Sports News-July 1, 2013

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Chris Paul is expected to verbally agree to a five-year, $107 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers shortly after the team is able to officially offer it to him according to ESPN.  His decision to stay with the Clippers is hardly a surprise.  The only suspense remaining is when and how he will officially accept.  Paul cannot sign his new contract until July 10th but he can agree to terms before then.  ESPN reported Saturday that his representatives have told teams to not even bother pursuing the point guard when free agency begins because he planned to re-sign with the Clippers.  Paul will become the second high-profile player to sign a long-term extension with the Clippers in the last two seasons.  Blake Griffin signed a five-year, $95 million extension last summer.

The Los Angeles Lakers were assured they would get the last word when it came to Dwight Howard's free agency pitch process.  Turns out they got the first word as well.  Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met briefly with Howard face-to-face early this morning when NBA free agency officially opened up, ESPN reported.  The Houston Rockets also plan to meet with Howard this week.  He is scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors on today and the Dallas Mavericks and Lakers tomorrow.  The Rockets can offer a Howard a four-year, $88 million contract after agreeing in principle to trade forward Thomas Robinson to Portland for two future second-round picks and the rights to two European players, a source confirmed to ESPN.  Houston also waived veterans Aaron Brooks and Carlos Delfino earlier on Sunday to clear more salary cap space.

Brazil won the Confederations Cup title again.  The Brazilians dominated the final at the Maracana Stadium, beating world champion Spain 3-0 for the Brazilians' third straight Confed Cup.  The Brazilian forward known simply as Fred scored twice.  Neymar scored the other goal.  More than 5,000 anti-government protesters marched near the Maracana football stadium before the match.  They were venting their anger about the billions of dollars the Brazilian government is spending on major sporting events rather than public services.  Just before the Confederations Cup final started, clashes between police and protesters who massed at security blockades broke out.  Some protesters hurled rocks at authorities who responded with tear gas and shock grenades.

Creighton University officially became a member of the Big East Conference at 12:01 AM today.  Creighton and fellow newcomers Butler and Xavier join a Big East that retains DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova.  The partnership was announced on March 20, 2013 in New York.  The 2013-14 academic year will be the 35th in the history of the Big East, a league synonymous with men's basketball that has evolved into a well-rounded league that competes nationally at the highest level in sports across the board.  Big East basketball squads have captured 13 titles in the last 14 years, including men's and women's hoop titles in 2012-13.  Since opening its doors in 1979, the league has won 34 national championships in six different sports and 139 student-athletes have won individual national titles through 2012-13.

Incoming Nebraska-Omaha freshman forward Jake Guentzel was chosen in the third round of the National Hockey League entry draft today, a pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Guentzel was selected with the 77th overall pick and becomes the sixth member of this year's UNO team to be drafted by an NHL team.  He is also the second Pittsburgh pick on the Mavericks' roster, following Josh Archibald who was chosen in the sixth round in 2011.  Guentzel was named the USHL Rookie of the Year and a member of the league's All-Rookie Team in his first and only year with Sioux City of the United States Hockey League in 2012-13.

The Norfolk Golden Girls 18's softball team won the Concordia Classic yesterday after claiming three games.  They beat the Seward Storm 6-3, the Fairbury Fusion 6-2, and Impact 7-2 to win the tournament.  Norfolk went 6-1 overall in the Classic and hit .401 as a team.  They are now 32-13-3 on the season.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Seniors at Omaha Central Four Aces Eagles (Bsbl DH-5:00); Nfk Golden Girls 18's at Pierce (SB DH-6:30); New Orleans at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Iowa 0 (Bsbl). 

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