Sports News-July 31, 2013

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Boston picked up right-hander Jake Peavy from the White Sox as part of a three-team, seven player trade.  The former Cy Young Award winner is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA.  As part of the deal, Avisail Garcia goes from Detroit to the White Sox and Jose Inglesias goes from the Red Sox to Detroit.

Major League Baseball has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation and which ones will receive lengthier penalties for their roles in the Biogenesis case, two people familiar with the talks tell The Associated Press.  The sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible that would avoid grievance hearings, and talks could push back an announcement until Friday.

The Detroit Pistons acquired Brandon Jennings as they desperately try to end their four-year postseason drought.  Detroit landed the point guard from Milwaukee for point guard Brandon Knight and two prospects, according to a person familiar with the deal.  The person, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the trade hasn't been announced, said Jennings has agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with the Pistons.

Wayne State College held a joint press conference yesterday to introduce new men's basketball coach Brian Dolan and new women's soccer coach Tom Cliff to the media and Wayne community.  Dolan becomes the 26th head men's basketball coach in the program's 99-year history and replaces Paul Combs, who resigned June 15th to become the head coach at Carroll University in Wisconsin after going 54-58 in four seasons with the Wildcats.  Dolan comes to Wayne State after spending the last seven seasons at Upper Iowa University.  He takes over a team that was 17-12 last season.  The Wildcats return two starters and six letter winners from last year's team along with a recruiting class of eight players.  Tom Cliff is the seventh women's soccer coach at Wayne State in the programs' 16-year history.  He takes over the reins from Molly Grisham, who stepped down on June 6 to become the head coach at the University of Illinois-Springfield after going 20-45-9 in four seasons with the Wildcats.  Cliff inherits a team that had no seniors in the 2012 season, posting a 3-14-1 overall record.  The Wildcats return 18 players and brings in eight new recruits for the 2013 season that begins on September 5th at Northwest Missouri State.

The Class 'C' American Legion Baseball State Tournament will wrap up today at O'Neill.  In games yesterday, Sutton outlasted St. Paul 12-6 in 12 innings and Pender eliminated Malcolm 9-6.  Pender will face Sutton in the championship game today at 5:00 with an if necessary game to follow.

Calvin Freeman of Table Rock fired 4-under-par 68 in yesterday's second round of the 105th Nebraska Amateur to take the lead after 36 holes at ArborLinks Golf Course in Nebraska City.  Freeman's 143 total after two rounds gives him a one-stroke lead over Rory Doll, Brian Csipkes and Mike Siwa with 36 holes to play.  Following yesterday's round, the field was cut to the top 55 players who will play today and Thursday.  Brunswick's Sam Meuret made the cut and currently is at 155.  Today's third round is underway.

After a two seasonally chilly days at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island, Johnna Jeffries-Austin and Laura Johnson were crowned net champions of the Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association Four-Ball with a score of 114.  They won by eleven strokes.  Gross champions of the Four-Ball was Columbus' Morgan Smejkal and Sophie Peters of Fremont with a 136.

The first-ever Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic, which was held earlier in June, surpassed its expectations and is looking forward to bigger and better opportunities, according to Mike Fuehrer, Sports Development Manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council.  Next summer's football game will be played on Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 at Norfolk's Veteran's Memorial Field.  It was also announced that the City of Norfolk and the Board of Directors have pledged to keep the All-Star game in Norfolk for at least the next five years.  Faith Regional Health Services, which served as the inaugural title sponsor, has made the same commitment for the next three years.  The event is exploring options to include band, cheerleaders and dance for next year's game.

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

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Tacoma 1 (Bsbl).

      Final            Detroit                5    Washington            1
      Final            Tampa  Bay            5    Arizona                  2
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      3    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final            Cleveland            7    Chi  White  Sox      4
      Final            Baltimore            4    Houston                  3
      Final            Boston                  8    Seattle                  2
      Final            Texas                  14    L.A.  Angels        11,  10  Innings
      Final            Kansas  City        7    Minnesota              2
      Final            Toronto                5    Oakland                  0
      Final            Milwaukee            6    Chi  Cubs                5    (first  game)
      Final            Milwaukee            3    Chi  Cubs                2    (second  game)
      Final            Pittsburgh          2    St.  Louis              1    (first  game),  ,  11  Innings
      Final            Pittsburgh          6    St.  Louis              0    (second  game)
      Final            Philadelphia      7    San  Francisco      3
      Final            Atlanta              11    Colorado                3
      Final            N-Y  Mets              4    Miami                      2,  10  Innings
      Final            San  Diego            4    Cincinnati            2

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