Sports News-April 28, 2014

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Washington and Portland each own 3-1 leads in their NBA first-round series after the Wizards beat Chicago 98-89 before the Trail Blazers downed Houston 123-120 in overtime.  Toronto knotted up its series at two games each by defeating the Nets 87-79 in Brooklyn.  And Stephen Curry hit seven three-pointers and scored 33 points in Golden State's 118-97 dismantling of the Los Angeles Clippers, tying the series at two games apiece.
 
The uproar over comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling continues.  Magic Johnson says he will never attend a Clippers game again and that commissioner Adam Silver should "come down hard" on Sterling.  Michael Jordan says he's both disgusted and outraged by the comments, and President Barack Obama called them "incredibly offensive racist statements."   

The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks have advanced to the NHL's Western Conference semifinals.  Duncan Keith had a goal and three assists in the Hawks' 5-1 rout of St. Louis, and Nick Bonino's second goal of the game lifted the Ducks past Dallas 5-4.  Brad Richards and Dominic Moore scored second-period goals to help the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-2 for a 3-2 lead in that opening-round series.

The Southeastern Conference has decided to stick with its current football scheduling format of eight league games and a permanent non-division rival.  The conference's presidents and chancellors approved the schedule format yesterday at a special meeting in Atlanta.  The one change to the SEC's schedule format will affect nonconference scheduling.  Starting in 2016, all SEC teams will be required to play at least one game against a team from one of the other big five conferences.  But even that rule shouldn't change much.  Every SEC school routinely plays at least one team from those conferences per season.  The SEC had been considering adding a ninth conference game and doing away with permanent inter-division opponents such as Alabama-Tennessee and LSU-Florida.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school baseball rankings.  Omaha Westside remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Norris is once again first in Class ‘B’.

Local Schedule:  West Point Guardian Angels/Scribner-Snyder at Nfk High (Bsbl-7:00); Nfk High at Millard West Inv. (G. Tenn-8:30 AM); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa Cubs (Bsbl-6:35); WSC at Heptathlon/Decathlon at Aberdeen, SD (T&F-2:00).

Local Scores:  Michigan 7 Nebraska 5 (Bsbl); New Orleans 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl); (19) Nebraska 8 Michigan St. 0 (SB); Creighton 4 St. John’s 0 (SB).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final    San  Francisco      4    Cleveland          1
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Toronto                  7    Boston                1
      Final    Kansas  City          9    Baltimore          3
      Final    Houston                  5    Oakland              1
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      9    Tampa  Bay          2
      Final    Seattle                  6    Texas                  5
      Final    N-Y  Yankees          3    L.A.  Angels      2
    
        Detroit    at    Minnesota    (2:10  p.m.,    postponed,  Inclement  weather)
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final          N-Y  Mets              4    Miami                    0
      Final          Atlanta                1    Cincinnati          0,  10  Innings
      Final          San  Diego            4    Washington          2
      Final          Chi  Cubs              4    Milwaukee            0
      Final          St.  Louis            7    Pittsburgh          0
      Final          Colorado              6    L.A.  Dodgers      1
      Final          Philadelphia      2    Arizona                0
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final          Washington          98    Chicago                89
      Final          Golden  State    118    L-A  Clippers      97
      Final          Toronto                87    Brooklyn              79
      Final  OT    Portland            123    Houston              120
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final  OT    Anaheim              5    Dallas                  4
      Final          N-Y  Rangers      4    Philadelphia      2
      Final          Chicago              5    St.  Louis            1

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