Sports News-August 1, 2014

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The Detroit Tigers have picked up former Cy Young winner David Price in a three-team trade that sends Austin Jackson to Seattle and Drew Smyly, Willie Adams and Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay.  The Oakland Athletics have acquired Jon Lester, outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash from Boston for Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick.  The Bosox also shipped John Lackey to St. Louis for fellow righty Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw became a 13-game winner and lowered his ERA to 1.71 by tossing a nine-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Atlanta in Los Angeles.  Yasiel Puig hit a solo homer and scored both Dodger runs as they increased their lead in the National League West to 3 ½ games over idle San Francisco.

Marshawn Lynch has ended his holdout.  The running back arrived at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility yesterday following the team's morning practice.  The team confirmed Lynch had reported for camp, ending a holdout that spanned a week.  Lynch is scheduled to make up to $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses.

On the eve of fall practice, the Nebraska football team was ranked 22nd in the initial Coaches Poll released yesterday.  The Huskers return 14 starters, including All-America candidates Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory, and 45 letter winners from a team that went 9-4 and capped the year with a Gator Bowl victory over Georgia.  Florida State is first followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Auburn.

Nebraska's Football Fan Day is today from 2:00-3:30 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.  Fans can meet and greet and get autographs from coaches and players who are on the preseason practice roster.  Fans will enter through Gates 3 and 24 on the southeast and southwest corners of the stadium.  Gates open at 2:00.  The majority of players will be seated on the field, and freshmen will be in the stands on the west side.  Fans should limit autograph requests to one item per player or coach.  Any apparel items fans want to have signed should be in hand rather than worn.  Free parking will be available in nearby lots.

A power forward from Waukee, Iowa, apparently is the first 2015 commitment for Nebraska men’s basketball.  The Omaha World Herald reports that Michael Jacobson, 6-8 and 220 pounds, committed last night.  Jacobson holds an Iowa State football scholarship as a tight end.  But Nebraska appears to have lured him for basketball.  Other schools involved were Drake, Brown, Indiana State, Northern Iowa, Northern Colorado and Lehigh.  A previous Husker commitment for 2015, 6’9 Keanu Pinder, will attend Hutchinson Community College of Kansas, which moves him to the 2016 class.

An exhibition game at Nebraska and 17 home games highlight a 28-game schedule for the Wayne State women’s basketball team in the 2014-15 season.  The Wildcats will open the season on November 2 with an exhibition game at Nebraska with tip off slated for 2:00 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.  Wayne State will play 17 games in the friendly confines of Rice Auditorium this season, where they are 70-5 under Chris Kielsmeier in the last five years.  The Wildcats and Northern State from the NSIC will battle Nebraska-Kearney and Northwest Missouri State in the MIAA/NSIC Challenge on November 14 & 15, to open the home schedule.  The first round of the NSIC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be played at the host site of the top eight teams on February 25.  Wayne State finished last season with a 28-5 record, winning the NSIC Regular Season Title for a third time in the last four years with a 19-3 league mark.  The Wildcats return their top three scorers for the upcoming season.

The Super Late Model Racing Series continues on Saturday night at Riveria Raceway in Norfolk.  Norfolk’s Tad Pospisil is currently in second place behind Marquette’s Kyle Burke.  Burke has 646 points compared to Pospisil’s 620.  Pospisil finished second last year in the standings behind Burke.  Pospisil also races in the NASCAR series and currently leads in the statewide standings held at Greenwood.  Tad’s grandfather Jerry Pospisil operates as his pit crew manager.  There are a total of 13 tracks between Nebraska and Iowa in the Super Late Model Racing Series.  Saturday’s race at Riveria Raceway gets underway at 7:00.  Pospisil’s '04' car is sponsored by 106 KIX & Lite Rock 97.5.

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

Local Scores:   Memphis 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      7    Detroit            4
      Final            L.A.  Angels          1    Baltimore        0,  13  Innings
      Final            Seattle                  6    Cleveland        5
      Final            Kansas  City          6    Minnesota        3
      Final            Toronto                  6    Houston            5
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Chi  Cubs                3    Colorado          1
      Final            St.  Louis              6    San  Diego        2
      Final            Philadelphia      10    Washington      4
      Final            Cincinnati            3    Miami                1
      Final            Arizona                  7    Pittsburgh      4
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        2    Atlanta            1
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Atlanta          85    Tulsa            75
      Final    Chicago          87    New  York      74
      Final    Minnesota      75    Phoenix        67
      Final    Indiana          76    Seattle        67

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