Sports News-June 3, 2014

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Phil Jackson's first substantive chat with Derek Fisher about the New York Knicks’ coaching job is scheduled to take place this week, according to sources close to the situation.  Sources told yesterday that Jackson is planning to connect with Fisher by week's end, giving the Oklahoma City Thunder guard some time to decompress after his team was eliminated by San Antonio Saturday night in Game Six of the Western Conference finals.  ESPN reported earlier Monday that Jackson was fined $25,000 by the league for tampering with Fisher in the form of openly discussing the prospect of hiring his former player during a news conference last week.

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 14 games because of tendinitis in his left ankle.  Abreu hit a two-run homer in his second at-bat on Monday in Los Angeles, but the Dodgers put together a five-run sixth to beat the White Sox 5-2.  Winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw fanned nine and allowed two runs and just four hits in eight innings.

LeBron James heard Tom Duncan’s comments when the NBA Finals rematch was finally set and fully understood them, even though he wasn't bothered by them.  After the San Antonio Spurs clinched a meeting with the Miami Heat, Duncan made a strong statement when he said: "We're excited about it. We've got four more to win. We'll do it this time."  James said he wasn't bothered by the comments and called the entire Spurs organization "professional," but he certainly understood the message being sent.  "They don't like us, they don't. I can sense it from Timmy's comments over the last couple of days," James said after the Heat held an extended practice on Monday. "They wanted this, they wanted us and we'll be ready for the challenge."  After blowing a five-point lead in the final minute of Game Six last season when the Larry O'Brien Trophy had been wheeled to the edge of the court and yellow tape prepared for the postgame celebration, the Spurs have lived with the disappointment for a year. Which is why Duncan added: "We're happy it's the Heat again. We've got that bad taste in our mouths still."
Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is among the latest group of football players to file a concussion-related lawsuit against the National Football League.  Marino and the other 14 plaintiffs join more than 4,800 others who have alleged the NFL misled players about the long-term dangers of concussions. The NFL has denied those claims.

Four golfers share the lead after 18-holes at the Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship at Elks Country Club in Columbus. The winner of the last two championships, Steve Samuelson of Fremont is joined at 2-over par 74 by Steve Peterson of Lincoln and both Mike Root and Greg Vonnahame of Omaha.  Eight other players are within three shots.

Local Schedule: Omaha Storm Chasers at Round Rock, TX (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Wayne Dirt Devils 1 Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 0 (SB); Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Round Rock, TX 1 (Bsbl).  

      Final    Miami                    3    Tampa  Bay              1
      Final    Milwaukee            6    Minnesota              2
      Final    Kansas  City        6    St.  Louis              0
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers      5    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final    Cleveland            3    Boston                    2
      Final    Seattle              10    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final    N-Y  Mets            11    Philadelphia        2
      Final    Pittsburgh        10    San  Diego              3

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