Sports News-June 28, 2013

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A person with knowledge of the deal says the Brooklyn Nets will acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics.  The trade can't be completed until July 10, after next season's salary cap is set, so pieces were still being discussed as the NBA draft ended.  The Cleveland Cavaliers surprised the Barclays Center crowd by picking UNLV forward Anthony Bennett as the top pick, and not one of the available seven-footers.  Nerlens Noel tumbled out of the top five and right into a trade.  After New Orleans took him sixth, a person familiar with the deal says the Pelicans dealt his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package that includes All-Star guard Jrue Holiday.

The NFL is telling its teams that any contract with Aaron Hernandez before charges against him are resolved won't be approved without a hearing by commissioner Roger Goodell.  The league says the hearing would be to decide if the former New England Patriots tight end should be suspended or face other action before a resolution of the charges is reached.  Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder and weapons counts in the shooting death of a friend, Odin Lloyd.  Hernandez was cut by the Patriots after the arrest and before his court appearance and is being held without bail.

Alex Rodriguez expressed some uncertainty about his return to the New York Yankees this season during a conference call yesterday with team officials, according to ESPN.  "I'm not sure when I can come back," A-Rod is said to have told general manager Brian Cashman and team president Randy Levine on the three-way call.  "It could be in July. It could be in August.  It could be I won't be able to play at all this year."  The account of the call seems to contradict the now-infamous tweet A-Rod sent out Tuesday, which proclaimed the Yankees third baseman "cleared" to play in games by Dr. Bryan Kelly, who performed hip surgery on Rodriguez in January.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has announced that defensive end Ernest Suttles and linebacker Thomas Brown are no longer on the team.  The university's athletic department said in a statement last night that it was "aware of an incident involving student-athletes which occurred off campus over the weekend."  The athletic department said it was working with the university's Dean of Students to gather details.  Suttles signed with the Huskers in February and was set to join the program this fall.  Pelini had said in February that Suttles had a chance to be an immediate contributor as a freshman.  Brown was to be a redshirt freshman this season.

Andy Sajevic of Fremont and Lance Lawson of Norfolk each defeated two opponents at Elks Country Club in Columbus yesterday to advance to the Nebraska Match Play Championship's 36 hole final.  Following a 2 ½ hour weather delay during the morning's quarterfinals, Sajevic ousted Brian Csipkes of Gretna in 21 holes.  In the afternoon, Sajevic battled to a 2 and 1 win over Ben Maschka of Omaha.  Lawson opened his day with a 3 and 2 triumph over Dylan Heng of Nebraska City before taking down reigning Junior Match Play champion Carson Schaake of Omaha in 20 holes in the semifinals.  The final starts at 8:00 AM today.

Local Schedule:  Iowa at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Iowa 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl). 

      Final            Texas                    2    N-Y  Yankees        0
      Final            L.A.  Angels        3    Detroit                1,  10  Innings
      Final            Baltimore            7    Cleveland            3
      Final            Boston                  7    Toronto                4
      Final            Minnesota            3    Kansas  City        1
      Final            Chi  Cubs              7    Milwaukee            2
      Final            Arizona                3    Washington          2,  11  Innings
      Final            N-Y  Mets              3    Colorado              2
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      6    Philadelphia      4
      Final    Phoenix    101    Washington      97

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