Sports News-April 2, 2013

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Southern California has hired Andy Enfield as men's basketball coach after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.  Athletic director Pat Haden says Enfield's success at Florida Gulf Coast wasn't a flash in the pan and that his up-tempo style and stingy defense will be fun for both the Trojans players and fans.  The 43-year-old coach was 41-28 in his two seasons at the Fort Myers school.  He led the Eagles to a school-record 26 wins this season, including upsets of second seed Georgetown and seven seed San Diego State as a 15th-seed in the NCAA tourney.

Bryce Harper homered in his first two at bats of the season yesterday and in doing so became the youngest player in history to hit two round-trippers in a season opening game.  The reigning National League Rookie of the Year, who is 20, hit both homers off of Miami's Ricky Nolasco.  Harper's Nationals won their opening game 2-0 as Stephen Strasburg went seven for the win.

Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware was up and walking a day after having surgery for a compound fracture of his right leg.  Coach Rick Pitino visited Ware again yesterday in the hospital.  He says doctors are watching to make sure an infection doesn't develop.  Pitino says if all goes well Ware should be released today.  Doctors reset Ware's broken tibia and inserted a rod into the bone Sunday after he suffered the injury in the Cardinals win over Duke in the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Tubby Smith is reportedly going to Texas Tech to try to turn the men's basketball program around.  Smith will take over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this season and 3-15 in Big XII play.  Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons.

Doug McDermott has been named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, the second straight year the Creighton basketball standout has earned the accolade from the national wire service.  He is joined on the First Team by Michigan's Trey Burke, Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr., Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk.  The award also clinches consensus First Team All-America honors for McDermott for the second straight year.  The four teams used to select consensus teams are the Associated Press, The National Association of Basketball Coaches, the United States Basketball Writers Association and Sporting News magazine.  McDermott was also named to the John Wooden All-America Team, the second straight year he has earned that accolade.  He is second nationally in scoring at 23.2 points per game and also averaged 7.7 rebounds per game.  McDermott became the eighth player in league history to win back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year accolades, and is the second to win the Most Outstanding Player honors at the MVC Tournament twice.  Creighton finished the 2012-13 season with a 28-8 record, winning the MVC regular-season and tournament titles, before being eliminated in the third round of the NCAA Tournament by Duke.

The Nebraska men’s basketball team picked up an oral commitment from a power forward according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Leslee Smith of Seward County Community College chose Nebraska, giving his commitment to coach Tim Miles three days after finishing his official recruiting trip to Lincoln.  The 6’8, 250-pound Smith helps fill a void for a big man in Nebraska’s 2013 recruiting class, which already has guards Nick Fuller, Nate Hawkins and Tai Webster, who all signed in November.  Smith can sign April 17, the first day of the late spring signing period.  Nebraska still has one scholarship opening in the class.  Smith chose Nebraska over Saint Louis.  He played his prep career at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas, then accepted a scholarship from SMU, where he spent two years.  Smith tore his right ACL in a pickup game toward the end of his redshirt season, and spent the following season slow to recover.  Smith, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, averaged 8.3 points and 6.6 rebounds for Seward County, which finished 25-8.

The Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation's 20th induction ceremony will be September 15 at the Lied Center in Lincoln.  The 2013 induction class includes ten athletes, four coaches, two contributors and an official.  The athletes include former Nebraska Cornhusker football player Matt Davidson of Tecumsah, football player Reggie Smith of West Point Central Catholic, basketball player Nicole Kubik of Cambridge, track & field athlete Terry Williams of Omaha Central, softball player Leigh Stuhr of Papillion La Vista, two-sport athlete Bill Hawkins of Beatrice, and three-sport athletes Donna (Chvatal) Schuetz of North Bend, John Sherlock of Omaha South, Michelle Kush of Gibbon and Kelly Cizek of Millard South.  Coaches selected were football coach John Faiman of Bellevue West, wrestling coach Tom McCann of Kearney, and multi-sport coach Gene Suhr of Papillion La Vista.  Also inducted will be official Darrell Lenz of Chappell, and contributors Dick Christie & Jack Payne of Omaha.

The Lincoln Journal Star has updated its high school baseball rankings.  Omaha Westside is the new number one in Class “A” while Norris remains first in Class “B”.

Local Schedule:  Lincoln North Star at Nfk High (G&B Socc.-5:00); Nfk Cath/LHNE at Columbus (B Socc.-5:00); LHNE/Nfk Cath at Columbus (G Socc.-5:00); Nfk High at Grand Island (Bsbl DH-5:00); Nfk Cath at Battle Creek Inv. (T&F-1:00); LHNE at Wayne Inv. (T&F-1:00); Nebraska at Kansas St. At Manhattan, KS (Bsbl-6:30); Creighton at Kansas at Lawrence, KS (Bsbl-6:00).

Local Scores:  Nfk Cath/LHNE 4 Grand Island CC 3 (B Socc.); LHNE 380 Twin River 401 (BG Dual); Nfk High at Lincoln High Inv. (BG-Ccd. Inclement Weather).  

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      Final            L.A.  Angels          3    Cincinnati            1,  13  Innings
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Boston                    8    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final            Detroit                  4    Minnesota              2
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      1    Kansas  City          0
      Final            Seattle                  2    Oakland                  0
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Washington            2    Miami                      0
      Final            N-Y  Mets              11    San  Diego              2
      Final            Chi  Cubs                3    Pittsburgh            1
      Final            Milwaukee              5    Colorado                4,  10  Innings
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        4    San  Francisco      0
      Final            Atlanta                  7    Philadelphia        5
      Final            Arizona                  6    St.  Louis              2
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Detroit        108    Toronto                98
      Final    Atlanta        102    Cleveland            94
      Final    Minnesota    110    Boston                100
      Final    Milwaukee    131    Charlotte          102
      Final    Houston        111    Orlando              103
      Final    Memphis          92    San  Antonio        90
      Final    Utah              112    Portland            102
      Final    Indiana        109    L-A  Clippers    106
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            N-Y  Islanders      3    New  Jersey      1
      Final            N-Y  Rangers          4    Winnipeg          2
      Final            Montreal                4    Carolina          1
      Final            Detroit                  3    Colorado          2
      Final            St.  Louis              4    Minnesota        1
      Final            Anaheim                  4    Dallas              0
      Final  2OT    Chicago                  3    Nashville        2  (SO  Chicago  2-1)
      Final            Edmonton                4    Calgary            1
      Final            San  Jose                3    Vancouver        2
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  3)  UConn                83    (  7)  Kentucky      53
      Final  OT    (  6)  California      65    (14)  Georgia        62

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