Sports News-June 21, 2012

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     CHICAGO (AP) - The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan
with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major
bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams. The plan
will be presented to university presidents next week for approval,
which is expected, with the four-team playoff starting in 2014.
     MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat can secure their second NBA title in
six seasons with a victory tonight at home against the Oklahoma
City Thunder, who trail the NBA Finals three games to one. If the
Thunder break their three-game losing streak, the series will
return to Oklahoma City for Game 6 Sunday night.
     NEW ORLEANS (AP)- The Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets
swung a trade ahead of next Thursday night's NBA draft. The Hornets
send forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor
to Washingtons for forward Rashard Lewis
and a second-round draft pick.
     CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte Hornets tabbed former St.
John's and Denver Nuggets assistant Mike Dunlap as their next coach
to succeed Paul Silas, who went 7-59 for the worst winning
percentage in NBA history. Dunlap's only NBA experience was as an
assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets in 2006-08, but apparently
that was enough to sway Hornets team owner Michael Jordan.
     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Three-time defending national champion
Connecticut was one of a record 10 schools banned by the NCAA in
next year's basketball postseason because of poor rates of academic
progress for their athletes. Joining UConn on the sideline next
March will be Arkansas-Pine Bluff, California-Riverside, Cal State
Bakersfield, Jacksonville State, Mississippi Valley State, North
Carolina-Wilmington, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Toledo and Towson.

The Kent State/South Carolina game at the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha last night was postponed until this morning because of rain.  Three games will be played today.  Kent State/South Carolina will begin at 11:00 followed by Arizona/Florida State at 4:00.  The Kent State/South Carolina winner will play Arkansas at 8:00.

The Creighton men’s basketball team has picked up its third recruit this week according to the Omaha World Herald.  The Bluejays inked Nick Norton as the first commitment in the 2014 recruiting class.  A junior-to-be from Missouri, the 5’9 point guard averaged 13.8 points and shot 42 percent from three-point range last season.  Norton also set a school record with 3.8 steals per game.  Toby Hegner, a 6’10 power forward from Wisconsin started things off Monday by committing.  Darian Harris, a 6’6 guard/forward from Arkansas informed the coaches Tuesday that he would accept a scholarship offer.  They filled two of the three slots for the recruiting class of 2013.  Norton is the first of what should be a three-man class for 2014.

After being named a third-team All-American last week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Nebraska sophomore designed hitter Michael Pritchard earned second-team All-Midwest Region honors yesterday from the American Baseball Coaches Association.  A first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2012, Pritchard put together one of the best seasons by a Husker hitter in recent memory, as he tied Derek Dukart for the third-longest hitting streak in school history at 25 games.  Hitting in the leadoff spot for most of the 2012 campaign, Pritchard led the Huskers with a .387 batting average and produced a team-high 82 hits.

For the fourth time since the inception of the award in 2007, a Creighton Bluejay has earned a Rawlings Gold Glove, an award bestowed upon the best defensive players at each position at the college level.  Creighton senior Nick Judkins earned the award at first base this season, his second career Gold Glove, as he was also honored with one at the junior college level.  Judkins led the squad this season, committing just one error in 651 chances at first base..  The Minnesota native also led the Bluejays offensively this season, finishing with a .313 batting average in 58 starts.

Nicole Brungardt and Paige Pollard of Wayne State College were selected yesterday to the Capital One Academic All-American Women’s Track/Cross Country Team in Division II.  Brungardt was named to the Second Team and Pollard was selected to the Third Team.  Alex Timperley and Mickey Doerr were selected to the Capital One Academic All-American Division II Men’s Track/Cross Country Team.  Both Doerr and Timperley were honored on the Third Team.  Brungardt, a senior from Norfolk Catholic, maintains a 3.70 grade point average majoring in mid-level education.  She earned All-American honors this season in the 100 meter dash with an eighth place finish and new school record time of 11.70 seconds.  Brungardt was a two-time NSIC Champion in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and also holds school records in the 200 meter dash and 800 meter relay.  Pollard, a senior from Newcastle, carries a 3.77 grade point average majoring in exercise science.  She is a six-time national qualifier and a two-time All-American in track and field.  Timperley, a Norfolk High graduate, competes in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, long jump and triple jump for the Wildcats.  He maintains a 3.89 grade point average majoring in sociology.  Timperley was fourth at the NSIC Championships in the triple jump with a mark of 46’ 5 ½ and also placed eleventh in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.86 seconds.  He also broke a 44-year-old school record in the 200 meter dash at the Nebraska Invite in Lincoln on May 5th with a time of 21.52 seconds.  Doerr, a sprinter from Bloomfield holds a 4.00 GPA in history/science education.  Doerr competed in the 200 and 400 meter dash for the Wildcats.

The Nebraska School Activities Association will honor Columbus Scotus, Lindsay Holy Family, and Howells high schools as the sixth annual U.S. Cellular Cup champions. The U.S. Cellular Cup, which will be presented to the 2011-12 championship schools during the fall, is the Association’s all-activities program award.  Columbus Scotus won the Girls Division Cup in Class ‘C’ for the fourth consecutive year.  The Shamrocks won championships in girls cross country and volleyball to edge Kearney Catholic in the girls standings.  Howells won the All-School and Boys Divisions in Class ‘D’ for the second straight year.  The Bobcats finished as the runner-up at the Class ‘D2’ football and boys basketball championships.  The Howells girls program claimed the Class ‘D2’ Volleyball Championship to help the Bobcats outscore Humphrey St. Francis in the All-School Division.  Lindsay Holy Family won the Class ‘D’ girls category by winning championships in girls track & field and play production.  They were second in cross country.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Golden Girls 18’s Vs. Lincoln Nemesis 98-6:00; Vs. Lincoln Nemesis 97-7:30 (Lincoln SB League); Wayne at Kellys 18’s (SB DH-6:30); Memphis at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk Golden Girls 18’s at Lincoln SB League (Ppd. Rain.); Memphis 13 Omaha Storm Chasers 9 (Bsbl). 

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     Final  Milwaukee       8  Toronto         3
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     Final  Texas           4  San Diego       2
     Final  Cleveland       8  Cincinnati      1
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