Sports News-June 18, 2014

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Brazil and Mexico played to a scoreless tie in their second game at the World Cup, leaving both teams atop Group ‘A’ with four points.  Also yesterday, Belgium beat Algeria 2-1 and South Korea played to a 1-1 tie against Russia.

The United States World Cup team has injury issues following Monday's win over Ghana.  Jozy Altidore was carried off on a stretcher in the 21st minute and was awaiting tests on his injured left hamstring to learn whether he can return for this World Cup.  The United States Soccer Federation says captain Clint Dempsey should be able to play in Sunday's World Cup game against Portugal despite a broken nose.
 
LeBron James says he's going on vacation with his family before making any decisions about his future.  The Miami Heat held their season-wrapup team meeting yesterday and one of the biggest questions is about the future of the roster.  James could become a free agent in a couple of weeks and the four-time MVP says he still has not thought about his plans.  James has been with the Heat four seasons and the team has been to the NBA Finals in each of those years.  He says he will talk with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who also could be free agents.  James says he isn't sure what the other members of Miami's "Big 3" are thinking.

The Kansas City Royals crushed the Detroit Tigers for the second straight night to take over first place in the American League Central.  Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas hit two-run homers in a seven-run second that carried the Royals to an 11-4 laugher in Detroit.  Omar Infante collected three RBIs and Alcides Escobar went 3-5 with three runs scored in Kansas City's ninth consecutive win.

Texas Tech is done at the College World Series.  At Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park, Mississippi pulled out a 2-1 win against the Red Raiders on pinch hitter John Gatlin's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.  The winning hit came a half-inning after pinch-runner Zach Davis stole second and third before scoring on Anthony Lyons' sacrifice fly.  Virginia won it its final at-bat for the second time in two games.  Daniel Pinero hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th inning to lift the Cavaliers past TCU 3-2.  Branden Cogswell went 3-5 and scored twice for Virginia.  Play resumes today with UC Irvine playing Texas in a 7:00 elimination game.

Wayne State women’s track and field coach Marlon Brink announced yesterday that Kelsey Dietrich of Laurel and Siera Zach of Stanton will attend the school next year and compete for the Wildcats.  They join Shandan Platt of Ainsworth and Kacie O’Connor of Wyoming as members of the 2015 recruiting class.  Dietrich of Laurel-Concord/Coleridge High School scored points in four events last month at the Class C State Track Meet to help Laurel-Concord/Coleridge to a ninth place finish. She was second in the 100 meter hurdles (15.76) and sixth in the 300 meter hurdles (47.00) while running legs on the sixth place 400 meter relay and seventh place 1600 meter relay teams.  Zach of Stanton comes to Wayne State as a preferred walk-on.  She was a four year Class C state track qualifier for the Mustangs, placing seventh this season in the 100 meter hurdles (16.52) while also running a leg on the fifth place 4 x 100 meter relay team.

Luke Kluver of Norfolk, who will be an eighth-grader, defeated Liberty University recruit Mitchell Klooz and Omaha’s Nolan Maschka yesterday to reach today’s quarterfinals of the 25th Nebraska boys match-play golf championship.  Kluver went 21 holes to defeat Klooz, then won 1-up over Maschka.  His next opponent is Alex Schaake, like Maschka a member of Omaha Creighton Prep’s state championship team.  Class ‘A’ state champion Ben Maschka and David Hansen are other Prep golfers in the quarterfinals. Also in the Round of 16: Lucas Grossnicklaus of Aurora defeated Tucker Knaak of Plainview 7 and 6.  In first round matches, Knaak beat Omaha’s Mark Nichting 4 and 2 and Cole Stenger of Bellevue topped Colin Wright of Plainview 3 and 1.

Jordan York of Scottsbluff and Megan Vetrovsky of McCook stand in the way of a possible first title match between sisters in the Nebraska girls match-play championship.  In today’s semifinals at Heritage Hills, York plays defending champion Haley Thiele of Wahoo and Vetrovsky meets Hannah Thiele.  The 18-hole final follows the semifinals.  In the Quarterfinals, Jordan York of Scottsbluff bested Snyder’s Hannah Hunke 6 and 5.  Hunke had beaten Emily Jezewski of Omaha 1 up in the opening round.    

Local Schedule:  Nfk Golden Girls 18’s vs. Ashland/Greenwood at Lincoln League (SB DH-9:00); Albuquerque at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-12:05).

Local Scores:  Gretna 14-7 Nfk Seniors 0-9 (Bsbl DH); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 9-10 West Point 0-1 (SB DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 13 Albuquerque 6 (Bsbl).

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      Final    Seattle                  6    San  Diego              1
      Final    Washington            6    Houston                  5
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      8    San  Francisco      2
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    L.A.  Angels          9    Cleveland              3
      Final    N-Y  Yankees          3    Toronto                  1
      Final    Kansas  City        11    Detroit                  4
      Final    Baltimore              7    Tampa  Bay              5
      Final    Boston                    2    Minnesota              1
      Final    Oakland                10    Texas                      6
    
    
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      Final    Cincinnati            6    Pittsburgh            5
      Final    Miami                      6    Chi  Cubs                5
      Final    Philadelphia        5    Atlanta                  2
      Final    St.  Louis              5    N-Y  Mets                2
      Final    Milwaukee              7    Arizona                  5
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers        4    Colorado                2
    
    
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      Final    Connecticut      89    Indiana              67
      Final    Minnesota          94    Los  Angeles      77
    
    
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      Final    Belgium              2    Algeria      1
      Final    Mexico                0    Brazil        0
      Final    South  Korea      1    Russia        1

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