Sports News-April 29, 2013

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The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs were able to sweep themselves into the NBA's conference semifinals yesterday, but the New York Knicks were extended to a fifth game by Boston.  LeBron James poured in 30 points as the Heat beat Milwaukee 88-77, Tony Parker had a game-high 23 points in the Spurs' 103-82 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Jason Terry scored the last six points in the Celtics' 97-90 overtime win against the Knicks.  Stephen Curry hit six of the Warriors' eleven three-pointers and finished with a game-high 31 points as Golden State beat Denver 115-101 to take a 3-1 series lead.

The Big Ten says it is going to an East and West alignment for divisions and a nine-game football schedule format for conference play.  Big Ten presidents and chancellors approved the moves yesterday.  The new division alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference, meaning "Legends" and "Leaders" will be a thing of the past.  Teams will go from playing eight conference games to nine in 2016.  Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers will be in the East division.  The West will consist of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.  School will play six division games plus two against teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015.  In 2016, they'll play three cross-division games.  Indiana and Purdue will meet on an annual basis.

Junior right hander Michael Frericks fired a complete game five hitter with nine strikeouts to carry Wayne State in a 3-1 win over eleventh ranked Minnesota State yesterday to salvage the final game of a four-game NSIC baseball series in Wayne.  Minnesota State won the opener 8-1 and is now 29-8 and 18-4 in the NSIC while Wayne State sports records of 25-13 and 17-7 in league play following Sunday’s split.

The Wayne State softball team closed out the regular season yesterday with a split at home against the University of Mary as the Wildcats used a complete-game shutout from sophomore starter Sara Scheffert to win the opener 2-0 but fell in the nightcap 4-0 when the visiting Marauders scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning.  WSC is now 26-14 overall and 17-9 in the NSIC heading into next weekend’s NSIC Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated their high school soccer rankings.  In the boys rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha South is once again first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A”.  In Class “B”, Omaha Skutt remains first, Schuyler stays at number two, Columbus jumps from seventh to sixth, Columbus Scotus moves up from eighth to seventh.  In the Lincoln Journal Star boys rankings, Omaha South remains first in Class “A”.  In Class “B”, Omaha Skutt stays at number one, Schuyler is once again third, Columbus remains sixth, Columbus Scotus jumps from tenth to eighth.  In the Omaha World Herald girls rankings, Omaha Marian remains first in Class “A”.  In Class “B”, Omaha Skutt is once again first and Columbus Scotus slips from third to fourth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star girls rankings, Omaha Marian remains first in Class “A”.  In Class “B”, Omaha Skutt stays at number one in Class “B” while Columbus Scotus is once again fourth.

The Omaha World Herald updated it’s high school baseball rankings.  Papillion La Vista remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Norris is once again first in Class “B”.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath/LHNE Vs. South Sioux City at Wilderness Park-Columbus (B-4 Dist. Boys Socc. Tourn.-6:00); LHNE/Nfk Cath Vs. Columbus High at Wilderness Park-Columbus (B-4 Dist. Girls Socc. Tourn.-6:00); Nfk High at Lincoln East Inv. (G Tenn.-9:00 AM); Nfk High at Columbus at Elks CC (BG Dual-4:30); Nfk Cath at Boone Central Inv. At Albion CC (BG-9:00 AM); LHNE & Heartland Lutheran at Lincoln Lutheran (BG Tri.-1:00); NECC at Iowa Lakes Inv. At Okoboji, IA (MG-10:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at New Orleans (Bsbl-7:00).

Local Scores:  Nebraska 3 Rutgers 1 (Bsbl); Oklahoma St. 6 Creighton 5 (Bsbl); Nebraska-Omaha 19 North Dakota St. 11 (Bsbl); (11) Minnesota St. 8-1 WSC 1-3 (Bsbl DH); Iowa 10 Omaha Storm Chasers 6 (Bsbl); (16) Nebraska 7 (9) Michigan 4 (SB); Creighton 3-5 Missouri St. 1-10 (SB DH); Western Illinois 4 Nebraska-Omaha 3 (SB); WSC 2-0 Univ. Of Mary 0-4 (SB DH).

     INTERLEAGUE
   
      Final          Detroit                8    Atlanta                  3
   
   
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
   
      Final          N-Y  Yankees        3    Toronto                  2
      Final          Boston                  6    Houston                  1
      Final          Kansas  City        9    Cleveland              0    (first  game)
      Final          Cleveland          10    Kansas  City          3    (second  game)
      Final          Tampa  Bay            8    Chi  White  Sox      3
      Final          Minnesota            5    Texas                      0
      Final          Oakland                9    Baltimore              8,  10  Innings
      Final          Seattle                2    L.A.  Angels          1
   
   
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
   
      Final          Miami                    6    Chi  Cubs                4
      Final          Philadelphia      5    N-Y  Mets                1
      Final          Cincinnati          5    Washington            2
      Final          Pittsburgh          9    St.  Louis              0
      Final          Arizona                4    Colorado                2
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers      2    Milwaukee              0
      Final          San  Diego            6    San  Francisco      4
   
   
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
   
      Final  OT    Boston                  97    New  York          90
      Final          Miami                    88    Milwaukee        77
      Final          San  Antonio      103    L-A  Lakers      82
      Final          Golden  State    115    Denver            101
   
   
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
   
      Final    Ottawa      4    Boston      2

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