Joe's Morning Sports-Thursday, June 21, 2018

Portugal, Spain and Uruguay each earned 1-0 wins in yesterday's FIFA World Cup action.  Cristiano Ronaldo notched his fourth goal of the tournament to carry Portugal past Morocco, and Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lead Spain's victory over Iran.  Luis Suarez provided the lone goal for Uruguay in a win against Saudi Arabia.  In today’s contests, Denmark is taking on Australia at 7:00 AM, France meets Peru at 10:00, and Argentina faces Croatia 1:00.

The College World Series continued yesterday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.  Arkansas beat Texas Tech 7-4 and Oregon State eliminated North Carolina 11-6.  Texas Tech takes on Florida in a 7:00 elimination contest tonight.

The Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens.  Major League Baseball and the NCAA have been working to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the College World Series.  A news conference with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is schedule for today.  The move would be similar to the regular-season games played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Little League World Series.

Nebraska has changed the dates of two of its home nonconference football games in 2020.  The game against Central Michigan, originally scheduled for Sept. 19, will be played on Sept. 12.  The game against South Dakota State, originally scheduled for Sept. 12, will be played on Sept. 19.  The Nebraska athletic department said the changes were made to "assist with scheduling changes and agreements for multiple schools around the country."

Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship yesterday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.  He is the first Nebraskan to win this event.  The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course in Seaside, California for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.  The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.  Vermeer finished at 5-under 283.  The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000.

Derek Lahm of Wayne State was named yesterday to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American First Team for Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country.  The award is selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.  It’s the third time in his Wildcat career that Lahm has been selected as an Academic All-American after earning Third Team honors in 2015 and 2017.  Mary Alderson was named to the Third Team for Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country.

Due to more than five inches of rain Tuesday night and more yesterday, the Final Round of the 2018 Nebraska Women's Amateur Championship at Beatrice Country Club was cancelled.  The 36-hole results are final, and Scottsbluff's Jordan York is the 2018 Champion with rounds of 73 and 77 for a 150 total.  She won by two strokes.  Snyder’s Hannah Hunke shot 160.  Beemer’s Lacie Fox carded a 163 and Norfolk’s Allison Temple finished at 165.  In the Non-Championship Division, Norfolk’s Nita Totten put up a 189 and Donna Utecht shot 190.

The Nebraska School Activities Association announced the final standings for The NSAA Cup, the NSAA All-Activities Award for Nebraska high schools.  The annual awards program, which began in 2007 to recognize the state’s most successful high school athletic and fine arts programs, is presented to the twelve Nebraska high schools that have earned the most points during the school year by participating in NSAA education based activity programs.  Regarding area schools, in the ‘All-School Division’, in Class ‘C’, Columbus Scotus finished third, Hartington/Newcastle got fifth, and Norfolk Catholic tied for sixth place.  In Class ‘D’, Humphrey St. Francis was fourth.  In the Boys Division, in Class ‘C’, Hartington/Newcastle finished as the champion with 245 points while Norfolk Catholic got second with 240.  Battle Creek & Crofton placed seventh & eighth respectively.  In Class ‘D’, West Holt was fourth, Wausa finished eighth, and Bancroft/Rosalie took tenth place.  In the Girls Division, in Class ‘C’, Columbus Scotus are champions with 255 points.  They won by 50 points.  Hartington/Newcastle got seventh and Hartington Cedar Catholic placed tenth.  In Class ‘D’, Humphrey St. Francis was second with 200 points.  They finished behind Shickley’s 205.  Wausa took sixth place and Leigh got ninth.

Local Schedule:  Kelly’s 18’s at Fremont Avalanche (SB DH-6:30); Oklahoma City at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Parkview Christian at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl-Ccd. Rain.)

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     INTERLEAGUE

    

      Final    Cincinnati      5    Detroit            3

      Final    Toronto            5    Atlanta            4

      Final    Oakland          12    San  Diego        4

      Final    Baltimore        3    Washington      0

    

    

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          AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Cleveland        12    Chi  White  Sox      0

      Final    N-Y  Yankees      7    Seattle                  5

      Final    Houston              5    Tampa  Bay              1

      Final    Minnesota          4    Boston                    1

      Final    Texas                  3    Kansas  City          2

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Philadelphia        4    St.  Louis          3

      Final    Chi  Cubs                4    L-A  Dodgers      0

      Final    San  Francisco      6    Miami                  5

      Final    Colorado              10    N-Y  Mets            8

    

    

        Milwaukee    at    Pittsburgh      7:05  p.m.,  postponed

    

In other news

The Baseball Hall of Fame now includes pitchers Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith and the late Roy Halladay, along with designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines.  The six were inducted at Cooperstown on a sizzling Sunday in upstate New York.  Naturally, Rivera closed the cer…