Sports News-July 17, 2013

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The American League will have home field advantage in the World Series following their 3-0 shutout that ends the National League's three-game win streak in the All-Star Game.  In his final All-Star appearance, retiring 43-year-old New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was named All-Star MVP after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning, one of ten American League pitchers who combined on the three-hit shutout.

Florida coach Will Muschamp says Ohio State did report the Gators for possible NCAA violations.  Muschamp told reporters at SEC Media Day no violations were found by the SEC or NCAA, and then he took a jab at Ohio State.  "And so we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we're compliant with NCAA rules.  They certainly know a little bit about that subject," he said, according to USA Today.  Ohio State was banned from the postseason last year for NCAA violations.  The Buckeyes reportedly turned in a Florida assistant for having contact with a recruit during an impermissible time and for a Gators player giving another recruit a ride to campus.  Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Muschamp's predecessor at Florida, has denied being directly involved in reporting Florida.

Tom Osborne's name is back on the Memorial Stadium turf.  According to the Omaha World Herald, as Nebraska completes the installment of its new FieldTurf surface, "TOM OSBORNE FIELD" has returned in red lettering on the east and west sidelines.  The name of the former NU head coach and athletic director has been absent on the field for 14 seasons, even though it has remained the field's official name since Nebraska Board of Regents approval in 1998.

University of Nebraska junior wide receiver Kenny Bell joins the growing list of Huskers on preseason watch lists, as he was selected for the Biletnikoff Award yesterday.  The 6'1, 185-pounder from Colorado, comes off a season where he earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media, and first-team accolades from BTN.com and ESPN.com among others.  Bell comes one off the most prolific receiving season in school history, setting Husker sophomore marks for catches, yards, touchdowns, and 100-yard receiving games.  The 2013 Biletnikoff Award will be presented live on December 12 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show, and the 2013 banquet is set for February 8, 2014.

Nebraska prosecutors are moving to have probation revoked for New England Patriots' defensive back Alfonzo Dennard.  Online court records say an arraignment on the revocation motion is scheduled for July 31.  The 23-year-old Dennard was pulled over in Lincoln last week and is charged with first-offense drunken driving, refusing a chemical test and a traffic infraction.  It was his second arrest in 15 months.  The former Cornhuskers star hasn't served a 30-day jail sentence for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest outside a Lincoln bar on April 21, 2012.  That term is scheduled to begin next March.  He also was sentenced to two years of probation.

The Quarterfinals brought some challenge to the Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship at Gothenburg's Wild Horse Golf Club.  Top seed Morgan Smejkal of Columbus defeated Makenna Kroeker and will face four seed Sophie Peters this morning in the semifinals.  Peters beat Snyder's Abbie Hunke in her quarterfinal match to advance.  The second seeded Kayla Knopik topped last year's champion Elizabeth Lydiatt to advance.  Meanwhile, four-time Girls Match Play Champion, Danielle Lemek defeated Jane Pohlman.  Knopik will face Lemek this morning. The championship match will occur this afternoon.

Andrew Hansen of Omaha was one of two competitors to break par in the first round of the 45th Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship yesterday.  He fired a 2-under-par 70 at Oakland Golf Club, while Carson Schaake of Omaha shot 71.  Concerning area golfers, Brunswick's Sam Meuret carded a 73, Humphrey's Trevor Kosch & Bancroft's Preston Peters put up a 79, Laurel's Mitchell Klooz shot an 80, Norfolk's Ross Gerber carded an 82, Norfolk's Alex Strom & Columbus' Joseph McClure put up an 85, Plainview's Colin Wright shot an 86, Hartington's Dalton Lammers was good for an 89, O'Neill's Nate Gotschall carded a 93, and Plainview's Tucker Knaak shot 95.  Competitors will go off in waves today, with tee times on holes one and ten in the morning and hole ten in the afternoon.  At the completion of today's second round, a cut will be made of the top 40, who will then advance to tomorrow's final round.

Haley Thiele of Wahoo fired a 1-over-par 73 in the opening round of the 13th Nebraska Girls' Amateur Championship at Oakland Golf Club yesterday to take a two-stroke lead into today's final round.  Thiele, the reigning Nebraska Girls' Match Play champion, will tee off at 2:10 this afternoon and play alongside Sarah Jo Pravecek and Albion's Amy Ahlers.  Ahlers shot a 76, Snyder's Hannah Hunke carded a 102, and Norfolk's Isabella Baldacci put up a 115.

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