Sports News-June 21, 2013

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The Miami Heat made it back-to-back NBA championships, and third since 2006, with a gritty 95-88 victory over San Antonio in Game Seven of the NBA Finals.  As usual, LeBron James made it happen.  The Heat superstar poured in 37 points and grabbed twelve rebounds to earn MVP honors for the second straight year.  With the Heat nursing a two-point lead, James secured the victory with a 19-foot jumper with 27 seconds left.  He and added two free throws four seconds later.  James made 5-10 three-pointers, all while hounding Spurs star Tony Parker on defense to make the Heat the first back-to-back champs since the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009-10.  Dwyane Wade added 23 points and ten rebounds and Shane Battier scored 18 points on 6-8 shooting from three-point range for Miami.  The Heat rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win the final two games at home.  Tim Duncan had 24 points and twelve rebounds for the Spurs, who were trying to become the first road team to win a finals Game Seven since Washington in 1978.  San Antonio lost for the first time in five finals appearances.
Massachusetts State Police issued an arrest warrant today for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for obstruction of justice in connection with a homicide investigation, according to an ABC Good Morning America report.  The warrant, first reported by a Boston radio station and citing an anonymous law enforcement source, was issued after police discovered that the security system at Hernandez's home, along with his cellphone, were destroyed.  Police were at Hernandez's home again yesterday with another search warrant based on evidence that Hernandez "destroyed his home security system," an investigator close to the case told ABC News.  Surveillance video from the North Attleborough, Massachusetts, neighborhood of Aaron Hernandez shows the New England Patriots tight end with Odin Lloyd and two other people hours before Lloyd was killed earlier this week, sources confirmed to ABC News late yesterday.

North Carolina's Hobbs Johnson combined with Chris McCue on a five-hitter, and the Tar Heels stayed alive in the College World Series in Omaha with a 7-0 victory over North Carolina State last night, eliminating the Wolfpack.  Michael Russell drove in three runs for the top-seeded Tar Heels.  North Carolina must beat UCLA twice, first today and again Saturday, to reach the finals.  North Carolina State finished 50-16.  Today's games at TD Ameritrade Park has Mississippi State meeting Oregon State at 3:00 and UCLA playing North Carolina at 7:00.

Olympian Jeremy Scott and Jared Schuurmans of Norfolk will be participating in the United States Track & Field National Championships this evening in Des Moines, Iowa.  Scott will compete in the Pole Vault while Schuurmans will be involved in the Discus Throw.  The top three placers qualify for the International Associations of Athletic Federations World Championships in Moscow, Russia in August.

The 2013 Cornhusker State Games Torch Run began yesterday at the Norfolk National Guard Armory, 817 S. 1st St. in Norfolk.  Five soldiers from the Nebraska National Guard, including Staff Sergeant Jessie London of Norfolk, Sergeant Cory Nelson of Omaha, Staff Sergeant Justin Olson of Pierce, Sergeant Blake Thompson of Kenesaw and Staff Sergeant Joshua Wessel of Humphrey began the first leg after brief opening remarks.  Honorary runners into Columbus included standout high school student-athletes Alyssa Fraundorfer of Humphrey and Molly Gottschall, Alesa Foltz, and Skylar Ericson, all of Columbus.  Frauendorfer of Humphrey is the 2013 Lincoln Journal Star Girls Prep Athlete of the Year and will play volleyball at Wayne State beginning this fall.  She helped Humphrey win back-to-back state titles in volleyball and was the valedictorian for her class. Gottschall, Foltz and Ericson all plan to continue athletic careers at Central Community College in Columbus.

The annual Norfolk Express Soccer Tournament for boys and girls will be held today through Sunday at Air Park Soccer Complex located south of Norfolk along Highway 81.  This year's tournament has drawn 89 teams from throughout the Midwest.  Nearly 1,500 players and coaches are expected, along with an estimated 5,000 spectators.  In addition to the soccer tournament, Ta Ha Zouka Park will be host to the Midwest Terrier Trials.

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

Local Scores:  Albuquerque 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

      Final          Houston              7    Milwaukee              4,  10  Innings
      Final          Minnesota          8    Chi  White  Sox      4
      Final          Texas                  4    Oakland                  3
      Final          Tampa  Bay          8    N-Y  Yankees          3
      Final          Detroit              4    Boston                    3
      Final          L.A.  Angels    10    Seattle                  9
      Final          Pittsburgh        5    Cincinnati            3
      Final          Washington        5    Colorado                1
      Final          N-Y  Mets            4    Atlanta                  3
      Final          St.  Louis          6    Chi  Cubs                1
      Final          San  Diego          6    L.A.  Dodgers        3
      Final          Miami                  2    San  Francisco      1
      Final    Miami      95    San  Antonio      88
      Final    Tulsa      83    Chicago      74

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