Joe's Morning Sports-Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Houston Rockets are canvassing NBA teams with significant salary-cap space to individually offer center Clint Capela, guard Eric Gordon and forward P.J. Tucker as a prelude to their pursuit of a sign-and-trade deal for Philadelphia 76’ers All-Star Jimmy Butler, league sources told ESPN.  The Rockets want to secure the best available first-round pick acquired for any one of three players as part of a larger deal with Philadelphia for Butler, league sources said.  Redirecting salaries elsewhere for Butler could deliver the 76ers a large trade exception that it could use in acquiring a player over the course of the next year.

Mason Hickman and Jake Eder combined for 14 strikeouts, Vanderbilt knocked out Michigan ace Karl Kauffmann in the fourth inning, and the Commodores won the College World Series with an 8-2 victory in Game Three of the finals last night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.  Phillip Clarke had three hits while Ethan Paul had two.  Pat DeMarco, who hit his seventh home run of the season, drove in two runs and scored twice.  Vandy won its second title in its four CWS appearances, all since 2011.  The other one came in 2014.  Hickman struck out ten batters in six innings and limited the Wolverines to one hit after he gave up three in a row to start the game.  The loss ended a surprising postseason run for Michigan, which went from being one of the last four teams picked for the 64-team NCAA Tournament to becoming the first Big Ten team to play in the finals since Ohio State in 1966.  The Commodores finished with a 59-12 record while the Wolverines’ season ends at 50-22.  Vanderbilt pitchers combined for a 2.50 ERA over six CWS games.  Kumar Rocker was selected the College World Series most outstanding player.

Tony Barone, the Creighton men's basketball coach from 1985-91 and a 2015 inductee into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday.  He was 72.  Barone compiled a 102-82 record in six seasons as head coach of the Bluejays from 1985-91.  His teams won Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and MVC Tournament titles in both 1988-89 and 1990-91, and he was named MVC Coach of the Year in 1988-89.  Barone led the Bluejays to two NCAA Tournaments, and his 1990-91 team won the program's first NCAA Tournament game since 1973-74. He was hired as Texas A&M head coach in 1991 and wrapped up his career on the college sideline in 1998 with 178 Division I victories.  Barone later served as Director of Player Personnel for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, and was named interim coach for 52 games during the 2006-07 campaign.

Drew Smith will go down as one of the top baseball players in the history of the Northeast Community College baseball team.  Smith was honored yesterday as the 2019 Spalding NJCAA DII Baseball Player of the Year.  In 2019, the Elkhorn native hit .456 to go along with a .538 on-base percentage and an .897 slugging percentage.  Smith tallied 18 home runs, 69 RBI and 166 total bases.  For his efforts, he was named a First Team All-American, ICCAC DII Baseball Player of the Year, ICCAC DII Baseball Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Region XI and was a member of the NJCAA DII Baseball World Series All-Tournament Team.  Smith ranked in the top-five nationally in total bases (2nd), hits (3rd), home runs (4th), RBI (4th), slugging percentage (4th) and batting average (5th).  He will continue his academic and athletic career at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.

The 2017 champion is at it again, as Wahoo’s Haley Thiele leads by three strokes after the first round of the 45th Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship at York Country Club.  Thiele made five birdies during her round of 72, including a closing birdie on the 18th hole.  She was three strokes better than Husker teammate Megan Whittaker of Elkhorn, who shot 75.  Snyder’s Hannah Hunke’s 79 is tied for fourth place, Columbus’ Aspen Luebbe carded an 83, Norfolk’s Allison Temple shot 85, and Hartington’s Cassidy Ulrich put up a 96.  The Championship Division has 36 holes left to play over the next two days, with the second round scheduled to start at 8:00 today.  The Non-Championship Division will start their tournament this morning, playing just 36 holes to complete the event.  Among the competitors include Norfolk’s Nita Totten, Donna Utecht, Phyllis Hall, & Bev McKillip.

Checking out the local schedule for today, in baseball, the Norfolk Seniors are at Hastings for a 5:00 twinbill and the Omaha Storm Chasers are in Des Moines to play the Iowa Cubs at 7:05, and the Kelly’s 18’s softball team visits Genoa to play Twin River in a 6:30 doubleheader.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Seniors at Hastings (Bsbl DH-5:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa (Bsbl-7:05); Kelly’s 18’s vs. Twin River at Genoa (SB DH-6:30).

Local Scores:  Iowa 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

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     INTERLEAGUE

    

      Final    San  Diego      10    Baltimore        5

      Final    Oakland            2    St.  Louis        0

      Final    L-A  Angels      5    Cincinnati      1

      Final    Pittsburgh    14    Houston            2

      Final    Seattle            4    Milwaukee        2

    

    

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          AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Chi  White  Sox      8    Boston                7

      Final    N-Y  Yankees          8    Toronto              7

      Final    Cleveland              5    Kansas  City      3

      Final    Texas                      4    Detroit              1

      Final    Minnesota              6    Tampa  Bay          4

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Arizona                8    L-A  Dodgers          2

      Final    Colorado              6    San  Francisco      3

      Final    Philadelphia      5    N-Y  Mets                4,  10  Innings

      Final    Washington          7    Miami                      5

      Final    Atlanta                5    Chi  Cubs                3

    

    

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          WOMEN'S  NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    Washington      81    Chicago              74

      Final    Dallas              74    Connecticut      73

    

    

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          MAJOR  LEAGUE  SOCCER

    

    Final    Philadelphia        1    New  England        1

In other news

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