Sports News-April 24, 2014

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The Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers enjoy 2-0 leads in the NBA's conference quarterfinals.  LeBron James had 32 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Heat past Charlotte 101-97, and LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 43 points in the Blazers' 112-105 triumph at Houston.  Dallas and San Antonio are tied at a game apiece after Monta Ellis 21 points in the Mavericks' 113-92 blowout over the Spurs.

New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning of last night's 5-1 loss in Boston after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck.  The incident comes 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston.

The NFL has announced its 2014 schedule, and it opens with the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4.  That game is the one of four prime-time matchups on opening weekend.  The Sunday night game will be a battle of Peyton Manning's current and former teams as Denver hosts Indianapolis.  One day later, The New York Giants will be in Detroit to take on the Lions before Arizona hosts San Diego.  The Thanksgiving Day schedule has the Lions hosting Chicago and Philadelphia visiting Dallas before the Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara.

The Nebraska men’s basketball team has landed another recruit.  A center with a 7'4 wingspan is coming to the Husker program in Georgetown graduate transfer Moses Ayegba.  According to the Omaha World Herald, he will complete his paperwork with the NU men’s basketball team today.  Ayegba, a 6’9, 247-pound native of Nigeria, has one year to play and won’t have to sit out a season.  He averaged 1.9 points, 2.8 rebounds in 13.1 minutes last season for Georgetown.  The recruiter on Ayegba at Georgetown was Kenya Hunter, now starting his second season as an assistant at N-U.  Nebraska has three scholarships available for the Class of 2014.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school soccer rankings.  In the boys rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha South remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Norfolk High enters the rankings at number ten in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & ninth in Class ‘A’.  In Class ‘B’, Gretna is once again first, Schuyler jumps from fifth to third, and Columbus Scotus slips from third to fourth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star boys rankings, Omaha Creighton Prep stays at number one and Norfolk High enters the rankings at number ten in Class ‘A’.  In Class ‘B’, Gretna remains first, Columbus Scotus is once again third, and Schuyler stays at number four.  In the Omaha World Herald girls rankings, Millard North remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’.  In Class ‘B’, Elkhorn South is once again first, Columbus High slips from fourth to fifth, and Columbus Scotus stays at number six.  In the Lincoln Journal Star girls rankings, Millard North remains first in Class ‘A’.  In Class ‘B’, Elkhorn South is once again first, Columbus Scotus stays at number four, and Columbus High remains seventh.

The Norfolk High boys soccer team has entered the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star boys rankings.  The Panthers are ranked tenth in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & ninth in Class ‘A’ in the Omaha World Herald.  They are tenth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class ‘A’.  Norfolk is 8-5 on the year and winners of five in a row after a 2-1 win at Millard South on Tuesday.

Local Schedule:  Elkhorn at Nfk High (B. Socc.-6:15); Nfk High at Elkhorn (G. Socc.-6:45); Wayne at Nfk High (Bsbl-7:00); Nfk Cath at Pierce Inv. (T&F-3:00); Nfk Cath at Columbus Scotus Inv. At Quail Run GC (BG-9:00 AM); LHNE Inv. At Nfk CC (BG-9:00 AM); Omaha Storm Chasers at New Orleans (Bsbl-7:00).

Local Scores:  Iowa at Creighton (Bsbl-Ccd.); Nebraska at Creighton (SB-Ccd.).

NBA Playoffs:  Miami 101 Charlotte 97 (2-0); Dallas 113 San Antonio 92 (1-1); Portland 112 Houston 105 (2-0).

      Final            Washington            5    L.A.  Angels        4
      Final            Texas                      3    Oakland                0
      Final            Seattle                  5    Houston                3
      Final            Cleveland              5    Kansas  City        3
      Final            Baltimore            10    Toronto                8
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      6    Detroit                4
      Final            Minnesota              6    Tampa  Bay            4,  12  Innings
      Final            Boston                    5    N-Y  Yankees        1
      Final            Atlanta                  3    Miami                    1
      Final            Arizona                  7    Chi  Cubs              5
      Final            San  Francisco    12    Colorado            10,  11  Innings
      Final            Cincinnati            5    Pittsburgh          2
      Final            N-Y  Mets                3    St.  Louis            2
      Final            Milwaukee              5    San  Diego            2
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        5    Philadelphia      2
      Final  OT    Columbus      4    Pittsburgh      3
      Final          Dallas          4    Anaheim            2
      Final  OT    Chicago        4    St.  Louis        3

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