Cambell’s lead up to 6 shots
at Nebraska Amateur
LINCOLN — Shaun Campbell extended his lead at the 114th Nebraska Amateur Championship to a six-shot lead over the rest of the field in Wednesday’s third round.
The Creighton golfer from Tauranga, New Zealand, doubled his lead from the second round by shooting a 68 for the second straight day. He recovered from a bogey on the first hole and scattered four birdies through the final 17 holes at Firethorn Golf Club.
Campbell hit two provisional balls on the first tee, after his first tee shot went right and his second left, both in tall, native grass. However, he found his original ball and managed the bogey.
Four players are tied for second at even par for the tournament. That group includes two players who made the biggest moves, matching Campbell’s low round of the day. Luke Gutschewski of Elkhorn and Johnny Spellerberg of Bennington, who played alongside each other.
Joining them in second position are Omaha’s Charlie Zielinski and Fordyce’s Matthew Schaefer, who both shot 70.
Seven strokes back are two past champions: Elkhorn’s Ryan Nietfeldt (2002) and Omaha’s Andy Sajevic, a four-time champion. They are joined by Elkhorn’s Alex Farrell and Lincoln’s Thomas Bryson.
Aurora’s Caleb Badura rounds out the Top 10 at 2-over par for the tournament. Doniphan’s Ethan Smith is tied for 28th at 13-over par. He shot his lowest round so far with a 74 Wednesday.
Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio — Super Bowl-winning coaches Mike Shanahan and Mike Holmgren are among 24 seniors, coaches and contributors selected as finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023.
Shanahan, who led the Denver Broncos to consecutive Super Bowl titles, and Holmgren, who won with the Green Bay Packers, are joined by 10 other coaches/contributors, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.
The list of 12 former players includes four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Ken Anderson and five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Sterling Sharpe.
The 12-person Seniors Committee will meet Aug. 16, and each committee member will present one finalist. The committee’s final vote will send three Seniors to the full 49-person Selection Committee for consideration at its annual meeting in early 2023. Each of those three could be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at that meeting.
Expansion of the Seniors pool to three for possible election to the Hall was approved earlier this year for the Classes of 2023, 2024 and 2025.
The remaining list of players: linebackers Randy Gradishar, Maxie Baughan, Tommy Nobis and Chuck Howley; offensive linemen Bob Kuechenberg; two-way player Cecil Isbell; defensive linemen Joe Klecko and cornerbacks Eddie Meador, Ken Riley and Everson Walls.
The remaining list of coaches/contributors: television executive and producer Roone Arledge; coach Don Coryell; front-office executive Frank “Bucko” Kilroy; coach Buddy Parker; coach Dan Reeves; Steelers vice president Art Rooney Jr.; coach Clark Shaughnessy; and long-time executive John Wooten.
Coach K’s grandson pleads guilty to DWI charge
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Michael Savarino, retired Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson and a former Duke basketball player, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired Wednesday in a case stemming from a November traffic stop in rural Orange County.
Court records show the related charges of driving after consuming alcohol while under 21, as well as running a stop sign, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Savarino completed 24 hours of community service, paid $300 in fines and court costs and is on 12 months of unsupervised probation. He has another court date on Jan. 26 in Orange County Court in Hillsborough as part of a treatment program he must complete as part of the plea deal.
Savarino’s offense fell under Level V of North Carolina’s sentencing guidelines for DWI, the least serious on the five-level scale.
The related aiding and abetting impaired driving charge former Duke basketball player Paolo Banchero faces from the same incident remains pending. The No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA draft, Banchero now plays for the Orlando Magic.
It is normal procedure in these situations, court officials said, for the aiding and abetting DWI charge to be dismissed upon adjudication of the related DWI case. Banchero has a court appearance scheduled for Thursday.
A phone message left by The News & Observer at the office of the players’ attorney, Sam Coleman, was not immediately returned on Wednesday afternoon.
Court records show Orange County assistant district attorney Maren Hardin was the prosecuting attorney who signed off on the plea agreement.
Savarino announced in April he would complete his Duke degree this summer and transfer to another school to complete his college basketball career. He has since announced he’ll play at New York University.
Following a season in which he was named All-ACC and a second-team All-American while leading Duke to the Final Four, the 6-10 Banchero entered his name in the NBA draft.
The criminal charges against the two stemmed from a situation where Savarino, who was 20 years old at the time, told police he’d been drinking after he was stopped while driving a vehicle registered to Banchero.
At 1:10 a.m. on Nov. 14, according to court documents, N.C. Highway Patrol stopped Savarino after he was observed rolling through a stop sign in a 2017 Jeep SUV at the intersection of Bushy Cook Road and West Ten Road near Efland.
The officer reported observing signs of impairment, namely a “strong odor of alcohol” and “red glassy eyes.” Savarino admitted to having consumed alcohol and was administered a field sobriety test. The officer gave him a “poor” report on that test.
Savarino was taken into custody and did a breathalyzer test, completed at 2:38 a.m. It showed a blood alcohol content of .08. When driving a motor vehicle, the limit is .08 in North Carolina.
Savarino was charged with DWI, driving after consuming alcohol under the age of 21 and the stop sign violation.
Banchero was riding in the back seat of the Jeep when the traffic stop occurred. Because the car was registered to Banchero, he was charged with aiding and abetting impaired driving.
After joining Duke’s basketball team as a walk-on player in 2018, Savarino was put on scholarship last summer for what turned out to be his final season with the Blue Devils. Following his arrest, Savarino’s team-based discipline included banishment from team activities for what Krzyzewski called “a violation of our standards.”
His driver’s license was automatically revoked for 30 days following his arrest.
Savarino was not on the bench for three games, then was with the team for two road games but in street clothes on the bench. He returned to the team in December, hitting a 3-pointer in his first game since the arrest when Duke beat S.C. State, 103-62, on Dec. 14 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Banchero did not miss any playing time due to the incident. Krzyzewski defended that decision by pointing to the severity of the charges both players faced and saying it was “two entirely different situations.”
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