Sports News-June 28, 2012

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 Yanks lose top hurlers...Utley returns...Sharapova looks to finish...Pacers made changes
     NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees will spend about two weeks without CC Sabathia and up to two months without fellow lefty starter Andy Pettitte. Sabathia was placed on the disabled list yesterday after straining a groin during Sunday's 6-5 win over the Mets. Pettitte was hit above the left ankle by a line drive in the fifth inning of yesterday's 5-4 victory against Cleveland, fracturing his fibula.
     PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley made his season debut last night after missing the first 76 games with a chronic problem in both knees. Utley homered in his first at-bat and went 3-5, but Michael McHenry hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs as Pittsburgh downed the Phillies 11-7. Utley returned on the same day the Phillies announced that first baseman Ryan Howard will start a rehab stint today after missing the whole season with a torn Achilles.
     WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Today's Wimbledon schedule includes the complete of a second-round match between women's top seed Maria Sharapova and Tsvetana Pironkova. Sharapova led 7-6, 3-1 yesterday until the match was suspended by darkness. Men's second seed Rafael Nadal and women's No. 6 Serena Williams are part of today's slate.
     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Pacers' front office has been overhauled following the pending resignation of president of basketball operations Larry Bird and Tuesday's resignation of general manager David Morway. Director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard is the new GM, and Donnie Walsh will take over as team president once Bird leaves at the end of August. Bird said health issues were among the reasons for his departure, and he didn't rule out a return to basketball.
     DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Spain has advanced to Sunday's European Championship, beating Portugal 4-2 yesterday in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw. Cesc Fabregas scored the deciding penalty after Bruno Alves had hit the crossbar for Portugal moments earlier. Spain will face the winner of today's semifinal between Germany and Italy.

Nebraska wrestling coach Mark Manning has been chosen as a volunteer coach for the men’s freestyle team at the Olympic Games in London next month according to the Omaha World Herald.  He and Ohio State associate head coach Lou Rosselli and Oklahoma State coach John Smith will serve with national freestyle coach Zeke Jones, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Smith has previously served as CO-head coach for the 2000 U.S. Olympic team.  He was a two-time Olympic champion, and Rosselli was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.  All three of the volunteer coaches have been United States World Team coaches on numerous occasions.  Manning is the personal coach for Jordan Burroughs, who won two NCAA titles at Nebraska.  Manning served as a member of the 2011 U.S. World Team coaching staff.

Former Nebraska Cornhusker Lance Jeter will join a team of former college standouts in China beginning this week for an international tournament.  Jeter, who was an All-Big XII performer at Nebraska in 2010-11, will head overseas for nine games, taking on National B teams from China, Lithuania and Germany from today through July 10.  Last season, he enjoyed a strong debut for a team in Holland.  Jeter averaged 16.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game, earning first-team honors.  He shot 60% from the field, including 37% from three-point range, while leading his team in both scoring and assists.  Jeter finished second among all players in scoring and was fifth in assists.

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are tied at one win a piece at the United States Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha.  Phelps finished five-hundredths of a second ahead of Lochte to capture the 200 freestyle, two days after Lochte outraced the winningest Olympian ever in the 400 individual medley.  Both will head to London to resume their rivalry at the Olympics.  Missy Franklin is heading to the Olympics after winning the 100-meter backstroke and denying Natalie Coughlin a chance to defend her title in London.  Coughlin finished third.  Also, Matt Grevers took the 100 backstroke final and Breeja Larson won the 100 breaststroke.

Defending champion, Kevin Stanek of Bellevue, leads a group of eight golfers that survived two rounds of match play yesterday in the extreme heat at Platteview Country Club.  Stanek knocked off Will Andersen of Dakota City 3 and 2 and fellow Platteview member, Garrett Morehead of Bellevue 5 and 4.  He'll face Scott Tridle of Lincoln in a quarterfinal match today.  Tridle topped Junior Match Play champion, Zach Taylor of Omaha 5 and 4 and Norfolk's Lance Lawson in 19 holes in the Round of 16.  Lawson had won a match earlier in the day over Daniel Fountain of Plattsmouth 1 up.  Lincoln’s Travis Minzel beat Columbus’ Brady Vancura in the Round of 16 3 and 1.  Vancura won his earlier match via withdrawal earlier in the day.  Action resumes today with the quarterfinal & semifinals.  

Local Schedule:  Hartington at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl-8:00); Columbus Bullets at Nfk Golden Girls 18’s (SB DH-6:30); New Orleans at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Columbus 9-11 Nfk Seniors 2-2 (Bsbl DH); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 14 Fremont 2; Seward Starz 4 Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 1 (Lincoln SB League); Omaha Storm Chasers 8 New Orleans 5 (Bsbl).

      Final    Chi  White  Sox    12    Minnesota            5
      Final    Boston                  10    Toronto                4
      Final    Kansas  City          5    Tampa  Bay            4
      Final    Oakland                  2    Seattle                1
      Final    L.A.  Angels        13    Baltimore            1
      Final    Texas                    13    Detroit                9
      Final    Milwaukee              8    Cincinnati          4
      Final    N-Y  Mets              17    Chi  Cubs              1
      Final    San  Francisco      3    L.A.  Dodgers      0
       Final    Atlanta                  6    Arizona                4
      Final    Miami                      5    St.  Louis            3
      Final    Houston                  1    San  Diego            0
      Final    Washington          11    Colorado              5

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