Sports News-July 25, 2013

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A doctor retained by Alex Rodriguez for a second opinion on his leg injury Wednesday was reprimanded this year by New Jersey's board of medical examiners over steroid prescriptions.  The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners filed an order of reprimand against Dr. Michael Gross on Feb. 13 for his conduct at his Active Center for Health & Wellness.  Rodriguez is one of more than a dozen players under investigation by Major League Baseball for alleged ties to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.  Rodriguez has reported back to the New York Yankees' minor league complex, three days after he was diagnosed with a strained left quadriceps on the final day of his injury rehabilitation assignment.  He says he feels great.

The Washington Wizards are in advanced talks with star point guard John Wall on a contract extension expected to be in the five-year, $80 million range, according to sources close to the process.  Sources told that the sides are closing in on the final terms and are on course to have a signed agreement by Aug. 1.  Wall is in Las Vegas this week as part of USA Basketball's minicamp featuring 28 players vying for spots on the 2014 squad that will participate in the FIBA World Cup in Spain, as well as the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.  Wall is eligible to sign an extension until Oct. 31.  He'd become a restricted free agent without a deal by that deadline on July 1, 2014.  Wall averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds after his January return from a knee injury.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson needs surgery on a broken right ankle suffered during last night's 8-2 win over the New York Mets.  Hudson got hurt while covering first base when Eric Young Jr. stepped on the back of his lower leg.  The Braves say he will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down.

A former University of Nebraska at Omaha football coach has been arrested in Iowa on suspicion of soliciting prostitution.  Police in Council Bluffs say former UNO head football coach Pat Behrns was one of twelve people arrested Tuesday during a sting operation at a Pottawattamie County hotel.  The 63-year-old Behrns served as the UNO Mavericks' head coach from 1994 until the century-old program was shut down in March 2011.  Before that, Behrns had been head coach of the University of North Dakota football team from 1980-1985.  Pottawattamie County Jail authorities say Behrns posted a $2,000 bond Tuesday evening to be released.

Alfonzo Dennard went to court yesterday for the first time since a Lincoln police officer stopped him on suspicion of driving drunk according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The former Husker and current New England Patriots cornerback appeared a week earlier than originally set for arraignment on an allegation he violated probation.  His attorney, Terry Dougherty, asked for a date for a preliminary hearing and sought to clarify that Dennard still could travel out of the state, as he did before.  District Judge Robert Otte said the probation conditions Dennard had before still apply.  The Patriots are to begin their training camp Friday in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  In April, District Judge Stephanie Stacy sentenced Dennard to two years' probation for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in downtown Lincoln in 2012, the weekend before he was drafted into the NFL.  Earlier this month, the Lancaster County Attorney's Office filed a motion seeking to revoke it based on the new allegation.  On July 11, Lincoln police say a sergeant pulled over Dennard as he drove west on Normal Boulevard in a 2011 Honda Accord.  He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, refusing a chemical test and straddling lanes.

The first preseason national poll for the 2013 men's soccer season is out and College Soccer News ranks Creighton fourth in the country.  In addition, the organization named CU junior Eric Miller to its 2013 Preseason All-America Second Team as a defender.  The Bluejays finished last year with a 17-4-3 record, the nation's sixth highest RPI mark, and a number four national ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after competing in its second consecutive College Cup in December.  Third-year head coach Elmar Bolowich leads the Jays in their quest for the program's 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 22 seasons in August.  Creighton opens its 2013 campaign Aug. 15 with the Blue-White Scrimmage at Morrison Stadium.

The Wayne State College men's track and field team, along with individual Matt Peter, received All-Academic honors yesterday from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  Wayne State was one of 42 NCAA Division II teams that earned the All-Academic Team honor, ranking 15th in the nation with a 3.17 team grade point average.  Peter, a senior thrower from Winside, was one of 210 NCAA Division II men's athletes that earned All-Academic honor.  He recorded a 3.43 cumulative grade point average during the 2012-13 school year majoring in Health and Physical Education K-12.  

For the eighth straight season, the Wayne State women's track and field team has received the Unites States Track & Field and Cross Country Association All-Academic Team award released yesterday by the coaches association.  Individual athletes Sidney Blum and Mackenzie Masching were also recognized with All-Academic Scholar Athlete honors.  Wayne State was one of 92 NCAA Division II teams that earned the All-Academic Team honor, recording a cumulative team grade point average of 3.17.  Blum, a junior sprinter/jumper from Howells, posted a stellar 3.84 grade point average during the 2012-13 school year majoring in life sciences/biology while Masching, a junior thrower from Iowa, earned the All-Academic Scholar Athlete honor for a second straight season after recording a 3.55 grade point average majoring in math education.
The Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Softball doubleheader was held yesterday at Bowlin Stadium in Lincoln.  The teams split the twinbill as the 'Blue' beat the 'Red' 1-0 in Game One with the 'Red' winning the nightcap 9-3.  Norfolk High's Paige Orwig, representing the 'Blue' squad, scored the winning run in Game One.  She was the lone Northeast Nebraska representative.

Hartington shutout Wakefield/Ponca 3-0 yesterday in the Nebraska American Legion Baseball Area Tournament Championship Game at Battle Creek.  The Class 'C' Seniors State Tournament gets underway on Saturday at O'Neill.  Area teams include the host team, Pender, and Hartington.

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

Local Scores:  Oklahoma City 11 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      8    Toronto                  3,  10  Innings
      Final            Oakland                4    Houston                  3
      Final            L.A.  Angels        1    Minnesota              0
      Final            Cleveland          10    Seattle                  1
      Final            Tampa  Bay            5    Boston                    1
      Final            Texas                    3    N-Y  Yankees          1
      Final            Kansas  City        4    Baltimore              3
      Final            Detroit                6    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final            Pittsburgh          4    Washington            2
      Final            Atlanta                8    N-Y  Mets                2
      Final            Milwaukee            3    San  Diego              1
      Final            St.  Louis          11    Philadelphia        3
      Final            Colorado              2    Miami                      1
      Final            Chi  Cubs              7    Arizona                  6,  12  Innings
      Final            Cincinnati          8    San  Francisco      3
      Final    Washington      82    Chicago              78
      Final    Minnesota        81    Phoenix              69
      Final    Atlanta            74    Connecticut      65

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