Sports News-June 19, 2013

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There will be a seventh game in the NBA Finals tomorrow in Miami after LeBron James delivered 32 points, eleven assists and ten rebounds in the Heat's 103-100 overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs.  The Spurs led by three points late in regulation before Chris Bosh grabbed an offensive rebound and threw a pass to Ray Allen, who hit a three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to force overtime.  Mario Chalmers finished with 20 points, Dwyane Wade added 14 and Bosh contributed a double-double with 14 points and eleven boards.  The Spurs appeared to be in the driver's seat several times during the game.  They led by 13 with 3:50 left in the third quarter, by five with 28 seconds remaining in regulation and by three with 2:42 to play in overtime.  Tim Duncan had 25 of his 30 points by halftime but failed to score after converting a three-point play with 4:30 left in the third quarter.

Yesterday's College World Series action in Omaha had North Carolina eliminating LSU and UCLA beating North Carolina State.  Brian Holberton homered and Trent Thornton pitched a strong seven innings to help the top-seeded Tar Heels beat the Tigers 4-2.  The victory puts North Carolina into an elimination game against the Wolfpack on Thursday at 7:00.  Nick Vander Tuig scattered four hits over seven-plus innings as the Bruins downed N.C. State 2-1 to move within one victory of next week's best-of-three finals.  Today's lone game at TD Ameritrade Park has Indiana playing Oregon State in a 7:00 elimination game.

Point guard Nick Norton has decided to back off his commitment to play basketball at Creighton.  Norton confirmed to The Omaha World-Herald a message that he put out on Twitter that he was reopening the recruiting process.  The 5'9 guard from Missouri, committed to the Bluejays a year ago as a junior-to-be at Rock Bridge High School.  Ezra Talbert, another player that committed before his junior year of high school, announced earlier this spring that he was decommitting.  Norton suffered a torn knee ligament last season.  He said his rehabilitation is going well, and that he expects to be back on the court in the fall.

Creighton baseball sophomore Jake Peter was named the to 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association Second Team.  He had a breakout 2013, both at the plate and on the mound.  Peter was the Bluejays' leader in average, hits, RBI, and is second in doubles, triples, as well as slugging percentage.  On the mound, Peter has served as the Jays' closer this season, collecting six saves and two wins in 14 appearances.  He finished with a 3.07 ERA in 14.2 innings, walking just three batters and collecting 18 punch-outs.  Peter will have a tryout with team USA.  If he makes the roster, he'll head for Japan as part of the national team's tour of that country in early July.

Ten matches against NCAA Tournament teams and a move to the Big East Conference highlight Creighton's 2013 volleyball schedule.  The docket features twelve home matches at D.J. Sokol Arena, not including the Big East Tournament that the Bluejays will also host.  That event will have the league's top four teams vying for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 29-30.  The regular-season gets underway on Aug. 30 with two matches at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Bowling Green, Ohio.  Creighton will open the season with a match versus BYU before playing the host Falcons one day later.  The Bluejays' twelve match non-conference schedule features at least eight contests against NCAA teams from a year ago.  Creighton opens play in its new league October 4 at Butler and at Xavier one night later.  The Bluejays finished 29-4 last season, sweeping Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Creighton returns nine letterwinners and four starters from that squad.

The resumption of the Unites States-Cuba baseball rivalry is going to include a two-game stop at Werner Park in Papillion according to the Omaha World Herald.  Although the two countries played a friendship series last year in Havana, the five games next month, at four different sites, will be the first in the United States since 1996.  The games at Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers, will be July 19 & 20.  Both will start at 7:05.  The first stop for the friendship series will be July 18 at Principal Park in Des Moines, home of the Iowa Cubs.  After the Omaha visit, games will be played July 22 and 23 in North Carolina, with one game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary and another in Durham.  The U.S.-Cuba rivalry resumed last year after a 16-year hiatus, with Cuba winning three of five games.

Steve Samuelson of Fremont successfully defended his Nebraska Senior Amateur title by two strokes at his home course, Fremont Golf Club, yesterday with a 2-under-par 140 36-hole total.  Samuelson followed up Monday's 73 with a 4-under-par 67 yesterday to edge fellow Fremont native John Sajevic, who posted back-to-back 71's.  In addition to the championship crown, Samuelson earns the 50-57 Age Division title.  Larry Sock of Lincoln captured the 58-64 Age Division with a score of 151, while Thomas Olson of Omaha took home the 65 and older division with a 145.  Olson won the championship division in 2003 and captured three 58-64 titles from 2006 to 2008.  Sock, the 2012 Nebraska Senior Match Play champion, wins his first division title.

Kayla Knopik of Papillion, the 2011 champion, carded a 75 and leads with the Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association State Amateur at the Pines Country Club with a two day total of 148.  Following Knopik was Isabella Baldacci of Norfolk with a two day total of 152.  Baldacci has shot a 77 and a 75.  Eleven time champion Susan Marchese of Omaha took Senior Medalist honors with a two day total of 159.  The final round of competition begins today with a 9:00 shotgun start.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Golden Girls 18's at Yankton (SB DH-6:30); Kellys 18's at Arlington (SB DH-5:30); Albuquerque at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl DH-12:05).

Local Scores:  Albion 1 Nfk Seniors 0 (Bsbl); Albuquerque 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 (Bsbl).

      Final    Toronto      8    Colorado        3
      Final    Houston    10    Milwaukee      1
        L.A.  Dodgers    at    N-Y  Yankees    (7:05  p.m.,    postponed,  rain)
      Final          Boston                    5    Tampa  Bay              1    (first  game)
      Final          Boston                    3    Tampa  Bay              1    (second  game)
      Final          Cleveland              4    Kansas  City          3
      Final          Baltimore              5    Detroit                  2
      Final          Oakland                  6    Texas                      2
      Final          Minnesota              7    Chi  White  Sox      5
      Final          Seattle                  3    L.A.  Angels          2,  10  Innings
      Final          N-Y  Mets                4    Atlanta                  3    (first  game)
      Final          N-Y  Mets                6    Atlanta                  1    (second  game)
      Final          Philadelphia        4    Washington            2
      Final          Pittsburgh            4    Cincinnati            0
      Final          Chi  Cubs                4    St.  Louis              2
      Final          Arizona                  3    Miami                      2
      Final          San  Francisco      5    San  Diego              4
      Final  OT    Miami    103    San  Antonio    100
      Final  OT    Seattle      96    Washington      86

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