Sports News-July 9, 2014

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Germany stunned host Brazil with five goals in the first 30 minutes en route to a 7-1 victory that set a record for the most lopsided victory in World Cup semifinal history.  The Germans await the winner of today's Netherlands/Argentina match in Sunday's World Cup final.

Donald Sterling was testy during his 90-minute appearance in the witness stand as he challenges his wife's $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.  Sterling denounced doctors who declared him to have Alzheimer's disease as "hired guns," pleading a faulty memory about some of his most controversial remarks.  He's due back on the stand today.

Four-time NBA MVP and top free agent LeBron James held meetings for more than three hours yesterday in Las Vegas, but declined to give any hint as to which team might have the inside track for his services next season.  Some of James' representatives have met with several teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team James broke in with but abandoned four years ago to play for the Miami Heat.  He is scheduled to meet with Miami today.

The Creighton men's basketball team released its 2014-15 nonconference schedule yesterday. The 14-game schedule includes the regular-season opener against Central Arkansas, an in-state battle with Nebraska and a number of games against 2014 NCAA tournament qualifiers, including the Huskers, Oklahoma, Tulsa, North Carolina Central.  As previously announced, the Bluejays nonconference schedule includes participation in the Emerald Coast Classic, which will see the Jays host North Carolina Central before traveling to Niceville, Florida, for the final rounds of the tournament.

University of Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced yesterday that senior forward Leslee Smith has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.  The injury was discovered during an MRI examination earlier yesterday in Lincoln.  Smith will be out indefinitely, as the Husker medical staff are currently in the process of developing a timeframe for his surgery and rehabilitation.  This is the second time that Smith as torn an ACL, as he tore the ACL in his right knee in March of 2011 when he played at SMU.  Smith, a 6’8 forward suffered the injury on July 3 playing for the British Virgin Islands at the FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championships.  As a junior, Smith played in all 32 games for the Huskers, averaging 5.4 points on 52% shooting and 4.8 rebounds per game as the Huskers’ first post player off the bench.

Former Nebraska Cornhusker wrestler Jim Raschke will be one of four men inducted into the Greco-Roman Hall of Champions on October 18 at the Kennedy Center in Minneapolis, Minneapolis.  Raschke lettered for Nebraska from 1960- 1962, and captured the 1962 Big Eight title at heavyweight.  After his collegiate career, he became the second American to win a medal at the Greco-Roman World Championships when he finished third at heavyweight in 1963.  In 1965, he became a worldwide interservice wrestling champion for the United States Army.  While in high school, Raschke won the 1958 Nebraska Class A state crown at heavyweight while wrestling at Omaha North.  He joins former Huskers Rulon Gardner and Matt Lindland in the prestigious Greco-Roman Hall of Fame.  The four inductees for 2014 will increase the Hall of Fame total to 14 wrestlers.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Seniors at Wayne (Bsbl-8:00); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s vs. Nebraska Nemesis-6:00; vs. Rockets 95’s-9:00 (Lincoln SB League); Iowa at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-12:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Iowa 6 (Bsbl).

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