Sports News-June 24, 2013

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Doc Rivers will be the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA approves the rare but not unprecedented trade of an active coach.  A Boston Celtics official told The Associated Press last night that the deal would bring Boston a first-round draft pick in 2015 in compensation for Rivers.  He has three years and $21 million left on his Boston contract.  Rivers took over the Celtics in 2004 in the midst of the longest title drought in franchise history.  The Celtics won the NBA title in 2008, made it to the finals in 2010, but now face a rebuilding program.

Wimbledon begins its two-week run today on Day One of the grass-court Grand Slam tennis tournament.  Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who won the 2012 title, is up against Romania's Victor Hanescu in the first match of the year on Centre Court.

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is day-to-day after being injured in the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.  Coach Claude Julien said he hopes his star center will be able to play in Game Six tonight.  Asked if it was an upper or lower body injury, Julien said, "body."  Bergeron was discharged from a Chicago hospital and flew home with the team yesterday.  He got off the team bus at the TD Garden, went straight to his car and was driven away.  Bergeron was injured in the second period of Saturday night's 3-1 loss.  Chicago leads the series 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Boston tonight.

Martin Truex Jr. has won the SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, his first road-course victory and only his second Sprint Cup victory.  His only other victory was at Dover in 2007.  Jeff Gordon finished second, followed by Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.

The College World Series best of three finals get underway this evening at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha at 7:00 as UCLA meets Mississippi State.  The 47-17 Bruins go into tonight having produced just eight runs in their last three games.  The 51-18 Bulldogs have been the best-hitting team at the College World Series, with a .297 average.  UCLA sends 9-3 Adam Plutko to the hill versus Mississippi State's Trevor Fitts.  Fitts, who doesn't have a decision, will be making only his sixth start of the season in 18 appearances.  Mississippi State will be playing for their first national championship while UCLA will be looking for their first title in baseball.

The last time the state's Match Play Championship was conducted at the Columbus Elks Country Club was 2001 when the match play bracket was expanded from 32 golfers to 64.  Pete Godwin of Omaha topped defending champion, Knox Jones of Lincoln in a thrilling 36-hole final.  This year's championship begins today with an 18-hole stroke play qualifier to determine the 63 golfers that will compete in the match play portion.  Tomorrow features first round matches with second and third round matches Wednesday.  Quarterfinals and semifinals are Thursday with a 36-hole Final Friday.  Involved in the competition from Northeast Nebraska include Norfolk's Lance Lawson, Matt Lenser, & Todd Pospisil.  Also participating are Homer's Mitchell Holgate, Laurel's Mitchell Klooz, Schuyler's Clint Kracl, Brunswick's Sam Meuret, & Columbus' Jordan Williams, Derrick Dieman, Brett Beal, Mike Krumland, Matt Hansen, Dillon Saltzman, Bret Kumpf, and Brady Vancura.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Holdrege Heat 4 Nfk Golden Girls 18's 3 (Calvary SB Tourn. At Wahoo); Fremont at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl-Ccd. Rain); Oklahoma City 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 5 (10 Inn.) (Bsbl-Game 1); Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Oklahoma City 3 (Bsbl-Game 2).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final          Chi  Cubs            14    Houston                  6
      Final          Pittsburgh        10    L.A.  Angels          9,  10  Innings
      Final          Texas                    2    St.  Louis              1
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Minnesota            5    Cleveland              3
      Final          Toronto              13    Baltimore              5
      Final          Detroit                7    Boston                    5
      Final          Tampa  Bay            3    N-Y  Yankees          1
      Final          Kansas  City        7    Chi  White  Sox      6
      Final          Seattle                6    Oakland                  3,  10  Innings
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Colorado              7    Washington            6
      Final          N-Y  Mets              8    Philadelphia        0
      Final          Atlanta                7    Milwaukee              4
      Final          Miami                    7    San  Francisco      2
      Final          Cincinnati          4    Arizona                  2
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers      3    San  Diego              1
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          Atlanta              78    Connecticut      77
      Final  OT    San  Antonio      78    New  York            77
      Final          Minnesota          88    Tulsa                  79
      Final          Los  Angeles      79    Washington        69

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