Sports News-June 27, 2013

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is being held without bond after being arrested yesterday and charged with murder in the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.  Prosecutors say Lloyd had angered Hernandez at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.  The Patriots released Hernandez following his arrest.

Wimbledon continues after seven-time men's champion Roger Federer and 2004 women's champ Maria Sharapova were ousted in the second round yesterday.  Women's second seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew before her second-round match after being injured on Monday.  Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams play their second-round matches today.

The newly reconstituted Big East Conference has hired former WNBA president Val Ackerman, a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, as its commissioner.  The Big East will be headquartered in New York City and begin official operations on July 1.  Terms of the deal were not immediately announced.  Ackerman, 53, was the founding president of the WNBA and also was the first female president of USA Basketball, which won gold medals by the men's and women's teams at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.  She was most recently a consultant for the NCAA, and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.  The revamped conference announced in March that it would include Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova and Xavier.

Nebraska softball coach Rhonda Revelle and assistants Lori Sippel, Diane Miller, and Katie Brown were collectively honored when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Nebraska as the 2013 Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year.  Nebraska was honored as the coaching staff of the year for the third time in Revelle's tenure.  Her staff also won the award in 1998 and 2002.  The Husker coaching staff has been honored each of the last three years Nebraska has advanced to the Women's College World Series.  A trip to the 2013 Women's College World Series was the highlight for this year's team, which finished eighth in the final rankings after being unranked and not receiving any votes in the preseason polls.

Stroke play medalist Lance Lawson of Norfolk was one of eight golfers to advance to the quarterfinals of the 46th Nebraska Match Play Championship after winning two matches yesterday at Elks Country Club in Columbus.  In the Round of 16, the second seeded Lawson ousted 15th seed David Clouse 4 and 3, who won the Nebraska Match Play in 1992 at Elks Country Club.  Lawson had beaten Will Andersen of Dakota City 3 and 1 in the Round of 32.  Homer's Mitchell Holgate lost his Round of 16 match 3 and 2.  In the Round of 32 earlier in the day, Holgate won 1 up, Mitchell Klooz of Laurel lost 2 up, and Columbus' Mike Krumland lost 1 up. The first match begins at 8:00 AM, with the semifinals set for a 1:00 start.

Mickey Doerr of Wayne State has been selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Men's Track/Cross Country Team.  He received Second Team All-American honors, marking the second straight year that he has been named Academic All-American after earning Third Team recognition last season as a sophomore.  Doerr, a junior from Bloomfield, recorded a perfect 4.00 grade point average majoring in history and science education.  A sprinter on the Wildcat men's track and field team, he placed a season-best second in the 200 meter dash at the Mount Marty Twilight Meet with a time of 22.76 seconds.  Doerr also had season-best times of 11.41 seconds in the 100 meter dash and 51.55 seconds in the 400 meter dash at the Nebraska Invite.  He also ran a leg on the 4X400 meter relay team that finished seventh at the NSIC Outdoor Championships.

Local Schedule:  Kellys 18's Vs. West Point-5:30; Vs. Oakland at 7:00 (SB Tri. At West Point); Iowa at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Columbus 9-3 Nfk Seniors 0-1 (Bsbl DH); Rockets '95 7 Nfk Golden Girls 18's 1; Nfk Golden Girls 18's 4 Wahoo-Calvary 2; Nfk Golden Girls 18's 15 Lady Dominators 3 (Lincoln SB League).

      Final            Miami                    5    Minnesota              3
      Final            Oakland                5    Cincinnati            0
      Final            Pittsburgh          4    Seattle                  2
      Final            Boston                  5    Colorado                3
      Final            Kansas  City        4    Atlanta                  3,  10  Innings
      Final            N-Y  Mets              3    Chi  White  Sox      0
      Final            Houston                4    St.  Louis              3
      Final            Toronto                3    Tampa  Bay              0
      Final            Cleveland            4    Baltimore              3
      Final            Texas                    8    N-Y  Yankees          5
      Final            L.A.  Angels        7    Detroit                  4
      Final            Washington          3    Arizona                  2
      Final            Chi  Cubs              5    Milwaukee              4
      Final            Philadelphia      7    San  Diego              5,  13  Innings
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      4    San  Francisco      2
      Final    Chicago      87    New  York      74

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