Sports News-June 20, 2013

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The Stanley Cup finals are tied at two games apiece after Brent Seabrook scored at 9:51 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 6-5 win over the Bruins in Boston.  Patrick Kane scored once and had an assist for the Blackhawks, who squandered leads of 1-0, 4-2 and 5-4 after going 129 minutes without a goal.  Game Five is Saturday in Chicago.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics reopened trade talks yesterday and have quickly made progress toward separate transactions that ultimately would send both Celtics star forward Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles, according to sources close to the process.  Sources told that the Clippers, despite taking another break from the discussions last night so owner Donald Sterling could meet face-to-face with Rivers' fellow coaching candidate Brian Shaw, have relented on their previous unwillingness to surrender only one first-round pick to the Celtics to convince Boston to let Rivers out of the final three years, $21 million on his coaching contract.  One source close to the process expressed optimism the sides would reach an agreement in principle by today on the two deals involving Garnett and Rivers, which the Clippers believe will all but cement the signature of star guard Chris Paul when Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.  Although sources stressed that final details were still being worked out, one trade would be a straight player swap sending Clippers center DeAndre Jordan for Garnett, with the second move calling for Boston to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation for freeing Rivers from his Celtics contract.

The family of a man whose body was found near the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez say the man was a semi-pro football player with connections to Hernandez.  Ursula Ward said police told her the body was that of her son Odin Lloyd, who played for the Boston Bandits.  Lloyd was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home.

Florida Gulf Coast will be the first regular-season opponent for the Nebraska men's basketball program at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  The matchup between the Huskers and the Eagles will take place on Friday, November 8, as part of opening day festivities at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  The start time will be announced at a later date, but the first game at the new arena will be televised nationally in prime time on BTN.  Florida Gulf Coast was the talk of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, becoming the first 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16, knocking off second-seeded Georgetown and seventh-seeded San Diego State by double figures before falling to Florida.  The Eagles, which became the first program to win its first two NCAA Tournament games since 1987, finished the 2012-13 season with a 26-11 mark and was ranked 25th in the final USA Today/Coaches poll.  While Florida Gulf Coast return four starters, Tim Miles and Nebraska returns three starters from a team that went 15-18 in his first season, including guard Ray Gallegos and forwards David Rivers and Shavon Shields.

The Nebraska women's basketball team will celebrate the opening of the new Pinnacle Bank Arena with an NCAA Tournament-caliber home opener against UCLA on Friday, November 8.  In the first regular-season basketball game to ever be played at the Huskers' new downtown arena, tip time will be at noon as part of a special women's and men's basketball day-night season-opening doubleheader.  Coach Connie Yori and the Nebraska women, who advanced to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 and finished with a 25-9 overall record, will take on a Bruin team that advanced to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.  UCLA posted a 26-8 overall mark that included a 14-4 record and a third-place finish in the Pac-12.

Matt Boyd has allowed Oregon State to stay alive in the College World Series in Omaha.  Boyd tossed a four-hitter and struck out eleven as the Beavers eliminated Indiana 1-0.  Jake Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning before Oregon State won the first 1-0 game at the College World Series since 1985.  The Bulldogs will face Mississippi State on Friday needing to beat the Bulldogs twice to reach next week's finals.  Today's lone game at TD Ameritrade Park has North Carolina playing North Carolina State in a 7:00 elimination game.

Kayla Knopik of Papilion won the 2013 Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association State Amateur Title held at The Pines Country Club yesterday carding a 225.  This is the former Husker's second State Amateur title, previously winning in 2011.  Following seven strokes behind Knopik was UNL golfer Abbie Hunke of Snyder with a 232.  2013 Stroke Play Tournament Champion and Bradley University golfer Danielle Lemek finished third with a 233.  Norfolk's Isabella Baldacci got fifth with a 236.  Senior Medalist and eleven-time champion Susan Marchese finished tied for seventh with a 239.

Local Schedule:  Albuquerque at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Yankton Spitfire 5-4 Nfk Golden Girls 18's 4-5 (SB DH); Albuquerque 11-1 Omaha Storm Chasers 3-2 (Bsbl DH). 

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