Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, July 2, 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers are losing LeBron James once again. The 33-year-old forward has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams. He returned to the Cavs in 2014 after four seasons in Miami. The 14-time All-Star is ranked seventh on the NBA’s all-time list with 31,038 points. James is also fourth in scoring average at 27.2 points. The game’s best all-around player and biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding but will instantly rise with James. He joins a roster that included Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma and Isaiah Thomas last season. The Lakers also include Lance Stephenson & JaVale McGee after they agreed to a deal with the team last night.
Russia has eliminated Spain from the FIFA World Cup. The Russians survived two hours of dominance from the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw, and then won a penalty shootout 4-3. Also on Sunday, Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties to advance to a quarterfinal against Russia. In matches today, Mexico meets Brazil at 9:00 AM and Japan takes on Belgium at 1:00.
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was “time for the next chapter.” He had been awaiting further clarity on his neck, which he injured in a game against the Arizona Cardinals in November. In a posting on his Twitter account last night, Chancellor said his latest scans “showed no healing.” He never used the word “retirement” in his statement, which may have been deliberate. Chancellor signed an extension through the 2020 season last August which contained guaranteed money in case of injury. An official retirement could open up the possibility of forfeiting some of that money. He was named to four Pro Bowl teams (2011, 2013-15) and was twice a second-team All-Pro selection (2013, 2014). Chancellor appeared in 109 career games for Seattle with 93 starts after being selected in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL draft.
The United States Women’s Volleyball National Team, with three former Huskers on the roster, captured the gold medal at the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League yesterday in China. Team USA defeated Turkey in five sets in the championship match, 17-25, 25-22, 26-28, 25-15, 15-7. Former Husker Jordan Larson had twelve kills in the gold-medal match, along with two aces and one block. Libero Kelsey Robinson, who made her debut at the position for Team USA in Lincoln on May 17 in the third match of the event, handled 35 service receptions and had a 60 positive reception percentage. Justine Wong-Orantes also suited up as a libero. The FIVB Volleyball Nations League began play at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on May 15, where the second-ranked U.S. National Team won two if its three matches, falling only to Turkey in five sets. Team USA finished the competition with a 17-2 overall record. The U.S. National Team will now turn its attention to the Pan American Cup July 8-14 in Dominican Republic.
Fullback Ben Miles, who spent last season at Nebraska, has joined Texas A&M’s football program according to the Lincoln Journal Star. The son of former LSU head coach Les Miles, Ben Miles left Nebraska’s program in May, saying the Huskers are in great hands with new head coach Scott Frost while adding that Frost’s rapid-tempo spread system isn’t the right fit for him schematically. Ranked by 247 Sports as the nation’s second ranked fullback recruit coming out of Louisiana in the class of 2017, the 6’1, 210-pound Miles joins a Texas A&M squad guided by first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher. Miles is set to walk on at Texas A&M, according to 247 Sports, and will likely have to sit out a season before having three years of eligibility remaining.
The Kelly’s 18’s softball team picked up two wins over the weekend at the Ringneck International Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They beat Vermillion, South Dakota & Billings, Montana while falling to the Minnesota Force, Extreme of South Dakota, and South Dakota Gold. The Kelly’s finish 29-12-3.
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Final Chi Cubs 11 Minnesota 10
Final Baltimore 8 L-A Angels 2
Final Detroit 9 Toronto 1
Final Tampa Bay 3 Houston 2
Final Chi White Sox 10 Texas 5
Final Cleveland 15 Oakland 3
Final Seattle 1 Kansas City 0
Final N-Y Yankees 11 Boston 1
Final N-Y Mets 5 Miami 2
Final Cincinnati 8 Milwaukee 2
Final Philadelphia 4 Washington 3, 13 Innings
Final Atlanta 6 St. Louis 5
Final Pittsburgh 7 San Diego 5
Final San Francisco 9 Arizona 6
Final L-A Dodgers 6 Colorado 4