Sports News-May 2, 2013

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Kevin Garnett had 16 points, 18 rebounds and five assists as the Boston Celtics beat the Knicks 92-86 in New York to force a sixth game of the NBA's conference quarterfinal series.  The Knicks still lead 3-2.  The Indiana Pacers own a 3-2 lead in their opening-round series after David West scored 24 points and Paul George added 21 in a 106-83 win over Atlanta.  And James Harden's seven three-pointers and 31 points lifted Houston past Oklahoma City 107-100, stretching that series to a sixth game.  The Thunder still lead 3-2.

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is the fourth player to be unanimously selected for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.  The sixth pick in last year's draft led all rookies in scoring at 19 points a game.  Lillard also averaged 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds while playing all 82 games.

Texas A&M's Kyle Field will become the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference after university regents approved a $450 million redevelopment plan.  The stadium's capacity will increase from 82,589 to 102,500 in the expansion, making it just larger than Tennessee's Neyland Stadium's 102,455.  The renovation will began after the 2013 football season and should be finished for the 2015 season.  The team will play in the stadium during the project, which calls for various improvements, suites and premium seating in a facility that opened in 1927.  The project will be funded by donations, seat licenses, student fees and ticket revenue, as well as a preferred facilities agreement between the Bryan-College Station convention and visitors bureau that will use hotel and tax revenue for the next 30 years.

A guard from a Kansas junior college has signed a letter of intent to play basketball next season at Creighton.  James Milliken averaged better than 18 points a game and shot 42% on three-pointers for Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas, last season.  He was named to the All-Jayhawk Conference first team and was a first-team all-region pick. Milliken had 32 points and eight three-pointers in a January game and was the 39th junior-college prospect by the website jucorecruiting.com.  Creighton coach Greg McDermott said the 6’2 Milliken can score in a variety of ways and will fit in perfectly with the Bluejays as they move into the Big East Conference.  He'll have two years of eligibility.  Milliken is the fifth newcomer on the 2013-14 Creighton roster.

Former Nebraska football player Brion Carnes has announced he'll transfer to Northern Iowa.  Carnes wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that he would enroll at the Football Championship Subdivision school in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  He appeared in three games in 2011 as the backup to quarterback Taylor Martinez before switching to wide receiver in the middle of last season.  Carnes appeared in no games in 2012.  He announced after spring practice that he planned to transfer.  Carnes, who will be a junior in eligibility this fall, is able to play immediately for the Panthers.

The attorney for United Football League founder and chairman William Hambrecht asks that a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in back pay for players be dismissed.  Some 78 plaintiffs say they haven't received any of the pay agreed upon in their contracts or in signed "personal guarantees" by Hambrecht.  All played for the Omaha Nighthawks and Las Vegas Locomotives.  The league also had teams in Norfolk, Virginia, and Sacramento, California.  Hambrecht attorney Kristen Gallagher wrote in court papers that player contracts require pay disputes to be arbitrated by the UFL's Football Advisory Committee, not the courts.  Players' attorney Andrew Rempfer said no such committee exists and called the motion "flimsy."  A hearing is set for next month in Las Vegas. The UFL folded in October because of financial problems.

The Wayne State baseball team dropped one spot to eighth in the second NCAA Division II Central Region Rankings.  In games played through Sunday, April 28, the Wildcats were 25-13 overall and 21-10 against teams within the Central Region that is comprised of teams from the Northern Sun Conference, Great American Conference and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.  Central Missouri remains the top team in the region while Minnesota State moves up one spot to second.  The Wildcats are scheduled to host Upper Iowa in a NSIC doubleheader today at 2:00 and will close out the regular season Friday night and Saturday with a four-game NSIC series at Augustana College in Sioux Falls.

Wayne State landed three players on the 2013 Northern Sun Conference All-Conference Softball Team.  Sophomore Kelcie Bormann was voted by coaches as First Team designated player while sophomore first baseman Kaiti Williams is a repeat selection to the Second Team.  Williams was also named to the NSIC Gold Glove Team along with junior right fielder Kylee Simpson.  Wayne State is 26-14 overall and the seven seed heading into the NSIC Softball Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota today.  The event had to be moved indoors to the Rochester Community and Technical College Dome due to the weather with the Wildcats facing Concordia-St. Paul this morning at 8:30 in a first round contest.

Norfolk Catholic holds their 13th annual Track & Field Invitational today at 1:00.  Teams participating include Norfolk Catholic, Lutheran High Northeast, Hartington High, O’Neill, Pierce, Stanton, Wakefield, & Wisner/Pilger.  Field events start at 1:00 with running events getting underway at 3:00.  Reports on the meet can be heard starting at 3:30 on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM & 105.9 FM, 106 KIX, & Lite Rock 97-5.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at GNAC Meet at Kearney (T&F-2:00); Upper Iowa at WSC (Bsbl DH-2:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at New Orleans (Bsbl-7:00); WSC Vs. Concordia St. Paul at Rochester, MN (NSIC SB Tourn.-8:30 AM); Nfk High at Lincoln East (G Tenn. Dual-Ccd.).

Local Scores:  LHNE Inv. (BG-Ppd. to May 8 at 9:00 AM); Omaha Storm Chasers at New Orleans (Bsbl-Susp. Due to rain in 1st Inn. To May 25.)

     INTERLEAGUE
   
      Final    Cleveland              6    Philadelphia      0
   
   
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
   
      Final    Minnesota              6    Detroit                2
      Final    L.A.  Angels          5    Oakland                4
      Final    N-Y  Yankees          5    Houston                4
      Final    Boston                  10    Toronto                1
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      5    Texas                    2
      Final    Kansas  City          9    Tampa  Bay            8
      Final    Seattle                  8    Baltimore            3
   
   
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
   
      Final    N-Y  Mets                7    Miami                    6
      Final    Pittsburgh            6    Milwaukee            4
      Final    St.  Louis              4    Cincinnati          2
      Final    Washington            2    Atlanta                0
      Final    Chi  Cubs                6    San  Diego            2
      Final    San  Francisco      9    Arizona                6
      Final    Colorado                7    L.A.  Dodgers      3
   
   
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
   
      Final    Boston        92    New  York                86
      Final    Indiana    106    Atlanta                  83
      Final    Houston    107    Oklahoma  City    100
   
   
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS
   
      Final    Boston              4    Toronto                  1
      Final    Pittsburgh      5    N-Y  Islanders      0
      Final    San  Jose          3    Vancouver              1

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