Sports News-April 22, 2014

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Manchester United says manager David Moyes has left the Premier League club after less than a year in charge, amid heavy speculation he was about to be fired.  United released a brief statement in its website today, saying the club "would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role."  United is seventh in the league, a season after winning its 20th championship by eleven points, and on course for its lowest league finish since 1990.  Ryan Giggs, who had worked as player-coach under Moyes this season, will take temporary charge of the club, but there has been speculation for some time over Moyes’ permanent successor.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers both were able to even their NBA first-round series at a game apiece by winning last night.  Zach Randolph scored 25 points and hit the tiebreaking layup and two free throws in the final 26 seconds of the Grizzlies' 111-105 overtime win against Oklahoma City.  Blake Griffin had 35 points and the Clippers posted their most lopsided playoff victory in franchise history, a 138-98 laugher against Golden State.
The New York Knicks, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves are in the market for head coaches after failing to make the playoffs.  The Knicks have dismissed Mike Woodson and his coaching staff, and the Jazz have declined to offer Tyrone Corbin a new contract.  Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has decided to retire after 23 seasons and 1,042 NBA victories.

The Oakland Raiders have traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh-round pick in next month's draft. Pryor went 156 for 272 for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions while going 3-6 last season. Terms of the deal were not immediately announced.

Creighton sophomore Matt Warren was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week yesterday.  Warren improved to an astounding 8-0 on the season after tossing seven innings of shutout ball in Creighton’s 4-0 victory in the rubber game of last week’s three game set at Villanova last Saturday.  He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out four.

Eric Browning of Wayne State was announced as the Northern Sun Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week by the league office following his no-hitter over the weekend at Minnesota Crookston.  It’s the second time this season that Browning has received NSIC Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors.  Browning, a sophomore right-hander from Lyons, fired a no-hitter last Friday with 13 strikeouts and three walks on just 91 pitches in a 4-0 win over the Golden Eagles.  It was the sixth no-hitter in school history and third for the Wildcat baseball program since the 2009 season.  Browning is now 5-3 on the season in eight starts with a 2.58 ERA.

The Norfolk High girls tennis team competed in yesterday’s Lincoln North Star Invitational.  The host team was the champion with 46 points.  Columbus was second with 43 and Norfolk High & Millard South tied for third with 30 points.  Emma Kwapnioski & Jenna Jochum placed third in #1 Doubles with a 2-2 record.  Maddy Buettner & Malia Gass placed fourth in #2 Doubles with a 2-2 mark.  Molly McNally was 2-2 in #1 Singles to place fourth and Ciara Kilpatrick recorded a 1-3 record in #2 Singles.

The Norfolk High boys golf team competed in yesterday’s Fremont triangular at the Fremont Golf Club.  The host team was the champion with a 165.  Norfolk took second carding a 173 and Columbus was third with a 189.  Garret Giesselmann and Sam Hartmann of Fremont shared co-medalist honors with a 40.  Ross Gerber led the Panthers with a 41.

Wayne State thrower Emily Wells was as the Northern Sun Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week following her performance at the Prairie Wolf Invite in Lincoln on Friday.  Wells, a senior from Albion, achieved an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the hammer throw with a second place finish of 187’ 9”.  The throw currently ranks second in the NSIC, trailing only Wildcat teammate Carly Fehringer, and is the sixth-best throw in NCAA Division II.

Five local wrestlers competed for Nebraska in the AAU 9th/10th Grade AAU National Duals Challenge in Castle Rock, Colorado over the weekend.  Team Nebraska took three teams to Castle Rock to compete in the AAU Freshman/Sophomore National Duals Challenge.  All three teams represented the state well against extremely high level opponents from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska.  Norfolk High’s Avery Alder and Norfolk Catholic’s Jonah Heng competed on the Nebraska Black team that finished third in the Silver Division with at 4-5 record.  Norfolk Catholic’s Dillon Hupp and Aidan Burroughs competed on the Nebraska Red team that was crowned champion of the Bronze pool with a 4-4 record.  Norfolk Catholic’s Aaron Hoff competed for the Nebraska White team that finished fourth in the Championship pool with a 5-4 record. Hoff finished the two day competition with a 7-2 record and achieved All-American Status.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Millard West (B Socc-3:30); Nfk High at Lincoln NE (Bsbl DH-5:00); LHNE at Laurel/Concord/Coleridge Inv. (T&F-2:00); Nfk Cath at Boone Central/Newman Grove Inv. At Albion CC (BG-9:00 AM); LHNE at Ponca Inv. (BG-11:30); Nfk High at Sioux City Heelan (G Tenn. Dual-4:00); Nebraska-Omaha at Creighton (Bsbl-6:30); Nashville at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-11:05); WSC at Winona St., MN (SB DH-1:00.)

Local Scores:  Nfk Cath 187 Plainview 187 (Tie) (BG Dual); LHNE 396 Twin River 476 (BG Dual); Nashville 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 0 (Bsbl).

NBA Playoffs:  Memphis 111 Oklahoma City 105 (OT) (1-1); Los Angeles Clippers 138 Golden State 98 (1-1).

      Final          L.A.  Angels          4    Washington            2
      Final          Baltimore              7    Boston                    6
      Final          Cleveland              4    Kansas  City          3
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      3    Detroit                  1
      Final          Texas                      4    Oakland                  3
      Final          Houston                  7    Seattle                  2
      Final          Pittsburgh            6    Cincinnati            5
      Final          Atlanta                  4    Miami                      2,  10  Innings
      Final          N-Y  Mets                2    St.  Louis              0
      Final          Chi  Cubs                5    Arizona                  1
      Final          Milwaukee              4    San  Diego              3
      Final          Colorado                8    San  Francisco      2
      Final          Philadelphia        7    L.A.  Dodgers        0
      Final  OT    Minnesota        1    Colorado        0
      Final          Pittsburgh      4    Columbus        3
      Final          Chicago            2    St.  Louis      0
      Final          Dallas              3    Anaheim          0

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