Joe's Morning Sports-Monday, July 1, 2019

Kevin Durant became the first marquee All-Star to switch teams when the NBA free-agent period began yesterday.  Durant says on Instagram that he has worked out a max deal of four years and about $164 million with the Brooklyn Nets.  The All-Star forward could have gotten five years and $221 million from the Golden State Warriors if he stayed with them.  He will be joined by for Boston Celtic Kyrie Irving & New York Knick DeAndre Jordan.  Other notable players switching teams include Jimmy Butler leaving Philadelphia for Miami, Julius Randle joining New York from New Orleans, Kemba Walker leaving Charlotte for Boston, D’Angelo Russell joining Golden State from Brooklyn, Derrick Rose leaving Minnesota for Detroit, Al Horford joining Philadelphia from Boston, Damian Lillard staying in Portland, Khris Middleton remains in Milwaukee, Kristap Porzingis staying in Dallas and Tobias Harris remains in Philadelphia.

Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and four of their Houston Astros teammates will lead the American League squad at the All-Star Game in Cleveland on July 9.  Alex Bregman, George Springer and Michael Brantley will be in the starting lineup for the American League, and Verlander, Cole and Ryan Pressly are on the pitching staff.  It will be the first trip to Cleveland for those Astros since Game Three of last year's AL Division Series, when Houston won 11-3 to complete a sweep.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies lead the National League with four players each named to the All-Star Game.  The Los Angeles contingent includes Cody Bellinger, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler, plenty of familiar faces for the Dodgers and NL manager Dave Roberts.  Milwaukee will be represented by Christian Yelich, Mike Moustakas, Yasmani Grandal and Josh Hader, while the Rockies will send outfielders David Dahl and Charlie Blackmon with starters Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story.

Mitchell, Nebraska native Nate Lashley completed an unlikely wire-to-wire victory in the Rocket Mortgage Classic yesterday for his first PGA Tour title.  Lashley closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 25-under 263 and win by six shots, the margin he took into the day after opening with rounds of 63, 67 and 63.  Lashley became the fourth Nebraska native to win a PGA Tour event, joining Johnny Goodman, Tom Sieckmann and Mark Calcavecchia.  The 36-year-old Lashley's parents and girlfriend were killed in a plane crash 15 years ago.  He dabbled in real estate after graduating from the University of Arizona, quit playing professional golf several years ago and resumed playing in the PGA Tour's minor leagues.  The 353rd ranked player in the world slipped into the PGA Tour's first event in Detroit as an alternate Wednesday.

Local Schedule:  Vermillion Blast at Kelly’s 18’s (SB DH-6:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Round Rock, TX (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Papillion Amerilawn 7 Nfk Seniors 6; Nfk Seniors 9 Lincoln East 2 (Millard Sox Tourn.); Round Rock, TX 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 6 (Bsbl).

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     INTERLEAGUE

    

      Final    Washington      2    Detroit      1

    

    

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          AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    N-Y  Yankees        12    Boston              8

      Final    Cleveland              2    Baltimore        0

      Final    Kansas  City          7    Toronto            6

      Final    Tampa  Bay              6    Texas                2

      Final    Chi  White  Sox      4    Minnesota        3

      Final    Houston                  6    Seattle            1

      Final    Oakland                12    L-A  Angels      3

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Cincinnati            8    Chi  Cubs          6

      Final    Philadelphia      13    Miami                6

      Final    Milwaukee              2    Pittsburgh      1

      Final    L-A  Dodgers        10    Colorado          5

      Final    San  Francisco    10    Arizona            4

      Final    St.  Louis              5    San  Diego        3,  11  Innings

      Final    N-Y  Mets                8    Atlanta            5

    

    

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          WOMEN'S  NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    N-Y  Liberty      74    Atlanta          58

      Final    Dallas                89    Minnesota      86

      Final    L.A.  Sparks      94    Chicago          69

      Final    Phoenix              69    Seattle          67

    

    

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          MAJOR  LEAGUE  SOCCER

    

    Final    Portland        1    Dallas        0

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