Sports News-April 24, 2013

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Stephen Curry contributed 30 points and 13 assists as the Golden State Warriors beat the Nuggets 131-117 in Denver to even the Western Conference quarterfinal series at a game apiece.  Jarrett Jack chipped in 26 points and Harrison Barnes added 24 points to help the Warriors end the Nuggets' 24-game home winning streak.  Golden State shot 65% from the field, including 14-25 from three-point range.

Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and the Miami Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Bucks 98-86 and take a 2-0 lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference quarterfinals.  LeBron James chipped in 19 points for Miami, which scored the first twelve points of the final period to grab a 15-point lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.  The Bucks will host Game Three tomorrow.

The New York Knicks put together a 27-4 run bridging halftime and silenced Boston 87-71 to grab a 2-0 lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference quarterfinals.  Carmelo Anthony finished with 34 points and J.R. Smith added 19 for the Knicks, who outscored the Celtics 32-11 in the third quarter.  Boston has scored a combined 48 points in the second half of their two playoff games.

Mike Brown is taking another crack at coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers, agreeing in principle to a contract three years after he was dismissed by team owner Dan Gilbert.  A person with knowledge of the situation says Brown hasn't yet signed his new deal but has agreed to take the job.  Brown went 272-138 and went to the playoffs every season with the Cavs, teaming with James on a run to the NBA Finals in 2007.

The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff.  The new four-team playoff starting after the 2014 regular season will be called the College Football Playoff.  The major college football conference commissioners are holding three days of meetings in the Rose Bowl's backyard.  They also will name several sites in the rotation for semifinal games under the new system.
 
USA Swimming will choose between Omaha, San Antonio and St. Louis as the site for the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials.  The national governing body says it will announce the host city on Saturday.  Omaha has hosted the last two trials, in 2012 and 2008.  Last year's eight-day event was attended by more than 164,000 fans and the meet was broadcast live in prime time on network television.  Two temporary pools were built inside the CenturyLink Center for the event.  In 2004, the trials were held in Long Beach, Calif., the first time they were held outdoors in temporary pools.  In January, USA Swimming said six cities were bidding to host the trials.  Former host Indianapolis, along with Greensboro, North Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida, were eliminated after an evaluation team from USA Swimming, along with an outside member of the group's board, visited each location.

Point guard Devin Patterson of New Mexico Junior College has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Nebraska-Omaha.  The 5’11, 160-pound Patterson averaged 5.8 points as a freshman last season for the Thunderbirds.  New Mexico Junior College also produced current UNO guard Alex Phillips.  Phillips scored 15.5 points a game in his senior year at Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Virginia.  His high school team won a state championship his junior year.  Mavericks coach Derrin Hansen said yesterday that Patterson will be comfortable in an up-tempo system like UNO's and should be an immediate contributor.

Creighton women's basketball assistant coach Steve Huber accepted the head coach position for the division II Drury Lady Panthers basketball program.  Huber, 52, has spent the past seven seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Jays.  Creighton was 140-88 and qualified for postseason play six times in Huber's seven seasons on the bench.

The Wayne State women’s outdoor track and field team remained tenth in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Team Computer rankings released yesterday.  WSC and the University of Mary are the lone NSIC teams in the national rankings this week.  The Wildcat women have four athletes ranked in the top ten nationally in three events.  Junior Carly Fehringer is first in the hammer throw and tied for tenth in the shot put.  Senior Lachel Milander is third in the hammer throw, sophomore Sara Wells is third in the shot put and tenth in the discus while junior Emily Wells is tenth in the hammer throw.

Wayne State head track and field coach Marlon Brink announced yesterday that Cassidy Tinsley-Hanika of Omaha, Tessa Ives from Verdigre & Jessica Pongratz of O’Neill will compete for the Wildcats next year.  The three join Mary Alderson from Archbishop Bergan, Michaela Dendinger of Coleridge, Andrea DeSimone from Plattsmouth, Emily Kaup of Stuart, Cristina Murillo of Bertrand, and Aryn Smidt of West Point-Beemer as members of the 2013 women’s track recruiting class.  Both Ives & Pongratz will compete in throws at Wayne State.

Local Schedule:  LHNE at Wisner/Pilger Inv. (T&F-12:00); Omaha Concordia at LHNE/Nfk Cath (G Socc.-4:00); Kansas St. At Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Winona St. At WSC (SB DH-1:00); WSC at Univ. Of Nebraska Mini-Meet (T&F-2:00).

Local Scores:  Nfk High 2 North Platte 1 (OT) (B Socc.); North Platte 5 Nfk High 0 (G Socc.); Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Nashville 1 (Bsbl); South Sioux City at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-Ccd.); Omaha Concordia at LHNE/Nfk Cath (G Socc.-Ppd. To Wednesday at 4:00); Creighton at Iowa (Bsbl-Ccd).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Emily Kaup of the Stuart girls track & field team.

     INTERLEAGUE
   
      Final            Minnesota          4    Miami              3    (first  game)
      Final            Miami                  8    Minnesota      5    (second  game)
   
   
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
   
      Final            Oakland            13    Boston            0,  6 1/2  Innings
      Final            Baltimore          4    Toronto          3
      Final            N-Y  Yankees      4    Tampa  Bay      3
      Final            Houston              3    Seattle          2
      Final            L.A.  Angels      5    Texas              4,  11  Innings
   
        Kansas  City    at    Detroit                (7:05  p.m.,    postponed,  Rain)
        Cleveland        at    Chi  White  Sox    (8:10  p.m.,    postponed,  Rain)
   
   
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
   
      Final            Atlanta                4    Colorado                3    (first  game)
      Final            Atlanta              10    Colorado                2    (second  game)
      Final            Pittsburgh          2    Philadelphia        0
      Final            St.  Louis            2    Washington            0
      Final            Chi  Cubs              4    Cincinnati            2,  10  Innings
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      7    N-Y  Mets                2
      Final            Milwaukee            6    San  Diego              3
      Final            Arizona                6    San  Francisco      4,  11  Innings
   
   
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
   
      Final    Miami                    98    Milwaukee      86
      Final    New  York              87    Boston            71
      Final    Golden  State    131    Denver          117
   
   
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
   
      Final            New  Jersey          3    Montreal                2
      Final  2OT    Carolina              4    N-Y  Islanders      3  (SO  Carolina  2-0)
      Final            Washington          5    Winnipeg                3
      Final            Philadelphia      5    Boston                    2
      Final            Buffalo                4    Pittsburgh            2
      Final            Florida                3    N-Y  Rangers          2
      Final            Nashville            4    Calgary                  3
      Final            St.  Louis            3    Colorado                1
      Final            Minnesota            2    Los  Angeles          1
      Final            San  Jose              3    Dallas                    2

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