Sports News-July 22, 2013

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Phil Mickelson is celebrating his first British Open title after firing what he called the best competitive round of golf in his career.  Lefty closed with a tournament-low 5-under 66, including birdies on four of his last six holes, to mount a successful charge and win the British Open by two shots over Henrik Stenson.  Tiger Woods finished with a 74.

The Boston Red Sox outlasted the New York Yankees 8-7 in eleven innings to take two of three in their weekend series at Fenway Park.  Mike Napoli ended it with his second home run of the night in the eleventh inning. Napoli also slugged a three-run home run in the third inning.  Johnny Gomes added a solo shot for the American League East leaders.  In other Yankee news, third baseman Alex Rodriguez won't make his 2013 debut this week, as originally planned.  The Yankees say A-Rod has Grade One strain of his left quadriceps muscle and his return to the major leagues is on hold because of this new injury.

Tony Romo was waiting in California when the Dallas Cowboys arrived for training camp.  Romo, who didn't take a real snap in offseason workouts after signing the richest contract in franchise history, finally returned for the first training camp practices yesterday after "uniquely running mountains" on the West Coast.  That's how owner Jerry Jones described his quarterback's efforts to get back in shape after a procedure to have a cyst removed from his back in April.  Romo says he tried to cram a full offseason of conditioning into the last month and a half and "that helped me get ready for today and hopefully for the beginning of the season."  Entering his seventh full season as the starter, Romo signed a six-year, $108 million contract in March.

Clarence Goodson and Joe Corona scored during an eight-minute span of the first half, and the United States cruised past El Salvador 5-1 to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.  Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan and Mix Diskerud added second-half goals for the Americans, who will next play outside Dallas on Wednesday against Honduras, which blanked Costa Rica 1-0 in the other quarterfinal.  The doubleheader drew a sellout crowd at the home stadium of the Baltimore Ravens.  So it's U.S.-Honduras and Panama-Mexico in Wednesday's semifinals at Cowboys Stadium.  The Gold Cup championship is next Sunday in Chicago.

The Norfolk Seniors baseball team's season concluded yesterday at the Nebraska American Legion A-6 Baseball Tournament at Columbus.  Norfolk lost to Grand Island Home Federal 19-0 behind Lane Uhing's no hitter.  Uhing struck out ten Norfolk batters in the win.  Norfolk's final record is 5-35.  Also, the Norfolk Juniors' season came to a close falling to Grand Island Dinsdale Auto 14-5 in their A-6 Tournament elimination game at South Sioux City.

The Nebraska Coaches Association annual all-star Girls & Boys Basketball games will be played this evening at Lincoln North Star High School starting at 6:00.  The girls game is the 34th annual while the boys contest marks the 45th year.  Representing Northeast Nebraska for the girls game will be Norfolk Catholic's Michaela Barry and Crofton's Bridget Arens on the 'Blue' team while Emerson/Hubbard's Marisa Blanke and former Norfolk Catholic player Therin Baum will play for the 'Red' team.  Baum recently graduated from Kearney Catholic.  Wausa's Marcus Claussen and South Sioux City's Nate Rogers represent the area in the boys game for the 'Blue' team.

The Nebraska Golf Association kicked off the Little Junior Amateur yesterday with its annual Parent-Child tournament at Sunset Valley Country Club in Omaha.  Flight winners included Luke and Bernie Gutschewski, Neely and Will Adler, and Brooks & David Berliner.  The Little Junior Amateur itself is a nine-hole stroke play competition held today with divisional play based on gender and age.  Area competitors include Norfolk's Logan Bosh, Dillon Barnes, John Canham, Lauren Bosh, Laurel's Jacob Klooz, & Wayne's Tanner Walling.

Local Schedule:  Oklahoma City at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Albuquerque 6 (Bsbl).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      3    Atlanta                  1
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Tampa  Bay              4    Toronto                  3
      Final            Cleveland              7    Minnesota              1
      Final            Detroit                  4    Kansas  City          1
      Final            Seattle                12    Houston                  5
      Final            Oakland                  6    L.A.  Angels          0
      Final            Baltimore              4    Texas                      2
      Final            Boston                    8    N-Y  Yankees          7,  11  Innings
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            N-Y  Mets                5    Philadelphia        0
      Final            Pittsburgh            3    Cincinnati            2
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        9    Washington            2
      Final            Milwaukee              1    Miami                      0,  13  Innings
      Final            St.  Louis              3    San  Diego              2
      Final            Arizona                  3    San  Francisco      1
      Final            Colorado                4    Chi  Cubs                3
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Indiana          65    Washington      52
      Final    Tulsa              90    Atlanta            63
      Final    Minnesota      82    Phoenix            77

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