Sports News-April 1, 2013

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Louisville put the finishing touches on the Final Four by rolling past Duke 85-63 to win the NCAA Midwest Regional.  Russ Smith scored 23 points to lead the way while Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, eleven rebounds and four blocks.  Louisville managed to pull off the overwhelming win despite seeing teammate Kevin Ware suffer a gruesome broken leg in the first half.  The Cardinals earned their second straight trip to the Final Four and will meet surprising Wichita State in the semifinals on Saturday.

Nik Stauskas scored 22 points as Michigan led from start to finish to beat Florida 79-59 in the South Regional title game.  The Wolverines are back in the Final Four for the first time since the early 1990's.

Chris Bosh hit a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to lift short-handed Miami over San Antonio 88-86 and give the Heat a sweep of the season series among the contenders for the best record in the NBA.  Miami played without stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade who were sidelined with injuries.

Rick Ankiel hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer to help Houston make its American League debut with an 8-2 win over Texas in the Major League season opener.  The Astros earned their first opening day victory since 2008 and gave Bo Porter his first win as a major league manager.

Monique Reid hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left and Louisville held Brittney Griner in check as Louisville stunned top-ranked and defending champ Baylor 82-81 in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Women's Tournament.  The Cardinals led most of the game and held Griner without a field goal in the first half.  She wound up with 14 points.

Tricia Liston scored 17 points and Duke shook off a slow start to beat Nebraska 53-45 yesterday in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional of the Women's NCAA Tournament.  Liston also had eight rebounds and two steals.  Teammate Alexis Jones added 14 points for the 33-2 Blue Devils, who also struggled last weekend at home.  Jones also collected nine rebounds and six assists.  Elizabeth Williams added ten points, nine rebounds, and seven blocked shots.  Duke advanced to tomorrow night's game against top-seeded Notre Dame with a berth in the Final Four on the line.  The 25-9 Cornhuskers, in the Sweet 16 for just the second time in school history, struggled from the field.  They shot 30% from the field and hit just 3-24 three-point tries.  Nebraska entered the game averaging 6.4 three-pointers and made eight last week in stunning Texas A&M on its home floor.  Lindsey Moore led the Cornhuskers with eleven points, but on 5-18 shooting.  Moore also had six assists and five rebounds.  Nebraska’s leading scorer, Jordan Hooper, who averages 18.2 points, left with an apparent knee injury with eight minutes left and scored just six points.

Local Schedule:  Grand Island CC at Nfk Cath/LHNE (B Socc.-6:00); Nfk High at Lincoln High Inv. At Highlands GC (BG-10:00); Twin River Vs. LHNE at Nfk CC (BG Dual-2:00).

Local Scores:  Nebraska 8 Northwestern 6 (Bsbl); Nebraska-Omaha 4 Creighton 2 (Bsbl); Nebraska 7 Illinois 1 (SB).  

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Houston      8    Texas      2
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    New  Orleans    112    Cleveland          92
      Final    Washington      109    Toronto              92
      Final    Chicago              95    Detroit              94
      Final    Miami                  88    San  Antonio      86
      Final    New  York          108    Boston                89
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Chicago                7    Detroit            1
      Final  OT    Columbus              2    Anaheim            1
      Final          Los  Angeles        3    Dallas              2
      Final          Boston                  2    Buffalo            0
      Final  OT    Philadelphia      5    Washington      4
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Louisville      85    (  6)  Duke            63
      Final    (10)  Michigan          79    (14)  Florida      59
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (16)  Louisville      82    (  1)  Baylor          81
      Final    (  2)  Notre  Dame      93              Kansas          63
      Final    (  5)  Duke                  53    (24)  Nebraska      45
      Final    (10)  Tennessee        74              Oklahoma      59

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