Sports News-April 23, 2014

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Albert Pujols is the 26th member of baseball's 500 home run club after belting a pair in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory in Washington.  Pujols hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run blast in the fifth to become the first player to smack his 499th and 500th home runs in the same game.  The 34-year-old first baseman also is the third-youngest player to reach the milestone, behind only Ken Griffey Jr. and Jimmie Foxx.
 
Bradley Beal finished with a game-high 26 points and Nene scored the first six points of overtime as Washington downed the Bulls 101-99 in Chicago to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA first-round series.  Indiana and Atlanta are tied at a game apiece after the Pacers outscored the Hawks 31-13 in the third quarter of a 101-85 win at Indianapolis.  DeMar DeRozan had 30 points in the Raptors' 100-95 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets, tying that series at a game apiece.

Two more night games are set for the Nebraska football team this season.  The Big Ten Network announced that the Cornhuskers' home game against Illinois on Sept. 27 will kick off at 8:00 and that the Oct. 18 game at Northwestern will start at 6:30.  It was previously announced that the Sept. 13 game at Fresno State would kick off at 9:30 and the Sept. 20 home game against Miami at 7:00.  Also, the Oct. 4 game at Michigan State is set for 7:00.  The five-game stretch of night games will be Nebraska's longest since also playing five in a row during the 2006 season.

Wayne State men’s basketball coach Brian Dolan announced the addition of eight players who will join the Wildcat program for the 2014-15 season.  The eight players join 6’10 center Dovydas Burneika from Lithuania, 6’3 guard/forward Austin Esters of Iowa, and 6’4 guard Kendall Jacks from Iowa as members of the 2014-15 recruiting class.  The eight players are Jordan Cornelius, a 6’7 guard from South Dakota, Trevor Haaland, a 6’0 guard from Iowa, Adam Moon, a 6’8 forward from O’Neill St. Mary’s High School, Tyler Nagy, a 5’10 guard from South Dakota, Joe Scott, a 5’10 point guard from Iowa, Trae VandeBerg, a 6’3 guard from South Dakota, Nathan Wieseler, a 6’8 forward/center from Wynot, and JJ Zumbrennen, a 5’11 guard from Elkhorn South High School.  Wayne State finished the 2013-14 season with a 9-19 record overall, 5-17 in the NSIC, under first year head coach Brian Dolan.

The Wayne State women’s outdoor track and field team inched up one spot to 12th in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Team Computer rankings.  The Wildcats are also listed in the Central Region rankings for the first time this season at tenth.  Individually, junior thrower Sara Wells leads the nation in the shot put (52’ 4”), ranks second in the discus (164’ 0”) and is 17th nationally in the hammer throw (174’ 7”). Wayne senior Carly Fehringer ranks second in NCAA Division II in the hammer throw (205’ 10”) and is 15th in the shot put (46’ 6 ¼”) while Albion senior Emily Wells is sixth nationally in the hammer throw at 187’ 9”.

The Lutheran High Northeast track & field team was involved in the Laurel/Concord/Coleridge Invite yesterday.  Allen was the champion in the boys standings with 116 points.  The host team was second with 105 and the Eagles were third with 78 points.  Winners for Lutheran High Northeast included Shaka Taylor (100); Ryan Freudenburg (Shot Put & Discus); & 4X400 Relay.  In the girls standings, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge was the champion with 116 points while the Lady Eagles were second with 107.  Winners for the Lady Eagles included Megan Gebhardt (200); Samantha Wolff (Shot Put); & 4X100 Relay.

The Norfolk Catholic boys golf team competed in yesterday’s Boone Central/Newman Grove Invitational at the Albion Country Club.  Ord was the team champion with a 331.  They won by 13 strokes.  The Knights shot 371 to place fifth.  Trevor Kosch of Humphrey St. Francis was the medalist with a 74.  He won by four strokes.  Brandon Clausen placed fifth with an 82 to lead Norfolk Catholic.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys golf squad participated in yesterday’s Ponca Invite.  South Sioux City was the team champion with a 328.  They won by 23 strokes.  Bancroft/Rosalie’s Preston Peters was the medalist with a 74.  He won by four strokes.  Nate Stolze led the Eagles with a 92.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school baseball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Westside remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Norris is once again first in Class ‘B’.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Westside is new number one in Class ‘A’ while Norris remains first in Class ‘B’.

Local Schedule:  Iowa at Creighton (Bsbl-6:30).

Local Scores:  Nfk High 2 Millard West 1 (B. Socc.); Lincoln NE 7-3 Nfk High 2-1 (Bsbl DH); Nfk High 7 Sioux City Heelan 2 (G. Tenn. Dual); Nebraska-Omaha 4 Creighton 1 (Bsbl); Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Nashville 1 (Bsbl); (25) Winona St. 5-3 WSC 1-2 (SB DH).

NBA Playoffs:  Washington 101 Chicago 99 (OT) (2-0); Indiana 101 Atlanta 85 (1-1); Toronto 100 Brooklyn 95 (1-1).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Brandon Clausen of the Norfolk Catholic boys golf team.

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            L.A.  Angels        7    Washington            2
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Kansas  City        8    Cleveland              2
      Final            Toronto                9    Baltimore              3
      Final            Detroit                8    Chi  White  Sox      6
      Final            Tampa  Bay            7    Minnesota              3
      Final            N-Y  Yankees        9    Boston                    3
      Final            Texas                    5    Oakland                  4
      Final            Houston                5    Seattle                  2
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Cincinnati          4    Pittsburgh            1
      Final            Miami                    1    Atlanta                  0
      Final            St.  Louis            3    N-Y  Mets                0
      Final            Chi  Cubs              9    Arizona                  2
      Final            San  Diego            2    Milwaukee              1,  12  Innings
      Final            Colorado              2    San  Francisco      1
      Final            Philadelphia      3    L.A.  Dodgers        2,  10  Innings
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final          Montreal            4    Tampa  Bay            3
      Final          Boston                3    Detroit                0
      Final          N-Y  Rangers      4    Philadelphia      1
      Final  OT    San  Jose            4    Los  Angeles        3

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