Sports News-May 1, 2013

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Andre Iguodala scored 25 points and had twelve rebounds as the Denver Nuggets held off the Golden St. Warriors 107-100 to force a Game Six in the NBA's Western Conference quarterfinal series Thursday at Oakland, California.  Ty Lawson chipped in 19 points and ten assists, while Wilson Chandler also scored 19 points.  Harrison Barnes had a team-high 23 points for the Warriors, who cut a 22-point deficit to five before losing.
The Memphis Grizzlies have taken a 3-2 lead in their NBA Western Conference playoff series by winning their third in a row against the Los Angeles Clippers.  Zach Randolph scored ten of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with eleven rebounds as Grizzlies held on to beat the home team Clippers 103-93.  Marc Gasol finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for Memphis, while Mike Conley chipped in 20 points and six assists.

The Omaha Beef indoor football team have a job waiting for Tim Tebow if he wants it, and they will even pay him $75 a game.  A day after Tebow was cut by the New York Jets, the Beef called the office of Tebow’s agent Jimmy Sexton to offer a standard player contract.  Beef assistant general manager Andrew Mather said yesterday that he doesn't expect to hear back, but he thought it was worth asking.  The Beef's current quarterback, James McNear, has led the team to a 5-1 start.  He's completing 70% of his passes and has thrown for 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions.  McNear is anything but insulted by the Beef's wooing of Tebow.  McNear said, "I think Tim can learn a lot from me."

Omaha is on the verge of becoming home to two of college soccer's finest facilities.  Morrison Stadium at Creighton University is widely regarded as one of the finest.  Now Nebraska-Omaha is poised to open its own soccer showplace this fall as it rebuilds Caniglia Field, the longtime home for its former football program, into the permanent playing facility for its men's and women's soccer programs.  The Omaha World Herald reports that the project, which Associate Athletic Director Mike Kemp said is expected to cost between $1.2 million and $1.4 million, will not only put the teams in a picturesque stadium in the middle of campus, but will also have them playing on a state-of-the art, soccer-specific artificial turf.

The Wayne State softball team will play in the 2013 NSIC Softball Tournament scheduled to be played Thursday, Friday & Saturday in Rochester, Minnesota with the Wildcats playing as the seven seed and will meet eight seed Concordia-St. Paul in the first round.  The Wildcats and Golden Bears met in a doubleheader in Wayne earlier this season with Concordia-St. Paul winning both games by a score of 1-0.  Wayne State’s first game will be on Thursday at 10:00 against the Golden Bears.  The winner of that game will play against top seed Minnesota State at 2:00, also on Thursday while the losing team will play at 4:00 on Thursday against the loser of the Minot State vs. Upper Iowa matchup.  The Wildcats finished the regular season with a 26-14 overall record while going 17-9 in conference play.

The Wayne State home baseball games versus Upper Iowa scheduled for today has been moved to Thursday because of the anticipated weather today.  Game one of the doubleheader will now begin at 2:00 on Thursday at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex.

The Norfolk High boys & girls soccer teams’ seasons have come to a close.  The Panther boys dropped a 2-0 decision to Lincoln Pius X in an A-7 District Semifinal at Aldrich Field in Lincoln yesterday.  Their final record is 4-10.  The Norfolk girls lost their A-7 District Semifinal match to Omaha Burke 2-0 at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field.  Their final record is 7-7.

The Norfolk High boys golf team participated at yesterday’s Lincoln Pius X Invitational at Arbor Links in Nebraska City.  Omaha Creighton Prep was the team champion in the 18 team event with a 308.  They won by five strokes.  The Panthers finished seventh with a 327.  Omaha Creighton Prep’s Carson Schaake was the medalist with a 70.  He won by three strokes.  Norfolk’s Tyler Lewis led his team with his ninth place finish.  He shot 77.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys golf team hosts their own invitational at the Norfolk Country Club at 9:00 AM today.  Teams participating include Lutheran High Northeast, Battle Creek, Madison, Plainview, Pierce, Ponca, Wakefield, Wisner/Pilger, the Norfolk Catholic JV, and the Lutheran High Northeast JV.  Elsewhere on the local schedule, the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team visits New Orleans at 11:30.

Local Scores:  Nfk High 9-4 Archbishop Bergan 3-13 (Bsbl DH); Nfk High 6 Grand Island 3 (G Tenn. Dual); Kansas St. 6 Creighton 3 (Bsbl); New Orleans 2 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 (Bsbl); Drake 5-9 Creighton 4-1 (SB DH).

NBA Playoffs:  Denver 107 Golden St. 100 (2-3); Memphis 103 Los Angeles Clippers 93 (3-2).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Grant Anderson of the Wayne track & field team.

      Final    Cleveland            14    Philadelphia        2
      Final    N-Y  Yankees          7    Houston                  4
      Final    Toronto                  9    Boston                    7
      Final    Detroit                  6    Minnesota              1
      Final    Texas                    10    Chi  White  Sox      6
      Final    Kansas  City          8    Tampa  Bay              2
      Final    Oakland                10    L.A.  Angels          6
      Final    Baltimore              7    Seattle                  2
      Final    Miami                      2    N-Y  Mets                1
      Final    Atlanta                  8    Washington            1
      Final    San  Diego            13    Chi  Cubs                7
      Final    Milwaukee            12    Pittsburgh            8
      Final    St.  Louis              2    Cincinnati            1
      Final    San  Francisco      2    Arizona                  1
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers        6    Colorado                2
      Final    Denver      107    Golden  State    100
      Final    Memphis    103    L-A  Clippers      93
      Final  OT    St.  Louis      2    Los  Angeles      1
      Final  OT    Chicago          2    Minnesota          1
      Final          Anaheim          3    Detroit              1

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