Sports News-April 18, 2014

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Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks last night in the longest game in Blues history.  Game Two is Saturday afternoon, also in St. Louis.

Missouri coach Frank Haith is in position to replace Danny Manning at Tulsa.  A person with knowledge of the situation at Tulsa says Haith is the front-runner for the job, and he was traveling to the school yesterday.  Haith coached at Miami before taking over at Missouri.  He led Missouri to a 30-5 record in 2011-12 and was The Associated Press Coach of the Year.  The Tigers went 23-12 this season.  Manning left Tulsa after two seasons to take over at Wake Forest.  Manning coached the Golden Hurricane to the NCAA tournament this season.

Nebraska's football game at Fresno State on Sept. 13 will be televised by CBS Sports Network with kickoff set for 9:30.  The Mountain West Conference made the announcement today.  The game will be the second all-time between the schools, following Nebraska's 42-29 win in Lincoln in 2011.  The Bulldogs will make a return trip to Lincoln in 2016.  Fresno State is coming off an 11-2 season in 2013.

The Creighton men’s basketball team along with Cincinnati, Mississippi and Middle Tennessee State headline an eight-team field in the inaugural 2014 Emerald Coast Classic.  North Carolina Central, Eastern Illinois, Northern Arizona and Southern are also competing in the tournament.  First and second-round games will be play at on-campus sites Nov. 20 through Nov. 25, with the third round and championship round scheduled Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 28-29 at Northwest Florida State College.  Cincinnati, Creighton and North Carolina Central all played in the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament, while Middle Tennessee State and Southern either won outright or earned a share of their respective conference regular season titles.  Creighton, led by consensus National Player of the Year Doug McDermott, enjoyed a 27-8 record while becoming one of just four schools to earn a post-season win in seven straight seasons.  The Bluejays have won 23 games or more in each of the last four seasons.

Creighton guard Isaiah Zierden will not have to undergo surgery to repair damage done when he dislocated his right kneecap in a March 1 game according to the Omaha World Herald.  Zierden injured the knee in a loss at Xavier and missed Creighton’s final seven games.  The redshirt freshman has been rehabbing the knee and, after numerous examinations, it was determined surgery would not be required.  Zierden played an average of eleven minutes in 28 games this season, averaging 3.2 points per contest.  In addition to dislocating his kneecap, he sustained some ligament damage when he fell awkwardly while playing defense in the first half of the loss to Xavier.

Jalen Bradley has announced he will leave Nebraska-Omaha and transfer to Northeast Community College in his hometown of Norfolk.  Bradley was a two-time all-state pick and the all-time leading scorer at Norfolk High.  The 6’0 guard averaged 4.8 points and 8.8 minutes a game as a redshirt freshman.  He was limited to 13 games because of injury.  Bradley said in a statement released through UNO on Thursday that he's looking for more playing time.

The Norfolk Catholic track & field team competed in yesterday’s O’Neill Invitational.  The Knights won the boys standings with 121 points while Ainsworth finished second with 115.  Champions included Matt Miller (400 & 800); Beau Schommer (Shot Put); & the 4X400 Relay Team.  The Norfolk Catholic girls finished second in their criteria with 134 points.  Ord was the champion with 143.6 points.  Champions included Courtney Schindler (Pole Vault); Bailey Ehlers (200 & High Jump); Bailey Barnes (100 & 100 Hurdles).

The Norfolk High boys golf team placed second at yesterday’s Hastings Invite at Lochland Country Club.  Kearney was the champion with a 312 while the Panthers totaled a 315.  Kearney’s Austin Murray was the medalist with a 75.  He won by a single stroke.  Norfolk’s Alex Strom was third with a 78, Ross Gerber placed fifth with a 78, and Zach Wilson took sixth carding a 78.

The Norfolk High girls tennis squad participated in yesterday’s Kearney Doubles Invite.  Omaha Westside was the champion with 90 points while the Lady Panthers were seventh with 35.  Emma Kwapnioski & Jenna Jochum led the team with a 2-3 mark.

Local Schedule: Nfk High at Fremont Inv. (T&F-10:00); NECC at Hastings Inv. At Wild Horse GC at Gothenburg (MG-11:00); Northwestern at Nebraska (Bsbl-7:05); Creighton at Villanova at Plymouth Meeting, PA (Bsbl-2:30); WSC at Minnesota-Crookston (Bsbl DH-1:30); Round Rock, TX at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05); Minnesota St. at WSC (SB DH-1:00); WSC at Nebraska Wesleyan Inv. At Lincoln (T&F-12:00).

Local Scores: Nfk High 1 Lincoln High (SO) (B. Socc.); Nfk High 3 Lincoln High 1 (G. Socc.); Columbus 6-9 Nfk High 5-8 (Bsbl DH); Villanova 6 Creighton 3 (Bsbl); Omaha Storm Chasers 14 Round Rock, TX 1 (Bsbl); Nfk Cath at Boone Central/Newman Grove Inv. (BG-Ppd. To Tues, April 22.).

      Final    Detroit                7    Cleveland              5
      Final    Minnesota            7    Toronto                  0    (first  game)
      Final    Minnesota            9    Toronto                  5    (second  game)
      Final    Texas                    8    Seattle                  6
      Final    N-Y  Yankees      10    Tampa  Bay              2
      Final    Boston                  3    Chi  White  Sox      1
      Final    Kansas  City        5    Houston                  1
      Final    Philadelphia      1    Atlanta                  0
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers      2    San  Francisco      1
      Final    Colorado              3    San  Diego              1
      Final    Pittsburgh        11    Milwaukee              2
      Final    St.  Louis            8    Washington            0
      Final            N-Y  Rangers      4    Philadelphia      1
      Final  3OT    St.  Louis          4    Chicago                3
      Final  OT      Colorado            5    Minnesota            4
      Final            San  Jose            6    Los  Angeles        3

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