Sports News-May 13, 2014

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LeBron James tied a playoff career high with 49 points as the Miami Heat downed the Nets 102-96 in Brooklyn to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.  James had 15 of Miami's 23 third-quarter points and added nine more in the final period, but the Heat couldn't shake the Nets until Chris Bosh drained a tiebreaking three-pointer with 57 seconds left.
 
Damian Lillard scored 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers avoided a four-game sweep in the Western Conference semifinals by beating San Antonio 103-92.  Nicolas Batum delivered 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who took control by outscoring the Spurs 35-20 in the third quarter.  LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points to the win.

The Miami Marlins have put ace right-hander Jose Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained elbow.  The Marlins made the move yesterday.  Last season's National League Rookie of the Year was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The 21-year-old Fernandez is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts.  He made 28 starts last year, going 12-6 with a major league-best .182 opponents' batting average.  His 2.19 ERA was second in the majors behind three-time defending ERA champ Clayton Kershaw.  Fernandez struck out 187 in 172 2-3 innings.
 
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has apologized for the racist comments that got him banned from the NBA for life, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that it was a "terrible mistake" and that he is not a racist.  Sterling also repeatedly disparaged Magic Johnson's HIV-positive status in an interview that aired yesterday, saying he was not a fit role model for children and dismissing his work in business and charity.  Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA and fined $2.5 million after recordings of him making racist comments surfaced.

Creighton senior Mike Gerber's epic performance on Sunday at St. John's helped the Illinois native earn his second BIG EAST Player of the Week award in 2014.  Gerber powered the Bluejays to the series win at St. John’s over the weekend, which lifted them into first place in the BIG EAST by one game over the Red Storm.  He went 6-14 at the plate in the series, driving in eight runs and scoring six times.  Gerber erupted in Sunday’s series finale drilling a pair of two-run homers in his first two at-bats and adding a double later to finish 3-6 with three runs scored and six RBI.

Creighton sophomore Matt Warren was named one of 80 players in the nation named to the Gregg Olson Watch List.  After starting the season as the fourth starter, Warren has developed into the Creighton ace with a 9-1 record and a 2.00 ERA in 76.1 innings.  He suffered his first and only loss of the season in his last outing against Seton Hall on May 2.  Warren leads the Bluejays with 76.1 innings, recording 40 strikeouts and walking just 21.

Kaiti Williams of Wayne State was selected to the Daktronics All-Central Region softball team, earning Second Team All-Region honors.  Williams, a junior outfielder from Papillion, was a First Team All-NSIC selection this season after leading the team in batting with a .440 average.  She had ten home runs and 45 RBI’s this season and her 73 hits were the second most in a single season by a Wildcat player.  Williams set a new school record with 115 total bases while recording the second-highest batting average in a single season.  Wayne State College finished the 2014 season at 35-18 overall and was fourth place in the Northern Sun Conference this season with a 20-8 league mark.  It was the eighth straight winning season for the Wildcat softball program, setting a new school record for consecutive winning seasons.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath vs. LHNE at Fair Play GC (BG Dual-4:00); Nfk High at Sioux City North (G. Tenn. Dual-4:0)); Creighton vs. Stephen F. Austin-12:30; Vs. Nebraska-7:00 at TD Ameritrade Park (Bsbl); New Orleans at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-11:05).

Local Scores:  (26) Nebraska 4 Michigan St. 1 (Bsbl); Omaha Storm Chasers 19 New Orleans 1 (Bsbl); Nfk High at Sioux City North (G. Tenn. Dual-Ppd.); Nfk Cath vs. LHNE at Nfk CC (BG Dual-Ppd.).

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      Final    Toronto                  7    L.A.  Angels          3
      Final    Texas                      4    Houston                  0
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      Final    Portland    103    San  Antonio      92
    
    
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