Sports News-July 8, 2014

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Chris Bosh is seriously considering the Houston Rockets’ maximum contract offer of four years, $88 million, according to sources close to the situation.  Bosh, since opting out of the final two years of his deal, worth $42 million, with the Miami Heat, had planned to see what LeBron James decided before making his choice.  But a conversation with James about his future in Miami this past weekend created enough doubt for Bosh to begin considering his other options, including Houston's offer, a source said.  The source said Bosh did not know whether James was staying in Miami.  Another factor in Bosh's decision to look at Houston has been the tenor of his negotiations with Miami. Bosh is willing to take an annual pay cut by accepting a five-year deal worth $80-90 million from Miami.  But sources say the Heat have been trying to get Bosh to accept a lesser deal, obviously so they can have more money to spend in free agency.

The Oakland Athletics improved baseball's best record to 56-33 with a 5-0 whitewash of San Francisco in a "Battle of the Bays" series renewal.  Jesse Chavez matched a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings, and three relievers pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way.  The A's have won five straight.

A neurologist has testified that Donald Sterling has Alzheimer's disease, as a trial over the Los Angeles Clippers sale finally gets underway.  Dr. Meril Suer Platzer said yesterday that she was hired by Sterling's wife, Shelly, to evaluate him.  The NBA has moved to oust Sterling as team owner because of racist remarks he made.  Shelly Sterling has made a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, but Donald Sterling claims she didn't have authority to make a unilateral agreement.  Earlier in the day, a federal judge rejected a motion by Sterling's lawyers to move the case to federal court.

Seniors Ameer Abdullah and Kenny Bell along with junior Randy Gregory of the Nebraska football team were each named to watch lists yesterday.  One of the nation’s top returning rushers, Abdullah was named to watch lists for both the 78th annual Maxwell Award and the Paul Hornung Award.  Bell was also named to the Hornung Award Watch List, while Gregory was listed on the watch list for the 20th annual Chuck Bednarik Award.  Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards last season, the most by a Nebraska player since 1997, and this fall he could become the first Husker to record three 1,000-yard rushing seasons.  He is also the nation’s active career leader in all-purpose yards and is on track to become Nebraska’s all-time leader in that category.  Bell enters his senior season poised to become the school’s all-time leader in both receptions and receiving yardage.  In his first year with the Huskers, Gregory led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Nine of Gregory’s sacks came in Big Ten Conference play, including a season-high three sacks at Michigan.

The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team has added some height this year with their latest recruit.  Janea Bunn, of Springfield, Massachusetts, is the latest player to sign.  Bunn, who is 6’3, joins 6’2 Sydney Koel of Sioux Falls, South Dakota along with Brooke Bauer of O’Neill; Cameron Eddie of Laurel/Concord/Coleridge; Allie Millard, of Valentine; Octavia McGraw, of Omaha; Jayla Mayes-Jackson, of Minnesota; and Hannah Riley, of Georgia, to play for Northeast next season.

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

Local Scores:  Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 9-5 Columbus Fire & Ice 0-3 (SB DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Iowa 3 (Bsbl).

      Final            Baltimore              8    Washington            2,  11  Innings
      Final            Oakland                  5    San  Francisco      0
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          5    Cleveland              3
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      4    Boston                    0
      Final            Kansas  City          6    Tampa  Bay              0
      Final            Houston                12    Texas                      7
      Final            L.A.  Angels          5    Toronto                  2
      Final            Seattle                  2    Minnesota              0
      Final            N-Y  Mets                4    Atlanta                  3,  11  Innings
      Final            Cincinnati            9    Chi  Cubs                3
      Final            Philadelphia        3    Milwaukee              2
      Final            St.  Louis              2    Pittsburgh            0
      Final            San  Diego              6    Colorado                1
      Final            Arizona                  9    Miami                      1

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