Sports News-July 3, 2013
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Homer Bailey has tossed the season's first no-hitter of the season after throwing the final no-no of 2012. Bailey did it in Cincinnati's 3-0 victory last night over San Francisco, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer to throw two no-hitters for the Reds. Gregor Blanco walked in the seventh inning to ruin Bailey's bid for a perfect game, but he also grounded to third for the game's final out.
Since his arrest last week in connection with a friend's death, a portrait has emerged of ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez as a man who was no stranger to violence away from the field. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 not far from Hernandez's North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home. His defense team calls the case circumstantial and says Hernandez looks forward to clearing his name. But even before the 23-year-old's recent arrest, public records and interviews show he had been involved in police inquiries in the past, first in Florida and then in the Boston area. One incident dates to Hernandez's freshman year at the University of Florida, where according to a sworn court complaint Hernandez apparently was involved in an April 2007 fight at a restaurant. ESPN is now reporting that authorities in the Massachusetts murder case have reached out to the police in Gainesville, Florida, in hopes of determining if Hernandez had any role in a 2007 shooting that left two men wounded. One of the men was shot in the back of the head, according to a police report of the shooting obtained by ESPN.
The NCAA has awarded Creighton's Grant Gibbs a sixth season of eligibility, a huge victory for a Bluejay basketball team that is moving into the Big East next season. Gibbs led the Missouri Valley Conference in assists each of the last two seasons and will be a senior next year. Creighton is 57-14 and reached the NCAA tournament twice with Gibbs in the lineup the past two seasons. His career has been interrupted by injuries and his transfer from Gonzaga. Gibbs said after the season it was a long shot that he would receive an extra year. He averaged 8.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds last season and joined Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams as the nation's only players with at least 300 points, 200 assists and 145 rebounds.
On a recommendation from Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger, Nebraska's Tim Miles has hired former Sooner graduate assistant Teddy Owens as an administrative coordinator according to the Omaha World Herald. Kruger, a former star player at Kansas State and a Final Four head coach at Florida, is one of Miles' coaching friends. Owens, 31, has been a head high school coach in Tulsa, leading Lincoln Christian High to the Class 2A state tourney in back-to-back seasons. In other Husker basketball news, incoming freshman point guard Tai Webster is enrolled for the second session of summer classes, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Webster, a highly-touted recruit from New Zealand, will arrive in Lincoln July 13 and begin classes July 15. ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla recently said on his Twitter account that Webster would be a Top 30 player nationally in the 2013 recruiting class, if he was a high school player in the United States.
Former Creighton star Kyle Korver could be headed to Brooklyn. ESPN reports that one NBA general manager said Korver to Brooklyn is "in the bag." One of the elite three-point shooters available this NBA offseason, the Atlanta Hawks free agent averaged 10.9 points last season and shot 46% from three-point range, second-best in the NBA behind Detroit's Jose Calderon. Nets GM Billy King held the same position with Philadelphia when the Sixers acquired Korver on draft day in 2002.
Former Nebraska baseball coach Mike Anderson is apparently headed back to the Big XII. The Omaha World Herald reported yesterday that Anderson has agreed to join Oklahoma's staff as an assistant coach. Anderson, was fired in 2011, after Nebraska missed the postseason in three straight seasons. The Huskers compiled a .632 winning percentage in Anderson's nine seasons as coach, reaching the College World Series once, claiming two Big XII regular season titles and making four NCAA regionals. But they finished either last or second-to-last in conference action from 2009-2011. Anderson spent this past spring as the coach at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. Regis went 14-6 last season, finishing second in its conference and losing a district championship game, according to The Omaha World Herald.
Gary Chvala, boys' basketball coach at St. Mary's, died yesterday according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Chvala, 64, led the Cardinals to the Class D-1 state championship in 2012 with a 28-0 record and his squad was runner-up last season. He coached the last nine years at St. Mary's in O'Neill. Chvala had a career record of 543-262. A native of Verdigre, Chvala began his teaching career at Humphrey St. Francis after graduating from the University of South Dakota-Springfield in 1971. He taught history and physical education, and also coached football and track during his 40-plus year career that included stops at Spencer and West Holt. Funeral services are pending at Biglins Mortuary in O'Neill.
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