Sports News-July 29, 2014

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A judge has cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer by ruling against team owner Donald Sterling's attempt to block the transaction. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced.  Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks.

Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, making her the first woman to head up a major North American sports union.  At the close of a chaotic Monday filled with meetings, conference calls, presentations and an array of emotions, NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives cast 32 votes in favor of Roberts as the successor to the ousted Billy Hunter, six more than she needed for election.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew last week from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup because he was advised by doctors to give a small fracture in his back more time to heal before the start of the next NBA season, sources with knowledge of the situation told  Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs.  However, doctors advised him to sit out international competition this summer for precautionary reasons.  Griffin has continued to work out this summer in Los Angeles.  Both Griffin and Minnesota forward Kevin Love withdrew from the training camp last week, which left Team USA thin in the front court and prompted the late addition of Atlanta's Paul Millsap to the camp.

A media panel has selected running back Ameer Abdullah and defensive end Randy Gregory of Nebraska to the Big Ten Players to Watch list for this season.  The list of ten players, five each from the East and West divisions, was announced yesterday before the conference's football media day in Chicago.  Abdullah ran for almost 1,700 yards last season and is the top returning rusher in the Big Ten.  Gregory led the conference with 10 ½ sacks in 2013.  Both are on watch lists for several national awards this year.

The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.  Suh, a former standout Nebraska Cornhusker, is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice yesterday that negotiations are being tabled. Lewand and Mayhew both expressed optimism that a deal can eventually be reached.  Lewand said Detroit's salary-cap situation isn't the reason for the delay in an agreement.  If the two sides can't reach a deal after the season, the Lions could still keep Suh by using their franchise tag on him.  The Lions selected Suh with the second overall pick in 2010, and he has 27 ½ sacks in his four pro seasons.

The 29th Nebraska-Kansas Junior Cup Matches takes place today and tomorrow at Topeka Country Club in Kansas.  The select team event pits the top eight junior golfers from Nebraska and Kansas against one another in Four-Ball, Foursomes and Singles Matches.  Similar to the Ryder Cup, each match is worth a single point and the team that accumulates the most points wins the competition.  Team sessions are scheduled for today, the singles matches conclude the event tomorrow.  Trevor Kosch of Humphrey is participating for the Nebraska team.

Local Schedule:  Albion vs. Hickman at Blair (Class ‘B’ Baseball State Tourn.-8:00); Pender vs. Shelton/Gibbon at Hebron (Class ‘C’ Baseball State Tourn.); Memphis at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Albion 15 Cozad 5 (Class ‘B’ State Baseball Tourn.); Pender 9 Creighton 3 (Class ‘C’ State Baseball Tourn.); Omaha Storm Chasers 7 New Orleans 6 (Bsbl).

Checking out the local schedule for today, American Legion Baseball Seniors State Tournaments continue across the state.  At the Class ‘A’ American Division State Tournament at Omaha, Millard West Roof Tech Wildcats takes on Papillion La Vista South Associated Fire Protection in a 5:00 elimination game and Omaha KB Building Services meets Hastings at 8:00.  At the Class ‘A’ National Division State Tournament at Grand Island, Kearney plays Omaha PI Midwest in a 4:30 elimination game and Grand Island Home Federal takes on Omaha T-Hurt Construction at 7:30.  At the Class ‘B’ State Tournament at Blair, Bennington battles Crete in a 5:00 elimination game and Albion takes on Hickman at 8:00.  At the Class ‘C’ State Tournament at Hebron, the host team faces Sutton in a 5:30 elimination game and Shelton/Gibbon takes on Pender at 8:00.  At the Class ‘A’ Juniors State Tournament at Elkhorn, the Millard South 52 Patriots play Omaha Skutt Medicine Man Pharmacy in a 4:00 elimination game and Grand Island Five Points takes on Lincoln East Carpet Land at 7:00.

Nebraska American Legion Seniors State Tournament Baseball Scoreboard

Class ‘A’ National Division State Tournament at Grand Island
Kearney routed Ralston 10-3
Omaha T-Hurst Construction whipped the Millard West 52 Patriots 7-1
Grand Island Home Federal downed Omaha PI Midwest 5-1

Class ‘A’ American Division State Tournament at Omaha
Millard West Rood Tech Wildcats routed Omaha Fairway Asset Mustangs 10-1
Hastings outlasted Lincoln Pinnacle Bank 3-2 in 11 Inn.
Omaha KB Building Services clipped Papillion La Vista South Fire Protection 4-3

Class ‘B’ State Tournament at Blair
Bennington eliminated Platte Valley 4-3
Albion routed Cozad 15-5
Hickman shutout Crete 11-0

Class ‘C’ State Tournament at Hebron
    Sutton blasted Wymore 14-4
    Pender eliminated Creighton 9-3
    Shelton/Gibbon whipped Hebron 15-5

Class ‘A’ Juniors State Tournament at Elkhorn
    Omaha Skutt Medicine Man Pharmacy beat Omaha KB Building Services 7-4
    Lincoln East Carpet Land edged Millard West Sports Clips 2-1
    Grand Island Five Points shaded Millard South 52’s Patriots 2-1

      Final            Tampa  Bay        2    Milwaukee              1
      Final            Toronto          14    Boston                    1
      Final            Texas                4    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final            Houston            7    Oakland                  3
      Final            Atlanta            2    San  Diego              0
      Final            Arizona            2    Cincinnati            1,  15  Innings
      Final            N-Y  Mets          7    Philadelphia        1
      Final            Miami                7    Washington            6
      Final            Chi  Cubs          4    Colorado                1
      Final            Pittsburgh      5    San  Francisco      0
      Final    Los  Angeles      77    Indiana      73

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