Sports News-July 30, 2013

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The Detroit Tigers hope they've acquired a key part of the puzzle they need to reach the post season.  In a trade with Houston, the Tigers picked up reliever Jose Veras, who has 19 saves, an earned run average of 2.93 and a record of 0-4.  The right-hander has struck out 44 in 43 innings with only 14 walks.  In return, the Astros are getting minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.  The Tigers have had issues with their bullpen all season.

Investigators are searching in and around a lake in Aaron Hernandez hometown.  A spokesman for the Bristol County, Connecticut district attorney's office hasn't commented on the reason for the search.  Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is charged with murder in the June shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-pro football player whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.  The ex-player's attorneys call the case against him circumstantial.  Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which hasn't been recovered.

Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.  The Yankees third baseman has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball's Joint Drug Agreement is entitled to an automatic stay if the players' association files a grievance.

Day three of the Class 'C' American Legion Baseball State Tournament was held yesterday at O'Neill.  St. Paul eliminated David City 10-6, Malcolm ended Hartington's season 7-2, and Pender outlasted Sutton in eight innings 7-4.  Action today has St. Paul playing Sutton in a 5:00 elimination game and Pender facing Malcolm at 8:00.

Brian Csipkes of Gretna fired 2-under-par 70 to take the first-round lead at the 105th Nebraska Amateur after a rainy Monday at ArborLinks Golf Course.  Csipkes and Rory Doll of Lincoln managed the only subpar rounds of the day, with Doll posting 71.  Concerning area golfers, Homer's Mitchell Holgate shot 78, Laurel's Mitchell Klooz & Brunswick's Sam Meuret carded an 80, Norfolk's Alex Strom put up an 83, West Point's Steve Blocher shot 84, and Riley Meuret carded an 89.  Today's second round starts at 7:30 AM.  The third round is set for tomorrow and the final round will be contested on Thursday.

After a dreary round at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island, Johnna Jeffries-Austin and Laura Johnson posted a net score of 56 at the Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association Four Ball Tournament.  They lead by five strokes.  The final round gets underway this morning at 8:00 AM.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Tacoma (Bsbl-9:00).

Local Scores:  Nashville 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl).  

      Final          Tampa  Bay        2    Boston                    1
      Final          Cleveland        3    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final          Texas                4    L.A.  Angels          3
      Final          Oakland            9    Toronto                  4
      Final          Pittsburgh      9    St.  Louis              2
      Final          Atlanta            9    Colorado                8,  10  Innings
      Final          N-Y  Mets          6    Miami                      5
      Final          Milwaukee        5    Chi  Cubs                0
      Final          San  Diego        2    Cincinnati            1

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