Sports News-August 21, 2014

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Kevin Durant’s representation Roc Nation Sports informed Nike yesterday that he has a deal on the table with Under Armour worth between $265-$285 million over ten years, sources told  The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives, such as a community center built in his mother's name, whose exact worth will not be known for some time.  Nike, which saw its signature business related to the Oklahoma City Thunder forward grow to roughly $175 million at retail last season, will have the right to match, which is a condition of Durant's current contract with the brand.  Durant can still choose Nike if it doesn't match but can't legally choose Under Armour if Nike does.  Nike's last offer, sources said, would have given Durant a base and a minimum royalty guarantee that would equal no less than $20 million a year.

Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards sustained a patellar injury in his left knee while running to cover first base in the second inning in last night’s 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox.  Angels manager Mike Scioscia called it a "significant injury"  Richards, 7-2 in his previous eleven starts, left after 1 2/3 innings with a 2-0 deficit.  He was hurt while running to cover first base on a potential double-play grounder by Boston's Brock Holt.  Richards' right leg buckled on the dirt near the base.

With a roster boasting four returning seniors from last year’s NCAA Tournament squad and two Preseason All-BIG EAST selections, Creighton was tabbed the favorite in BIG EAST volleyball by topping the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  Marquette is second followed by Xavier, Butler, and St. John’s.  Creighton was 23-9 overall last year and 12-4 in the BIG EAST.  They are ranked 23rd in the AVCA Preseason Top 25.

Ali Farokhmanesh, the player most famous for hitting a dagger three-pointer to defeat overall top seed Kansas in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, is joining the Nebraska men's basketball coaching staff.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that coach Tim Miles announced yesterday he's hiring Farokhmanesh as a graduate assistant manager.  In a phone interview, Miles said Farokhmanesh came "highly recommended" from Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson.  Farokhmanesh spent the past four seasons playing in Holland, Austria and Switzerland, but around the Midwest is most famous for his role in helping nine seed Northern Iowa upset top seed Kansas 69-67 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini isn't feeling sorry for himself after seeing as many as three players lost for the season because of injuries and a bunch of others ailing.  Pelini said after practice yesterday that "there's nothing you can do about it" and that other teams are in the same situation.  Defensive back Charles Jackson and linebacker Michael Rose are out with season-ending knee injuries and running back Adam Taylor broke his ankle and probably won't make it back this season.  Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is day to day with an ankle injury.  Starting right offensive tackle Zach Sterup and long snapper Gabe Miller are among other players who are hurt.  Pelini also announced defensive tackle Aaron Curry has quit the team.

Nebraska football coaches and players are showing support in a video message for the eight-year-old cancer patient they befriended two years ago.  Jack Hoffman of Atkinson, received national attention for his touchdown run in the 2013 spring game.  He traveled to Boston with his family this week for treatment for a recurrence of brain cancer.  Coach Bo Pelini, with players gathered around him, tells Jack "you're going to come out of it on top.  There's no doubt you're a strong young man.  We want you to understand you have our support. We're behind you, and we're thinking about you through this whole thing."  Players Kenny Bell, Ameer Abdullah, Jake Cotton and Josh Mitchell also said a few words.
The Toronto Blue Jays are contesting Creighton University's use of a new logo, saying the depiction of the school's "Bluejay" too closely resembles the logo of the major league baseball team.  Toronto filed a notice of opposition this month with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, opposing the university's application for a trademark.  Creighton's new logo debuted in September 2013, coinciding with the school's move from the Missouri Valley Conference to the Big East.  The Toronto Blue Jays argue Creighton's logo would lead the public to believe goods sold by the university are "approved, endorsed or sponsored" by the baseball club.  Creighton general counsel Jim Jansen said Wednesday he's in discussions with representatives of the Toronto club to resolve their concerns.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released its high school softball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Class ‘A’ Three-time Defending State Champion Millard South is first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Beatrice is ranked number one in Class ‘B’.  In Class ‘C’, Defending State Champion Wahoo is first, Wayne is ranked second, Twin River comes in fifth, O’Neill is ranked seventh, and West Point Guardian Angels is ninth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Three-time Defending State Champion Millard South is first while Beatrice is ranked first in Class ‘B’.  In Class ‘C’, Bishop Neumann is number one, Wayne is ranked second, and West Point Guardian Angels comes in sixth.

The Norfolk High softball team gets their season underway today when they host Lincoln Southeast in a 5:00 doubleheader.  The Lady Panthers have 39 girls out this year on the team with 18 on the varsity roster.  They have eight players returning with starting experience including pitchers Skyler Johnson & Jill Orwig.  Norfolk was 12-25 last year.  Their remaining home schedule has them hosting Lincoln Northeast, Kearney, Lincoln Southwest, Millard South, Elkhorn, and Columbus.  The Lady Panthers will also host the Norfolk Invite on September sixth.  

The Norfolk Catholic girls’ golf team gets their 2014 campaign underway today when they compete in the O’Neill Invitational.  The Lady Knights have only five girls out this year on the team.  Returning from last year’s team are juniors Mady Doggett, Libby Tielke, & Blair Benda.  They also have two freshmen in Emily Teten and Chelsey Reifert.  Norfolk Catholic’s remaining schedule has them competing in invites at Battle Creek, Pierce, Wayne, Columbus Scotus, and the Mid State Conference Meet hosted by Hartington Cedar Catholic.  The Lady Knights also have road duals at Columbus Scotus, Stanton, and a triangular at Pierce.  They will also host duals with Plainview and Crofton.  

Local Schedule:  Lincoln SE at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); Nfk Cath at O’Neill Inv. (GG-10:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Tacoma (Bsbl-9:05).

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

      Final    Texas                      5    Miami                      4
      Final    Philadelphia        4    Seattle                  3
      Final    Toronto                  9    Milwaukee              5
      Final    N-Y  Mets                8    Oakland                  5
      Final    Colorado                5    Kansas  City          2
      Final    Houston                  5    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final    Detroit                  6    Tampa  Bay              0
      Final    L.A.  Angels          8    Boston                    3
      Final    Baltimore              4    Chi  White  Sox      3
      Final    Cleveland              5    Minnesota              0
      Final    Washington            3    Arizona                  2
      Final    Pittsburgh            3    Atlanta                  2
      Final    St.  Louis              7    Cincinnati            3
      Final    San  Francisco      8    Chi  Cubs                3
      Final    San  Diego              4    L.A.  Dodgers        1

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