Sports News-April 2, 2014

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The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason last night, adding three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson less than a week after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles.  He set career-highs with 82 catches for 1,332 yards last season for the NFC East champion Eagles, but Philadelphia tried to trade him and then cut him last week amid reports of off-the-field concerns.  Jackson issued a statement denying he was associated with street gangs.  The Redskins, coming off a 3-13 season, had been looking for a versatile threat to add to an offense that includes Robert Griffin III, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts, Jordan Reed and Alfred Morris.
Golden State pulled out a 122-120 win at Dallas on Stephen Curry's jumper in the final second of overtime.  Curry finished with 23 points and ten rebounds, Klay Thompson had a team-high 27 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 20.  LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 31 points, 15 rebounds and six assists as Portland outscored the Los Angeles Lakers 124-112.

Tiger Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.  The world's top-ranked player and four-time Masters champion said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months.  He withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic and skipped his title defense at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw probably won't be ready to come off the disabled list when he's eligible to be activated on April 14.  Kershaw was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a swollen muscle in his left upper back.  Mattingly says Kershaw will likely have to make a rehab start before he can return.

Creighton men's basketball senior Doug McDermott has been named a First Team All-American and National Player of the Year from  This is the second consecutive year he has been named a First Team All-American by the website, while he also claimed Second Team honors as a sophomore.  McDermott leads the nation in scoring at 26.7 points per game and points with 934.  This is the seventh different organization to honor him as its National Player of the Year this season, joining Sporting News, USA Today,,, Basketball Times and Dick Vitale.  Joining McDermott on the All-America First Team were Florida's Scottie Wilbekin, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, Louisville's Russ Smith and Duke's Jabari Parker.  Creighton finished the 2013-14 season with a 27-8 record before being eliminated in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on March 23 vs. Baylor.

Tim Miles received $250,000 in bonuses for the most successful Nebraska men's basketball season in 15 years, including $50,000 for being named Big Ten coach of the year according to the Omaha World Herald.  Overall, Miles earned base pay for 2013-14 of $1.525 million before bonuses, making the total take $1.775 million.  His base salary for 2014-15, according to language in his original contract, changed yesterday to $1.65 million.  That's an 8.2% raise.  Besides the $50,000 coaching bonus, Miles got $150,000 for the NCAA tourney bid and $50,000 for a top-four finish in the Big Ten regular season.

For a third straight year, Nebraska women's basketball forward Jordan Hooper was named to the Associated Press All-America team.  Hooper was named to the AP's second team Tuesday, while sophomore guard Rachel Theriot received honorable mention.  Hooper, an honorable-mention All-American as a sophomore and a junior, saved her best season for the senior campaign, averaging 20.4 points and 9.1 rebounds.  The 6'2 Alliance native won the Big Ten player of the year award from the coaches and is second in Husker history for career starts, points and rebounds.  Hooper is a finalist for the Wooden Award and Wade Trophy.

The Wayne State women's basketball team was ranked 16th in the final USA Today Coaches' Poll released yesterday by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.  The 28-5 Wildcats won the NSIC regular season title for the third time in the last four seasons this year with a 19-3 league mark and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years.

The Wayne State women's outdoor track and field team is ranked 17th in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Team Computer rankings released yesterday.  Individually, junior thrower Sara Wells ranks second in the nation in the discus (154' 3") and third nationally in the shot put (48' 4"), Wayne senior Carly Fehringer is fourth in the hammer throw (195' 11") while Albion senior Emily Wells ranks 14th in the hammer throw at 168' 2".

Local Schedule:  Nebraska at Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR (Bsbl-1:35); Creighton Vs. Nebraska-Omaha at Werner Park (Bsbl-6:30); Univ. Of Mary at WSC (Bsbl DH-1:30).

Local Scores:  Kearney 2 Nfk High 1 (B Socc.); Kearney 6 Nfk High 1 (G Socc.); Grand Island NW 2 Nfk Cath/LHNE 0 (B Socc.); LHNE/Nfk Cath 5 Grand Island NW 1 (G Socc.); Lincoln High 11-6 Nfk High 4-7 (Bsbl DH); Columbus 9 Nfk High 0 (G Tenn. Dual); Arkansas 4 Nebraska 3 (Bsbl); WSC 11-0 Upper Iowa 1-0 (SB DH); Nfk Cath Vs. LHNE (T&F Dual-Ppd.).

      Final    Texas          3    Philadelphia      2
      Final    Houston      6    N-Y  Yankees        2
      Final    Toronto      4    Tampa  Bay            2
      Final    Seattle      8    L.A.  Angels        3
        Cleveland    at    Oakland    (10:05  p.m.,    postponed,  rain)
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers      3    San  Diego              2
      Final    Miami                    4    Colorado                3
      Final    Atlanta                5    Milwaukee              2
      Final    Arizona                5    San  Francisco      4
      Final          Brooklyn            105    Houston            96
      Final  OT    Golden  State    122    Dallas            120
      Final          Portland            124    L-A  Lakers    112
      Final            Toronto                  3    Calgary                2
      Final            Carolina                4    Pittsburgh          1
      Final  OT      Colorado                3    Columbus              2
      Final            Dallas                    5    Washington          0
      Final            N-Y  Islanders      4    Florida                2
      Final  2OT    Buffalo                  3    New  Jersey          2
      Final            Tampa  Bay              3    Montreal              1
      Final  2OT    St.  Louis              1    Philadelphia      0
      Final            N-Y  Rangers          3    Vancouver            1
      Final  2OT    Winnipeg                2    Phoenix                1
      Final            San  Jose                5    Edmonton              4

          at  CFSB  Center
      Final          Murray  St.      98    Pacific              75
          at  Cameron  Hall
      Final          Yale                  75    VMI                      62
          at  Madison  Square  Garden
      Final          SMU                    65    Clemson              59
      Final  OT    Minnesota        67    Florida  St.      64
          Regional  Championship
          at  KFC  Yum!  Center
      Final    Maryland      76    Louisville              73
          at  Maples  Pavilion
      Final    Stanford      74    North  Carolina      65

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