Police Say Woman Kneed, Spit on Omaha Officer During Confrontation

omaha-policeOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police say a 19-year-old woman assaulted and spit on an officer during a confrontation at a hotel early Sunday.

Officers were called to the Baymont Inn around 3 a.m. because a woman said her girlfriend had hit her, punched the hotel wall and stole her vehicle.

While officers were there, the suspect returned. Police say she kneed an officer and spat in the officer’s face. Once she was in custody, the woman repeatedly banged her head in the back of the police car.

The woman was treated at the Nebraska Medical Center before being taken to jail. She is suspected of assault, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and felony assault on an officer.

Lloyd scores 3 and US defeats Japan 5-2 for World Cup title

womens world cupVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times.

And with it came the Americans’ elusive third Women’s World Cup title.

Lloyd scored a hat trick as the U.S. burst to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 Sunday for their record third championship and first since 1999.

A sellout crowd that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd’s hat trick, the first ever in a Women’s World Cup final.

When it was over, Lloyd collapsed to her knees and pumped her fists. Forward Abby Wambach bear-hugged teary-eyed coach Jill Ellis, lifting her off the ground.

Lloyd also won the Golden Ball as the most outstanding player in the Women’s World Cup.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo won the Golden Gloves award as the top goalkeeper in the tournament. The United States defense was stellar throughout and went 540 minutes between the first match of the group stage and Sunday’s final without giving up a goal.

Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan won the Best Young Player award and Germany’s Celia Sasic won the Golden Boot.

4 Royals elected to start All-Star Game

allstar gameNEW YORK (AP) — Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City’s Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park.

The voting results were announced Sunday.

AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar. Four players ties the AL record for fan-elected starters, achieved nine times previously.

Eight Royals were on track to start in vote totals announced June 15, but first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and designated hitter Kendrys Morales also were overtaken.

Royals salvage split with Twins with 3-2 victory

kc-royalsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain with nobody out in the ninth inning, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.

Cain drew a leadoff walk against Twins reliever Blaine Boyer (2-4) to start the ninth after Ervin Santana had nearly shut Kansas City down in his return from a drug suspension.

Twins manager Paul Molitor called upon Aaron Thompson to face Hosmer, who ripped a pitch down the right-field line. Cain sprinted around third base at full speed, and a throw from Torii Hunter in right field was nowhere close to getting him at the plate.

Greg Holland (2-0) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning.

Tulowitzki’s homer leads Rockies to 6-4 win over D-backs

colorado-rockiesPHOENIX (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki had a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

Tulowitzki homered in Colorado’s four-run first inning against Rubby De La Rosa (6-4) and Carlos Gonzalez added a two-run homer off the right-hander in the sixth.

Gonzalez had three of Colorado’s 11 hits and made a diving catch in right field with the tying run on in the ninth to help the Rockies end a four-game losing streak.

Jorge De La Rosa (6-3) had six strikeouts to surpass 1,000 (1,005) for his career and John Axford struck out Paul Goldschmidt with two on in the ninth for his 14th save.

Yasmany Tomas had a homer among his three hits and drove in three runs for Arizona.

Mauer has 2-run HR among 4 hits as Twins beat Royals 5-3

kc-royalsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Joe Mauer hit a two-run homer in his first four-hit game in nearly two years, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 Saturday night.

Mauer, who is 13 for 28 against Royals starter Joe Blanton (2-2), homered with Brian Dozier aboard in a three-run first. Aaron Hicks’ grounder scored Trevor Plouffe, who missed the cycle by a home run, with the other run.

Plouffe’s tripled scored Mauer in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-0.

Glen Perkins pitched a flawless ninth for his major league-leading 27th save.

Twins starter Mike Pelfrey was chased after the Royals’ first four hitters in the fifth reached base, the last on Lorenzo Cain’s two-run single. Kendrys Morales drove in another run on a grounder to pull Kansas City to 4-3.

Brian Duensing (3-0), the second of seven Twins pitchers, was credited with the victory.

Arizona’s Corbin gets win in return from Tommy John surgery

colorado-rockiesPHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Corbin threw five solid innings to get the win in his return from Tommy John surgery 15 months ago and the Arizona Diamondbacks made it three straight over the Colorado Rockies with a 7-3 victory Saturday night.

The 25-year-old left-hander, who underwent surgery on March 25, 2014, allowed two runs, scattered eight hits, struck out three and walked none. Making his first start since Sept. 27, 2013, Corbin threw 76 pitches, 56 for strikes.

A.J. Pollock doubled in two runs off Colorado’s David Hale (2-4) to break a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning. Three consecutive bunts and a Rockies error led to three Arizona runs in the eighth.

Charlie Blackmon had an RBI double and D.J. LeMahieu a run-scoring single for the Rockies, who have lost four straight overall and seven of their last eight.

USDA Offers Funding for Farmers Markets, Local Food Programs

USDADES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s focus has traditionally been on food production, agriculture and natural resources but under the administration of President Barack Obama the USDA also has taken on a broader rural economic development role.

The agency has funded energy projects, small business loans, upgrades to power lines and high speed internet.

Some don’t consider financial support for such rural development projects to be among the agency’s fundamental roles but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack disagrees.

Vilsack is now promoting newly available funding of up to $800,000 to support farmers markets and other local food initiatives.

The USDA since 2009 has invested $800 million in more than 29,000 local and regional food projects including investments in 1,000 local food projects in Iowa and 617 in Nebraska.

Same-Sex Marriage Could Provide Business Boost in Nebraska

gaymarriageLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage could be good news for businesses that serve couples, from wedding planners to divorce attorneys.

Businesses that help plan and stage weddings say they expect a boost from gay and lesbian couples who can now marry legally in Nebraska, instead of traveling elsewhere.

Susan Madsen, general manager of the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, says she has fielded a handful of calls from couples interested in using the venue for wedding receptions. Madsen says the hotel is marketing itself in hopes of attracting more soon-to-wed couples.

A 2014 study by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute found that extending marriage rights to Nebraska same-sex couples could generate $8 million in economic activity over three years.

Vacant Omaha House Destroyed by Fire Early Saturday

OMAHA-FIRE-AND-RESCUE-BADGEOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant house in eastern Omaha.

The fire occurred near 16th Street and Carter Boulevard around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. No one was injured.

The homeowner told Omaha television station KETV that the property was being renovated before fire destroyed it.

Omaha television station WOWT reports that a neighboring home sustained heat damage from the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.