Sports News-July 16, 2013

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Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics edged 20-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to win the 2013 Home Run Derby.  Cespedes had nine homers in his final round to eight by Harper in the made-for-TV event that precedes the All-Star game.

The Denver Broncos have suspended two executives who are facing drunken driving charges.  Director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely without pay, and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month without pay.  Executive vice president John Elway's top two advisers were arrested and jailed on suspicion of drunken driving in separates incidents within a month of each other.

Four days after being waived by the Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace says he'll be signing with the New York Knicks and he's excited to join Carmelo Anthony and Co.  The 6'7 forward will still be paid the $7.7 million that was owed to him by the Lakers.  World Peace has averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds during his 14-year NBA career.

Prosecutors asked a judge to revoke Alfonzo Dennard's probation a day after the former Husker and current NFL starter was arrested for allegedly driving drunk according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Matt Acton filed the motion Friday, urging District Judge Stephanie Stacy to rescind Dennard's probation.  He also sent Dennard a letter, telling him he may issue a warrant for his arrest if he doesn't show for a July 31 court date.  Dennard, 23, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, refusing a chemical test and straddling lanes.  The New England Patriots defensive back is on probation for punching a police officer in April 2012 in downtown Lincoln.  In April, he got two years' probation for assaulting the police officer and resisting arrest days before he was drafted into the NFL.

Harrison Phillips, a 6'3, 245-pound senior, announced yesterday that he will be headed to the Stanford football team instead of Nebraska according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The Cardinal is 35-5 during the past three seasons and just won its first Rose Bowl in 41 years.  Many Nebraska fans were hoping Phillips, also a standout wrestler, would join the Huskers' scholarship class of 2014.  As it stands, NU has three in-state players verbally committed to the class in D.J. Foster and Luke Gifford of Lincoln Southeast and Mick Stoltenberg of Gretna.  Phillips wasn't critical of the way Nebraska recruited him.  He did say, however, that if the Huskers had offered him a scholarship earlier in the process, as was the case with Foster and Gifford, he probably wouldn't have gone to summer camps at Stanford and Kansas State.  Kansas State, UCLA, Duke and Northern Illinois also were prominent in the battle for Phillips, who last season played defensive end and offensive tackle for Millard West.  He made 81 solo tackles and had 35 tackles for loss, including eleven sacks.

Nebraska's Jordan Hooper scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds while making her first international start, powering the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team to a 90-71 victory in the gold medal game yesterday.  Hooper, a 6'2 senior forward from Alliance, erupted in her first USA start, pouring in five points, including the game's first three-pointer, to go along with three early rebounds to fuel the U.S. team's 13-3 lead to open the game.  She also played a major role defensively in helping the United States to its third straight World University Games gold medal.  In the tournament, Hooper finished with 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game.

Nebraska offensive linemen Spencer Long and Jeremiah Sirles were recognized yesterday, as both players are on the initial 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award.  The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-America honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2013 preseason honors.  Long has been the anchor of the Huskers' offensive line for the past two seasons.  The 6'4, 315-pounder has started the past 27 games for the Huskers at offensive guard.  Sirles has been a two-year starter at offensive tackle for the Huskers and enters his senior season with 40 career games played.  The Lombardi Award winner will be announced on Dec. 11, 2013, in Houston, Texas.

Jordan Reinertson closed with a 4-under-par 67 at Wilderness Ridge yesterday to advance from sectional qualifying to the U.S. Amateur.  Reinertson, a former University of Nebraska golfer, will play in the Amateur beginning Aug. 12 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.  He shot one-under for 36 holes, one stroke ahead of first-round leader Will Pieper of Omaha, who is the first alternate.  Norfolk's Lance Lawson carded a 145, which was four strokes off the lead.  Laurel's Mitchell Klooz shot a 156.

After the qualifying round for the 2013 Women's Match Play Championship, Morgan Smejkal of Columbus received medalist honors after firing a two over par 74.  The Husker golfer is the number one seed and has a bye for the first match.  Smejkal will play her first match this afternoon.  Abbie Hunke of Snyder shot an 88 yesterday and will meet Stephanie Kolbas this afternoon.  The Round of 16 and Quarterfinals will be played tomorrow.

The 45th Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship will take place today through Thursday at the Oakland Golf Club.  Oakland most recently hosted the Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship in 2011, its the first time the club has staged the Junior Amateur.  The field for the boys competition has 96 entrants.  Participating in the Junior Amateur are Norfolk's Ross Gerber & Alex Strom, O'Neill's Nate Gotschall, Hartington's Brad Kathol & Dalton Lammers, Bancroft's Preston Peters, Laurel's Mitchell Klooz, Plainview's Tucker Knaak & Colin Wright, Humphrey's Trevor Kosch, Columbus' Joseph McClure, & Brunswick's Sam Meuret.

The 13th Nebraska Girls' Amateur Championship will take place today through Thursday at the Oakland Golf Club.  Its the first time the club has staged the Girls' Amateur.  The field for the girls competition has 34 competitors.  Danielle Lemek of Doniphan captured the Girls' Amateur from 2009-2012. A new champion will be crowned in 2013.  Participants in the field include Norfolk's Hannah Baldacci, Albion's Amy Ahlers, & Snyder's Hannah Hunke.

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