Sports News-July 31, 2014

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The Minnesota Timberwolves were engaged in serious Kevin Love trade talks with no teams other than the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday, adding to the growing belief around the NBA that Love teaming up with LeBron James is inevitable, according to sources briefed on the situation.  After reported last week that the Cavaliers remain the front-runners to acquire Love in a trade co-headlined by top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, sources this week have described the Cavs as the only team in contention for Love. Sources say the Chicago Bulls have become increasingly pessimistic about their chances of trumping Cleveland's offer, while the Golden State Warriors remained unwilling to bend on their longstanding refusal to surrender Klay Thompson in a deal for Love.  Wiggins is not eligible to be dealt until Aug. 23 after signing his rookie contract last week.  

Matt Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning, Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 last night for their season-best fifth straight victory.  Kemp scored the Dodgers' first two runs of the game, including his eleventh homer leading off the second.

Miami Heat President Pat Riley is speaking out at length for the first time since LeBron James left the franchise, saying that he wants the team "to be as good as it's ever been" going forward.  Riley spoke with reporters yesterday after the team completed the signing of Chris Bosh to a $118 million, five-year contract.  Riley expressed disappointment that James returned to Cleveland, and revealed that he was working under the premise during free agency that the four-time MVP would be staying in Miami.  But even with James leaving, Riley insists that the Heat will continue being competitive.  Riley says he told James before free agency that he would be telling other players that the Heat expected him back, and that James never told him to think otherwise.

Texas A&M will announce Friday that Nebraska baseball assistant head coach Will Bolt will take an assistant coaching position with the Aggies according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Bolt, a former Husker player, will join the A&M staff of Rob Childress, a former NU assistant coach.  Bolt will replace former Husker Andy Sawyers, who is headed to Kansas State as an assistant.  Bolt was a volunteer assistant coach at A&M in 2006 and 2007.  He was named associate head coach at Nebraska in 2011.  Bolt was a four-year starter and a team captain on NU's 2001 and 2002 College World Series teams.

Nebraska's Football Fan Day is Friday from 2:00-3:30 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.  Fans can meet and greet and get autographs from coaches and players who are on the preseason practice roster.  Fans will enter through Gates 3 and 24 on the southeast and southwest corners of the stadium.  Gates open at 2:00.  The majority of players will be seated on the field, and freshmen will be in the stands on the west side.  Fans should limit autograph requests to one item per player or coach.  Any apparel items fans want to have signed should be in hand rather than worn.  Free parking will be available in nearby lots.

Omaha’s FXFL team has a team name.  They will be named the Mammoths.  The Omaha World Herald reports that the Fall Experimental Football League franchise chose a mammoth.  The mammoth disappeared from the American mainland about 10,000 years ago.  League Commissioner Brian Woods said the goal was to create a name and logo that would resonate with the squad’s fan base.  Other finalists were the Channel Cats and the Drive.  Woods said a coaching staff and team schedules will be released within two weeks.  Omaha will play its games this fall at TD Ameritrade Park.

Nebraska fell to Kansas 11-5 yesterday following final round singles in the 29th Nebraska-Kansas Junior Cup Matches at Topeka Country Club.  Nebraska was led by Alex Schaake of Omaha who teamed to win in Foursomes and halve in Four-Ball Monday.  He topped Sam Stevens of Wichita 1 up in Singles play Wednesday. Schaake won both the NGA's Junior Match Play and Junior Amateur Championships in 2014.  Humphrey’s Trevor Kosch won his match 2 and 1 over Kansas’ Turner Wintz yesterday.  Kansas now leads the overall series 16-13 having won the last four competitions.

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

Local Scores:   Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Memphis 0 (Bsbl).

Nebraska American Legion Seniors State Tournament Baseball Scoreboard

Class ‘A’ National Division State Tournament at Grand Island
Grand Island Home Federal defeated Omaha Creighton Prep PI Midwest 14-5 to force the if necessary championship game and then Omaha Creighton Prep PI Midwest routed Grand Island Home Federal 13-2 to win the National Division Title.  Omaha Creighton Prep PI Midwest will play Omaha Westside KB Building Services at 12:00 on Saturday for the State Championship at Omaha Westside.

Class ‘A’ American Division State Tournament at Omaha
Millard West Roof Tech Wildcats routed Omaha Westside KB Building Services 13-1 to force the if necessary championship game and then Omaha Westside KB Building Services beat the Millard West Roof Tech Wildcats 9-6 to win the American Division Title.  

Class ‘B’ State Tournament at Blair
Crete shutout Hickman 2-0 to force the if necessary championship game and then Hickman routed Crete 17-4 to win the Class ‘B’ title.

Class ‘C’ State Tournament at Hebron
 Hebron beat Shelton/Gibbon 9-1 to force the if necessary championship game and then Shelton/Gibbon defeated Hebron 5-1 to win the Class ‘C’ Championship.  

Class ‘A’ Juniors State Tournament at Elkhorn
Omaha Skutt Medicine Man Pharmacy eliminated Lincoln East Carpet Land 11-2.
Grand Island Five Points then beat Omaha Skutt Medicine Man Pharmacy 6-4 to claim the championship.

      Final          Milwaukee              5    Tampa  Bay              0
      Final          Houston                  8    Oakland                  1
      Final          Baltimore              4    L.A.  Angels          3
      Final          Cleveland              2    Seattle                  0
      Final          Detroit                  7    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final          Toronto                  6    Boston                    1
      Final          Texas                      3    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final          Kansas  City          3    Minnesota              2
      Final          N-Y  Mets              11    Philadelphia        2
      Final          Arizona                  5    Cincinnati            4
      Final          Washington            4    Miami                      3
      Final          San  Francisco      7    Pittsburgh            5
      Final          Colorado                6    Chi  Cubs                4,  10  Innings
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers        3    Atlanta                  2,  10  Innings
      Final          San  Diego            12    St.  Louis              1

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