Sports News-April 8, 2013

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Louisville will take on Connecticut in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship game tomorrow at New Orleans.  Antonita Slaughter hit six three-pointers and finished with 18 points as the Cardinals rallied from a ten-point halftime deficit to beat California 64-57.  UConn made it an all-Big East final as Breanna Stewart dropped in 29 points to lead the Huskies past Notre Dame 83-65.

The Los Angeles Clippers have wrapped up their first-ever Pacific Division title by downing the Los Angeles Lakers 105-95.  Blake Griffin had 24 points and twelve rebounds, while Chris Paul's 24 points and twelve assists helped the Clippers complete their first 4-0 season sweep of the Lakers since 1981.

Carmelo Anthony poured in 36 points and had 12 rebounds as the New York Knicks outscored the Oklahoma City Thunder 125-120.  The Knicks picked up their twelfth straight victory to stretch their lead in the NBA's Atlantic Division to six games over Brooklyn with six remaining.  The Thunder are one game behind the West-leading San Antonio Spurs with five to play.

Jack Hoffman just might go down as the biggest star of the Nebraska spring game, and he's only 7 years old.  Hoffman, of Atkinson, has won the hearts of fans and everyone in the football program for his courageous bout with brain cancer.  Star running back Rex Burkhead befriended the seven-year-old last year and is the captain of the support network known as "Team Jack."  Wearing a miniature Burkhead uniform complete with a No. 22 jersey, Jack ran onto the field late in Saturday's scrimmage.  On a fourth-and-one play, he took a hand-off from Taylor Martinez.  As he went down the field, players from the Red and White squads left their sidelines and followed him into the end zone to mob him after his 69-yard touchdown.  The crowd of 60,174 at Memorial Stadium cheered as Jack celebrated, a moment that left his father, Andy, misty-eyed on the sideline.  The ‘Red’ beat the ‘White’ 30-21.

The Wayne State softball team remained atop the Northern Sun Conference standings yesterday with a pair of 11-0 wins over Minnesota Crookston in a doubleheader played in Wayne.  The host Wildcats are now 20-6 on the season and 11-1 in league play with the wins.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school baseball rankings.  Papillion La Vista South is the new number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Norris remains number one in Class “B”.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High Vs. West Point Guardian Angels/Scribner-Snyder at Scribner (Bsbl-7:00); Columbus at Nfk High (T&F Dual-4:00); LHNE at Nfk Cath (T&F Dual-4:00); Columbus Vs. Nfk High at Nfk CC (BG Dual-4:30); Leigh Vs. LHNE at Nfk CC (BG Dual-3:30); Central CC & Southeast CC Vs. NECC at Nfk CC (MG Tri); Omaha Storm Chasers at Albuquerque (Bsbl-7:35).

Local Scores:  Iowa 6 Nebraska 5 (Bsbl); Creighton 7 Bradley 3 (Bsbl); Nebraska-Omaha 7-7 Oakland 0-4 (Bsbl DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Round Rock 2 (Bsbl); Nebraska 3 Iowa 2 (SB); Creighton 3 Bradley 2 (SB); Kansas City 3 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (SB); WSC 11-11 Minnesota-Crookston 0-0 (SB DH).

      Final            Kansas  City          9    Philadelphia        8
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          7    Detroit                  0
      Final            Boston                  13    Toronto                  0
      Final            Minnesota              4    Baltimore              3
      Final            Cleveland            13    Tampa  Bay              0
      Final            Oakland                  9    Houston                  3
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      4    Seattle                  3,  10  Innings
      Final            Texas                      7    L.A.  Angels          3
      Final            N-Y  Mets                4    Miami                      3
      Final            Cincinnati            6    Washington            3
      Final            Atlanta                  5    Chi  Cubs                1
      Final            Arizona                  8    Milwaukee              7,  11  Innings
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        6    Pittsburgh            2
      Final            Colorado                9    San  Diego              1
      Final            St.  Louis            14    San  Francisco      3
      Final    New  York            125    Oklahoma  City    120
      Final    L-A  Clippers    109    L-A  Lakers            95
      Final    Memphis                89    Sacramento            87
      Final    Cleveland            91    Orlando                  85
      Final    Boston                107    Washington            96
      Final    Detroit                99    Chicago                  85
      Final    Utah                      97    Golden  State        90
      Final    Dallas                  96    Portland                91
      Final    New  Orleans        95    Phoenix                  92
      Final            St.  Louis        1    Detroit              0
      Final  2OT    Dallas              5    San  Jose            4  (SO  Dallas  1-0)
      Final            Minnesota        3    Columbus            0
      Final            Florida            2    Ottawa                1
      Final            Chicago            5    Nashville          3
      Final  2OT    Buffalo            3    New  Jersey        2  (SO  Buffalo  1-0)
      Final            Washington      4    Tampa  Bay          2
      Final  2OT    Anaheim            4    Los  Angeles      3  (SO  Anaheim  3-1)

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