Joe’s Morning Sports-Friday, July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018 GMT

The FIFA World Cup returns today with quarterfinal action. France meets Uruguay at 9:00 AM and Brazil battles Belgium at 1:00. In matches on Saturday, England plays Sweden at 9:00 AM and Russia faces Croatia at 1:00.

Atlanta Hawks rookie Trae Young and Utah Jazz rookie Grayson Allen got into a brief altercation last night in the final game of Utah Jazz Summer League. The play occurred just after halftime during a Hawks offensive possession. After coming off a pindown, Young popped out to the top of the three-point arc and caught a pass and was met by Allen. As Young rose to shoot, he and Allen hooked arms. The two guards remained engaged as Young tried to wrestle free, and the pair scuffled as Young’s right arm lowered onto Allen’s back. Allen retaliated by thrusting his head into Young’s chest. Referees intervened as teammates of both players responded to the fracas. Allen and Young were each assessed a technical foul, and Allen also was charged with a personal foul.

A former Thai navy SEAL working as part of the effort to rescue a soccer team trapped in a cave died today from lack of oxygen, authorities said. The rescuer was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters. The rescuer passed out and efforts to resuscitate him failed. Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from a flooded cave where twelve boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, before more rains are forecast to hit the northern region.

North Dakota’s Geno Crandall is moving to Gonzaga as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play this season. The 6’4 guard averaged 14.3 points and four assists for North Dakota in his career. Crandell poured in 28 points against the Bulldogs last December, pushing North Dakota to overtime in an eventual overtime loss.

After advancing in the men’s doubles at Wimbledon yesterday, Lincoln native Jack Sock finally discussed his opening-round singles defeat and the fine that followed. On Tuesday, having earned a two-set lead against 81st-ranked Matteo Berrettini of Italy, Sock fell to a 6-7 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 loss. As they shook hands at the net, 18th-seeded Sock used an obscenity to tell Berrettini what he thought of the winner’s coach. Sock was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. He left the grounds Tuesday without speaking to the media, but sat down with a small group of reporters today and explained that he thought Berrettini’s coach was “talking down” to him throughout the match. Sock won the Wimbledon doubles title with Canadian Vasek Pospisil in 2014.

Nebraska-Omaha has hired Amanda Rivera-Eberhart as head coach of the Maverick softball program according to the Omaha World Herald. She spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Purdue and before that was head coach at Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis for four years. Rivera-Eberhart replaces DJ Sanchez, who stepped down in May after two seasons with the Mavericks. UNO went 45-61 with an 11-17 conference record under Sanchez.

Local Schedule: Omaha Storm Chasers at Memphis (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores: Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Memphis 0 (Bsbl).

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