Sports News-June 23, 2014

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Portugal scored on a header by Varela in the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn a 2-2 tie with the United States at World Cup, preventing the Americans from clinching a berth in the knockout stage.  Jermaine Jones tied the game for the Yanks in the second half before Clint Dempsey scored in the 81st minute to put them ahead.  Also at World Cup, Algeria beat South Korea 4-2 and Belgium advanced to the second round by defeating Russia 1-0.
Carmelo Anthony will be available when the NBA's free-agent signing period begins July 1.  A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks forward filed the paperwork on Friday to opt out of his current contract and test the free-agent market.  Teams such as Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Miami have been mentioned as potential suitors for the two-time Olympic gold medalist who led the NBA in scoring in 2012-13.

Michelle Wie has earned her first major victory.  The 24-year old finished 2-under for a two-shot win over fellow-American Stacy Lewis at the U.S. Women's Open.  A 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole sent Wie to the title.  She closed with an even-par 70, while Lewis had eight birdies in a round of 66.

Carl Edwards held off a strong challenge from Jeff Gordon on the final lap to win yesterday's Sprint Cup race at Sonoma, California.  It was Edwards' first career victory on a road course and ended Hendrick Motorsports' five-race winning streak.  Gordon finished second, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard.

The struggling San Diego Padres have fired general manager Josh Byrnes.  The Padres are 32-43 and 12 1/2 games out of first in the National League West.  They finished 76-86 in each of Byrnes' first two seasons in the position.

Virginia coach Brian O'Connor is the hometown favorite when his Cavaliers meet Vanderbilt in the College World Series finals starting tonight at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha at 7:00.  O'Connor was born in Omaha, grew up in neighboring Council Bluffs and pitched in the CWS in 1991 for Creighton University.  O'Connor said he would prefer to downplay his background, but knows that is unlikely.  He said he wants to keep the focus on the players and their experience.  Virginia is 52-14 while Vanderbilt has a 49-20 record.  Both teams are in the finals for the first time.  The Cavaliers went 3-0 in bracket play while the Commodores went 3-1 in their bracket.  They've never played each other in baseball.

The 47th Nebraska Match Play Championship gets underway today at Lincoln Country Club.  172 entries were received, and the field for today’s stroke play qualifier has been expanded to 168 players.  Andy Sajevic of Fremont is the defending champion and is the automatic seed, and will not play in today's qualifier.  The field will be cut to 64 for Match Play, beginning tomorrow.  The Country Club will be hosting for a record fifth time, the most recent of those coming in 2000, when Knox Jones claimed the title.  Among the competitors are Homer’s Mitchell Holgate, Columbus’ Charles James, Laurel’s Mitchell Klooz, Schuyler’s Clint Kracl, and Brunswick’s Sam Meuret & Riley Meuret.

The Norfolk Golden Girls 18’s softball team placed second in the ‘A’ Division at the Columbus Fire & Ice Tournament over the weekend.  They beat the Wayne Dirt Devils 6-2 and then lost to St. Paul 12-1.  The Golden Girls are now 25-9 on the season.

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

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 7 El Paso 6 (10 Inn.) (Bsbl).

      Final          Cincinnati            4    Toronto                  3
      Final          Detroit                10    Cleveland              4
      Final          Tampa  Bay              5    Houston                  2
      Final          Baltimore              8    N-Y  Yankees          0
      Final          Minnesota              6    Chi  White  Sox      5
      Final          Seattle                  2    Kansas  City          1
      Final          Boston                    7    Oakland                  6,  10  Innings
      Final          L.A.  Angels          5    Texas                      2
      Final          N-Y  Mets              11    Miami                      5
      Final          Washington            4    Atlanta                  1
      Final          St.  Louis              5    Philadelphia        3
      Final          Pittsburgh            2    Chi  Cubs                1
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers        2    San  Diego              1
      Final          Milwaukee              6    Colorado                5
      Final          San  Francisco      4    Arizona                  1
      Final  OT    Tulsa                105    Chicago              99
      Final          New  York            85    Atlanta              78
      Final          San  Antonio      72    Los  Angeles      69
      Final          Minnesota          83    Indiana              77
      Final  OT    Seattle              89    Washington        86
          WORLD  CUP  SOCCER
      Final    Belgium                  1    Russia                0
      Final    Algeria                  4    South  Korea      2
      Final    United  States      2    Portugal            2

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