Sports News-July 6, 2016
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Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison today for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The South African judge who decided the punishment called the double-amputee Olympian a “fallen hero.” South Africa’s minimum sentence for murder is 15 years. But the judge said “substantial and compelling circumstances” existed to give Pistorius a lesser sentence for shooting Steenkamp at his home in 2013.
A Barcelona court has given Lionel Messi and his father suspended sentences of 21 months in prison for tax fraud. The court found both the Barcelona soccer star and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, guilty of three counts of tax fraud. In Spain, sentences of less than two years for first offences are suspended, meaning neither man will go to jail.
Tennessee is paying $2.48 million to settle a lawsuit filed by eight unidentified women who said the school had violated Title IX regulations and created a “hostile sexual environment” through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes. Lawyers for the school and the plaintiffs issued a joint press release announcing the settlement. The payment will be split equally between Tennessee’s athletic department and the school’s central administration. Lawyers representing the school said no taxpayer dollars, student fees or donor funds would be used to fund the settlement. Six women filed the suit in federal court in Nashville on Feb. 9. Two more plaintiffs added their names to an amended complaint two weeks later. Title IX is a federal statute that bans discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.
The Chicago Cubs have become the first team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds to have five players voted as All-Star Game starters. The Cubs’ entire infield of first baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Addison Russell and third baseman Kris Bryant were elected along with Chicago outfielder Dexter Fowler. Boston has three first-time starts and four overall: designated hitter David Ortiz, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts.
Chicago police say they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang. A police spokesman said the Chicago woman met Kang through a dating app and was invited to his hotel room on June 17. The woman said she blacked out, then drifted in and out of consciousness as he sexually assaulted her.
The Jacksonville Jaguars say running back Denard Robinson was in a single-car accident over the weekend, but he was not injured. The Florida Times-Union, citing a police report, says the car crashed in a retention pond about 4:20 Sunday morning when Robinson fell asleep at the wheel. Authorities say he was not impaired and should not face a DUI charge. The newspaper reports that a woman was with Robinson in the car, and both had fallen asleep. When an officer arrived, the driver’s side of the car was submerged in the pond. The officer had to help the woman out of the car and wake up Robinson.
Nebraska seniors Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Nate Gerry were named to watch lists for prestigious national awards yesterday. Armstrong Jr. was among the players named to the watch list for the 80th annual Maxwell Award, given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Gerry was among the defensive players named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. The 6’1, 220-pound Armstrong has guided the Nebraska offense each of the past two seasons. Last season, he threw for 3,030 yards and accumulated 3,430 yards of total offense and 29 touchdowns. Gerry is the most experienced returning player for the 2016 Nebraska Blackshirt defense. The 6’2, 220-pound Gerry has played in all 39 games over the past three seasons with 29 career starts. He has 199 career tackles and is in position to rank second in school history in tackles by a defensive back.
Lincoln native Jack Sock and doubles partner Vasek Pospisil dropped their third-round doubles match at Wimbledon yesterday. The duo, seeded eighth, lost to Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-4. Sock had previously lost his third-round singles match to Milos Raonic on Saturday. The match with Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin was a rematch from the French Open, when the French pair eliminated Sock and Pospisil in the second round in three sets. Sock and Pospisil also reached the third round at Wimbledon in 2015 before being bounced in five sets. The two previously won the Wimbledon doubles title in 2014. Sock also received some good news yesterday as he was named to the United States Davis Cup roster in singles. The United States Davis Cup roster includes John Isner and Sock in singles, and twins Bob and Mike Bryan in doubles. The Americans will face Croatia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals, a best-of-five series July 15-17 in Portland, Oregon.
Local Schedule: Nfk Golden Girls Gold 18’s vs. Yutan at Lincoln League (SB-6:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa (Bsbl DH-12:05).
Local Scores: Omaha Storm Chasers 12 Iowa 4 (Bsbl).
Final Baltimore 4 L.A. Dodgers 1
Final Toronto 8 Kansas City 3
Final Cleveland 12 Detroit 1
Final Texas 7 Boston 2
Final L.A. Angels 13 Tampa Bay 5
Final Minnesota 11 Oakland 4
Final N-Y Yankees 9 Chi White Sox 0
Final Houston 5 Seattle 2
Final Cincinnati 9 Chi Cubs 5
Final Philadelphia 5 Atlanta 1
Final Milwaukee 5 Washington 2
Final Miami 5 N-Y Mets 2
Final Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 2
Final Arizona 7 San Diego 5
Final Colorado 7 San Francisco 3
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Final Atlanta 77 Seattle 64
Final Minnesota 87 Chicago 82
Final Dallas 77 Phoenix 74