Sports News-July 24, 2013

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Boston Red Sox All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia has agreed to a deal with his team adding $100 million over seven seasons through 2021 according to ESPN.  Pedroia is making $10 million this year and is guaranteed the same amount in 2014 as part of a $40.5 million, six-year contract that started in 2009.  That deal includes a $11 million club option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout.  The 5'8, 165-pound sparkplug was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and AL MVP in 2008.

A chain of convenience stores is cutting ties with Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun in the wake of his season-ending suspension.  Gary Gonczy, director of marketing and advertising for Kwik Trip, Inc., says the company will no longer use Braun as a spokesman. Gonczy said in an email yesterday that the company is ending a promotional contest where the winner got to have lunch with Braun at a Milwaukee restaurant.  Braun accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension Monday rather than fight Major League Baseball over evidence he used performance-enhancing drugs.  Kwik Trip is a chain of 300 convenience and Tobacco outlet stores that are found in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due to make another appearance in court in the murder case against him.  A probable cause hearing for Hernandez is scheduled for this afternoon in Attleboro District Court.  He has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death last month of Odin Lloyd.  Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's killing because he was upset at him for talking to people Hernandez had problems with at a nightclub a few days earlier.  Hernandez's lawyers say the case against him is circumstantial and he wants to clear his name.  Hernandez is being held without bail at a county jail.  Two of Hernandez's associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, also are facing charges in connection with the case.

Creighton University reported that former Bluejay head men's basketball coach John J. "Red" McManus has passed away at the age of 88.  McManus was head coach of the men's basketball team as it rose to national prominence from 1959-69, including NCAA Tournament bids in 1962 and 1964.  He led the program to a 138-118 mark on the sideline, and was a 1979 inductee into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame.  Among the players McManus coached were Paul Silas and Bob Portman.  Services are pending.

The Big Ten Conference will have a team in either the Heart of Dallas Bowl or the Armed Forces Bowl each year through the 2019 season.  As part of an extension with the Heart of Dallas Bowl announced yesterday, the Big Ten will also send teams to the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, rotating between the two games over a seven-year period.  This season, the Big Ten will play a team from Conference USA in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.  That game is on New Year's Day at the historic Cotton Bowl stadium.  Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says the league looks forward to continuing the tradition of playing a bowl game annually in Texas like it has since 1995.  ESPN Regional Television owns and operates both games.

Nebraska's schedule will feature six home duals in its return to wrestling at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013-14.  Coach Mark Manning and the Huskers will return All-Americans James Green and Robert Kokesh from a team that finished 13th at the 2013 NCAA Championships.  Nebraska will hit the mat for the first time in regular-season competition at the renovated Devaney Center when they tangle with the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday, Nov. 17 and will mark the first of three Big Ten home duals for the Huskers.

The Red team beat the Blue squad in four sets at last night's Nebraska Coaches Association 30th annual all-star volleyball match at Lincoln North Star High School.  The final scores of the match had the Red winning 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 before the Blue won a previously scheduled fourth game 25-17.  Representing Northeast Nebraska on the 'Red' squad were Norfolk Catholic's Michaela Barry, Columbus Scotus' Lauran Hellbusch, Hartington Cedar Catholic's Alexis Steffen, and KC Heimann of Howells/Dodge.  Participating for the 'Blue' team were Humphrey High's Alyssa Frauendorfer and Columbus Scotus' Kara Moore.  The NCA All-Star Softball doubleheader will be held today starting at 4:00.  Norfolk High's Paige Orwig will be involved.

In Nebraska American Legion Area Baseball Tournaments yesterday, Aurora edged Wayne 6-5 in the B-5 Area Tournament Championship game at Aurora and Pender shutout West Point 6-0 in the C-3 Area Tournament Championship game at West Point.  Wakefield/Ponca eliminated Battle Creek 10-0 at the Class C-2 Area Tournament at Battle Creek.  Hartington will meet Wakefield/Ponca in the championship game this evening at 5:00 with an if necessary game to follow.  

Local Schedule:  Oklahoma City at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-12:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Oklahoma City 3 (11 Inn.) (Game 1); Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Oklahoma City 2 (Game 2).

      Final          L.A.  Dodgers      10    Toronto                  9
      Final          Boston                    6    Tampa  Bay              2
      Final          N-Y  Yankees          5    Texas                      4
      Final          Kansas  City          3    Baltimore              2
      Final          Detroit                  6    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final          Houston                  5    Oakland                  4
      Final          Minnesota            10    L.A.  Angels          3,  10  Innings
      Final          Seattle                  4    Cleveland              3
      Final          Cincinnati            9    San  Francisco      3
      Final          Pittsburgh            5    Washington            1
      Final          N-Y  Mets                4    Atlanta                  1
      Final          San  Diego              6    Milwaukee              2
      Final          St.  Louis              4    Philadelphia        1
      Final          Miami                      4    Colorado                2
      Final          Arizona                10    Chi  Cubs                4
      Final          San  Francisco      5    Cincinnati            3    (first  game)
      Final    New  York      77    Indiana      72

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