KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani had to get a new bat for his triple that broke open the game.
Ohtani tripled with the bases loaded in a five-run seventh inning to help the streaking Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
Ohtani gave one of his bats to a 6-year-old boy, Leo Guastello, who boldly asked for it before the game when the two-way rookie star from Japan was signing autographs.
"He looked really sad when he was asking me," Ohtani said through a translator. "He really wanted that bat, so I gave it to him. Hopefully he can swing the bat and become a good player someday, but I can't be doing this all the time or I'll run out of bats."
Mike Trout homered for the Angels, and Ian Kinsler went deep on his first swing in his return to the lineup. Nick Tropeano (1-0) pitched shutout ball into the seventh for his first major league win since 2016.
Kole Calhoun had a two-run single in the seventh for Los Angeles, which has won eight of nine.
With two strikes, Ohtani drove a 97 mph fastball from Brandon Maurer to right-center for his first major league triple, scoring Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena.
The Royals had walked Ohtani intentionally in the sixth with first base open and Simmons on second.
Ohtani is tied with Trout for the Angels' lead with 11 RBIs — in 26 at-bats. Trout went 3 for 4 with his fifth home run and has 55 at-bats.
Kennedy was removed after six innings and 100 pitches. He allowed seven hits but just the one run on Kinsler's homer.
The Royals, who have lost eight of 11, have scored a total of 32 runs this season — and 10 of those came in Monday's victory over Seattle.
Lucas Duda singled home Mike Moustakas, who doubled, with two outs in the eighth for Kansas City.
The Nebraska School Activites Association had a board meeting on Thursday, April 5th to discuss several changes for next year.
The NSAA Board of Directors passes Substate for C-1, C-2, D-1, and D-2 for girls and boys basketball. Meaning the Sub-District winners and next four teams
in wildcard standings advance to District Finals. Those eight winners will then go to state. This last season Class B did sub-state for the first time.
Also, the NSAA has decided that Omaha will keep wrestling and Lincoln will keep the basketball state tournament for the next five years.
The NSAA board also approved moving the state volleyball tournament a week earlier in November beginning in 2019.
NSAA proposal to add Bowling as a recongnized NSAA event has failed.
Kearney, Neb. – Junior right fielder Pate Katechis belted a Grand Slam and sophomore first baseman Ty Roseberry hit two home runs as Nebraska-Kearney dismantled Northwest Missouri State, 17-1 (7 innings), Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field.
This was the first of three midweek games with the Bearcats (12-12, 8-5) this year. The contest was pushed back a full day due to weather and field conditions.
UNK (14-10, 7-3) has now won eight in a row, the longest win streak in the program since the 2011 team won eight straight between April 21-30. That squad won a school-record 38 games and reached the NCAA Central Regional finals.
To improve to 9-2 on its 14-game home stand, the Lopers pounded out 18 hits including six home runs and two doubles. On the mound, junior righty Alex Achtermann (Denver, Colo.) improved to 2-1 by fanning six and allowing just one run in five innings.
For the third time this home stand, junior center fielder Brett Young (3 for 4, two runs & three RBI's) led off the bottom of the first with a homer. Up 3-1 in the third, UNK saw senior second baseman Scott Platt (2 for 3, three runs) hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the year, to left field.
An eight-run fourth featured six hits including a one-out Grand Slam by Katechis (1 for 3). That was his sixth long ball of the year and helped UNK finally get a base knock with the bases full. Coming into today, the Lopers were hitting .167 (7 for 42) with three runners on base.
Next, senior catcher Dallas Schramm (3 for 4, three runs & two RBI's) and Roseberry(Kearney H.S.) hit back-to-back solo shots in the fifth with Roseberry (2 for 4, three runs & three RBI's) adding a two-run homer to left in the sixth. He's now at .450 with nine dingers and 27 RBI's, all team-highs.
Finally, sophomore third baseman Calvin Rudolph (3 for 4, two runs & one RBI) and redshirt freshman Peter Carlson (2 for 4, one run & one RBI) had multi-hit efforts.
UNK host the Lindenwood Lions this weekend at Memorial. Games times are 3 p.m.on Friday and Saturday and noonon Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep.
Lue said Monday in statement that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is and offered no timetable for his return. The coach said he feels he needs to step away "and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation" from which to coach the rest of the season.
"While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season," Lue said. "My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the championship we are all working towards."
The Cavaliers also didn't say who would lead the team in Lue's absence, though that responsibility could fall to associate head coach Larry Drew.
A stress-filled season for the Cavs has taken a toll on the 40-year-old Lue, who led them to the 2016 NBA championship after taking over for David Blatt midway through that season. They are just 40-29, third in the Eastern Conference, and have endured roster shake-ups, injuries and other distractions as they try to return to the NBA Finals.
