Joe's Morning Sports-Friday, July 27, 2018

Last night in a game heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge sustained a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a fastball and is expected to miss three weeks, overshadowing the Yankees' 7-2 victory last night against the Kansas City Royals.  The Yankees said Judge had a chip fracture and that no surgery has been recommended.  The team estimated it would be about three weeks before Judge could swing the bat in a game.  Normally an All-Star outfielder, Judge was the designated hitter.  He winced when he was stung by a pitch from Jakob Junis in the first inning, got an infield hit the next time up and then was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the fourth.  Judge is hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs.  Sonny Gray scattered three hits over five shutout innings in the win.  Didi Gregorius went 2-5 with a three-run homer that put New York ahead 6-0 in the fourth inning.  The Royals drop to 31-71.

The 2018 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class was announced yesterday.  It features Husker punter Kyle Larson, defensive end Mike Rucker, and offensive lineman Dan Schmidt and Bob Sledge.  Chadron State greats running back Danny Woodhead and Casey Beran are also included.  Larson, Rucker, & Woodhead had NFL careers.  The 2018 class will be celebrated at an induction dinner Sept. 14 in Lincoln and introduced prior to the Husker football game against Troy on Sept. 15.

The Husker football team has landed a three-star 2020 quarterback according to the Omaha World Herald.  Logan Smothers is a 6’2, 180 pound QB from Alabama.  He becomes Nebraska’s first 2020 commit and Coach Scott Frost’s third quarterback recruit since he took over in December.  While 2018 signee Adrian Martinez has yet to see the field, the Huskers already have QBs locked down for the 2019 and 2020 classes in Luke McCaffrey and Smothers.  Smothers had drawn interest from Southern Mississippi, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State among other schools.  But Nebraska was the only Power Five program to make an official overture, which was a key factor.  Rivals ranks Smothers as the eighth ranked dual-threat quarterback in his class nationally, while 247Sports pegs him twelfth.

Nebraska wide receiver JC Spielman earned his second watch list recognition yesterday, as he was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list.  The Hornung Award is presented to the most versatile player in major college football.  Spielman, who was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list last week, showed his versatility during a record-breaking freshman season which saw him earn All-Big Ten recognition at both wide receiver and kickoff returner.  He will look to be NU’s first-ever Hornung Award winner, as Ameer Abdullah was a finalist for the award in 2014.

For the first time, Omaha's Alex Schaake holds the lead after the first round of the Nebraska Amateur.  Looking to become the first player since the great Bob Astleford of Omaha to win three straight titles, Schaake fired a first round 67 (-4) and leads the 110th Nebraska Amateur Championship at Fremont Golf Club.  He has a one stroke lead.  Other scores included Fordyce’ Matthew Schaefer (70); Atkinson’s Mason Hale (72); Humphrey’s Trevor Kosch (75); Norfolk’s Kellen Rossman (76); Schuyler’s Clint Kracl (77); Norfolk’s Lance Lawson (79); and Plainview’s Tucker Knaak & Creighton’s Chase Largen (85).

Wayne State has been picked to finish ninth overall and fifth in the South Division in the Preseason NSIC Football Coaches Poll.  Listed as Wildcat Players to Watch this season are senior receiver Nate Rogers and senior defensive lineman Xavier Graham.  Minnesota State was voted the unanimous preseason favorite in the NSIC.  Wayne State will open the 2018 football season at home on August 30 against Winona State at 6:00.

Wayne State men’s basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky announced that Al’ Tavius Jackson of Wisconsin has signed a national letter of intent to join the Wildcat program for the 2018-19 academic year.  Jackson joins Nick Ferrarini of Omaha, Jordan Janssen from Lincoln, Nate Thayer of Springfield, and Nate Mohr of Iowa as members of the 2018-19 recruiting class.  Jackson comes to Wayne State after spending two years at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa and will have two years of eligibility with the program.  The Wildcats finished last year at 14-17 overall and 9-13 in the NSIC South Division.  The team returns two starters and six letter winners from last season.

Postseason baseball resumes on Saturday regarding area teams.  Columbus hosts the Class ‘A’ Seniors State National Division Tournament.  They play the Millard South Fifty-Two Patriots at 7:00.  Also on Saturday, Wayne plays host to the Class ‘B’ Seniors State Tournament.  They entertain Lincoln Lutheran at 7:00.  Albion is the host site for the Class ‘C’ Seniors State Tournament.  Creighton faces Gordon-Rushville at 11:00, Pender meets Dannebrog/Cairo/Boelus at 5:00, and Albion defends the home field against Wilber at 8:00.  Also on Saturday’s local schedule, the Omaha Storm Chasers are at Fresno at 9:05 and the Nebraska Lawdawg semipro football team is in Neligh playing the Midwest Chaos at 7:00.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Fresno (Bsbl-9:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 10 Sacramento 7 (Bsbl).

CBS Sports Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00.  Also, the home of the Kansas City Royals!

 

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    L-A  Angels      12    Chi  White  Sox      8

      Final    N-Y  Yankees      7    Kansas  City          2

      Final    Tampa  Bay          4    Baltimore              3

      Final    Minnesota          2    Boston                    1

      Final    Oakland              7    Texas                      6

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Chi  Cubs              7    Arizona            6

      Final    N-Y  Mets            12    Pittsburgh      6

      Final    Philadelphia      9    Cincinnati      4

      Final    Washington        10    Miami                3

      Final    L-A  Dodgers        8    Atlanta            2

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