Sports News-August 15, 2014

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Major League Baseball's chief operating officer Rob Manfred has received a promotion.  Manfred has been elected baseball's 10th commissioner by team owners and will succeed Bud Selig in January.  Manfred is a labor lawyer who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998.  He beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years.  One baseball executive who attended the 4 ½ hour meeting told The Associated Press that Manfred was elected on approximately the sixth ballot.  The initial vote was 20-10 for Manfred, three short of the required three-quarters majority.  The 80-year-old Selig has ruled baseball since September 1992, when he was among the owners who forced Commissioner Fay Vincent's resignation.

Sunday's Sprint Cup race will go on without Tony Stewart.  The 2011 Sprint Cup champ says he will not race at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track.  His plans for the rest of the season have not been determined.  Jeff Burton will drive Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet in Michigan.  Stewart also sat out Sunday at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car event in Canandaigua, New York.

United States coach Mike Krzyzewski says he was surprised by Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the team last week because of "physical and mental fatigue."  "Yeah, I was," Krzyzewski said after Team USA's practice in Chicago on Thursday. "No question. I was."  Krzyzewski wasn't the only one surprised, but he might have been the most frustrated.  Durant, the reigning NBA MVP, was expected to be the leader on and off the floor for Team USA.  Between Paul George’s gruesome leg injury at the end of Team USA's scrimmage two weeks ago and the fact that Durant has been linked to a huge multimillion dollar deal to sign with Under Armour.  In other Team USA news, in the first practice since Paul George broke his leg.  DeMarcus Cousins injured his right knee while going for a loose ball, but the Sacramento Kings star seemingly dodged a bullet, as an MRI revealed no structural damage.  Team USA announced that Cousins is day to day.

The Big Ten Conference released its preseason volleyball poll today and Nebraska’s 2014 squad was picked second by the league’s coaches.  Senior Mary Pollmiller and sophomore Kadie Rolfzen were named to the 15-member preseason All-Big Ten team, with Rolfzen a unanimous selection.  Two-time defending Big Ten champion Penn State was picked to finish first in the conference, while the top five were rounded out by Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Purdue.  The Huskers finished the 2013 season second in the Big Ten with a 16-4 league record, while then senior Kelsey Robinson was named player of the year.

The University of Nebraska’s athletic budget will top $100 million for the first time in 2014-15, with much of the increased spending coming in the area of football recruiting.  The Athletic Department says the budget for the 24-sport program this year is $103 million.  That's up 10.7% from the $93 million budget of 2013-14.  The football program added six positions that will work specifically in recruiting.  Including air travel, the Cornhuskers will spend $1.2 million on recruiting this year.  That's up 32.7% from the $904,000 spent in 2013-14.

Local Schedule:  Salt Lake at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).

Local Scores:  Salt Lake 11 Omaha Storm Chasers 8 (Bsbl).

      Final          Detroit                5    Pittsburgh      2
      Final          Kansas  City        7    Oakland            3
      Final          Boston                  9    Houston            4
      Final          Tampa  Bay            6    Texas                3
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers      6    Atlanta            4
      Final          Milwaukee            6    Chi  Cubs          2
      Final          Miami                    5    Arizona            4,  10  Innings
      Final          Washington          4    N-Y  Mets          1
      Final          St.  Louis            4    San  Diego        3
      Final          Colorado              7    Cincinnati      3
      Final    Chicago    20    Jacksonville    19
      Final    Indiana      76    New  York      63

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