Sports News-May 14, 2014

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers now own 3-2 leads in the NBA's conference semifinals.  Russell Westbrook capped his 38-point night by hitting three free throws with 6.4 seconds left in the Thunder's 105-104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.  The Pacers were blown out as Marcin Gortat had 31 points and John Wall added 27 in the Wizards' 102-79 romp in Indiana.

Stan Van Gundy will be the Detroit Pistons' next head coach and president of basketball operation.  A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that Van Gundy has agreed to a $35-million, five-year contract to serve in both capacities.  Van Gundy has served as head coach of Miami and Orlando, going 371-208.

Nebraska Cornhusker linebacker Josh Banderas and a distance runner at the school were charged yesterday with felony theft for allegedly stealing seven bicycles from a campus rack.  Sgt. Douglas Petersen told local media that Banderas, 19, who started four games as a true freshman in 2013, and Lucas Keifer, 19, a member of the Nebraska track and cross country teams, were pulled over by police after a witness reported seeing two people clip locks with a bolt cutter and carry the bikes to a truck.  Banderas and Keifer were transported to jail and released Tuesday on $3,500 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court June 17.  The son of former Nebraska tight end Tom Banderas and a graduate of Lincoln Southwest High School, Josh Banderas recorded 28 tackles, including two sacks, in his debut season at Nebraska, playing primarily at middle linebacker.

The Nebraska wrestling team announced its 2014-15 schedule which features six home duals at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  The Huskers’ Intrasquad, which coincides with the Coaches Clinic, is also at the Devaney Center on Friday, Oct. 31.  The following day, the Huskers compete at the NWCA All-Star Dual in Philadelphia, Pa.  Nebraska opens its dual campaign on Friday, Nov. 7 at Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.  The Huskers will stay in Wyoming on the following day for the Cowboy Open.  The Big Ten Championships are scheduled for March 7-8 in Columbus, Ohio, while the NCAA Championships will be March 19-21 in St. Louis, Mo.  Reigning All-Americans James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174) return to the Nebraska lineup in 2014-15, along with NU’s other five NCAA qualifiers from last season.  The Huskers finished eleventh at the 2014 NCAA Championships after going 12-2 in dual competition.

Wayne State junior thrower Sara Wells was voted by league coaches as the Northern Sun Conference Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.  Wells, a junior from Albion, won two events at the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Winona, Minnesota for a second straight season.  She set a new NSIC meet record to win the shot put at 51’ ¼”, finishing over three feet ahead of the next best throw, and she won the discus with a throw of 154’ 5”.  Wells also placed eighth in the hammer throw and accounted for 21 of Wayne State’s 60 points at the NSIC Championships.  During the regular season, she has ranked among the top throwers nationally and is currently sitting second in the shot put (52’ 4”), fourth in the discus (164’ 0”) and 23rd in the hammer throw (174’ 7”).

The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team has landed another recruit to their roster from Norfolk.  After adding former Norfolk Panther Jalen Bradley in mid-April, the Hawks have brought Shaka Taylor of Lutheran High Northeast on board.  Taylor, a guard, averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.8 rebounds last year for the Eagles.  Taylor contributed to a Lutheran High Northeast team that reached the state tournament during his sophomore & junior seasons.  The Northeast Hawks also have signed guard Kevin Metoyer of Omaha Westside; 6’8 center Omar Venable from Decatur, Georgia; and guard Pierre Conwell of St. Paul, Minnesota.  Northeast finished last season with a 14-17 record.  In other Hawks’ news, former player Jabbar Washington has signed a letter of intent to play Division I basketball for Charleston Southern next season.  He averaged 15.5 points per game, 3.5 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game last year.  Charleston Southern is a member of the Big South Conference.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at A-1 Dist. Meet at Kearney (T&F-12:30).

Local Scores:  Nfk Cath 181 LHNE 184 (BG Dual); Sioux City North 9 Nfk High 0 (G. Tenn. Dual); Creighton 10 Stephen F. Austin 8 (Bsbl); Omaha Storm Chasers 5 New Orleans 0 (Bsbl); Nebraska at Creighton (Bsbl-Ccd. Travel Complications).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Jayd Roberts of the Winside track & field team.

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