Sports News-June 7, 2012

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     OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant poured in 34 points and
grabbed 14 rebounds as Oklahoma City rallied to win Game 6 of the
Western Conference finals 107-99 over San Antonio, putting the
Thunder in the NBA finals. Russell Westbrook added 25 points for
the Thunder, who trailed by 18 in the first half and were down
63-48 at halftime before completing a sweep of the last four games
in the series. Game 1 of the NBA finals will be Tuesday night in
Oklahoma City against either Boston or Miami.
     LOS ANGELES (AP) - The New Jersey Devils prevented the Los
Angeles Kings from celebrating their first Stanley Cup in 45 years
last night. Adam Henrique snapped a 1-1 tie with 4:29
remaining and the Devils forced a fifth game in the finals by
downing the Kings 3-1 in Los Angeles. Patrik Elias
and Ilya Kovalchuk also had third-period goals for
the Devils, who host Game 5 on Saturday.
     PARIS (AP) - Today's French Open schedule features the women's
semifinals. Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova
square off in the second match after Sam Stosur takes
on Sara Errani. Sharapova won her quarterfinal match in straight
sets yesterday, and Kvitova dropped her opening set before
     BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - Jury selection has concluded in the child
molestation case against former Penn State defensive coordinator
Jerry Sandusky, who faces a total of 52 counts involving 10 alleged
victims over a 15-year span. The 12-person jury and four alternates
include six current and former teachers, students and
administrators at the school, and a woman who's been a football
season ticket holder since the 1970s.
     PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Lawyers for former NFL players plan to file
a single lawsuit today consolidating scores of complaints brought
against the league in the past year accusing the NFL of concealing
information linking football-related head injuries to permanent
neurological problems. Plaintiffs lawyers say more than 80 pending
lawsuits are consolidated in the "master complaint" being filed
in Philadelphia. They involve thousands of retired players.

Several players with ties to Nebraska’s baseball program have been selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft.  Logan Ehlers, the Nebraska City standout who played his freshman year at NU in 2011, was picked in the draft’s 20th round by the Detroit Tigers.  Ehlers is set to join the Texas Tech program, if he turns down the eventual offer from the Tigers.  The Kansas City Royals used their 21st round pick on Matt Strahm, a lefty from Neosho Community College of Kansas who signed a national letter of intent with Nebraska last fall.  Three current Huskers, junior reliever Travis Huber, senior outfielder Kale Kiser and junior catcher Richard Stock, were all picked in Round 23.  Huber went to the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox selected Kiser, and the Cleveland Indians chose Stock.  Nebraska outfielder Chad Christensen was chosen in the 35th round by the Miami Marlins.  Creighton’s Anthony Bemboom was selected in the 22nd round by the Los Angeles Angels.  Khiry Cooper, a former two-sport athlete at Nebraska, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 25th round.  Cooper sat out the 2012 baseball season at NU because of injury.  He graduated from Nebraska in May, and reportedly planned to join the Tulsa football program this summer.  

A pair of Nebraska baseball players earned Freshmen All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball today, as left-handed pitcher Kyle Kubat was one of 32 starting pitchers selected and Pat Kelly was one of four second basemen honored nationally.  It marks the first time since 2005 that the Huskers have had a player earn freshman All-America honors, as pitchers Johnny Dorn and Tony Watson were each picked by Collegiate Baseball and Dorn was a first-team pick by Baseball America.  A lefty from Waterloo, Kubat was a third-team All-Big Ten selection. The Creighton Prep product was 5-1 with a 2.63 ERA and struck out 31 batters with 19 walks over 51 1/3 innings.  Kelly made a quick transition to college pitching and was one of the Huskers' top offensive threats with a .313 average, eight home runs and 37 RBI's in 41 starts. He was a third-team All-Big Ten selection.

Doniphan's Danielle Lemek became the first four-time winner of the Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship yesterday defeating Hannah Thiele of Wahoo 8 and 7 in the tournament's 18-hole final.  Lemek topped Thiele's older sister Haley in a morning semifinal 3 and 1.  Thiele had defeated Abbie Hunke of Snyder 2 and 1 in her morning semifinal to advance.  Lemek played in five girls' match play championships, the first and fifth here at the York Country Club.  Since a first round loss in 2008 she's rattled off 16 straight victories and four state titles.

Qualifying medalist, Zach Taylor of Omaha, won another two matches at the York Country Club yesterday to advance to the tournament's 36-hole final.  He'll meet 14 seed Cale Benson of Grand Island.  Benson eliminated Mitchell Ryan of Omaha, the tournament's two seed, 3 and 2 in an afternoon semifinal.  Taylor defeated local golfer, Leighton Thomas of York 6 and 5 in a morning quarterfinal then topped Tyler Dowling of Kearney in 21 holes.  Before defeating Ryan, Benson bested Tommy Hamilton of Omaha 2 and 1.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Golden Girls 18’s at Columbus Fire & Ice (SB DH-6:30); Round Rock, TX at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Hastings 10-8 Nfk Seniors 1-3 (Bsbl DH).

     Final  Cleveland       9  Detroit         6
     Final  N-Y Yankees     4  Tampa Bay       1
     Final  Baltimore       2  Boston          1
     Final  Minnesota       4  Kansas City     2
     Final  Toronto         4  Chi White Sox   0
     Final  Seattle         8  L.A. Angels     6
     Final  Oakland         2  Texas           0
     Final  San Francisco   6  San Diego       5
     Final  L.A. Dodgers    6  Philadelphia    5
     Final  Washington      5  N-Y Mets        3
     Final  Atlanta         2  Miami           1
     Final  Cincinnati      5  Pittsburgh      4
     Final  St. Louis       4  Houston         3
     Final  Milwaukee       8  Chi Cubs        0
     Final  Arizona         6  Colorado        1

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