Sports News-July 14, 2016
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The 145th British Open is underway at Royal Troon. Colin Montgomerie hit the opening tee shot. Widely considered the best player to have never won a major, Montgomerie qualified at age 53 for what likely will be his last Open. The defending champion is Dustin Johnson, who made a 30-foot birdie putt in regulation for a 66 and won the four-hole aggregate playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman. Jordan Spieth was in contention for his third straight major until he bogeyed the next-to-last hole and came inches from a birdie putt on 18 to miss the playoff by one shot. Americans have won the claret jug the last six times at Royal Troon.
LeBron James won five trophies, including best male athlete and best NBA player, at the ESPY Awards last night when frivolity gave way to a James-led call to end gun violence and racial profiling. The show honoring the year’s best athletes and sports moments opened on a somber note, with James and fellow NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade standing four abreast on stage addressing the recent shootings of blacks by white police officers. Paul, the nephew of a police officer, recited the names of several men who have been fatally shot. Wade urged a stop to racial profiling, a shoot-to-kill mentality and “not seeing the value of black and brown bodies.” James urged his fellow pros to educate themselves and renounce violence while using their resources and time to help strengthen and rebuild their communities.
A police report released yesterday says Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was over the legal limit for alcohol when he struck a Michigan State football player in the jaw during a confrontation near campus last weekend. The report also says Green tried to apologize and then had to sit in jail for a while until he could sober up. Senior cornerback Jermaine Edmondson claimed he was punched by Green early Sunday outside a restaurant in East Lansing, though officers patrolling the area said they saw or heard a loud, open-handed “slap.” It was the second alleged incident involving Green and Edmondson, who told police that he and his girlfriend were choked Friday night by men who were with Green at a bar near campus.
After helping steer the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA Finals win over the Golden State Warriors following a 3-1 series deficit and ending a 52-year championship drought for the city of Cleveland, former Nebraska basketball standout Tyronn Lue was honored with the ESPY for “Best Head Coach.” According to the Omaha World Herald. Earlier in the postseason, Lue broke Pat Riley’s record for the best start to a playoff coaching career with the Cavs’ 10-0 start. Lue was elevated to coach after the firing of David Blatt on Jan. 22, and finished the regular season 27-14.
Nebraska senior wide receivers Brandon Reilly and Jordan Westerkamp earned preseason recognition yesterday as both were named to the Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Reilly, a Lincoln native who originally walked on to the Husker program, emerged as one of the Big Ten’s top receivers in 2015. He totaled 40 catches for 754 yards and four touchdowns. Westerkamp was named to the Biletnikoff Watch List for the second straight season and enters his senior year as one of the top receivers in program history. The Illinois native already ranks in the top ten in program history in career receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Last season, Westerkamp caught 65 passes for 918 yards, good for the second- and third-highest totals in school history, respectively, as he earned All-Big Ten honors. Also, junior place-kicker Drew Brown was recognized as one of college football’s biggest community champions, when he was nominated for two prestigious service awards, the Wuerffel Trophy and the Allstate AFCA Good Works team.
Weather played a big role in the second round of the 108th Nebraska Amateur Championship at Omaha Country Club, as play was suspended for the day in the afternoon, as a thunderstorm rolled through. Omaha’s Alex Schaake was one of a few players to gain ground during the day, firing a 67 (-3) to move into the lead with a 136 (-4) 36-hole total. Play will resume at 8:30 this morning and after the second round is completed, the cut will be made to the low 60 scores and ties, with the third round beginning around 2:30. Completing play yesterday through two rounds were South Sioux City’s Chris Rager (149); Humphrey’s Trevor Kosch (150); Norfolk’s Luke Kluver (151); O’Neill’s Kris Koelzer (152); Plainview’s Tucker Knaak (154); Homer’s Tyler Kirkholm (156); Norfolk’s Trent Wingate (169); Norfolk’s Zach Sudbeck (172); and Plainview’s Collin Wright (172). Still competing in the second round were Laurel’s Mitchell Klooz; Wayne’s Joey Baldwin; and Pierce’ Anthony Fehringer.
A Stuart High School volleyball standout has signed with Northeast Community College. Volleyball Coach Amanda Schultze says Monique Schafer will join the Hawks this fall. During her senior year with the Stuart Broncos, Schafer had 268 kills, 20 aces, 31 blocks and 273 digs. She was named to the Lincoln Journal Star ‘D-2’ second team and the Omaha World-Herald first team. Schafer also competed in the 19thannual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Volleyball Classic in June. The fifth area high school graduate to sign with the Hawks, Schafer joins Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Taylor Lammers; Columbus Scotus’ Courtney Labenz; Columbus Lakeview’s Jordan Vogt; and Shelby/Rising City’s Macy Stewart.
Local Schedule: Salt Lake at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).
Local Scores: West Point 7 Elmwood/Murdock/Nehawka 0 (Nebraska American Legion Jr. Bsbl Tourn. C-3 Championship Game).