Now they will play without their coach.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team endured one of its worst shooting performances of the season on Friday, as the fourth-seeded Huskers were eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament following a 77-58 loss to No. 5 seed Michigan at Madison Square Garden.
Nebraska shot just 30 percent on the game, making only 16 of its 53 attempts. The Huskers’ 16 field goals tied for their fewest in any game this season, while the 58 points marked the third-fewest points Nebraska has scored this season. The Huskers did the bulk of their scoring at the free-throw line, converting 22 of their 27 attempts.
James Palmer Jr. and Isaiah Roby led three Huskers in double figures with 18 points apiece. Roby added a team-high seven rebounds and a game- and career-high five blocks.Glynn Watson Jr. chipped in 10 points for the Big Red.
Following the loss, Nebraska will wait to learn its postseason fate when the NCAA Tournament field is announced on Sunday, March 11. The Huskers are hoping to make the tournament as an at-large selection after winning 22 games in the regular season and setting a school record with 13 conference wins while finishing fourth in the Big Ten standings.
Nebraska football player Chris Weber was chosen as this year’s male Wayne Duke Award winner, announced by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday. The award is an annual $10,000 scholarship recognizing one male and one female Big Ten senior pursuing a postgraduate degree for achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and leadership. On the women’s side, Rutgers’ golfer Emily Mills earned the honor.
Weber was a standout on and off the field throughout his Nebraska career. An Elkhorn High graduate, Weber will graduate from UNL in May and carries a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average in nutrition science, and has already been accepted to medical school at UNMC. On the field, Weber was a 2017 team captain and led the Huskers with 95 tackles and nine tackles for loss. He had four games with at least 10 tackles during his senior season.
Weber has also been instrumental in NU’s Life Skills program, as Weber has been named to the Brook Berringer and the Tom Osborne teams in each of the past four years. Earlier this year, Weber led NU’s Uplifting Athletes Road Race efforts, raising more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research this year and more than $125,000 over the past four years.
Nebraska has had the male winner four of the past six years, which includes three football student-athletes. In 2013 and 2014, Nebraska had both the male and female winners.
The Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award is named for the late Big Ten Conference commissioner who served from 1971 to 1989 and passed last March. While leading the Big Ten, Duke spent much of his time working to improve academic standards and graduation rates for students competing in conference athletics.
The award is made possible by donations from local corporations and individuals supporting intercollegiate athletics. The Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership is comprised of the State of Indiana, City of Indianapolis, Indiana Sports Corp, Pacers Sports & Entertainment and Visit Indy.
2018 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award Nominees:
University of Illinois: Anthony Zea, Men’s Track and Field; Sara McKeeman, Women’s Track and Field
Indiana University: Marie Chamberlin, Women’s Swimming
University of Iowa: JoElla Guagliardo, Field Hockey
University of Maryland: Alexander Leto, Men’s Track and Field; Kristen Confroy, Women’s Basketball
University of Michigan: Carolyn McCann, Women’s Swimming
Michigan State University: James Cantela, Men’s Soccer; Lea Foerster, Softball
University of Minnesota: Yaroslav Pochinka Men’s Gymnastics; Sabrine Garrison, Women’s Golf
University of Nebraska: Chris Weber, Football; Sydney Townsend, Women’s Volleyball
Northwestern University: Riley Kelliher, Men’s Soccer; Sabrina Rabin, Softball
Ohio State University: Brayden Seal, Men’s Swimming; Elizabeth Auckley, Women’s Swimming
Penn State University: Brandon Smith, Football; McKayla Mawn, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Purdue University: LaSalle “P.J.” Thompson, Men’s Basketball; Maya Hughes, Softball
Rutgers University: Michael Rexrode, Men’s Lacrosse; Emily Mills, Women’s Golf
University of Wisconsin: Peter Roy, Football; Liliana Hansen, Women’s Open-Weight Rowing
Previous Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award Recipients:
2017: Geno Morelli, Penn State, Wrestling; Lindsay Agnew, Ohio State, Women’s Soccer
2016: Cody Rush, Nebraska, Men’s Track and Field; Lindsay Mable, Minnesota, Women’s Gymnastics
2015: Campbell Sode, Rutgers, Men’s Lacrosse; Jessica Plant, Minnesota, Women’s Swimming
2014: Spencer Long, Nebraska, Football; Emily Wong, Nebraska, Women’s Gymnastics
2013: Sean Fisher, Nebraska, Football; Katelyn White, Nebraska, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field
2012: Miguel Pineda, Penn State, Men’s Gymnastics; Margaux Farrell, Indiana, Women’s Swimming
2011: Mike Torchia, Minnesota, Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field; Allie Smith, Purdue, Women’s Swimming
2010: Mark Ison, Northwestern, Football; Chelsea Davis, Ohio State, Women’s Diving
2009: Drew Ratner, Northwestern, Men’s Soccer; Lauren Mioton, Purdue, Women’s Basketball
2008: Kevin Trulock, Indiana, Football; Molly Crispell, Penn State, Women’s Swimming
Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney baseball team has been picked 12th in the 2018 MIAA preseason coaches' poll.
