Sports News-April 1, 2014

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Tony Parker scored 22 points in leading the San Antonio Spurs to their franchise-record 18th straight victory, an easy 103-77 rout of Indiana on the Pacers home floor.  The Pacers lost for the fifth time in six games and fell percentage points behind Miami in the race for best record in the Eastern Conference.

LeBron James scored 32 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Miami Heat moved into the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 93-83 win over the Toronto Raptors.  Chris Andersen scored 13 points on 5-5 shooting and Mario Chalmers added twelve for Miami, which won again without Dwyane Wade, Greg Oden and Ray Allen.
Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin has taken his name out of the running for the Marquette job, sources told ESPN.  Martin had met Sunday with Marquette officials, and there was significant interest from the Golden Eagles in hiring him away from the Vols.  Marquette is pursuing a replacement for Buzz Williams, who left after six seasons to take over as coach at Virginia Tech.  Martin's buyout with the Vols is set to decrease from $2.6 million to $1.3 million on April 1, according to a source.  Martin led Tennessee to a 24-13 record this season, 11-7 in the SEC.  The Vols lost to Michigan in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Indianapolis after beating Iowa in the First Four in Dayton and then UMass and Mercer in the rounds of 64 and 32, respectively, in Raleigh last week.

Doug McDermott has been named to the John R. Wooden All-America Team, the third straight year the Creighton basketball standout has earned the accolade that is handed out by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.  He becomes the fifth man in NCAA history to have earned the honor three or more times, joining Patrick Ewing, Wayman Tisdale, Ralph Sampson and Tyler Hansbrough.  McDermott is the only repeat honoree on this year's team.  The Wooden All-America team honors a ten-member squad. In addition to McDermott, the team included Wichita State's Cleanthony Early, Arizona's Nick Johnson, Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, Duke's Jabari Parker, Florida's Casey Prather, Louisville's Russ Smith, Michigan's Nik Stauskas, and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas.  McDermott leads the nation in scoring at 26.7 points per game and points with 934.  He was also named to the Associated Press All-American team, the first three-time selection in 29 years.

Nebraska sophomore second baseman Hailey Decker celebrated her 20th birthday yesterday by being named the Big Ten Player of the Week.  The weekly honor is the first of Decker's career.  Decker went 9-15 with one double, three homers, nine runs scored and 10 RBIs last week.  Fresh off the series victory at Northwestern, Nebraska hosts Creighton Wednesday in a nationally-televised matchup on BTN. First pitch is set for 6:00.

Wayne State senior thrower Carly Fehringer was announced yesterday as the Northern Sun Conference Outdoor Track and Field Women's Field Athlete of the Week following her performance over the weekend at the season-opening Wildcat Classic held in Wayne.  Fehringer, a graduate of Wayne High School, won the hammer throw in impressive fashion with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 195' 11", winning the event by more than 27 feet.  She also finished ninth in the shot put with a top mark of 43' 6 ½".  Fehringer's mark in the hammer throw already ranks fourth-best in NCAA Division II.

The Lutheran High Northeast track & field team gets their season underway today when they face Norfolk Catholic in a 4:00 dual.  The Eagles have 18 boys and 14 girls out this season.  They return state qualifiers in Ryan Freudenburg (Discus), Nick Stolze (100 & 4X100), Ari Rathke (400), & Megan Gebhardt (100, 200, & Long Jump).  Gebhardt placed eighth in the 200.  Lutheran High Northeast's remaining schedule has them competing in invitationals at Plainview, Wayne, the Lion's Club Invite at Wisner, the Wayne State Invitational, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Wisner/Pilger, the Norfolk Classic, and the Norfolk Catholic Invite.  
The Norfolk High girls tennis squad starts their 2014 campaign when they visit Columbus in a 4:00 dual.  The Lady Panthers return only Emma Kwapnioski from last year's varsity team.  They have 23 athletes out this season with three being seniors, eight juniors, four sophomores, and eight freshmen on the roster.  Norfolk's remaining schedule has them competing in invitationals at Kearney, Lincoln North Star, Fremont, Millard West, Columbus, Lincoln East, and the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet at Hastings.  The Lady Panthers will host duals with Lincoln East, Hastings, Lincoln North Star, Fremont, and Kearney.  Norfolk's road duals include Columbus today, Sioux City East, Sioux City Heelan, Grand Island, and Sioux City North.  

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Kearney (G&B Socc.-4:30); Northwest at Nfk Cath/LHNE (G&B Socc.-5:00); Lincoln High at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-5:00); LHNE at Nfk Cath (T&F Dual-4:00); Nfk High at Columbus (G Tenn. Dual-4:00); NECC at Southeast CC Inv. At Beatrice CC (MG); Nebraska at Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR (Bsbl-6:35); WSC at Upper Iowa at Fayette, IA (SB DH-1:00).

Local Scores:  UNLV 3 Creighton 1 (Bsbl); Twin River at LHNE (B Golf Dual-Ppd). 

      Final          Philadelphia      14    Texas                10
      Final          Detroit                  4    Kansas  City      3
      Final          Baltimore              2    Boston                1
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      5    Minnesota          3
      Final          Tampa  Bay              9    Toronto              2
      Final          Cleveland              2    Oakland              0
      Final          Seattle                10    L.A.  Angels      3
      Final          Pittsburgh            1    Chi  Cubs            0,  10  Innings
      Final          Washington            9    N-Y  Mets            7,  10  Innings
      Final          Milwaukee              2    Atlanta              0
      Final          St.  Louis              1    Cincinnati        0
      Final          Miami                    10    Colorado            1
      Final          San  Francisco      9    Arizona              8
      Final    San  Antonio      103    Indiana                77
      Final    Charlotte          100    Washington          94
      Final    Detroit              116    Milwaukee          111
      Final    Atlanta              103    Philadelphia      95
      Final    Miami                    93    Toronto                83
      Final    Chicago                94    Boston                  80
      Final    L-A  Clippers    114    Minnesota          104
      Final    Sacramento        102    New  Orleans        97
      Final    Memphis                94    Denver                  92
      Final    New  York              92    Utah                      83
      Final  2OT    Ottawa              2    Carolina            1  (SO  Ottawa  1-0)
      Final            New  Jersey      6    Florida              3
      Final            Minnesota        3    Los  Angeles      2
      Final  OT      Anaheim            5    Winnipeg            4

          at  Fresno,  Calif.
      Final    Siena      61    Fresno  St.      57
          Regional  Championship
          at  Pinnacle  Bank  Arena
      Final    UConn                69    Texas  A&M      54
          at  Purcell  Pavilion  at  the  Joyce  Center
      Final    Notre  Dame      88    Baylor            69

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