Sports News-June 8, 2012

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     BOSTON (AP) - LeBron James scored 30 of his game-high 45 points
in the first half as the Heat ripped Boston 98-79 to send the NBA's
Eastern Conference finals back to Miami for Game 7 tomorrow. James
shot 19-for-26 and finished with 15 rebounds to allow the Heat to
overcome Dwyane Wade's 6-for-17 shooting. The Celtics
trailed by as many as 12 in the first quarter and were down by 25
after James hit his final basket with 7:15 to play.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have run their
record to a major league-best 37-21 by doing something they hadn't
accomplished since Leo Durocher was their manager and Jackie
Robinson was playing for the Montreal Royals. The Dodgers fell
behind 3-0 against the Phillies this afternoon before rallying for
an 8-3 victory that gives them their first four-game sweep at
Philadelphia since 1946. Andre Ethier and Jerry
Hairston Jr. drove in two runs apiece, and Matt Treanor
supplied the tiebreaking single to cap a three-run sixth.
     
     UNDATED (AP) - R.A. Dickey became the majors' first nine-game
winner of the season and stretched his shutout streak to 24 2/3
innings by blanking Washington on four hits over 7 1/3 to lead the
New York Mets to a 3-1 win over the Nationals. Lucas Duda hit a
two-run homer to back Dickey, who's 9-1 with a 2.44 ERA. Hours
after Dickey's gem, Lance Lynn became the second nine-game winner
while striking out a career-high 11 over six innings of the St.
Louis Cardinals' 14-2 pounding of Houston.
     
     PARIS (AP) - Today's French Open men's semifinals have six-time
champion Rafael Nadal taking on David
Ferrer and top-seed Novak Djokovic
facing Roger Federer. Nadal is 15-4 versus Ferrer
while Federer holds a 14-11 edge in career meetings with Djokovic.
Maria Sharapova and Sara Errani advanced to Saturday's women's
final by winning yesterday.
     
     MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Jeff Maggert and John Merrick share the
lead heading into the second round of the PGA's St. Jude Classic in
Memphis. Maggert and Merrick each opened with 4-under-par 66s, one
stroke better than J.J. Henry, Jeff Overton, Arjun Atwal and
Seung-Yul Noh.


The Big Ten Conference announced yesterday that the Nebraska football team’s season opener against Southern Miss on Sept. 1 will kick off at 2:30 and be televised regionally on ABC/ESPN 2.  Kickoff for Nebraska’s Sept. 15 game against Arkansas State will be 11:00.  The game will be on an ESPN station.  According to school officials, Nebraska should learn the game time and television information for its Sept. 8 game at UCLA in the next few weeks.  NU's home games against Wisconsin (Sept. 29) and Michigan (Oct. 27), as well as the road trip to Ohio State (Oct. 6), are all set for 7:00.  The Wisconsin game will be televised on ABC.  The Ohio State and Michigan games will be on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.  Also, Nebraska’s regular-season finale at Iowa on Friday, Nov. 23, will be televised nationally on ABC at 11:00.

Nebraska track and field seniors Tyler Hitchler and Ashley Miller were honored by the Big Ten Conference to as 2012 Medal of Honor winners.  Hitchler and Miller were chosen as two of 24 student-athletes conference-wide recognized for the award.  Miller is one of seven 2012 Medal of Honor winners who were also honored with Big Ten Sportsmanship awards.  She is a senior captain distance runner from Iowa, and a two-time All-American and four-time conference champion.  Hitchler is a two-time captain and senior thrower for the Nebraska track and field team from Fremont.  Hitchler is a three-time All-American and has ranked in the top ten nationally in the discus during his senior season, most recently finishing sixth in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Zach Taylor of Omaha finished the week where he started, atop the leaderboard.  Taylor won the 23rd Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship yesterday at York Country Club defeating Cale Benson of Grand Island 2 up in a 36-hole final.  He was also the tournament's qualifying medalist Monday.  

Northeast Community College in Norfolk will host the 29th Annual Northeast Nebraska High School All-Star Classic basketball games tonight.  Tip-off time for the girls’ game is 6:00 while the boys will tip off at 8:00 in the Cox Activities Center gym.  Members of the Girls’ Light Team include Boone Central’s Jamie Kennedy & Jenna Lehmann; Pender’s Alexia Henschke;  Wayne’s Katie Hoskins;  Elkhorn Valley’s Cami Oelsligle & Halle Dittrich; West Holt’s Abigael Olson; Wynot’s Kattie Savoy; and Mandy Nelson & Jade Cunningham of  Laurel-Concord/Coleridge.  Nate Sims of Laurel/Concord/Coleridge and Joe Ortmeier of Osmond will handle the coaching duties.  Members of the Girls’ Dark Team include Lutheran High Northeast’s Kelsey Dinkel & Liz Gebhardt; Homer’s Cara Olerich & Kayla Brewer; Wisner/Pilger’s Claire Phillips; O’Neill’s Kelsey Appleby;  Howells’ Kaitlyn Janata;  Lindsay Holy Family’s Andrea Weeder; South Sioux City’s Andreana Sharpback; and Plainview’s Brittany White.  Homer’s Merlyn Tremayne and Elgin Public/Pope John’s Randy Eisenhauer are coaches.  Members of the Boys’ Light Team include Lutheran High Northeast’s Ross Freudenburg; O’Neill’s Jordyn Johnson; Stanton’s Blake Heppner; Creighton’s Ryan Mitteis; O’Neill St. Mary’s Tait Sibbel; Humphrey High’s Cameron Krumwiede; Blake Krings of Humphrey St. Francis; Homer’s Joe Murphy; Garrett Sellhorst of Dodge; and R.J. Burtwistle of Chambers/Wheeler Central.  Randolph’s Mark Anderson and Terry Comstock of South Sioux City High School are the coaches.  The Boys’ Dark Roster is made up of Jalen Bradley, Alex Starkel, and Tremain Monroe of Norfolk High; Elkhorn Valley’s Bryce Potter;  Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Kyle Klug;  Howells’ Brian Bayer; Ponca’s Trenton Peterson;  Wayne’s Gage Rethwisch;  West Boyd’s Jon Alford; and Wisner/Pilger’s Derick Hass.  Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Matt Steffen and Elkhorn Valley’s Brent Broberg are the coaches.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Seniors Vs. Fremont-11:15; Vs. Lincoln Ayers & Ayers-1:30 (Columbus Bsbl Tourn.); Kelly’s 18’s at Nfk Golden Girls 18’s Tourn. (SB); Round Rock, TX at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Columbus Fire & Ice 3-10 Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 0-0 (SB DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Round Rock, TX 2 (Bsbl).

     AMERICAN LEAGUE
    
     Final     Detroit         7  Cleveland      5
     Final     Oakland         7  Texas          1
     Final     Tampa Bay       7  N-Y Yankees    3
     Final     Boston          7  Baltimore      0
     Final     Chi White Sox   4  Toronto        3
    
    
       NATIONAL LEAGUE
    
     Final     L.A. Dodgers    8  Philadelphia   3
     Final     N-Y Mets        3  Washington     1
     Final     Milwaukee       4  Chi Cubs       3, 10 Innings
     Final     San Francisco   8  San Diego      3
     Final     Atlanta         8  Miami          2
     Final     Pittsburgh      5  Cincinnati     4, 10 Innings
     Final     St. Louis      14  Houston        2

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