Sports News-April 29, 2014

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The Miami Heat have become the first team to advance to the NBA's conference semifinals as LeBron James had 31 points and nine assists in a 109-98 win at Charlotte, completing a four-game sweep.  Atlanta owns a 3-2 series lead over Indiana after Shelvin Mack came off the bench to contribute team highs of 20 points and five assists in a 107-97 win at Indiana.  And Manu Ginobili's 23 points led San Antonio past Dallas 93-89, evening that series at two games apiece.
 
The NBA will hold a news conference today to make an announcement about the investigation involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling and those racially charged comments attributed to him.  A suspension of indefinite length and fine of up to $1 million are possible options.  And the controversy is now hitting the Clippers in the pocket book as several corporations have pulled their advertising.

ESPN reports that Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is going to be sidelined at least until July because of surgery on his left thumb.  The network says Harper will have the operation today, four days after injuring the thumb on a headfirst slide into third base.  The two-time All-Star is hitting .289 with one homer and nine RBIs this season.

For the second time this season, Nebraska freshman outfielder Ryan Boldt has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.  Boldt earned his second honor of the year yesterday, after also being tabbed for the award on March 10.  Boldt is the first Husker baseball freshman to earn the weekly honor since Pat Kelly earned the award on May 14, 2012.  Boldt helped the Huskers improve to 10-5 in Big Ten play with a series win at Michigan this past weekend.  The Minnesota native scored four runs in three games and had a pair of multi-hit performances.

Nebraska softball senior right-hander Tatum Edwards was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week yesterday, her first pitching accolade of the year.  She earned the weekly recognition after helping Nebraska sweep a three-game series at Michigan State, which stretched the Huskers conference winning streak to eleven games and overall win streak to ten games.  A native of California, Edwards tossed a shutout in each of her two appearances last week.  She opened the Huskers’ series at Michigan State with a five-hit shutout in game one, then fired a two-hit shutout in game three.  Edwards stretched her scoreless innings streak to 22.2 innings with 13.0 shutout innings over the weekend.

The Norfolk High girls tennis team competed in yesterday’s Millard West Invitational.  Omaha Skutt was the team champion with 92 points while Papillion La Vista was second with 89.  Norfolk totaled 15 points.  Molly McNally was 1-3 in #1 Singles.  Ciara Kilpatrick went 0-4 in #2 Singles.  Emma Kwapnioski & Jenna Jochum recorded a 2-2 record in #1 Doubles.  Maddy Buettner & Malia Gass was 1-3 in #2 Doubles.

The Lincoln Journal Star has updated its high school baseball rankings.  Omaha Westside is the new number one in Class ‘A’ while Norris is once again first in Class ‘B’.

Local Schedule:  North Platte at Nfk High (G&B Socc.-5:00); LHNE/Nfk Cath at Omaha Concordia (G. Socc.-5:00); Nfk High at South Sioux City (Bsbl-7:00); LHNE at Wisner/Pilger Inv. (T&F-4:00); Nebraska vs. Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha (Bsbl-6:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa Cubs (Bsbl-6:35).

Local Scores:  Iowa 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl); West Point-Beemer/Scribner-Snyder at Nfk High (Bsbl-Ppd.).

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Oakland                  4    Texas                      0
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      7    Tampa  Bay              3
      Final            L.A.  Angels          6    Cleveland              3
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Milwaukee              5    St.  Louis              3,  12  Innings
      Final            Colorado                8    Arizona                  5
      Final            San  Diego              6    San  Francisco      4
    
        Chi  Cubs    at    Cincinnati    (7:10  p.m.,    postponed,  Rain)
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    Miami                109    Charlotte      98
      Final    Atlanta            107    Indiana          97
      Final    San  Antonio      93    Dallas            89
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    Minnesota          5    Colorado      2
      Final    Pittsburgh        4    Columbus      3
      Final    Los  Angeles      4    San  Jose      1

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