Sports News-April 8, 2014

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Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, with a 60-54 win over Kentucky.  Napier added six rebounds, three assists and three steals.  He is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies' 2011 title.  That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun's retirement even when the Huskies were ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season.  They came back strong in coach Kevin Ollie's second season, and the Huskies went all the way to their fourth overall title.  Kentucky with five freshmen starters, never led.  The Wildcats missed 11-24 free throws, while the Huskies were perfect on ten tries.  James Young had team highs of 20 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky.  Napier was selected the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four.

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart has declared for the NBA draft.  Smart told The Daily Oklahoman he has hired an agent, making official what was already a foregone conclusion.  The sophomore participated in Senior Night activities in Stillwater.  He averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this season.  Smart surprised some by returning to school after a strong freshman year.  He got off to an excellent start this season, but slumped and began to lose his cool.  On March 8, he shoved a Texas Tech fan and was suspended for three games.  His Cowboys went through a seven-game losing streak, but his strong play late in the season pushed the Cowboys into the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Gonzaga in the round of 64.

A former athletic director for Midland University who was accused of soliciting sex from students and threatening one has been given a year of probation.  The Fremont Tribune says Jason Dannelly, of Omaha, was sentenced yesterday.  He had pleaded no contest in February to two misdemeanor counts of attempted solicitation of prostitution.  He'd been charged with felony pandering and terroristic threats and two misdemeanor solicitation counts.  The 34-year-old Dannelly was Midland University's athletic director from August 2011 until his dismissal in December 2012.  Dannelly faces six months in jail if he violates the terms of his probation.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln North Star (G&B Socc.-5:00); Nfk Cath/LHNE at Columbus (B. Socc.-6:30); LHNE/Nfk Cath at Columbus (G. Socc.-5:00); Nfk High at Grand Island (Bsbl DH-5:00); Nfk Cath at Battle Creek Inv. (T&F-1:00); LHNE at Wayne Inv. (T&F-1:00); Nfk Cath at Battle Creek Inv. (BG-9:00 AM); Lincoln East at Nfk High (G. Tenn. Dual-4:00); Nebraska at Creighton (Bsbl-6:30); Memphis at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).

Local Scores:  Nfk Cath/LHNE 1 Grand Island CC 0 (B. Socc.); LHNE/Nfk Cath 4 Columbus Lakeview 1 (G. Socc.); Bancroft/Rosalie 354 LHNE 387 (B Golf Dual); WSC 5-13 Univ. Of Sioux Falls 3-3 (Bsbl DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Memphis 2 (Bsbl).

      Final    Colorado      8    Chi  White  Sox      1
        San  Diego    at    Cleveland    (7:05  p.m.,    postponed,  rain)
      Final    N-Y  Yankees      4    Baltimore        2
      Final    L.A.  Angels      9    Houston            1
      Final    Oakland              8    Minnesota        3
      Final    Boston                5    Texas                1
      Final    Kansas  City      4    Tampa  Bay        2
      Final    St.  Louis          5    Cincinnati      3
        Milwaukee    at    Philadelphia    (7:00  p.m.,    postponed,  rain)
      Final    Calgary          1    New  Jersey      0
      Final    Minnesota      1    Winnipeg          0
      Final    Anaheim          3    Vancouver        0

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