Sports News-June 1, 2012

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 Thunder blast Spurs...Hoops Hall member dies...Lidstrom
retires...Hartley back on bench
     OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thabo Sefolosha had playoff career highs of 19 points and six
steals as Oklahoma City hammered San Antonio 102-82 to get within
two games to one in the NBA's Western Conference finals. Kevin
Durant led all scorers with 22 points and helped the Thunder put an
end to the Spurs' 20-game winning streak. Tony Parker and Stephen
Jackson each had 16 points to pace the Spurs.
     CINCINNATI (AP) - Basketball Hall of Famer Jack Twyman has died
at 78 from an aggressive form of blood cancer. Twyman starred at
the University of Cincinnati and spent 11 seasons in the NBA with
the Rochester and Cincinnati Royals, playing in six All-Star games.
In 1958, after teammate Maurice Stokes was left paralyzed after a
head injury suffered during a game, Twyman became his guardian to
help Stokes receive medical benefits.
     DETROIT (AP) - Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is hanging
up his skates after spending his entire 20-year NHL career in
Detroit, saying his drive and motivation are not when they need to
be. The 42-year-old Swede is a seven-time Norris Trophy winner and
a four-time Stanley Cup champ who set an NHL record by playing
1,564 games with one team.
     CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Bob Hartley is back in the NHL as coach
of the Calgary Flames. He succeeds Brent Sutter, who left the team
in April after three seasons. Hartley won the 2001 Stanley Cup
during his five-year run with Colorado and also spent parts of five
seasons coaching the Atlanta Thrashers.
     NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge has approved the settlement of a
lawsuit brought by a trustee for Wall Street swindler Bernard
Madoff's victims against the owners of the New York Mets. The
settlement calls for the Mets' owners to pay up to $162 million but
nothing for four years. The deal was structured so the owners will
pay much less than the maximum depending on what happens to their
claims against Madoff's estate.

The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champion Creighton baseball team is seeded fourth and will face regional top seed UCLA at the NCAA Tournament Los Angeles Regional tonight at 9:00.  The Bluejays are 26-28 on the season after winning the MVC Tournament last Saturday while the Bruins are 42-14 after winning the Pac-12 Conference CO-championship last Sunday.  Second-seeded San Diego and third-seeded New Mexico are the other two teams in the tournament.  San Diego is 40-15 while New Mexico is 36-22.  The games will be played at Jackie Robinson Stadium, just minutes from the UCLA campus.  Creighton will send Ty Blach to the hill.  He is 6-5 with a 2.64 ERA.  Blach will be opposed by UCLA’s Adam Plutko, who is 9-3 with a 2.79 ERA.  It is the Bluejays’ second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Nebraska men’s basketball team has picked up a transfer according to the Omaha World Herald.  This weekend, 6’10, 221-pound Walter Pitchford from Michigan, is expected to make an official recruiting visit to Nebraska, a source with knowledge of the situation said yesterday.  Pitchford will transfer from the Gators after playing in 13 games as a freshman.  He told the Orlando Sentinel he is leaving Florida to be closer to his ailing grandfather in Michigan.  Out of high school, Pitchford signed a letter of intent in 2010 with DePaul, after also receiving offers from George Washington, Michigan and Minnesota.  He then backed out of his DePaul commitment and decided to attend a prep school in East Lansing, Michigan where he averaged 17.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks. and rated Pitchford a three-star prospect.  He would have to sit out a transfer year at a Division I school, then have three years of eligibility remaining.  Nebraska already has signed one Division I transfer in wing Terran Petteway from Texas Tech. The Huskers still have two scholarships available for 2012-13.

The Nebraska Lawdawgs football team gets their 2012 season underway on Saturday when they host the Iowa Eagles at 5:35 at the Norfolk Middle School Football Field.  The Lawdawgs beat them last year 35-0 & 77-12.  The Norfolk based semipro team finished 10-3 last season reaching the Farwest Football Association Championship Football Game, which they lost to the Colorado Springs Flames 54-21.  The Lawdawgs have ten games scheduled for this season with six occurring at home.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Seniors Vs. Sioux Falls O’Gorman, S.D.-12:45; Vs. Mitchell, S.D.-3:00 (Lewis & Clark Wooden Bat Bsbl Tourn. At Crofton); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s at Wayne Inv. (SB); Kelly’s 18’s at Kearney Tourn. (SB); Iowa at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Wayne 7-4 Nfk Golden Girls 18's 3-8 (SB DH); Iowa 4-1 Omaha Storm Chasers 1-10 (Bsbl DH).

     Final  Detroit     7  Boston         3
     Final  Colorado   11  Houston        5
     Final  Milwaukee   6  L.A. Dodgers   2

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