Sports News-June 26, 2014

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The United States will advance to the second round of World Cup with a victory or a tie today against Germany, or a tie by Ghana and Portugal.  The Americans are 1-0-1 in Group ‘G’ following a 2-1 win over Ghana and a 2-2 tie with Portugal.  The Yanks will be without Jozy Altidore for the second straight game because of a strained hamstring.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has no-hit the San Diego Padres for the second time in less than a year, facing just one batter over the minimum to earn a 4-0 victory.  Lincecum struck out six and issued a second-inning walk in joining Christy Mathewson as the only Giants to toss two no-hitters.  It's the third no-hitter of the season following gems by Dodgers hurlers Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw.

Much like they did before signing with the Miami Heat in 2010, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh got together for a meeting to discuss their futures yesterday, sources told  James opted out of the final two years and $42 million of his contract with the Heat on Tuesday.  Wade and Bosh have until midnight on Monday to decide if they will follow suit.  In 2006, James, Wade and Bosh consulted each other before signing matching three-year contract extensions that made them all free agents in 2010.  That year, they all signed deals that gave them matching opt-out clauses for this week.  James also is expected to stay in touch with friend Carmelo Anthony, who opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks on Monday to explore free agency.

The FIFA disciplinary panel member says World Cup organizers will decide today on a punishment for Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who appeared to bite an opponent during Wednesday's 1-0 win over Italy.  Suarez has a history of disciplinary problems, including separate bans of seven and ten matches for biting opponents in the Netherlands and England.  A decision needs to be made before Uruguay's second-round game against Colombia on Saturday.

Vanderbilt has won its first national championship in baseball.  John Norwood belted a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Commodores past Virginia 3-2 in the third and deciding game of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.  It was Norwood's first homer since April 19, and Vanderbilt's first since May 16.  The Cavaliers loaded the bases with one out in the eighth before Mike Papi was forced out at home and Brandon Downes grounded out.

The Nebraska women's basketball team plans to honor its first NCAA Tournament team when the Huskers return to the Bob Devaney Sports Center to take on Utah on Nov. 23.  The game, which was announced by Nebraska on June 25, will mark the Huskers' first game at the Devaney Center since moving into their new home at Pinnacle Bank Arena for the start of the 2013-14 season.  The battle between the Huskers and the Utes will be the second in a two-game series.  Last season, Nebraska worked its way to a 75-69 victory over Utah at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Nov. 15, 2013.  Rachel Theriot is one of four starters back for the Big Red in 2014-15, joining senior second-team All-Big Ten selections Emily Cady and Tear'a Laudermill and senior Big Ten All-Defensive Team member Hailie Sample.  Nebraska will also feature seven newcomers who have been ranked among the top ten incoming classes in the nation by ESPN.

Wayne State senior sprinter Mickey Doerr has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team, receiving First Team honors.  It marks the third straight season that Doerr has received Academic All-American honors, making him the first Wayne State athlete to be named Academic All-American three times.  Doerr, a graduate of Bloomfield, posted a perfect 4.00 grade point average this season majoring in history and science education.  This season, Doerr was recognized as the Bob Cunningham Scholar Athlete of the Year at Wayne State.  On the track, he ran a leg on the fourth place 4x100 meter relay team and finished 13th in the 400 meter dash and 14th in the 200 meter dash at the NSIC Outdoor Championships.  His name still appears on two indoor school records, running legs on the 4x160 and 4x200 meter relay teams.

The Nebraska Track and Field team announced the addition of 18 signees to the 2015 roster yesterday.  The group adds to the list of 19 signees released in February.  Among the recruits includes Columbus Lakeview’s Mark Jarecki.  He won the Class ‘B’ 400 Meters at last spring’s State Track & Field Championships.

The 47th Nebraska Match Play Championship narrowed its' field to eight at the Country Club of Lincoln yesterday.  Remaining golfers include defending champion, Andy Sajevic of Fremont who will face Husker golfer Ross Dickson of England.  Qualifying medalist Kade Brown was knocked out by Josh Reinertson of Gibbon in the round of 16.  Reinertson faces Chris Rager of South Sioux City.  Other quarterfinalists include Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon, Bryce Brown of Lincoln, Zach Taylor of Omaha and Carson Schaake of Omaha.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Danielle Lemek of Doniphan, has won the Women’s State Amateur Championship at Hidden Valley Golf Club in Lincoln.  She shot an even-par 72 yesterday.  Lemek, a Bradley University junior, came into the final round yesterday with a three-stroke lead and finished even-par (216) to outdistance runner-up Morgan Smejkal of Columbus (221) and Isabella Baldacci of Norfolk (223), who also fired a final-round 72.

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      Final            Tampa  Bay              5    Pittsburgh            1
      Final            Oakland                  8    N-Y  Mets                5
      Final            Atlanta                  4    Houston                  0
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        5    Kansas  City          4
      Final            Cleveland              6    Arizona                  1
      Final            Baltimore              5    Chi  White  Sox      4,  12  Innings
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          5    Toronto                  3
      Final            Detroit                  8    Texas                      6
      Final            L.A.  Angels          6    Minnesota              2
      Final            Boston                    5    Seattle                  4
      Final            Milwaukee              9    Washington            2
      Final            St.  Louis              9    Colorado                6
      Final            San  Francisco      4    San  Diego              0
      Final            Cincinnati            4    Chi  Cubs                1
      Final            Miami                      3    Philadelphia        2
      Final          Connecticut      79    Chicago      69
      Final  OT    Tulsa                107    Indiana    102
          WORLD  CUP  SOCCER
      Final    Bosnia-Herzegovina      3    Iran            1
      Final    Argentina                        3    Nigeria      2
      Final    France                0    Ecuador        0
      Final    Switzerland      3    Honduras      0

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