Sports News-April 10, 2014

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The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat have swapped places atop the NBA's Eastern Conference.  The Pacers now have a half-game lead after Chris Copeland's driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining gave them a 104-102 victory at Milwaukee.  Copeland finished with a season-high 18 points for the Pacers, who benched their usual starting lineup for the entire game.  LeBron James poured in 37 points, but the Heat absorbed a 107-102 loss against a Memphis team that's trying to keep its postseason hopes alive.  Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 20 points and 14 rebounds to help the Grizzlies stay one game behind Phoenix for the last Western Conference playoff seed.

Former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson advocated for college athletes yesterday, saying they deserved to be paid for the millions of dollars they bring to schools.  The Minnesota Vikings running back also took aim at NBA commissioner Adam Silver's stated desire to require college players to spend two years in school before declaring for the draft.  Peterson said he felt a kinship with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as a fellow high-profile athlete who generated significant revenues while he was in school at Oklahoma.

 The Nebraska football team has gained two homegrown recruits according to the Omaha World Herald.  The Huskers added a commit from three-star Omaha North guard Michael Decker when the 6'4, 280-pounder called the NU coaching staff to give his pledge. Later in the evening, they added Omaha Central defensive end DaiShon Neal.  Nebraska's 2015 class went from seven commits to nine.  And Omaha Public Schools was back on the Husker pledge list for the first time since the 2007 recruiting class, when Omaha North receiver Niles Paul committed to the Huskers.  Neal had just returned from an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State and had an offer from Ohio.  Decker, who had received offers from Kansas State and Wyoming, is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school soccer rankings.  In the boys rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Creighton Prep remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  In Class 'B', Gretna is once again first, Columbus Scotus slips from second to fourth, Schuyler remains fifth, Columbus stays at number nine.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Creighton Prep remains first in Class 'A'.  In Class 'B', Gretna is once again first, Columbus Scotus slips from second to third and Schuyler remains fourth.  In the girls rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Marian is the new number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  In Class 'B', Elkhorn South is once again first, Columbus jumps from ninth to fifth, and Columbus Scotus slips from fifth to sixth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Marian is the new number one in Class 'A'.  In Class 'B', Elkhorn South is once again first, Columbus Scotus moves up from fifth to fourth, and Columbus enters the rankings at number seven.  

The Norfolk Catholic boys golf team gets their season underway today when they compete in a triangular at the Hartington Golf Course with Hartington Cedar Catholic & Stanton at 2:30.  The Knights have twelve golfers out this year and return varsity experience in Derek Holmquist, Devon Lockman, Brandon Clausen, and Mark Uhlir.  They have seven seniors, three juniors, and two freshman on the roster.  Norfolk Catholic's remaining schedule has them competing in invitationals at Ewing, Boone Central at Albion, Columbus Scotus, the Mid States Conference Meet at Wayne, at Columbus Lakeview, and at Battle Creek.  The Knights also have duals with Lutheran High Northeast, Plainview, and Neligh/Oakdale.  

Local Schedule:  Columbus Scotus at LHNE/Nfk Cath (G&B Socc.-5:00);  Thurston/Cuming Co. At Nfk High (Bsbl-6:00); Nfk High at Grand Island Inv. (T&F-2:30); Hastings at Nfk High (G. Tenn. Dual-4:00); Nfk Cath & Stanton at Hartington CC Tri. (BG-2:30); WSC at Bemidji St., MN (Bsbl DH-2:00); Memphis at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).

Local Scores:  Kansas St. 10 Nebraska 6 (Bsbl); Omaha Storm Chasers 20 Memphis 3 (Bsbl); Nebraska 4 Northern Iowa 0 (SB); WSC 4-3 SW Minnesota St. 0-2 (SB DH).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            Cleveland          2    San  Diego              0    (first  game)
      Final            San  Diego          2    Cleveland              1    (second  game)
      Final            Colorado          10    Chi  White  Sox      4
      Final            Detroit              7    L.A.  Dodgers        6,  10  Innings
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Oakland              7    Minnesota              4,  11  Innings
      Final            Kansas  City      7    Tampa  Bay              3
      Final            Boston                4    Texas                      2
      Final            Baltimore          5    N-Y  Yankees          4
      Final            Toronto              7    Houston                  3
      Final            L.A.  Angels      2    Seattle                  0
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Cincinnati        4    St.  Louis              0
      Final            Washington      10    Miami                      7
      Final            Milwaukee          9    Philadelphia        4
      Final            Atlanta              4    N-Y  Mets                3
      Final            Chi  Cubs            7    Pittsburgh            5
      Final            Arizona              7    San  Francisco      3
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          Orlando                115    Brooklyn            111
      Final  OT    Charlotte              94    Washington          88
      Final          Cleveland            122    Detroit              100
      Final          Toronto                125    Philadelphia    114
      Final          Atlanta                105    Boston                  97
      Final          Chicago                102    Minnesota            87
      Final          Indiana                104    Milwaukee          102
      Final          Memphis                107    Miami                  102
      Final          Phoenix                  94    New  Orleans        88
      Final          Denver                  123    Houston              116
      Final          Portland              100    Sacramento          99
      Final          Oklahoma  City    107    L-A  Clippers    101
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final  OT      Chicago            3    Montreal            2
      Final  2OT    Pittsburgh      4    Detroit              3
      Final  2OT    Calgary            4    Los  Angeles      3
      Final            Anaheim            5    San  Jose            2

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