Sports News-June 5, 2014
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Former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer has died. He was 83. Zimmer spent more than 60 years in baseball. He was a senior adviser for the Tampa Bay Rays, who announced his death. Zimmer died yesterday. He had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida since having heart surgery in mid-April. Zimmer played for the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series in 1955, played for the original New York Mets in 1962, nearly managed the Boston Red Sox to a championship in the 1970s and was Joe Torre's right-hand man with the New York Yankees' most recent dynasty. He was a lifetime .235 hitter from 1954-65. Zimmer also was a manager for 13 seasons.
For the third straight year, the opener of the Stanley Cup Finals went overtime. When it was over, the Los Angeles Kings had beaten the New York Rangers 3-2 on Justin Williams' game-winner 4:36 into OT.
The San Francisco 49ers have made Colin Kaepernick their franchise quarterback for the long haul. One of the NFL's most dynamic young signal-callers received a $126 million, six-year contract extension -- including $61 million in guaranteed money-- that keeps him with the organization through the 2020 season.
Nebraska associate athletic director Paul Meyers has announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities. Meyers had been head of athletic department development since 2005 and is credited with raising $250 million. He played an integral role in securing donations for a series of facilities upgrades in recent years. Meyers said yesterday night he's proud of what he accomplished and that he'll continue to support the Cornhuskers as a fan. He declined further comment. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said Meyers was a valuable member of the athletic department for many years and wished him the best. Meyers was an All-America outfielder for the Huskers' baseball team in 1986. He joined the athletic department as a development officer in 1994.
The Nebraska football team has a decommit for its 2015 recruiting class according to the Omaha World Herald. Spencer Tears, a 6’3, 170-pound wide receiver from suburban Chicago, announced yesterday that he’d decommitted from the class. He gave no reason. The three-star prospect had been committed to NU since mid-April. Tears was the lone receiver commit in the class.
Big Ten power Nebraska and ACC power Duke will go head-to-head in one of the marquee matchups of the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge on December 3rd at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Two of the nation's premier conferences announced the eighth annual matchups for the series yesterday. Coach Connie Yori's Huskers will represent the Big Ten as the 2014 conference tournament champions. The Big Red finished with the second-most wins (26) and second-fewest losses (7) in school history last year. NU's .788 winning percentage ranked second in program history, as they advanced to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament. Duke finished 28-7 overall last season being upset by DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The ACC/Big Ten Challenge will feature 14 games, including eight games on December 3rd and six games on December fourth.
Nebraska freshman outfielder Ryan Boldt picked up another accolade yesterday, as he was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. The Red Wing, Minn., native is the twelfth Husker freshman since 2000 to earn freshman All-America honors and the first do so since 2012 when Pat Kelly and Kyle Kubat were both tabbed as freshman All-Americans. A unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten Freshman team and a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree in 2014, Boldt finished the year third on the team with 74 hits, two shy of Kelly’s team-high 76 hits. He led NU in runs scored (47), triples (6) and stolen bases (7).
Former Husker wrestler Jordan Burroughs (74 kg/163 pounds) defeated David Taylor in the United States World Team Trials last Sunday in Madison, Wis., to advance to the World Championships. Burroughs looks to win his third consecutive crown at the World Championships after winning in 2011 and 2013. He added an Olympic gold medal in 2012 in London, England. The 2014 World Championships are in September in Uzbekistan. Burroughs, a Sicklerville, N.J. native, improves to 84-1 in his career after wrestling at Nebraska from 2006 to 2011. He captured two national titles with the Huskers and took home the 2011 Hodge Trophy.
Norfolk Catholic has had a shakeup concerning their athletic department. Athletic Director Norm Hale has accepted the principal position at Sacred Heart Elementary School. He was the Athletic Director for five years. Shane Anderson & Bill LaFleur will take over the Athletic Director position as CO/Athletic Directors. Both are also teachers. Anderson is the head coach for boys basketball & junior high football. LaFleur is an assistant football coach and was the head coach for girls track & field this past season, but will now be the head coach for boys golf replacing Anderson at that position. Assistant girls track & field coach Zach Simon will now be the head girls track & field coach replacing LaFleur.
Local Schedule: Oklahoma City at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).
Local Scores: Hastings 3-13 Nfk Seniors 1-2 (Bsbl DH).
Final Seattle 2 Atlanta 0
Final Miami 5 Tampa Bay 4
Final Minnesota 6 Milwaukee 4
Final St. Louis 5 Kansas City 2, 11 Innings
Final Chi White Sox 2 L.A. Dodgers 1
Final Cleveland 7 Boston 4, 12 Innings
Final Oakland 7 N-Y Yankees 4
Final Toronto 8 Detroit 2
Final Baltimore 6 Texas 5
Final L.A. Angels 4 Houston 0
Final San Diego 3 Pittsburgh 2
Final Washington 8 Philadelphia 4
Final San Francisco 3 Cincinnati 2
Final Chi Cubs 5 N-Y Mets 4
Final Arizona 16 Colorado 8
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Final OT Los Angeles 3 N-Y Rangers 2