Sports News-August 5, 2014

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Yahoo Sports is reporting that the United States men's national team has cut John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap, leaving the roster at 16 players.  With Paul George lost to a broken right leg, the Americans will have to drop four more players before the World Cup of Basketball later this month in Spain.  The Americans made the cuts yesterday that had been planned for Saturday but delayed after George's injury.  The remaining players will report to Chicago for practices that begin Aug. 14.   

The Los Angeles Angels blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in the Freeway Series.  Garrett Richards improved to 12-4 by outdueling Zack Greinke for his twelfth victory.  Richards tossed a five-hitter, striking out nine for his first career shutout.  Josh Hamilton hit his eighth homer. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had RBI doubles in a four-run first inning.

New York Giants running back David Wilson will be forced to retire after just two NFL seasons because of a back injury.  The Giants' first-round pick in the 2012 draft underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January.  Wilson caught a pass in practice last week and ran with his head down into the back of an offensive lineman, a hit that caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory wants to be known for being more than just a pass rusher.  After leading the Big Ten with 10 ½ sacks last season, he says he needs to become better as a run-stopper.  Gregory's difficulty holding his ground against the run stemmed from his struggle to maintain weight.  He dropped as low as 230 pounds last season. Last week, the 6’6 Gregory was up to 248.  Some NFL draft projections have him listed in the upper half of the first round next year.  Gregory said he wouldn't decide until after the season whether to enter the draft as an underclassman but acknowledged he bought an insurance policy two months ago to protect himself in case an injury causes his draft position to drop.  The team hit the practice field for the first time in preparation for the 2014 season last night, going through a one-hour and 40-minute workout in shorts and helmets inside the Hawks Center and on the practice field.

Opponents from the Big East, Big Ten and Big XII are on the Nebraska-Omaha’s men’s basketball schedule released yesterday.  The Mavericks’ final year of reclassification to NCAA Division I includes 29 games, including 13 home contests in UNO’s last season at Ralston Arena.  Four opponents will come from the Western Athletic Conference, two apiece from the Mountain West and Big Sky and one each from the Southland, Big East, Big Ten and Big XII.  Three opponents, Kansas State, Nebraska and defending Summit League champion North Dakota State, played in the 2014 NCAA tournament.  Nebraska-Omaha opens Nov. 16, hosting Central Arkansas at Ralston Arena.  Head coach Derrin Hansen enters his tenth season at the helm of the Maverick program in 2014-15, boasting a career record of 149-121. They return four starters from the 2013-14 squad, led by senior guard CJ Carter, who was an honorable mention All-Summit pick a year ago.

The Wayne State volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for last season.  The Wildcats posted a team cumulative grade point average of 3.48 during the academic year to receive the honor for a ninth consecutive season.  They were one of eight schools from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and 94 from NCAA Division II to receive the award.  Wayne State finished the 2013 season with a 22-10 record, placing sixth in the NSIC with a 12-8 league mark.  They return five starters from last year’s team that finished 21st in the AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

John Haney of Lincoln earned medalist honors yesterday in qualifying for the fourth Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island.  Haney's score of 71 was one shot better than both Dave Shillinglaw of Papillion and Stan Darling of Fremont.  Columbus’ Mike Krumland & Mike Wiester shot 77 & 78 respectively.  Based on qualifying scores, the low sixteen golfers were placed in a championship bracket, the remainder of gross division golfers comprise the President's flight with match play beginning today for these players.  Net division golfers began match play yesterday and conclude today.

Local Schedule:  Iowa at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-12:05).

Local Scores:   Iowa 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 0 (Bsbl).

      Final          Baltimore              7    Washington          3
      Final          Cleveland              7    Cincinnati          1
      Final          L.A.  Angels          5    L.A.  Dodgers      0
      Final          N-Y  Yankees          2    Detroit                1
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      5    Texas                    3,  6  Innings
      Final          Oakland                  3    Tampa  Bay            2,  10  Innings
      Final          San  Francisco      4    N-Y  Mets              3

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