Sports News-April 16, 2014

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The Los Angeles Clippers picked up their franchise-record 57th win and stayed in the hunt for the second seed in the NBA's Western conference by defeating the Denver Nuggets 117-105.  Blake Griffin scored a team-high 24 points, and Chris Paul added 21 and ten assists while shooting 8-10 from the field.  The Clippers will take the two seed if they win at Portland tonight and Oklahoma City loses to Detroit.
 
Police in Boston have not released the identity of a man accused in a bombing hoax near the Boston Marathon finish line.  Hours after yesterday's commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded dozens of others, police say an officer stopped a man acting suspiciously near the race finish line.  He allegedly told the officer that a rice cooker was in his backpack.  As a precaution, authorities blew up the backpack and another one found nearby.

The NCAA's Legislative Council has approved a proposal to expand the meal allowance for all athletes.  The proposal would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons.  The measure still must be approved by the board of directors, which meets April 24.
 
Nebraska's football games against Miami and Michigan State will be televised in prime time on the ESPN family of networks.  The Big Ten and ESPN announced yesterday that the Cornhuskers' game against Miami in Lincoln on Sept. 20 is set for a 7:00 kickoff.  The Oct. 4 game at Michigan State also will start at 7:00.  The games will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with a determination on the network to be made later.

Sara Scheffert of Wayne State was named the Northern Sun Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week announced by the league office following her play last week.  It’s the first time this season a Wildcat softball player has collected NSIC Player of the Week honors.  Scheffert, a 5-8 junior right hander from Lincoln, was near perfect last week in helping the surging Wildcats go 5-0 during the week while winning 15 of their last 16 games.  She was 3-0 in four appearances with one save and a 0.00 ERA. In 24 innings pitched, Scheffert allowed just 19 hits with 23 strikeouts and just one walk.

The Wayne State women’s outdoor track and field team moved up six spots to 13th in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Team Computer rankings.  Individually, junior thrower Sara Wells leads the nation in the shot put (52’ 4”), ranks second in the discus (164’ 0”) and is 12th nationally in the hammer throw (174’ 7”).  Wayne senior Carly Fehringer now leads NCAA Division II in the hammer throw (205’ 10”) while Albion senior Emily Wells ranks seventh in the hammer throw at 185’ 11”.

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team has added a recruit.  Morgan Uhlir, who played at Lutheran High Northeast, is the sixth recruit signed this year by Hawks Coach Amanda Schultze.  In 2013, Uhlir had 258 kills, had a .281 hitting percentage, and recorded 35 aces, 149 digs and 22 blocks for the Eagles.  She also helped lead her team to the Nebraska Class C2 State Volleyball Tournament the past two years.  Other players who have signed this year to play at Northeast during the 2014-15 season include Meagan Backer, Wayne, Kiara Lopez, Schuyler, Taryn Luedtke, Creston, Whitney Valasek, Palmer, and Kelsie Myers, a transfer student at Wayne State College, from Broken Bow.

Local Schedule: Nfk Cath at Ewing Inv. At Summerland GC (BG-9:00 AM); Nebraska-Omaha at Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Round Rock, TX at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35); Univ. of Sioux Falls at WSC (SB DH-3:00).

Local Scores: Nfk High 1 Lincoln SE 0 (B Socc.); Lincoln SE 1 Nfk High 0 (G Socc.); Columbus Lakeview 5 Nfk Cath/LHNE 3 (B. Socc.); LHNE/Nfk Cath 1 Lexington 0 (G. Socc.); Lincoln SE 12 Nfk High 1 (Bsbl); Columbus 126.5 Nfk High 123.5 (Boys T&F Dual); Columbus 142 Nfk High 110 (Girls T&F Dual); Nfk High 160 Columbus 189 (B Golf Dual); Nfk High 5 Fremont 4 (G Tenn. Dual); Nebraska 14 Kansas St. 5 (Bsbl); Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Round Rock, TX 0 (Bsbl); WSC 1-1 Winona St. 0-14 (Bsbl DH); LHNE at WSC Inv. (T&F-Ccd.).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Chelsea Johnson of the Norfolk High girls track & field team.

     INTERLEAGUE
    
        Chi  Cubs    at    N-Y  Yankees    (7:05  p.m.,    postponed,  rain)
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Texas                      5    Seattle              0
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      2    Boston                1
      Final            Kansas  City          4    Houston              2
      Final            Toronto                  9    Minnesota          3
      Final            Oakland                10    L.A.  Angels      9,  11  Innings
    
        Tampa  Bay    at    Baltimore    (7:05  p.m.,    postponed,    )
        Cleveland    at    Detroit        (7:08  p.m.,    postponed,    )
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Pittsburgh            8    Cincinnati          7    (first  game)
      Final            Cincinnati            7    Pittsburgh          5    (second  game)
      Final            Miami                    11    Washington          2
      Final            St.  Louis              6    Milwaukee            1
      Final            N-Y  Mets                9    Arizona                0
      Final            Colorado                3    San  Diego            2
      Final            San  Francisco      3    L.A.  Dodgers      2,  12  Innings
    
        Atlanta    at    Philadelphia    (7:05  p.m.,    postponed,    )
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    New  York            109    Brooklyn      98
      Final    L-A  Clippers    117    Denver        105

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