Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, August 9, 2018
The PGA Championship is in progress at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Justin Thomas will try to join Tiger Woods as the only players in the stroke-play history of the tournament to successfully defend their titles. Thomas is coming off last weekend’s victory in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.
College basketball players who go undrafted by the NBA will be allowed to return to school and play as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal. The rule changes include allowing players to work with an agent while declaring for the NBA draft. College players would have to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on their draft prospects. The rules would also allow elite high school players to work with an agent if the NBA removes its one-and-done rule. The agent would have to be certified by the NCAA no later than August 2020. Until then, agents certified by the NBA players’ union would qualify. The changes reflect the recommendations made in April by the Rice Commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was formed in response to an FBI investigation into payments from shoe companies to coaches for steering players to certain schools.
The Nebraska volleyball team is ranked second in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason Coaches Poll. The Huskers received 20 of the 63 first-place votes and totaled 1,525 points. Stanford, which received 43 first-place votes, took the top ranking with 1,575 points. Texas, Minnesota and Kentucky rounded out the top five. Creighton is ranked 13th after returning preseason all-BIG EAST selections Brittany Witt, Taryn Kloth, and Jaali Winters. The Defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Huskers return three starters from last year’s team, while eight of the 15 Huskers are newcomers.
Ex-Iowa Hawkeye Nathan Bazata, a Howells/Dodge product, signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday after a tryout according to the Norfolk Daily News. Bazata was an All-State player at Howells and Howells/Dodge, graduating in 2012. The Bobcats won state championships his freshman and sophomore years, and a state runner-up his junior year. Bazata started 37 games his final three years at Iowa, recording 51 tackles, including 6 ½ tackles for loss, three sacks and one safety as a senior in 2017.
The Nebraska/Kansas Junior Cup Matches got underway at Lawrence Country Club in Kansas yesterday. Team Nebraska holds a 5-3 lead after the first day. Norfolk’s Luke Kluver & Plainview’s Tucker Knaak won their four ball match 7 & 5 while Norfolk’s Kellen Rossman & La Vista’s Alex Zillig claimed a 5 & 4 victory in their match. In the foursome matches, Kluver & Lincoln’s Josh Bartels won their competition 4 & 2 while Knaak and Aurora’s Caleb Badura were a 1 up winner. Eight singles matches are held today. Similar to the Ryder Cup, each match is worth one point. Kansas won the 2017 matches, 9-7, to keep the Cup for a seventh straight year. They lead the overall series 19-13.
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Final Kansas City 9 Chi Cubs 0
Final Oakland 3 L-A Dodgers 2
Final Texas 11 Seattle 7
Final L-A Angels 6 Detroit 0
Final Boston 10 Toronto 5
Final Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4
Final Cleveland 5 Minnesota 2
Final N-Y Yankees 7 Chi White Sox 3
Final N-Y Mets 8 Cincinnati 0
Final Pittsburgh 4 Colorado 3
Final Arizona 6 Philadelphia 0
Final Atlanta 8 Washington 3
Final St. Louis 7 Miami 1
Final Milwaukee 8 San Diego 4