Sports News-April 30, 2014

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The NBA has moved quickly to put the Donald Sterling controversy behind it, banning him for life and fining him $2.5 million after confirming that he was the person on an audio recording making racist comments.  Commissioner Adam Silver also says he is going to try to force Sterling to sell the Clippers' franchise, which is possible if three-fourths of the league's 29 owners agree.
DeAndre Jordan had team highs of 25 points and 18 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers beat Golden State 113-103 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA's Western Conference quarterfinals.  The Washington Wizards are in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time in nine years after John Wall scored 24 points and Nene added 20 in a 75-69 stifling of the Bulls in Game Five at Chicago.  Memphis took a 3-2 series lead over the Thunder in the West quarters as Mike Miller scored 21 points and Mike Conley hit the tiebreaking basket with 1:02 remaining in overtime in the Grizzlies' 100-99 triumph at Oklahoma City.

The Nebraska women’s basketball team shored up its front line yesterday by announcing the signing of a junior college forward.  According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Anya Kalenta, a 6’3 sophomore from Belarus, will join the Huskers next season, according to the university's women’s basketball Twitter account.  Kalenta averaged 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season for Vincennes University in Indiana.  Her addition to the roster brings the list of new players to seven for the 2014-15 season, which includes six incoming freshmen.

Lutheran High Northeast has made a move regarding their basketball coaches.  Darin Suckstorf will switch from girls basketball coach to boys coach.  He led last year’s girls’ team to a 7-15 record.  Suckstorf just concluded his third year of being a head basketball coach and has an overall record of 29-32.  Suckstorf is also the football coach.  He takes over for Josh Clark who resigned after a 12-12 season and accepted a teaching position at Norfolk Catholic.  Longtime coach and athletic director Greg Rathke will return to the bench as the head coach for the girls squad.  Rathke was the head coach of the boys program for 13 years and had a record of 166-132 and has an overall record of 266-230.  

Local Schedule:  Nebraska vs. Nebraska-Omaha at Werner Park, Omaha (Bsbl-6:30); WSC vs. Upper Iowa at Fayette, IA (Bsbl DH-1:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa Cubs (Bsbl-12:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk High 2 North Platte 1 (B. Socc.); North Platte 4 Nfk High 0 (G. Socc.); LHNE/Nfk Cath 7 Omaha Concordia 0 (G. Socc.); (13) Missouri 11-2 Creighton 6-1 (SB DH); Nfk High at South Sioux City (Bsbl-Ppd. To May 5); LHNE at Wisner/Pilger Inv. (T&F-Ppd. To May 5); Nebraska at Creighton (Bsbl-Ppd. To May 13); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa (Bsbl-Ppd.).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Geena Piper of the Norfolk Catholic track & field team.

      Final    Washington      4    Houston      3
        Pittsburgh        at    Baltimore    (7:05  p.m.,    postponed,  rain)
        L.A.  Dodgers    at    Minnesota    (8:10  p.m.,    postponed,  rain)
      Final            Seattle                  6    N-Y  Yankees          3
      Final            Boston                    7    Tampa  Bay              4
      Final            Oakland                  9    Texas                      3
      Final            Detroit                  4    Chi  White  Sox      3
      Final            Kansas  City        10    Toronto                  7
      Final            L.A.  Angels          6    Cleveland              4
      Final            N-Y  Mets                6    Philadelphia        1
      Final            Miami                      9    Atlanta                  0
      Final            Cincinnati            3    Chi  Cubs                2
      Final            Milwaukee              5    St.  Louis              4,  11  Innings
      Final            Colorado                5    Arizona                  4
      Final            San  Francisco      6    San  Diego              0
      Final          Washington          75    Chicago                  69
      Final  OT    Memphis              100    Oklahoma  City      99
      Final          L-A  Clippers    113    Golden  State      103
      Final    Philadelphia      5    N-Y  Rangers      2

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