Sports News-June 26, 2013

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Injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has tweeted that his hip surgeon has cleared him to play in rehabilitation games.  Rodriguez had left hip surgery on Jan. 16 and has been working out at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Florida.  He took swings in a simulated game situation for the first time Monday.  Last night, he tweeted the message, "Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news, the green light to play games again!" along with a photo of himself and Dr. Brian Kelly, who performed the operation in New York.  Livid over Rodriguez's decision to tweet an update on his rehab process, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a message for the third baseman.  "You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]," Cashman told ESPN New York. "Alex should just shut up.  That's it.  I'm going to call Alex now."  Manager Joe Girardi said earlier yesterday that no date had been set for A-Rod to start playing in minor league rehab games.  Rodriguez is expected to return to the Yankees around the All-Star break, shortly before he turns 38.

The Los Angeles Clippers have introduced Doc Rivers as the team's new head coach and senior vice president of basketball operations after finalizing his acquisition from the Boston Celtics.  Rivers is likely to be the NBA's highest-paid coach in Los Angeles, with his new deal expected to be similar to the three years and $21 million that remained on his contract with the Celtics.  Boston receives a first-round pick for Rivers, who won the 2008 championship and went 416-305 in nine seasons with the Celtics.

UCLA has its first-ever national championship in baseball after completing a two-game sweep of Mississippi State.  Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs and Nick Vander Tuig scattered five hits in eight innings as the Bruins hammered the Bulldogs 8-0 at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium.  Vander Tuig snuffed out Mississippi State rallies in the fourth, fifth and eight innings to preserve his shutout and fourth win in the NCAA tournament.

Nebraska's is going black with this year's alternative uniform.  The University of Nebraska and Adidas AG unveiled the uniforms yesterday for the Sept. 14 home game against UCLA.  The uniforms feature black jerseys with white numbers and the word "Huskers" in red in place of players' names.  This will be the second time the Cornhuskers have traded in their traditional home red jerseys for an alternative look.  These alternative uniforms will allow Nebraska's Blackshirt defense to actually wear black shirts in a game.  The Huskers will keep the white pants and white helmets, but both will feature black stripes, and the helmet's facemask will be red and black.  The team's traditional red "N" remains on the helmets.

The top ten seeds in the 46th Nebraska Match Play Championship advanced to the Round of 32 following yesterday's first round at Elks Country Club in Columbus.  Top seed Nick Vondrak automatically qualified for the match play portion of the tournament following last year's runner-up finish and opened his 2013 performance with a 5 & 4 win over John Thomas in the first match of the day.  Norfolk's Lance Lawson, who posted the best stroke play score on Monday with a 67, battled Wesley Bernt to 22 holes before emerging victorious. Columbus' Mike Krumland defeated Fremont's Garret Giesselmann 4 & 2.  Homer's Mitchell Holgate topped North Platte's Cameron Bargell 2 & 1.  Omaha's Zach Taylor downed Brunswick's Sam Meuret 5 & 4.  Laurel's Mitchell Klooz defeated Columbus' Matt Hansen 19 holes.  The Round of 32 starts today at 8:00 AM, with the Round of 16 scheduled for 2:00.

Local Schedule:  Columbus at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl DH-5:30); Nfk Golden Girls 18's Vs. Rockets '95-6:00; Vs. Calvary-7:30; Vs. Lady Dominators-9:00 (Lincoln SB League).

Local Scores:  Nfk Golden Girls 18's 7-5 Columbus Fire & Ice 4-2 (SB DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 2-4 Oklahoma City 0-5 (Bsbl DH).

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