Joe's Morning Sports-Friday, June 28, 2019

Barring injury, the Houston Astros will make up one-third of the American League's starting lineup for the All-Star Game at Cleveland on July 9.  Outfielders George Springer and Michael Brantley will join teammate and third baseman Alex Bregman in the AL lineup, along with Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and New York second baseman DJ LeMahieu.  The rest of the American League starters announced yesterday are Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana, Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco, Texas designated hitter Hunter Pence and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves each have two players in the National League starting lineup for the July 9 All-Star Game in Cleveland.  Catcher Willson Contreras and shortstop Javier Baez will represent the Cubs, while the Braves will send first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.  Also named NL starters are Arizona second baseman Ketel Marte, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger.

The Los Angeles Lakers have worked a trade with the Washington Wizards that gives them salary cap room to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Wizards will get Moritz Wagner, Issac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones and a future second-round draft pick from the Lakers.  The Pelicans will receive cash from Washington.  In other Laker news, LeBron James is giving up his uniform number, 23, to new Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, sources confirmed to ESPN yesterday.  Davis has worn No. 23 for seven years as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.  James appeared to confirm in a tweet that he would be switching back to 6, which he previously wore with Team USA in the Olympics, and then with the Miami Heat.

The 2019 baseball season is one Creighton fans will remember for some time as the Bluejays pushed eventual College World Series runner-up Michigan to an elimination game during the Corvallis, Oregon Regional.  Creighton closed the season 41-13, claiming the BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament Championships along the way.  Following the conclusion of the College World Series on Wednesday, the Bluejays were ranked in all six major Collegiate Baseball Polls, ending as high as 22nd in the D1Baseball.com poll.

Former Husker James Palmer has joined the summer league roster for the Phoenix Suns, according to the Omaha World Herald.  That means there will be at least two former Nebraska players in the summer league.  Palmer's teammate, Isaiah Roby, was drafted in the second round earlier this month and will play in summer league with the Dallas Mavericks.  The Las Vegas summer league runs from July 5-15.  In his senior season, Palmer averaged 19.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, ranking third in the Big Ten in scoring and fourth in steals.  He established Husker single-season records in points (708), free throws attempted (282), free throws made (215) and minutes played (1,269).  Palmer went undrafted earlier this month.

The BIG EAST Conference has announced that the University of Connecticut will re-join the conference as a full member, with the year of entry to be determined at a later date.  One of seven original members of the BIG EAST, Connecticut competed as a BIG EAST school for the first 34 years of the Conference's existence, beginning in 1979-80 and continuing through the 2012-13.  U-Conn’s membership was authorized by the unanimous vote of all ten BIG EAST Presidents.  The addition of Connecticut will increase the number of full members in the BIG EAST to eleven institutions.  The school currently competes in the American Athletic Conference.  The BIG EAST recently marked the 40th anniversary of its founding, which dates back to May 29, 1979.  As one of the Conference's founding members, UConn enjoyed significant athletics successes over more than three decades of BIG EAST competition, including 80 conference championship titles across all sports.

Wahoo’s Haley Thiele extended her lead after the second round of the 45th Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship at York Country Club yesterday, and now leads by eight strokes.  Thiele posted her second straight round of 72, despite making just two birdies, and leads with a 144 total. The Husker golfer has a chance to post the third lowest 54-hole total in championship history.  Only two players have posted totals lower than 216 in the 45-year history of the Women’s Amateur, and Thiele would need a 71 or better to join that group.  Snyder’s Hannah Hunke has shot 165, Columbus’ Aspen Luebbe has carded a 167, Norfolk’s Allison Temple is at 172, and Hartington’s Cassidy Ulrich has shot 182.  There are three flights in the Non-Championship Division, which kicked off play yesterday. Elkhorn’s Sarah Nordlund leads the First Flight after a round of 86.  Norfolk’s Nita Totten carded a 92 and Bev McKillip & Donna Utecht sit at 96.  Ethel Watson of Arapahoe shot a 98 to take the lead in the Second Flight.  Cairo’s Pat Hancock holds the lead in the Third Flight with a score of 116.  Norfolk’s Phyllis Hall shot 134.  The Final Round begins at 8:00 this morning.

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

Local Scores:  Hastings 8-1 Nfk Seniors 0-3 (Bsbl DH); Iowa 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 (Bsbl); Kelly’s 18’s 10-16 Twin River 0-1 (SB DH).

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     INTERLEAGUE

    

      Final    Milwaukee        4    Seattle      2

      Final    Pittsburgh    10    Houston      0

    

    

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          AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Texas                3    Detroit          1

      Final    Tampa  Bay        5    Minnesota      2,  18  Innings

      Final    L-A  Angels      8    Oakland          3

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Philadelphia      6    N-Y  Mets                3

      Final    Chi  Cubs              9    Atlanta                  7

      Final    Washington          8    Miami                      5

      Final    L-A  Dodgers      12    Colorado                8

      Final    Arizona                5    San  Francisco      1

    

    

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          WOMEN'S  NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    L.A.  Sparks      86    Las  Vegas      74

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