Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Robinson Cano was a late addition to the American League All-Star team, and he made a late contribution to a 2-1 win over the National League in Miami last night. Cano led off the tenth inning with a homer off Wade Davis to break a 1-1 deadlock and earn MVP honors. The Mariners second baseman landed on his eighth All-Star team only as an injury replacement for Starlin Castro of the Yankees. It was the first extra-inning home run in an All-Star Game since Reds slugger Tony Perez hit one exactly 50 years ago. Perez threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches before the game. It’s the fifth straight victory for the American League, and the 17th in the last 20 contests that didn’t end in a tie. The outcome no longer determines home-field advantage for the World Series, as it had since 2003. Instead, the American League winners get $20,000 apiece, while the losers get nothing.
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract. Caldwell-Pope was among the top handful of talents remaining on the free agent market after spending his first four NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The former eighth overall pick averaged 13.8 points last season while starting 75 games.
Five games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including a visit to runner-up Gonzaga and a pair of games in Kansas City at the Hall of Fame Classic, highlight the Creighton men’s basketball non-conference schedule for 2017-18 that was announced today. They will host Yale, Alcorn State, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, North Dakota, Nebraska, Maryland Eastern Shore, UT Arlington, South Carolina Upstate while playing road contests at Northwestern, and Gonzaga. Greg McDermott’s eighth season on The Hilltop begins with a Nov. 10 home game against Yale as part of the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic. Creighton has won 22 straight home openers & 19 of 20 season-openers. They will meet Nebraska for the 41st straight season when the clubs square off on Dec. 9 in Omaha. The Bluejays have won six straight games by double-digits against its in-state rival, and ten consecutive regular-season home games over the Cornhuskers.
Former Creighton Bluejay Anthony Tolliver is going back to the Detroit Pistons. The Omaha World Herald reports that Tolliver agreed today to a one-year deal with the Pistons worth $3.3 million. He spent two seasons in Detroit, appearing in 124 games with 16 starts from 2014-16. Tolliver was most recently in Sacramento where he averaged 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds last season for the Kings but was waived last month. The 32-year-old journeyman is entering his tenth season in the NBA and has played for nine different teams. At Creighton, Tolliver averaged 13.2 points per game in his senior season as a Bluejay in 2005-06. That year he made the All-Missouri Valley second team.
Keyshawn Johnson Jr., a true freshman wide receiver currently on a break from the Husker football program, pleaded not guilty to possession of marijuana less than an ounce and drug paraphernalia yesterday according to the Lincoln Journal Star. The Lancaster County Attorney’s Office charged Johnson, 19, with the two infractions that each carry up to $100 fines on Monday. His attorney, Eddy Rodell, filed a written not guilty plea yesterday and said in an email that Johnson is applying for pretrial diversion. According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department, on June 9, officers found 4.5 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside Johnson’s room. In court records, the paraphernalia was described as a bong and/or a marijuana grinder. Johnson was part of Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class and took part in spring practice. After being ticketed, he took what’s been described as a leave of absence from the team with a potential opportunity to return in January if certain requirements are met.
Norfolk High’s Luke Kluver has qualified for his third national amateur tournament of the summer. Yesterday at ArborLinks Golf Club in Nebraska City, he fired a 36-hole total of 4-under-par 140 to earn a spot in next month’s United States Amateur. Kluver earned the lone qualifying spot from a field of 39 players. He edged a pair of NCAA Division I golfers by one shot. Now, Kluver will tee it up in one of the most prestigious amateur golf tournaments in the world at one of America’s greatest courses. The Riviera Country Club will host the championship event with Bel-Air Country Club also hosting stroke play competition. The tournament is scheduled for Aug. 14-20 at the Los Angeles-area layouts. After closing out this week by playing in the Nebraska Junior Amateur, Kluver will travel to Wichita, Kansas, for the U.S. Junior Amateur on July 17-22 at Flint Hills National Golf Club. After that he’ll play in the Junior PGA Championship July 31-Aug. 3 at The Country Club of St. Albans, near St. Louis.
The field is set for the 50th Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship at Indian Trails Country Club in Beemer today through Friday. The field of 95 players includes the top two players in the NGA Junior Point Standings. They are a couple of Norfolk teammates, Luke Kluver and Kellen Rossman, who won the Junior Match Play last month. The championship features 54 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 40 scores and ties after 36 holes. Other golfers from the area participating include Norfolk’s Jake Kluver, John Canham, Trent Wingate, & Isaac Heimes; Plainview’s Tucker Knaak; Humphrey’s Trevor Kosch; Creighton’s Chase Largen; Wisner’s Rockney Peck; Bancroft’s Devon Darnell; Scribner’s Teague Stewart; Randolph’s Mason Stubbs; West Point’s Sam Ulrich & Andrew Franzluebbers; Atkinson’s Mason Hale; Laurel’s Karsen Klooz; and Matthew Schaefer of Fordyce.
The largest field since 2012 is set to compete at Indian Trails Country Club in Beemer for the 17th Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship today and Thursday. The field of 44 girls includes the defending champion, Kirsten Baete of Beatrice, 2017 Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Champion Lacie Fox of Beemer, and 2016 Girls’ Match Play Champion, Megan Whittaker of Elkhorn. Also participating are Norfolk’s Allison Temple; Hartington’s Cassidy Ulrich; and Snyder’s Hannah Hunke & Livia Hunke.
Local Scores: Nfk Seniors 8 Albion 0 (Bsbl).
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