Sports News-July 27, 2016
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Kevin Durant made his Oracle Arena debut as a member of the Golden State Warriors and the home team was not disappointed in any way. USA Basketball is now a convincing 3-0 in their five-exhibition warm-up tour around the United States leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. They routed China 107-57 last night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Durant scored the first ten points of the game for Team USA in his new home arena. This was the first time he played a game at Oracle Arena as a member of the Golden State Warriors. They have a game in Chicago and a final exhibition in Houston before they head to Brazil.
Pete Carroll has received a contract extension. The Seattle Seahawks head coach agreed to the deal two days after the team finalized an extension with general manager John Schneider. ESPN reports that Carroll’s deal runs through the 2019 season. The Seahawks are 60-36 with five playoff appearances in six seasons under Carroll. They made back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, defeating the Broncos and losing to the Patriots.
Amare Stoudemire has formally retired from the NBA after signing his final contract with the New York Knicks. The six-time All-Star averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in a 14-year career spent with the Knicks, Suns, Heat and Mavericks. Stoudemire’s greatest team success came in Phoenix as Steve Nash’s pick-and-roll partner.
Former Husker Randy Gregory will reportedly have an even longer suspension due to the Dallas Cowboys defensive end violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, according to ESPN. Gregory was already set to serve a four-game suspension. Now he will miss the first ten games due to his fourth missed or failed drug test under the NFL’s policy. It was a failed drug test at the NFL Combine, among other things, that caused Gregory to drop from what many suspected would be a Top 10 pick in the draft to the second round. He has entered a treatment facility and is not expected to report to training camp this week with the team, according to ESPN. Gregory had eleven tackles and 16 quarterback pressures in twelve games as a rookie, but did not claim a sack.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany does not envision the Rose Bowl moving from its New Year’s Day spot in order to accommodate the College Football Playoff semifinals. Delany says there might be “some movement from the bowls” but doesn’t see those changes impacting the Rose Bowl. The College Football Playoff is considering moving future semifinals off New Year’s Eve after ratings for last season’s games dropped in a big way. Playoff head Bill Hancock told reporters two weeks ago at the SEC Media Days that the commissioners who comprise the playoff management committee are open to adjusting future schedules.
The Nebraska All-Star Volleyball Match was held last night at Lincoln North Star High School. The ‘Blue’ team beat the ‘Reds’ 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 25-20. Representing the ‘Reds’ were West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic’s Breanne Kreikemeier, Columbus Scotus’ Maeghan Pieper, and Columbus Lakeview’s Payton Rosendahl. Among the players for the ‘Blues’ were Emerson/Hubbard’s Kylie Belt.
Two Norfolk youth will be competing in the 50th USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships in Sacramento, California this week. Rowdy Bauer and Jamaya Hunter reached the event after qualifying at the Region 8 Championships in Minnesota. Bauer, who will be a fifth grader at Norfolk Middle School this fall, will be participating in the 9-10 year-old division for the Long Jump. He will compete on Sunday. Hunter, who will be a third-grader at Washington Elementary this fall, will be competing in the 100 & 200 in the 7-8 year-old division. She runs today in the 200 while competing in the 100 on Thursday.
Local Schedule: Omaha Storm Chasers at Round Rock, TX (Bsbl-7:05).
Local Scores: Lincoln North Star Anderson Ford 5 Elkhorn 4; Millard West Roof Tech Wildcats 15 Gretna 5 (Seniors American Division Class ‘A’ State Tournament at Norfolk); Round Rock, TX 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl).
Nebraska American Legion Baseball Tournament Scoreboard
Seniors American Division Class ‘A’ State Tournament at Norfolk
Lincoln North Star Anderson Ford edged Elkhorn 5-4
The Millard West Roof Tech Wildcats routed Gretna 15-5
Seniors National Division Class ‘A’ State Tournament at Omaha
Millard North Fairway Asset shaded the Millard South Fifty Two Patriots 7-6
Omaha Creighton Prep Five Points Bank defeated Grand Island Home Federal 8-1
B-5 Seniors Area Tournament at Central City
Pierce clipped Kearney County First Bank in the championship 3-2
C-1 Seniors Area Tournament at Crofton
Creighton outlasted Crofton in ten innings in the championship game 4-3
C-2 Seniors Area Tournament at Wisner
West Point routed Wisner/Pilger/Beemer/Dodge/Howells in the championship game 14-1
C-5 Seniors Area Tournament at Osceola
Albion won the championship by beating David City twice 5-3 and 13-6
Juniors Class ‘A’ State Tournament at Omaha
Kearney routed Gretna 10-0
Papillion La Vista whipped Millard West Sports Clips 10-4
Checking out the local schedule for today, Nebraska American Legion Seniors area tournaments continue across the state. At the Class ‘A’ National Division Tournament in Norfolk, Lincoln North Star Anderson Ford takes on the Millard West Roof Tech Wildcats in the championship game at 4:00 with an if necessary game to follow. Also, the Omaha Storm Chasers visits Round Rock, Texas at 7:05.
Final Colorado 6 Baltimore 3
Final Seattle 7 Pittsburgh 4
Final Toronto 7 San Diego 6, 12 Innings
Final Chi White Sox 3 Chi Cubs 0
Final Cleveland 7 Washington 6
Final Atlanta 2 Minnesota 0
Final L.A. Dodgers 3 Tampa Bay 2
Final Detroit 9 Boston 8
Final Oakland 6 Texas 3
Final N-Y Yankees 6 Houston 3
Final L.A. Angels 13 Kansas City 0
Final St. Louis 3 N-Y Mets 2
Final Miami 5 Philadelphia 0
Final N-Y Mets 3 St. Louis 1
Final Milwaukee 9 Arizona 4
Final San Francisco 9 Cincinnati 7