Sports News-June 22, 2012

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 Celebrating in Miami...Pirates and Red Sox surging
     MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James was named MVP of the NBA Finals after
leading the Miami Heat to the title in five games following a
convincing 121-106 win over Oklahoma City last night. It's the
second title in six seasons for the Heat but the first for James,
who led the rout with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists.
     PITTSBURGH (AP) - James McDonald pitched his first career
complete game, Garrett Jones hit one of Pittsburgh's three home
runs and the Pirates won for the fourth time in five games, 9-1
over the Minnesota Twins. The surging Pirates have won seven of
their past eight series and have moved within two games of
first-place Cincinnati in the NL Central.
     BOSTON (AP) - Daniel Nava singled in the go-ahead run to cap a
three-run eighth inning and the surging Boston Red Sox completed a
sweep of the stumbling Miami Marlins 6-5 last night. The Marlins
took a lead in all three games but lost them all as they dropped
their fourth straight and 13th in their last 15.
     UNDATED (AP)- The NHL has released its schedule for the upcoming
season - if there's no work stoppage and that's a big if because
the NHL's collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15. If the
season goes as scheduled, the Los Angeles Kings will raise their
Stanley Cup championship banner Oct. 12 when they play the New York
     BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - The jury that already is sequestered
won't consider it, but there's been a bombshell in the Jerry
Sandusky sexual abuse case. A lawyer for an adopted son of Jerry
Sandusky says the man has told authorities the former Penn State
assistant football coach abused him. Matt Sandusky is one of Jerry
Sandusky's six adopted children.

Arizona converted three errors into a six-run first inning and advanced to the College World Series finals with a 10-3 victory over Florida State yesterday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.  The Wildcats won Bracket One and will open the best-of-three finals Sunday.  Arizona will be playing for its fourth national championship and first since 1986.  South Carolina rode a two-hitter by Michael Roth to a 4-1 victory that sends Kent State packing from the College World Series.  The two-time defending champion Gamecocks then beat Arkansas 2-0 in the nightcap.  They need to beat the Razorbacks again tonight at 8:00 to make it back to the championship round.

The Creighton men’s basketball team has added yet another recruit according to the Omaha World Herald.  The university received a commitment from 6’7 forward Ezra Talbert yesterday.  The Kansas native is the fourth commitment this week.  Talbert is part of the 2014 recruiting class.  He averaged 6.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in primarily a reserve role as a sophomore at Olathe East High School.  Even in limited action, Talbert displayed a midrange game that has caught the attention of coaches on the AAU circuit.  Toby Hegner, a 6’10 power forward from Wisconsin, started the week off by committing on Monday.  Darian Harris, a 6’7 guard/forward from Arkansas, informed Creighton coach Greg McDermott of his intentions on Tuesday.  Nick Norton, a 5’9 point guard from Missouri committed on Wednesday.

The Nebraska volleyball team is adding a new player for this season with the late commitment of Chicago-area senior Meghan Haggerty according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The 6’3 middle blocker from Illinois, committed to the Huskers last week, prior to NU coach John Cook announcing that freshman setter Lauren Sieckmann was transferring to Wayne State.  Haggerty had signed a letter of intent with Big Ten rival Wisconsin in November, but began looking for a new program last month.  Wisconsin released her from her scholarship, so Haggerty would be eligible to play this season for Nebraska.  At N-U, she could eventually play with her younger sister, Maddie Haggerty, an outside hitter who committed to the university on April 30 and is a top recruit in the 2014 class.

Norfolk High has announced the hiring of three new coaches.  Sarah Klug has been named head Volleyball coach for the program.  Prior to coming to Norfolk High, she served as assistant volleyball coach at Columbus High School for the past two seasons.  Klug graduated from Hartington Cedar Catholic and went to Mount Marty College where she played volleyball for two seasons.  Injuries cut her career short.  Klug replaces Michelle Fisher.  Cassie Manhart has been named Girls Cross Country coach.  She is a recent graduate of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Manhart participated in Cross Country at Central City High School and one year at Doane College.  Aaron Bradley has been named Boys Cross Country coach.  He brings 22 years of Cross Country/Track & Field coaching experience and 27 years of coaching experience overall.  Bradley graduated from Nebraska-Lincoln and received his Masters from Wayne State.  Manhart and Bradley replace Lyle Moeller, who retired from the position after 37 years.

Doane College added to their school record for Academic All-Americans presented by the College Sports Information Directors Association earlier this week with the announcement of the recipients for Cross Country/Track and Field.  Among the recognized are second team honoree Brad Higgins.  The Norfolk High graduate earned All-American honors this year during the indoor and outdoor track season in the multi-events. Higgins placed seventh in the indoor heptathlon at nationals and took sixth in the decathlon during outdoors.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Seniors Vs. Yankton, S.D.-9:30 AM; Vs. Beresford, S.D.-11:30 (Dakota Wood Bat Tourn. At Yankton, S.D.); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s at Wahoo Tourn. (SB); Kellys 18’s at Mitchell, S.D. Tourn. (SB); Memphis at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 4 Nemesis 97 2; Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 5 Nemesis 98 3 (Lincoln SB League); Wayne 12-2 Kellys 18’s 1-0 (SB DH); Memphis 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (11 Inn.) (Bsbl).

     Final     Detroit      2  St. Louis      1, 10 Innings
     Final     Oakland      4  L.A. Dodgers   1
     Final     Pittsburgh   9  Minnesota      1
     Final     Washington   5  Tampa Bay      2
     Final     Boston       6  Miami          5
     Final     Colorado     4  Philadelphia   1

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