Sports News-May 14, 2013

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LeBron James had 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Miami Heat silenced Chicago 88-65 to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals.  The 65 points allowed were just two off the all-time postseason low for a Miami opponent, and the worst offensive performance by a Chicago team.  Miami led by eleven points at the half and put this one away by outscoring Chicago 17-9 in the third quarter.
 
The Memphis Grizzlies have a 3-1 lead in the NBA's Western Conference semi-finals after turning a 17-point deficit into a 103-97 overtime win against Oklahoma City.  Mike Conley finished with 24 points while teammates Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol each added 23 for the Grizzlies.  Kevin Durant led all scorers with 27 points and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder.

The Boston Bruins will take on the New York Rangers in the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals after both teams won Game sevens last night.  The Bruins fell behind 4-1 before Patrice Bergeron provided the tying and series-winning goals in Boston's 5-4 overtime win against Toronto.  Henrik Lundqvist turned back 35 shots in his second consecutive shutout to lead the Rangers' 5-0 win over the Capitals in Washington.

Nebraska-Omaha senior outfielder Ryan Keele was honored as Summit League Player of the Week after his performance May 6-12.  Keele captured his second straight Player of the Week award and third this season after leading the Mavericks to a 4-1 record.  For the week, he batted .500 with five RBI, four runs scored, three walks, two homers, a double and stolen base.  Keele also had an .850 slugging percentage and .565 on-base percentage for the week.

The athletic director at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is stepping down after eleven years because of concerns about his health.  UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen praised Jon McBride's accomplishments when announcing the change yesterday.  McBride will shift into a new role to help with athletics projects, and a national search is underway for his replacement.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2009.  McBride says that his symptoms have been manageable with medicine, but doctors recommend reducing stress and regular exercise.  During McBride's tenure, UNK teams have won 55 regular season and tournament championships in eight sports.  And the university's athletes routinely earned grade-point averages better than 3.0.

The Norfolk High boys golf team has sent their team to the State Championships next week.  The Panther boys took second at the A-3 District Meet at Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln yesterday.  Lincoln Southwest was the team champion with a 308 while Norfolk was second with a 314.  Bellevue West’s third place finish with a 317 also qualified them for next week’s State Championships at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln.  Lincoln Southwest’s Clayton Malone was the medalist with a 73.  He won by two strokes.  Norfolk’s Devan Maas got fourth carding a 76, teammate Alex Strom placed sixth with a 77, and Tyler Lewis tied for tenth shooting a 79.  The Panthers’ Ross Gerber shot 82 and Seth Brown put up an 85.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys golf team participated at yesterday’s C-3 District Meet at Indian Trails Country Club in Beemer.  Laurel/Concord/Coleridge was the team champion with a 338 while Hartington Cedar Catholic was second shooting a 349, and Stanton placed third with a 367.  All three teams qualified for the State Championships next week at Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln.  Sam Meuret of Plainview was the medalist with a 76.  He won by a single stroke.  The lone qualifier for Lutheran High Northeast for next week was Payton Baker’s 80.  He placed fourth.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at C-4 Dist. Meet at Indianhead GC, Grand Island (BG-9:30 AM); Nebraska at Creighton (Bsbl-7:05); Western Illinois at Nebraska-Omaha (Bsbl DH-1:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Colorado Springs (Bsbl-7:35).

Local Scores:  Kearney 6 Nfk High 3 (G Tenn. Dual); Colorado Springs 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 6 (Bsbl).

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