Sports News-July 24, 2014

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Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 last night.  The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock for his 15th and 16th homers this season.

Veteran guard Ray Allen is leaning toward returning for his 19th season and joining his former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers according to The Boston Globe.  Former Heat forward Mike Miller, who like James joined the Cavs on a two-year deal, said last week he was making a recruiting effort to lure Allen to the Cavaliers, pointing to the veteran as the kind of player that would help Cleveland in key spots in the playoffs.  Allen, who will turn 39 on July 20, played 73 games for the Heat in the regular season and all 20 postseason games last season.  He averaged 9.3 points per game on 41% shooting in the playoffs.

Manchester United made an impressive debut under coach Louis van Gaal last night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 victory over the LA Galaxy.  Ashley Young and unsung defender Reece James scored two second-half goals apiece as United opened its summer tour with a surprisingly polished win over MLS' overmatched Galaxy in the Guinness International Champions Cup.

The first-place Detroit Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for two minor league pitchers.  The trade was completed last night during Texas' rain-shortened loss to the New York Yankees.  Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances.  Detroit has been looking to upgrade a relief corps that ranked twelfth out of 15 American League teams with a 4.37 ERA.  Soria moves from the last-place Rangers to the American League Central-leading Tigers and gets reunited with the closer he replaced in Texas this season.  Joe Nathan, a Rangers reliever from 2012-13, has a 5.89 ERA and 20 saves in 25 tries this year for Detroit.

Former Nebraska basketball great Karen Jennings was admitted to the Nebraska Medical Center on Tuesday after a car accident and is listed in fair condition, according to the Omaha World Herald.  Jennings, now a real estate agent, told her spokeswoman that she was fine.  The 6’2 forward from Iowa, was a first-team All-American in 1993 and won the Margaret Wade Trophy as the nation’s most outstanding player that same year.  She’s the captain of Nebraska’s All-Century Team announced in 2000.  The four-year starter finished with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career.

The Wayne State men’s basketball team was awarded the second annual National Association of Basketball Coaches 2013-14 team academic excellence award.  The award, earned by more than 125 colleges and universities recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 season.  During this past season, the Wildcats recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.54.  On Monday, six Wildcat players were recognized individually by being named to the NABC Honors Court with a 3.2 GPA or higher.
The Wayne State men’s and women’s track and field teams, along with individuals Michaela Dendinger, Mackenzie Masching and Jessi Pongratz, received All-Academic honors yesterday from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  The Wildcat men’s team was one of 50 NCAA Division II schools to earn the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award, tied for 19th nationally with a 3.17 team grade point average.  Wayne State’s women were bestowed the academic team honor for a ninth consecutive year with a 3.24 team GPA during the 2013-14 school year.

1999 champion David Clouse of Friend and Renen Sahr of Gordon are co-leaders following 54-holes at the 106th Nebraska Amateur Championship at Norfolk Country Club.  They are both shooting -7 (209).  At 54, Clouse looks to become the tournament's oldest winner surpassing Tom Olson of Omaha who won in 1997 at 51.  Sahr is seeking his first state title.  Seven golfers sit within five shots of the lead.  A total of 13 golfers are under-par.  Brunswick’s Sam Meuret is tied for fourth place at -3 (213).  Norfolk’s Lance Lawson and Wayne’s Joey Baldwin is at -2 (214), Norfolk’s Lance Morrow has carded a 217, O’Neill’s Kris Koelzer has shot 219, Columbus’ Nathan Fuerhoff is at 224, Columbus’ Brady Vancura has shot 225, Schuyler’s Clint Kracl is at 233.  This morning's final round is underway.  The final group with Clouse and Sahr begins play at 11:30.  

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

Local Scores:  Memphis 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl).

   Nebraska American Legion Baseball Scoreboard

   Class ‘B’ State Tournament at Aurora
   Waverly forced the second championship game by beating Hickman 5-4
   Hickman then defeated Waverly 10-7 in the championship game

    Class ‘C’ State Tournament at Creighton
    Louisville/Weeping Water eliminated Battle Creek 4-0
    Louisville/Weeping Water shutout Creighton 2-0 in the championship game

    Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Softball Games at Lincoln

    Game 1- Blue 3 Red 1
    Game 2-Blue 2 Red 1

      Final    Detroit                11    Arizona                  5
      Final    N-Y  Mets                3    Seattle                  2
      Final    Tampa  Bay              3    St.  Louis              0
      Final    Minnesota              3    Cleveland              1
      Final    Kansas  City          2    Chi  White  Sox      1
      Final    N-Y  Yankees          2    Texas                      1,  4 1/2  Innings
      Final    Toronto                  6    Boston                    4
      Final    L.A.  Angels          3    Baltimore              2
      Final    Oakland                  9    Houston                  7
      Final    Milwaukee              5    Cincinnati            1
      Final    Colorado                6    Washington            4
      Final    Pittsburgh            6    L.A.  Dodgers        1
      Final    San  Francisco      3    Philadelphia        1
      Final    Atlanta                  6    Miami                      1
      Final    San  Diego              8    Chi  Cubs                3
      Final    Washington      89    Connecticut      75
      Final    New  York          66    Los  Angeles      64

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