Sports News-April 3, 2013

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Carmelo Anthony tied his career high with 50 points in the Knicks 102-90 win over Miami that gave New York a 3-1 win in the season series between the Eastern Conference heavyweights.  Anthony went 18-26 from the field.  The Heat played without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers who sat out with injuries.    

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had a perfect game bid broken up by a clean single with two outs in the ninth inning in a 7-0 win over Houston.  The Astros Marwin Gonzalez hit a first pitch shot between Darvish's leg and into center field to end Darvish's night.  Darvish struck out 14.

Creighton's Gregory Echenique is one of 20 of the nation's most outstanding senior men's basketball players selected to play in the Reese's Division I College All-Star Game, sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  The NABC Division I College All-Star Game will be played on Friday at 4:00 at the Georgia Dome.  Echenique was an honorable-mention All-Missouri Valley Conference pick as a senior and became the first player in Creighton history to be named to the MVC's All-Defensive Team three times.  He was named the 2011-12 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, and also was a two-time all-MVC Tournament team pick.

The United States women's national volleyball team is coming to the Omaha area for a major tournament this fall.  USA Volleyball announced yesterday that the NORCECA Women's Continental Championship will be played Sept. 16-21 at the Ralston Arena.  The tournament will draw ten teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean region.  The U.S. team has won the silver medal at the past two Olympics and is number one in the current world rankings.  Former Nebraska player Jordan Larson is on the team, and ex-Cornhusker Kayla Banwarth is among other players who could be on the roster.
 
Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore were named honorable mention Associated Press’ All-Americans yesterday.  Hooper averaged 17.9 points per game and 8.8 rebounds while Moore set school records with career starts and assists.  She averaged 15.1 points per game and 5.7 assists.  Baylor’s 6-foot-8 star senior Brittney Griner was a unanimous selection to All-America team, the fifth three-time AP All-American, joining Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke’s Alana Beard, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Connecticut’s Maya Moore. Paris and Moore were the only two to earn the honor all four years.

Fans attending the Nebraska spring football game on Saturday are reminded construction on the east side of Memorial Stadium will affect pedestrian traffic in the area.  Gates 16, 20 and 23 on the east side will be open.  The Husker Nation Pavilion will be open from 11:00-2:00 directly northeast of Memorial Stadium.  Following the Red-White game, the volleyball team will play Iowa State in a 6:00 match at the Nebraska Coliseum.  A separate ticket is required.

Lachel Milander of Wayne State was announced as the Northern Sun Conference Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week following her performance Saturday at the Wildcat Classic held at LeRoy Simpson Track in Wayne.  Milander, a senior from Pierce, finished first place in the hammer throw with a new school record and NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 196’ 4”, a throw that currently leads NCAA Division II this season.  Her throw Saturday easily topped the previous school record of 185’ 4” set last year by current Wildcat Carly Fehringer.

The Norfolk Catholic track & field team participated in yesterday’s Battle Creek Invite.  In the boys standings, the Knights were the champion with a score of 122.  They won by ten points.  In the girls standings, Norfolk Catholic was the winner with 164 points.  They won by 77 points.  First place finishers for the Knights included Brandon Becker (110 HH); Beau Schommer (Shot Put & Discus); Matt Miller (TJ); Kegan Ehlers (100); Rachel Wieser (100 & 200); Michaela Barry (LJ); Abby Beller (PV); Geena Piper (Discus); Bailey Ehlers (HJ); the Girls 4X100 Relay Team of Barry, Wieser, Joelle Heng, & Karla Mendoza; the Girls 4X800 Relay Team of Nicole Aschoff; Heng, Amy Miller, & Mendoza; the Boys 4X100 Relay Team of Jordan Bellar, Nick Arlt, Becker, & Garret McCarthy;

The Lutheran High Northeast track & field team participated in yesterday’s Wayne Blue Devil Invite.  In the boys standings, Columbus Scotus was the champion with a score of 158.  They won by 81.5 points.  The Eagles finished sixth with 50 points.  In the girls standings, Columbus Scotus was the winner with 196 points.  They won by 98 points.  Lutheran High Northeast placed sixth with 16 points.  First place finishers for the Eagles included Dalton Bichlmeier (Discus), Megan Gebhardt (LJ), & the Boys 4X100 Relay Team of Kenny Blank, Arrin Rathke, Bichlmeier, & Nick Stolze.

The Norfolk Noon Optimists are presenting the Nebraska Cornhusker senior football players in a basketball game this evening against the Hometown Heroes at Norfolk Senior High School at 7:00.  Among the Husker players involved include Cameron Meredith, Courtney Osborne, Steven Osborne, Sean Fisher, KC Hyland, P.J. Smith, Mikah Kreikemeier, Tim Marlowe, Conor McDermott, and Jase Dean.  Doors open at 5:00.  Autographs are available after the game.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Grand Island Inv. (T&F-2:30); Nebraska-Omaha at Kansas St. At Manhattan, KS (Bsbl-6:30); Bemidji St. At WSC (Bsbl DH-1:30); Upper Iowa at WSC (SB DH-1:00).

Local Scores:  Lincoln North Star 2 Nfk High 1 (OT) (B Socc.); Columbus 6 Nfk Cath/LHNE 1 (B Socc.); Lincoln North Star 2 Nfk High 1 (G Socc.); Columbus 3 LHNE/Nfk Cath 1 (G Socc.); Grand Island 17-9 Nfk High 0-1 (Bsbl DH); Kansas St. 9 Nebraska 1 (Bsbl); Creighton 6 Kansas 4 (Bsbl).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Rachel Wieser of the Norfolk Catholic Track & Field team.

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Baltimore              7    Tampa  Bay            4
      Final    Cleveland              4    Toronto                1
      Final    Texas                      7    Houston                0
      Final    Seattle                  7    Oakland                1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Colorado                8    Milwaukee            4
      Final    St.  Louis              6    Arizona                1
      Final    San  Francisco      3    L.A.  Dodgers      0
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Washington      90    Chicago      86
      Final    New  York        102    Miami          90
      Final    L-A  Lakers    101    Dallas        81
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Boston                    3    Ottawa                2
      Final            Washington            5    Carolina            3
      Final            N-Y  Islanders      5    Winnipeg            2
      Final            Buffalo                  4    Pittsburgh        1
      Final  2OT    Florida                  3    Tampa  Bay          2  (SO  Florida  1-0)
      Final            Nashville              3    Colorado            1
      Final            Phoenix                  3    Los  Angeles      1
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Notre  Dame      87    (  5)  Duke                76
      Final    (16)  Louisville      86    (10)  Tennessee      78

     COLLEGE  BASKETBALL  TOURNAMENTS
    
    
          NIT
    
          TOURNAMENT
          Semifinals
          at  Madison  Square  Garden
      Final    Baylor      76    BYU                70
      Final    Iowa          71    Maryland      60

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