Sports News-June 6, 2014

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The San Antonio Spurs shot 59% and closed the game with a 31-9 run to rally past Miami 110-95 to capture the opener of the NBA Finals.  LeBron James had to leave the game with seven minutes left because of leg cramps as an air conditioning malfunction in AT&T Center caused arena temperatures to approach 90 degrees.  James scored 25 points in his 33 minutes.

High school pitchers went one-two in the Major League Baseball draft last night.  The Houston Astros selected California high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the top pick and with the second pick, Miami took hard-throwing Texas high school pitcher Tyler Kolek.  He's a  6’5, 230-pounder from Shepherd High School in Texas who has touched as high as 102 mph on the radar gun.

Kentucky has given coach John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons.  Already one of college basketball's highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA championship and the Wildcats reached the title game last April before losing to Connecticut 60-54.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has a solution to slow down the recruiting process: Eliminate national signing day altogether and put greater accountability behind scholarship offers.  Pelini thinks high school players should be able to sign with teams as soon as they receive scholarship offers.  If coaches choose to offer scholarships to freshmen and sophomores -- an increasingly common tactic -- they have to be prepared for those players to sign on for the distant future.  "If somebody has offered a kid, let him sign, it's over,"  Pelini told yesterday. "That will stop some of the things that are happening -- people just throwing out offers, some of them with really no intention of taking a kid."  As national momentum builds for an early signing date, possibly in August or December, Pelini, like many coaches, would prefer to see the recruiting process slowed down.  Pelini added that prospects should be able to be released from their letters of intent if coaching changes occur.  The Huskers coach hasn't formally proposed the idea but has discussed it with other coaches, who also want recruiting to slow down along with more time to evaluate prospects before offering scholarships.

The Big Ten will keep its football championship game in Indianapolis through 2021.  Conference officials made the announcement yesterday, following a unanimous vote by the council of presidents and chancellors.  Indianapolis has hosted each of the first three football title games.  With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers next month, there was a perception that the game could rotate.  Chicago will host the men's basketball tourney in 2019 and 2021 while Indianapolis will get the tourney in 2020 and 2022.  Chicago has the tournament next year, then Indianapolis and then Washington, D.C., in 2017.  The women's basketball tournament, which has been held in the same city as the men's tourney the last several years, will be played in Indianapolis each year from 2017 through 2022.

Nebraska baseball and football signee Monte Harrison was selected 50th overall in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft last night by the Milwaukee Brewers.  Harrison was the ninth pick in the second round and it’s the highest that an incoming Husker has been picked since Bubba Starling was selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Royals in 2011.  Starling went on to sign a professional contract with the Royals.  Scheduled to play both football and baseball at Nebraska, Harrison was tabbed as a first-team All-American by Perfect Game in 2014.  The 6’2 product of Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Mo., as a junior in 2013, hit .457, while driving in 33 runs and scoring 36.  Harrison had 12 doubles, three triples and six home runs and also stole 25 bases.  He now has until July 18 to sign a contract with the Brewers.

The 56th Annual Shrine Bowl Football Game is held on Saturday at 2:00 at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field on the University of Nebraska-Kearney campus.  Players representing the ‘North’ team includes Norfolk High’s Kyle Temple, Norfolk Catholic’s Jackson Love, Lutheran High Northeast’s Shaka Taylor, Columbus Lakeview’s Jack Shadley & Mark Jarecki, Crofton’s Jake Guenther, Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Derek Gentrup, Charles Krueger of Pierce, and Luke Hegeman from Howells/Dodge.  Coaches representing the ‘North’ team are Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Arnie Johnson and Jeff Bussey along with Columbus Lakeview’s Kurt Frenzen.  Johnson is the Head Coach.

Local Schedule: Nfk Seniors vs. Papillion La Vista South Associated Fire Titans-2:00; vs. Lincoln Northeast Judd Brothers-4:30 (Sioux Falls Bsbl Tourn.); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s host Tourn. (SB); Oklahoma City at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Oklahoma City 3 (Bsbl).

      Final    Miami                    11    Tampa  Bay            6
      Final    Milwaukee              8    Minnesota            5
      Final    Kansas  City          3    St.  Louis            2
      Final    N-Y  Yankees          2    Oakland                1
      Final    Toronto                  7    Detroit                3
      Final    Houston                  8    L.A.  Angels        5
      Final    Texas                      8    Baltimore            6
      Final    San  Francisco      6    Cincinnati          1
      Final    Washington            4    Philadelphia      2
      Final    Chi  Cubs                7    N-Y  Mets              4
      Final    Arizona                12    Colorado              7
      Final    San  Antonio    110    Miami      95
      Final    San  Antonio      87    New  York            75
      Final    Washington        74    Connecticut      66

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