Sports News-July 11, 2013

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking a chance on Andrew Bynum and his creaky knees.  The free agent center, who never played one second with Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries, has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cavs.  Bynum's deal with the Cavs has $6 million in guaranteed money, and could reach $24 million with incentives.

Kobe Bryant is working hard to get back on the court and not wasting any time thinking about Dwight Howard.  Bryant says his surgically repaired Achilles' tendon is "progressing faster than anybody expected," though he won't start shooting again until next month.  He is holding his annual youth basketball camp at UC Santa Barbara this week.  Last week, he joined the Lakers in their meeting with Howard, who eventually chose Houston instead of re-signing in Los Angeles.  Bryant says Wednesday he doesn't know why Howard left.  He says: "You think once a guy decides to go someplace else I'm going to waste my time trying to figure out why that happened?"

Derek Jeter will return to the New York Yankees' lineup this afternoon according to ESPN.  Jeter, who has missed the entire season while recovering from a broken ankle suffered in last season's American League Championship Series, will be activated and in the lineup against the Kansas City Royals at either shortstop or designated hitter.  The 39-year-old played his fourth minor league game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night going 0-3 in seven innings.
David Ortiz doubled in his first at-bat to become baseball's all-time leader in hits as a designated hitter and hit a two-run homer an inning later, leading the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Seattle Mariners last night.  Ortiz entered the night tied with Harold Baines for the most hits as a DH and it took just one at-bat to claim the record.  Ortiz doubled to left-center field to lead off the second inning and was acknowledged by a standing ovation from the mix of Red Sox and Mariners fans.
Fred Couples feels like he's overdue for a win.  He's played seven events on the Champions Tour this year, has been in the top five in six of them and comes into the U.S. Senior Open today at the Omaha Country Club off three straight runner-up finishes.  Couples' most recent victory was just under a year ago at the 2012 Senior British Open.  He looked ready to win two weeks ago in the Senior Players Championship, but a back-nine collapse left him tied for second behind Kenny Perry.  The fourth of the five senior majors will be a test of stamina for the 50-and-over golfers, especially with weekend highs forecast in the low 90s with high humidity.  The course is hilly, featuring elevation and topographical changes that belie the popular image of the central plains.  Roger Chapman will try to become the first defending champion to repeat since Allen Doyle in 2006.  Mark Calcavecchia, formerly of Laurel, will also be in competition.

After a first-half fight, the USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team improved to 3-0 by outscoring Sweden 27-17 in the third quarter on its way to an eventual 83-65 win today at in Kazan, Russia.  Creighton senior-to-be Doug McDermott helped Team USA to the win with eight points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.  The USA will continue preliminary round play against 2-1 Australia today before taking on 3-0 Canada on Friday.

Nebraska's Jordan Hooper scored eleven points and pulled down four rebounds to help power the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team to a 105-75 victory over Brazil yesterday.  Hooper, a 6'2 senior forward from Alliance, hit 5-11 shots from the field, including a three-pointer in just 13 minutes of action.  It was Hooper's first career double-figure scoring performance in three international games.  The United States will enjoy an off day after playing three games in three days, before entering Friday's 1:30 AM quarterfinals as the tournament's top seed.  Team USA will play Sweden.

Local Schedule:  Round Rock, TX at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk Golden Girls 18's 9 Lincoln Swingers 8; Nfk Golden Girls 18's 12 Nebraska Blue Diamonds 5 (Lincoln SB League); Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Memphis 3 (Bsbl). 

      Final            Pittsburgh          5    Oakland                  0
      Final            L.A.  Angels      13    Chi  Cubs                2
      Final            St.  Louis            5    Houston                  4
      Final            N-Y  Yankees        8    Kansas  City          1
      Final            Baltimore            6    Texas                      1
      Final            Toronto                5    Cleveland              4
      Final            Detroit                8    Chi  White  Sox      5
      Final            Tampa  Bay            4    Minnesota              3,  13  Innings
      Final            Boston                11    Seattle                  4
      Final            Miami                    6    Atlanta                  2
      Final            Cincinnati          6    Milwaukee              2
      Final            N-Y  Mets              7    San  Francisco      2
      Final            Washington          5    Philadelphia        1
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      7    Arizona                  5,  14  Innings
      Final            Colorado              5    San  Diego              4
      Final    Chicago              89    Washington      85
      Final    San  Antonio      88    Phoenix            80

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