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Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018

Croatia was extended to extra time for the third straight game and once again, found a way to win, this time beating England 2-1 to reach its first World Cup final. Mario Mandzukic scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 109th minute. Croatia will play France in the World Cup final on Sunday while England meets Belgium in Saturday’s third-place game.

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will take on Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in an all-National League East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night. The 25-year-old Harper is the second seed at his home ballpark by virtue of his 22 homers through Tuesday’s games. Freeman, the top National League vote-getter for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park, is the seventh seed with 16 homers. Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar faces Philadelphia Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins in the opening round. Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy meets Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez, and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman faces Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber.

The New York Giants spent a 2019 third-round draft pick on Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, and Washington selected Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander in the sixth round yesterday. New York will surrender its third-round pick in next April’s draft in Nashville, while the Redskins give up a sixth-rounder. Both players were ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming college football season and entered the supplemental draft.

Elks Country Club in Columbus will host the 51st Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship today through Saturday. The championship features 54 holes of Stroke Play, with a cut to the low 40 scores and ties after 36 holes. Plainview’s Tucker Knaak is the defending champion after winning the title last year at Indian Trails Country Club in Beemer. A field of 91 players also include Norfolk’s Jake Kluver, John Canham, Kellen Rossman, & Isaac Heimes; Atkinson’s Mason Hale; Fordyce’ Matthew Schaefer; Wisner’s Rockney Peck; Columbus’ Shane Hess; Wayne’s Tanner Walling; Scribner’s Teague Stewart; Creighton’s Chase Largen; and Bancroft’s Devon Darnell.

The 18th Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship will be conducted at Elks Country Club in Columbus today and Friday. Last year, Chadron’s Ricki Hickstein won her first title with a three-stroke victory at Indian Trails Country Club in Beemer. The championship features 36-holes of stroke play with trophies for the champion and runner-up, and medals for the Top Ten finishers. A field of 41 players will compete with Snyder’s Livia Hunke, Hartington’s Cassidy Ulrich, and Columbus’ Aspen Luebbe & Ashley Warner among the participants.

Local Schedule: Nfk Seniors at Nebraska City (Bsbl DH-4:00); Memphis at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

CBS Sports Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00. Also, the home of the Kansas City Royals!

INTERLEAGUE

Final Cleveland 19 Cincinnati 4

Final Atlanta 9 Toronto 5

Final Chi White Sox 4 St. Louis 0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Tampa Bay 4 Detroit 2

Final Minnesota 8 Kansas City 5

Final N-Y Yankees 9 Baltimore 0

Final Boston 4 Texas 2

Final Oakland 8 Houston 3

Final Seattle 3 L-A Angels 0

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh 2 Washington 0

Final San Francisco 5 Chi Cubs 4, 13 Innings

Final N-Y Mets 3 Philadelphia 0, 10 Innings

Final Miami 5 Milwaukee 4, 12 Innings

Final Colorado 19 Arizona 2

Final L-A Dodgers 4 San Diego 2

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