Sports News-May 2, 2014

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The Indiana Pacers captured a must-win Game Six by winning in Atlanta 95-88 to even that series at 3-3.  David West led Indiana on a 16-0 run to end the game.  Paul George and West led the Pacers with 24 points apiece.  Game Seven is Saturday in Indianapolis.  Oklahoma City stayed alive by routing Memphis 104-84.  Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 36 points and ten rebounds.  Russell Westbrook added 25.  Game Seven will be Saturday in Oklahoma City.  Stephen Curry scored 24 points and dished out nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors forced a decisive Game Seven by outlasting the Los Angeles Clippers 100-99.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer, sources have confirmed to  The New York Post, reported that the 80-year-old Sterling has been battling prostate cancer for an extended period of time.  Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million by Commissioner Adam Silver earlier in the week after racist remarks he made were published by TMZ.  Silver has urged the league's owners to force a sale of the Clippers, which they can do with approval from three-fourths of the league's 30 owners.

The Nebraska men’s basketball team heads to a postseason qualifier this December, as ESPN announced the pairings of the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.  The Huskers will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on the Florida State Seminoles in a matchup of postseason qualifiers from last season.  The game will take place at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Dec. 1 with start time and television announced at a later date.  The matchup will be the first night of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as the challenge expands to 14 games this season.  The Big Ten has held the Commissioner’s Cup for the past five seasons, including 6-6 deadlocks in both 2012 and 2013.

Aaron Molinaro of Wayne State has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District VII Baseball Team and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.  It marks the sixth time in the last eight seasons that at least one WSC baseball player has received Academic All-District accolades.  Kaiti Williams was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District VII Softball Team.  She is the first Wildcat softball player to receive Academic All-District honors since Katie Goetzinger was a three-time winner from 2009-11.

The Norfolk Track & Field Classic recorded their 20th annual event Thursday at the Norfolk High Track.  Wausa’s Austin Hegge & O’Neill St. Mary’s Emily Everitt were named the Outstanding Performers.  Hegge claimed the 100 & 200 Meter Dash while Everitt took home the Triple Jump, High Jump, & Long Jump.  Winners from Norfolk High included Ryker Theisen (Triple Jump) & the Girls 4X400 Relay.  Norfolk Catholic’s Beau Schommer won the Shot Put and Lutheran High Northeast’s Ryan Freudenburg claimed the Discus.  Long Time coach Bill Mimmick was honored with the Northeast Nebraska Track & Field Achievement Award.

The Norfolk High boys golf team took part in yesterday’s Capital City Invitational at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln.  Omaha Creighton Prep was the champion with a 293.  They won by 13 strokes.  Norfolk High tied for ninth with a 321.  Josh Wilson of Papillion La Vista was the medalist carding a 70.  He won by a single stroke.  Norfolk was led by Alex Strom’s 14th place finish.  He shot 76.

The Norfolk Catholic boys golf squad participated in yesterday’s Columbus Lakeview Invite at the Elks Country Club.  Columbus Scotus was the champion with a 345.  The Norfolk High JV shot 349 to place second and Norfolk Catholic was fourth with a 351.  Sam Morse of Columbus Lakeview was the medalist with an 80.  He won by a single stroke.  Norfolk Catholic’s Brandon Clausen shot an 83 to place sixth, Zach Wilson of the Norfolk High JV carded an 85 to place tenth, and the Norfolk High JV’s Ethan Hansen was 13th with an 86.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys golf team competed in yesterday’s Humphrey St. Francis Invitational at Steepleview Golf Course.  The host team was the champion with a score of 343.  They won by 43 strokes.  Lutheran High Northeast finished third with a 395.  The Norfolk Catholic JV carded a 408.  Trevor Kosch of Humphrey St. Francis was the medalist with a 75.  He won by three strokes.  The Eagles’ Nate Stolze placed eighth with a 92 and the Norfolk Catholic JV’s Dan Stewart shot a 98 to place 15th.

Local Schedule:  Fremont at Nfk High (G&B Socc.-5:00); Nfk Cath/LHNE at Omaha Central (B. Socc.-6:00); Nfk High vs. Thurston/Cuming County at Pender (Bsbl-6:30); Nfk Cath at Neligh/Oakdale (BG Dual-3:30); Penn St. at Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Seton Hall at Creighton (Bsbl-6:30); WSC vs. Minnesota St. at Mankato (Bsbl DH-1:30); Oklahoma City at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05); WSC vs. Minnesota State at NSIC Tourn. At Sioux Falls, SD (SB-12:00); WSC at Howard Wood Dakota Relays at Sioux Falls, SD (T&F-4:00).

Local Scores:  Omaha Central 2 LHNE/Nfk Cath 0 (G. Socc.); Elkhorn South 13 Nfk High 3 (Bsbl); Iowa 1-6 Omaha Storm Chasers 0-8 (Bsbl DH); WSC 10 Univ. of Sioux Falls 8 (NSIC SB Tourn.).

NBA Playoffs:  Indiana 95 Atlanta 88 (3-3); Oklahoma City 104 Memphis 84 (3-3); Golden State 100 Los Angeles Clippers 99 (3-3).

      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      9    Minnesota          4    (first  game)
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      4    Minnesota          3    (second  game),  ,  12  Innings
      Final            Baltimore            5    Pittsburgh        1    (first  game)
      Final            Baltimore            6    Pittsburgh        5    (second  game),  ,  10  Innings
      Final            Tampa  Bay            2    Boston                1    (first  game)
      Final            Tampa  Bay            6    Boston                5    (second  game)
      Final            Seattle                4    N-Y  Yankees      2
      Final            Toronto                7    Kansas  City      3
      Final            Miami                    5    Atlanta              4
      Final            Cincinnati          8    Milwaukee          3
      Final            Colorado              7    N-Y  Mets            4
      Final  2OT    Montreal      4    Boston      3

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