former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers, who was the 1972 Heisman winner and one of the top kick returners in NCAA history.  Turner was one of the Huskers' top all-purpose threats in 2012, accounting for 607 all-purpose yards as a sophomore.  Turner is one of six Big Ten players on the Jet Award watch List.  From the initial watch list, a list of twelve semifinalists will be announced at the end of October and the list will be whittled down to four finalists in November with a winner announced in December.

Former Nebraska defensive tackle Chase Rome has confirmed that he is indeed set to play football for the Memphis Tigers according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  A four-star recruit in Nebraska's 2010 recruiting class, Rome is attempting to finish his degree this summer before going to Memphis, where he'll have two years of eligibility remaining.  Memphis finished 4-8 last year while a member of Conference USA.  This year will be the Tigers' first in the newly formed American Athletic Conference.  Rome momentarily left the Huskers after the first two games last year before being allowed by coaches and teammates to return just a week later.  But it was clear Rome wouldn't be returning again when Husker coach Bo Pelini announced the defensive tackle's departure in February.  Rome recorded 32 tackles and one sack in his two seasons playing for NU.

The Nebraska Coaches Association annual all-star Girls & Boys Basketball games were played last night at Lincoln North Star High School.  The Blues routed the Reds 98-49 in the 34th annual girls game.  Representing Northeast Nebraska for the contest was Norfolk Catholic's Michaela Barry and Crofton's Bridget Arens for the Blues while Emerson/Hubbard's Marisa Blanke and former Norfolk Catholic player Therin Baum played for the Reds.  Baum recently graduated from Kearney Catholic.  Arens had 16 points while Barry totaled ten for the Blues.  Blanke had five points and Baum scored two in the loss for the Reds.  In the boys 45th annual contest, the Reds hammered the Blues 112-85.  Wausa's Marcus Claussen and South Sioux City's Nate Rogers represented the area in the boys game for the Blues.  Rogers had twelve points in the loss while Claussen was named the NCA Most Valuable Teammate for the Blues.

The Third Nebraska Little Junior Amateur concluded yesterday with the nine-hole championship proper at Sunset Valley Country Club.  Sunday featured a Parent-Child competition.  On the boys' side, Luke Gutschewski of Elkhorn took home first place in the 10-11 age division after shooting 42, while his brother Trevor won the 6-7 division with 43.  In the 8-9 division, Tanner Walling of Wayne posted 43 to take the title.  On the girls' side, Taylor Van Ostrand of Lincoln captured the 10-11 age division crown with a 60, as Neely Adler of Lincoln carded 66 for the 8-9 division championship.

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

Local Scores:  Oklahoma City 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 (Bsbl).

      Final    L.A.  Dodgers    14    Toronto                  5
      Final    Texas                    3    N-Y  Yankees          0
      Final    Tampa  Bay            3    Boston                    0
      Final    Baltimore            9    Kansas  City          2
      Final    Detroit                7    Chi  White  Sox      3
      Final    Oakland                4    Houston                  3
      Final    Minnesota            4    L.A.  Angels          3
      Final    Seattle                2    Cleveland              1
      Final    Pittsburgh          6    Washington            5
      Final    Atlanta                2    N-Y  Mets                1
      Final    San  Diego            5    Milwaukee              3
      Final    Miami                    3    Colorado                1
      Final    Chi  Cubs              4    Arizona                  2
      Final    Cincinnati        11    San  Francisco      0

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