Sports News-July 23, 2014

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Longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has given up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease.  The Denver Post first reported Bowlen, 70, would step aside.  Team president Joe Ellis will assume control of the Broncos.  Bowlen purchased the Broncos in 1984 from Edgar Kaiser.  In Bowlen's 30 years as owner, the Broncos reached six Super Bowls, winning back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998.  Bowlen told The Denver Post in May 2009 that he was dealing with short-term memory loss, but yesterday the team and Bowlen's family acknowledged for the first time that his condition had developed into Alzheimer's.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is not giving up his fight to keep the team, and has filed a new lawsuit in his attempt to derail a potential $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  The lawsuit names estranged wife Shelly Sterling, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, saying they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team without his permission.  Meanwhile, Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons says coach Doc Rivers has told him he'll quit if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team.

The Chicago Bulls say they have signed Doug McDermott, their first-round draft pick and last season's college player of the year.  Terms of the deal involving the 6’8 forward from Creighton weren't released.  The Bulls acquired 22-year-old McDermott after Denver drafted him with the eleventh overall pick, then quickly traded him to Chicago.  As a Creighton senior last season, McDermott averaged a nation-leading 26.7 points, becoming one of eight players in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 career points.  

Creighton point guard Austin Chatman will have surgery to repair a ligament in his right thumb and is expected to be fully recovered before the season.  The school said yesterday that Chatman would wear a cast for two months.  Chatman is the only returning starter for a team that has made the NCAA tournament three straight years.  He has started 71 straight games and averaged 8.1 points as a junior. Chatman is the Bluejays' top returning scorer.  He scored ten or more points in six of the last seven games and was named to the Big East all-tournament team.

Wayne State Director of Athletics Mike Powicki announced yesterday that head softball coach Krista Wood has stepped down to take the head coaching position at South Dakota State University.  Wood spent eight seasons at Wayne State and became the school’s all-time winningest coach posting a 270-154 overall record and a 133-60 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Inheriting a program that was 10-34, she turned Wayne State softball into an instant winner with eight straight winning seasons (a school record) to go with three NCAA Tournament appearances, one NCAA Super Regional berth and one NSIC Tournament title.  This season, Wood guided Wayne State College to a 35-18 record, placing fourth in the NSIC with a 20-8 league mark.  Powicki added that a search for the next head softball coach at Wayne State will begin immediately.

Fifteen years after he won the first Nebraska Amateur, David Clouse of Friend sits atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the 106th Nebraska Amateur Championship at Norfolk Country Club.  Clouse posted a second round 70 for a two-day total of 138, and leads by one stroke.  Iowa Hawkeye teammates Sam Meuret of Brunswick and Carson Schaake of Omaha had the low rounds of the day at 69.  Meuret is at 141 and Schaake has carded a 142.  Sixty-two players made the cut, and nine players are under par after 36 holes.  Also making the cut are Norfolk’s Lance Lawson (142), Wayne’s Joey Baldwin (142), Columbus’ Brady Vancura (145), O’Neill’s Kris Koelzer (146), Columbus’ Nathan Fuerhoff (150), Norfolk’s Lance Morrow (150), & Schuyler’s Clint Kracl (152).

The ‘Blues’ beat the ‘Reds’ in four sets in yesterday’s Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Volleyball Match in Lincoln.  Scores of the match had the ‘Blues’ winning 25-17, 25-22, 16-25, 25-13.  Columbus Lakeview’s Liz Loseke had eight kills and two blocks for the ‘Reds’.

American Legion Baseball Juniors State Tournaments conclude across the state.  At the Class ‘B’ Juniors State Tournament at Aurora, Hickman takes on Waverly in the championship game at 4:00 with an if necessary game to follow.  At the Class ‘C’ Juniors State Tournament at Creighton, Battle Creek meets Louisville/Weeping Water at 5:00 with the winner taking on Creighton at 8:00.

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

Local Scores:  Memphis 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl).

Nebraska American Legion Baseball Scoreboard

A-6 Area Seniors Tournament at Norfolk
Grand Island Home Federal routed Columbus 17-7 in the championship game

B-5 Area Seniors Tournament at Albion
Albion routed Wakefield 10-1 in the championship game

C-1 Area Seniors Tournament at O’Neill
Valentine beat Creighton 7-4 to force the if necessary championship game and then Creighton routed Valentine 13-0 in that game.

C-2 Area Seniors Tournament at West Point
Pender shutout Dodge/Scribner/Howells 7-0 in the championship game

C-3 Area Seniors Tournament at Wisner
Crofton clipped Wisner/Pilger/Beemer 2-1 to force the if necessary championship game and the Crofton beat Wisner/Pilger/Beemer 11-4 in that game.

Class ‘B’ State Tournament at Aurora
Waverly eliminated Beatrice 5-2
Hickman clipped Blair 4-3

Class ‘C’ State Tournament at Creighton
    Louisville/Weeping Water outlasted Malcolm 10-9 in ten innings
    Battle Creek beat Creighton 12-8

      Final            Tampa  Bay              7    St.  Louis              2
      Final            Arizona                  5    Detroit                  4
      Final            N-Y  Mets                3    Seattle                  1
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          2    Texas                      1,  14  Innings
      Final            Toronto                  7    Boston                    3
      Final            Cleveland              8    Minnesota              2
      Final            Kansas  City          7    Chi  White  Sox      1
      Final            Baltimore              4    L.A.  Angels          2
      Final            Houston                  3    Oakland                  2,  12  Innings
      Final            Pittsburgh          12    L.A.  Dodgers        7
      Final            San  Francisco      9    Philadelphia        6,  14  Innings
      Final            Miami                      6    Atlanta                  5
      Final            Chi  Cubs                6    San  Diego              0
      Final            Milwaukee              4    Cincinnati            3
      Final            Washington            7    Colorado                4
      Final  2OT    Minnesota        112    Atlanta    108
      Final            Chicago              60    Indiana      57
      Final            San  Antonio      95    Tulsa          93
      Final            Phoenix              89    Seattle      71

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