Sports News-June 17, 2014

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The United States has taken a major step toward advancing to the knockout round of World Cup by beating Ghana 2-1 in the opener for both teams.  Clint Dempsey scored 32 points into the game, the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history.  But the game was tied until substitute John Brooks scored on a header off a corner kick in the 86th minute, four minutes after Ghana tied the game.  Other scores had Germany ripping Portugal 4-0 and Nigeria & Iran finished in a scoreless draw.

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has passed away at the age of 54 from cancer.  The eight-time National League batting champ and 15-time All-Star spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007.  Gwynn finished his career with 3,141 hits, a .338 average, five Gold Glove awards and 319 stolen bases.

Louisville has been eliminated in the College World Series.  Texas stayed alive with a 4-1 win over the Cardinals at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.  Parker French and Travis Duke combined for a four-hitter to help the Longhorns end a four-game CWS losing streak dating to 2009.  Texas scored runs on a sacrifice fly, a groundout and a throwing error.  Also at Omaha, Vanderbilt beat UC Irvine 6-4 as Walker Buehler pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit relief.  The Commodores will play in a bracket final Friday against the winner of tomorrow's elimination game between UC Irvine and Texas.  Play resumes today with Mississippi playing Texas Tech in a 2:00 elimination game and TCU meeting Virginia at 7:00.

Hebron's Jay Cottam battled through some tough scoring conditions to post the low round of the day (72) and earn stroke play qualifying medalist honors along with the top seed for the 25th Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship at Heritage Hills Golf Course in McCook.  Cottam will face Justin Coffey (84), who won a 5-for-1 playoff for the final spot in Match Play.  The Round of 32 begins this morning, with the Round of 16 to follow in the afternoon.  Laurel’s Mitchell Klooz tied for fourth place with a 75, Plainview’s Colin Wright & Norfolk’s Luke Kluver tied for 23rd place with an 82, and Humphrey’s Trevor Kosch withdrew from the event.  Klooz, Wright, and Kluver will all be in competition today.

Defending champion Haley Thiele of Wahoo fired a 73 (+1) to claim stroke play qualifying medalist honors and the top seed for the 52nd Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship at Heritage Hills Golf Course in McCook.  Sixteen girls begin Match Play on this morning.  Snyder’s Hannah Hunke placed twelfth yesterday with a 96.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Seniors at Gretna (Bsbl DH-5:30); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s at West Point (SB DH-6:30); Albuquerque at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

      Final            Seattle                5    San  Diego          1
      Final            Cleveland            4    L.A.  Angels      3
      Final            Kansas  City      11    Detroit              8
      Final            Tampa  Bay            5    Baltimore          4
      Final            Boston                  1    Minnesota          0
      Final            Texas                  14    Oakland              8
      Final            Chi  Cubs              5    Miami                  4,  13  Innings
      Final            Philadelphia      6    Atlanta              1,  13  Innings
      Final            St.  Louis            6    N-Y  Mets            2
      Final            Milwaukee            9    Arizona              3
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      6    Colorado            1
          WORLD  CUP  SOCCER
      Final    Germany                  4    Portugal      0
      Final    Nigeria                  0    Iran              0
      Final    United  States      2    Ghana            1

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