Sports - July 1

Sports Department

LeBron James will have a completely different process and a different priority with his free agency than he did in 2010, sources told  Teams that contact James will be informed that he wants no less than the maximum salary number for next season. The max number for James is projected to be about $20.7 million. In 2010, James accepted a pay cut when he signed with the Miami Heat, taking less than the maximum salary to help make space for other free agents.

Jozy Altidore will be available for the U.S. in today's World Cup game against Belgium, although it doesn't appear he's ready to start. The forward strained his left hamstring in the Americans' opener against Ghana on June 16 and didn't appear in their next two games. The U.S. Soccer Federation tweeted that Altidore "is ready and available."  That game is this afternoon at 3:00.

Today's Centre Court schedule at Wimbledon begins with Maria Sharapova's fourth-round match against Angelique Kerber before Rafael Nadal takes on Nick Kyrious in a fourth-rounder. Top seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Andy Murray played themselves into the quarterfinals by winning yesterday.

The Nebraska volleyball team already has experienced more success on the court during its trip to Japan and China than coach John Cook expected.  According to the Lincoln Journal Star, in Japan, Nebraska beat the Ageo Medics pro team 25-19, 22-25, 26-24. NU also won a five-set match against a pro team in Zhejiang, China.

Alcides Escobar tied a career high with four RBIs on two doubles to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night.  Kansas City has won three of their last four and is off to its best start since 2003.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers @ Iowa – DH 12:05, 7:05 (bsbl), Kansas City Royals @ Minnesta – 7:10 (bsbl), Albion @ Nfk Seniors – 8:00 (bsbl)
Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers, 6, Iowa, 7 – 10 innings (bsbl); Battle Creek 1, 20, Albion 2, 0 (bsbl)


      Final            Chi  Cubs              2    Boston                0
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      1    Cleveland          0
      Final            Tampa  Bay            4    N-Y  Yankees      3,  12  Innings
      Final            Baltimore            7    Texas                  1
      Final            Detroit                5    Oakland              4
      Final            Kansas  City        6    Minnesota          1
      Final            Seattle              10    Houston              4
        L.A.  Angels    at    Chi  White  Sox    (8:10  p.m.,    postponed,  rain)
      Final    Washington      7    Colorado          3
      Final    Atlanta            5    N-Y  Mets          3
      Final    San  Diego        1    Cincinnati      0
          WORLD  CUP  SOCCER
      Final  OT    Germany      2    Algeria      1
      In  2nd    France      2    Nigeria      0

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