Sports News-June 26, 2012

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 Day 2 at All England...Lochte beats Phelps...Sandusky still maintains innocence...Hawks get a leader
     WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Second seeds Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka highlight the Day 2 schedule at Wimbledon. No. 1 seeds Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova won their first-round matches yesterday, as did Agnieszka Radwanska, Sam Stosur, and Roger Federer. But five-time champ Venus Williams fell to Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-3 and men's sixth seed Thomas Berdych was beaten by Ernests Gulbis.
     BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky says the retired Penn State assistant football coach wants "people to know that he's not guilty." The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach has been in jail since Friday, following his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse. Karl Rominger says Sandusky is being kept away from other inmates and has not been able to see his family pending a psychological evaluation.
     ATLANTA (AP) - Danny Ferry is the Atlanta Hawks' new president of basketball operations and general manager. Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson says Ferry has the right character and experience the team needs to create "enduring and successful organizations." Ferry comes to the Hawks after two years as vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs.
     NEW YORK (AP) - Outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.  Byrd started the season with the Cubs and was dealt to the Red Sox on April 21. He was designated for assignment by Boston on June 9 and released four days later.

Ryan Lochte has won his first head-to-head showdown with Michael Phelps at the United States Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha.  The 27-year-old Floridian captured the 400-meter individual medley last night, taking command on the breaststroke leg and holding off Phelps in the freestyle for a time of 4:07.06 seconds.  Phelps claimed the second Olympic spot in 4:07.89.  Tyler Clary, who took second at last year's World Championships, won't even get a chance to swim the event in London.  He faded to third in 4:09.92.  Phelps won the 400 IM at the past two Olympics, but vowed to drop the grueling event after Beijing.  In the past year, he brought it back and now he'll be swimming it again in London.

Arizona is the winner of the College World Series after ending South Carolina's two-year reign as champions.  James Farris and Mathew Troupe combined on a three-hitter as the Wildcats claimed their fourth title and first since 1986 by downing the Gamecocks 4-1.  Brandon Dixon doubled home the tie breaking run in the ninth before scoring on Trent Gilbert's two-run single.

Former Husker Aleks Maric earned the most prestigious honor of his career, as he was recently selected to represent Australia in the 2012 London Olympics beginning next month.  Maric, a two-time All-Big XII performer who played at Nebraska from 2005-2008, has played professionally in Greece for the past two seasons, winning the Euroleague title in 2010-11 and finishing fourth this past season.  He will be the first Husker basketball player to appear in the Olympics Games.  Maric played a major role in Australia qualifying for the Olympics, averaging 15.8 points on 71% shooting and eight rebounds per game in the FIBA Oceania Championship last September.  During his playing days at Nebraska, he earned All-Big XII honors in each of his final two seasons, and became only the third Big XII player to record more than 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in his collegiate career.  Maric set 19 school or conference records at Nebraska and ranks fifth on the Huskers' career scoring list and second in rebounding.

Omaha's Mitchell Ryan was medalist in qualifying for the 45th Nebraska Match Play Championship yesterday, shooting a 3-under par 68 at Platteview Country Club.  Ryan was the lone golfer under par earning the tournament's number three seed.  Kevin Stanek of Bellevue, the 2011 champion, is assigned the top seed.  Wesley Bernt of Kearney, last year's runner-up is the two seed.  Among the golfers making the cut were Plainview’s Mitchell Klooz.  Klooz tied for fourth place in qualifying with a 72.  Also advancing to today’s match play were Norfolk’s Lance Lawson (75) & Columbus’ Brady Vancura (77).

Ta Ha Zouka Park in Norfolk will be the site of the ASA Girl’s Fast Pitch 10-under Class ‘D’ State Softball Championship beginning Friday, according to Mike Fuehrer, Sports Development Manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council.  Fuehrer said 18 teams from across the state will be converging on Norfolk.  Two games are scheduled to begin Friday at 5:00, with the championship game scheduled for Sunday at 12:30.  An “if necessary’’ game would be played at 2:00.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Golden Girls 18’s Vs. Kellys 18’s at Ta Ha Zouka Park (SB DH-6:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-11:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk Seniors 13 Creighton 3 (Bsbl); Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Oklahoma City 4 (Bsbl). 

      Final          N-Y  Yankees          7    Cleveland              1
      Final          Toronto                  9    Boston                    6
      Final          Detroit                  8    Texas                      2
      Final          Minnesota              4    Chi  White  Sox      1
      Final          Kansas  City          8    Tampa  Bay              0
      Final          Oakland                  1    Seattle                  0
      Final          Philadelphia        8    Pittsburgh            3
      Final          Cincinnati            3    Milwaukee              1
      Final          St.  Louis              8    Miami                      7,  10  Innings
      Final          Chi  Cubs                6    N-Y  Mets                1
      Final          San  Diego              8    Houston                  7,  10  Innings
      Final          Colorado                4    Washington            2
      Final          San  Francisco      8    L.A.  Dodgers        0

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