Sports News-June 27, 2014
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A pair of Kansas Jayhawks were taken with the first three picks in the NBA draft. Cleveland used the first overall selection to get Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, and Philadelphia landed Jayhawks center Joel Embiid with the third choice after Milwaukee grabbed Duke forward Jabari Parker. Arizona forward Aaron Gordon went to Orlando with the fourth pick before Utah took Australian guard Dante Exum.
The Chicago Bulls, in need of help on offense, acquired the draft rights to Creighton forward Doug McDermott. The Denver Nuggets took McDermott at eleventh and promptly dealt him to Chicago for the 16th and 19th picks. McDermott led the nation in scoring last season, averaging 26.7 points per game. Now, Chicago can turn their attention to a bigger move. A trade for Kevin Love? How about adding Carmelo Anthony in free agency? Those moves sure would jolt a team that clawed its way to 48 wins despite losing franchise player Derrick Rose to another season-ending knee injury. This is a start, though.
The United States has advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite yesterday's 1-0 loss to Germany, which won Group ‘G’. Thomas Mueller put the Germans ahead in the 55th minute with his fourth goal of the tournament. The Americans moved into the second round through goal differential following Portugal's 2-1 win over Ghana.
The San Diego Padres honored Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn with a memorial at Petco Park. The ceremony last night was being attended by Major League Baseball dignitaries, former teammates and approximately 20,000 fans. Gwynn died June 16 from oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. He was 54. The 15-time All Star spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres, amassing 3,141 hits and winning eight National League batting titles.
Two competitors are left at 47th Nebraska Match Play Championship after yesterday's quarterfinal and semifinal matches at the Country Club of Lincoln. Lincoln's Bryce Brown defeated Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon 5 and 4 in the quarterfinals, and UNL's Ross Dickson 1 up in the semifinals. Omaha's Carson Schaake won in the quarterfinals over Zach Taylor of Omaha 6 and 5, and Josh Reinertson conceded the semifinal match against Schaake due to illness on the 15th hole. Brown and Schaake will face each other in the 36-hole final today.
Local Schedule: Nfk Seniors at Fremont (Bsbl DH-5:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-7:05).
Local Scores: Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Oklahoma City 2 (Bsbl).
Final Houston 6 Atlanta 1
Final L.A. Angels 6 Minnesota 4
Final Toronto 7 Chi White Sox 0
Final Detroit 6 Texas 0
Final Philadelphia 5 Miami 3, 14 Innings
Final Pittsburgh 5 N-Y Mets 2
Final Chi Cubs 5 Washington 3
Final Milwaukee 7 Colorado 4
Final L.A. Dodgers 1 St. Louis 0
Final Cincinnati 3 San Francisco 1
Final Atlanta 81 San Antonio 79
WORLD CUP SOCCER
Final Portugal 2 Ghana 1
Final Germany 1 United States 0
Final Russia 1 Algeria 1
Final Belgium 1 South Korea 0