The Lopers received 31 points to be in front of Fort Hays State (16). No. 29 Emporia State (143 points; 11 first place) is the favorite with Central Missouri second (120; one first place) and Central Oklahoma (118) third. UCO is 28th in Collegiate Baseball's preseason Top 40 with fourth place Lindenwood (114) No. 17 and UCM receiving votes.
In 2017, UNK went 14-35 (7-29) to place 12th in the league. The 2018 roster features returning All-American catcher/designated hitter Dallas Schramm (Millard North), senior starting pitchers Bradley Brown (Aurora, Colo.) and Mitchell Robinson (Golden, Colo.), senior first baseman Ricky Trammell (Kansas City) and junior outfielder Pate Katechis (Longmont, Colo.).
The Lopers start the season this weekend with three scheduled games at Metro State in Denver.
Kearney, Neb. – Senior guard Michaela Barry scored 33 points and assisted on the game winning bucket with 2.8 seconds left as Nebraska-Kearney rallied past Lindenwood, 80-78,Thursday night in St. Charles, Mo.
The Lopers (15-3, 7-3) continue a magical season, improving to 9-0 in games decided by 10 points or less and posting its eighth fourth quarter rally among 11 Division II wins. UNK has also won seven of eight to be tied with two others for third place in the MIAA standings.
Barry (Battle Creek), the current MIAA Player of the Week, notched her third 30-point game of the season by going 12 of 17 (2 of 5 threes) from the field and 7 of 8 at the line. But it was her fourth assist of the night that proved to be the crucial play.
Ahead 78-75 with just under a minute to play, UNK ran the shot clock down and not surprisingly gave the ball to Barry. Her shot in the lane was blocked out of bounds and the Lopers called a timeout. After the break, Lindenwood forced a five second call to get the ball back. Thirteen seconds later, reserve Kyle Ferguson capped a great night by hitting a 26-footer to tie things. She tallied 15 points thanks to three triples.
UNK called another time out and again gave the ball to Barry. She worked from the top of the key, drew the defense toward her and found a wide open Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) for an easy layup and the game winner. The Lions (10-10, 2-9), calling a timeout to move the ball down the court, had a chance to win or tie but couldn't get a shot off.
"Our team just continues to fight; Lindenwood would go up, we would come back. They would go up, we would come back again," said Loper assistant coach Brandon Rohr. "Michaela and Kelsey have won their whole lives so it's not surprising what happened at the end. Michaela might've been feeling it but she's unselfish and smart enough and made a great pass."
Sanger, replacing an injured Jenna Gillespie (Holdrege) in the starting lineup, had one of her finest games of the season. Over 25 minutes, she had nine points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Five of her points came in the fourth quarter to help UNK erase two different four-point deficits.
Now 6-1 all-time against Lindenwood, the Lopers led 17-9 after the first quarter and tallied the first two points of the second quarter. However, the Lions went on a 30-11 over the next 11 minutes to lead by nine. That was Lindenwood's biggest lead of the game. UNK didn't grab the lead back until Alyssa Frauendorfer (Humphrey) made a layup with 6:11 to go. That made the score 63-62 and capped an 8-1 Kearney run. The two teams then went back and forth until the final seconds.
Frauendorfer joined Barry and Sanger as Lopers to have big efforts as she made a season-best four threes to tally 16 points. She also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Off the bench, UNK got six points apiece from forward Kennedy Sander (Lincoln Pius X) and Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.).
Four Lions were in reached double figures, led by 6-3 sophomore post Kallie Bildner. The 2017 MIAA Freshman of the Year went for 23 points and nine rebounds with starter Charisse Williams and reserve Gaby Walker each scoring 10.
UNK is among the best teams in D2 in not sending teams to the free throw line but the Lions went 16 of 21 tonight. The 16 makes are a season-high for a Loper opponent with Bildner doing most of the damage (9 of 9). Finally, the Lopers shot 64 percent (9 of 14) on the four quarter. In its previous seven "rally wins, Kearney made 59 percent of its fourth quarter shots.
On Saturday, the Lopers head to Lincoln University. The Blue Tigers (3-16, 0-11) fell tonight to Fort Hays State, 65-55.