Joe's Morning Sports-Thursday, June 20, 2019

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an outdoor cafe, according to ESPN.  The Dominican Republic's attorney general and the national police director told reporters that the attempted murder was ordered from the United States by Victor Hugo Gomez, an associate of Mexico's Gulf Cartel, they said Gomez had hired a gang of killers to eliminate his cousin, whom Gomez suspected of turning him in to Dominican drug investigators in 2011.  The cousin, Sixto David Fernandez, was seated with the former baseball star on the night of June 9, when a gunman approached and fired a single shot at Ortiz, the officials said.  Ortiz remains hospitalized in Boston, where doctors have upgraded his condition from guarded to good.

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for Jae Crowder, former Creighton standout Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, the 23rd overall draft pick tonight, and a future first round pick.  Conley is the Grizzlies' all-time leader with 788 games played, averaging 14.9 points and 5.7 assists.  He's coming off one of his finest seasons, providing 21.1 points and 6.4 assists a game after missing much of the previous season due to injury.  The Omaha World Herald reports that Memphis would be the sixth team Korver has played for during his 16-year NBA career.  He appeared in 58 games off the bench for the Jazz last season, including the playoffs, after getting traded midseason by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  A second-round draft pick in 2003, Korver has averaged 9.9 points per game during his career, shooting 44.3% from the field and 42.9% from three-point range.  Korver, a Bluejay from 1999-2003, remains the only player in Creighton history to play in four NCAA tournaments.  He was a consensus second-team All-American as a senior and twice was named the Missouri Valley regular-season and tournament MVP.  Korver joined Creighton’s Hall of Fame last year.

Auburn and Florida State have been eliminated in the College World Series by losing yesterday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.  Tyler Fitzgerald hit a first-inning homer and Louisville scored three times on just one hit in the fourth inning before completing a 5-3 win against the Tigers in a game that was suspended by rain on Tuesday.  Two Louisville relievers survived anxious moments to hold Auburn to two runs over five innings.  Brian Klein hit the tiebreaking home run for Texas Tech in a 4-1 victory over the Seminoles.  FSU coach Mike Martin heads into retirement with 2,029 career wins, the most by any coach in any college sport.  The other CWS game of the day had Kumar Rocker following up his no-hitter in the super regionals by carrying a shutout into the sixth inning of Vanderbilt's 6-3 victory over Mississippi State.  Stephen Scott collected four RBIs with a solo homer and a three-run blast.  Louisville takes on Mississippi State in a 6:00 elimination game this evening.

The Nebraska men’s basketball team will face Washington State in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic, as the tournament bracket was released yesterday.  The Huskers will face Washington State in its quarterfinal matchup on Nov. 25, at 6:30 at John Gray Gymnasium.  It will be a matchup of new coaches as the Huskers are led by Fred Hoiberg, while Washington State is coached by Kyle Smith, who was hired after leading San Francisco to three straight 20-win seasons. The Cougars are led by CJ Elleby, who averaged 14.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.  Nebraska has won six of eight meetings between the schools, but the November matchup will be the first meeting since the 1998-99 season.  The winner of the game will play either Old Dominion or George Mason the following evening.

Creighton baseball senior Evan Johnson pushed the number of 2019 Bluejays to seven reaching the professional ranks as Johnson signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners in early June.  Johnson made his debut in Seattle's short-season single ‘A’ club, the Everett Aquasox on Monday, tossing three scoreless innings.  He gave up just one hit and struck out four on 57 pitches.  Johnson had a breakout 2019 for the Bluejays, going 9-2 in 17 appearances, including 14 starts.  He tossed a combined 77.1 innings, posting an impressive .197 opponents batting average.

Wayne State College Director of Athletics Mike Powicki announced yesterday the reinstatement of the women’s golf program for the 2020-21 school year to the Wildcat athletic department.  Powicki stated the school will be hiring a coach this summer and spend the upcoming school year recruiting student-athletes to begin competition again in the 2020-21 school year.  The women’s golf program at Wayne State was suspended at the end of the 2012-13 school year.  The college created the women’s golf program in 1990 and began competition in the Northern Sun Conference in the 1998-99 season before being suspended in May, 2013.  

Josh Bartels of Lincoln and Luke Gutschewski of Elkhorn will face-off in the 18-hole Final this morning at 8:00 AM in the 30th Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship at Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Axtell.  Norfolk’s Isaac Heimes won his quarterfinal match over York’s Reed Malleck 1up before falling in his semifinal match to Bartels 5 & 4.  Oakland’s Ian Lundquist dropped his quarterfinal match to Seward’s Tyler Welch 3 & 2.

After two more rounds of matches yesterday, a champion was crowned at the 57th Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship at Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Axtell.  A familiar name will be engraved on the Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship trophy, as Lauren Thiele of Wahoo joins her sisters Haley and Hannah as a champion.  Thiele defeated Omaha’s Jalea Culliver in the Final, 3 and 2 to take her first title, and the fourth for the Thiele family. Haley won in 2013 and 2014, and Hannah won in 2015.

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Local Scores:  Columbus 4 Nfk Seniors 2 (Bsbl).

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     INTERLEAGUE

    

      Final    Cincinnati      3    Houston                  2

      Final    Pittsburgh      8    Detroit                  7

      Final    Chi  Cubs          7    Chi  White  Sox      3

    

    

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          AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    N-Y  Yankees    12    Tampa  Bay          1

      Final    Oakland              8    Baltimore          3

      Final    Seattle              8    Kansas  City      2

      Final    L-A  Angels      11    Toronto              6

      Final    Cleveland        10    Texas                  4

      Final    Boston                9    Minnesota          4

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Washington        6    Philadelphia        2

      Final    San  Diego          8    Milwaukee              7

      Final    Washington        2    Philadelphia        0

      Final    Atlanta              7    N-Y  Mets                2

      Final    St.  Louis          2    Miami                      1,  11  Innings

      Final    Colorado            6    Arizona                  4

      Final    L-A  Dodgers      9    San  Francisco      2

    

    

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          WOMEN'S  NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    Atlanta      88    Indiana              78

      Final    Chicago      91    N-Y  Liberty      83

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