Sports News-May 20, 2014

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The NBA has initiated a charge against Donald Sterling, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.  The charge asserts that Sterling has damaged the NBA and its teams, disparaged African-Americans and that his actions "significantly undermine the NBA's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.”  Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the charge, and he has the right to appear at the hearing in front of the board of governors.

Tim Duncan scored 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs captured Game One of the NBA's Western Conference finals by pounding Oklahoma City 122-105 in San Antonio.  Manu Ginobili had 18 points for the Spurs, who dominated inside while Thunder center Serge Ibaka sat out with a calf injury that will force him to miss the rest of the postseason.  San Antonio scored 66 points in the paint and shot nearly 58% from the field.

A felony theft charge against Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas has been dismissed.  Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said last night that Banderas will enter a pre-trial diversion program rather than face charges in the theft of seven bicycles last week.  Banderas is eligible for diversion because he has no prior felony convictions.  Lincoln police on May 12 arrested Banderas and Nebraska track athlete Lucas Keifer in a pickup loaded with mountain bikes.  A witness spotted them using bolt cutters to remove bikes from racks near university housing.  Banderas told police he and Keifer planned to sell the bikes. Each was charged with felony theft.  The charge against Banderas can be re-instated if he fails to complete his diversion program. Keifer's case remains open.  Football coach Bo Pelini has not commented.

Nebraska senior Mark Pelini is one of 64 centers who have been named to the watch list for the 2014 Rimington Trophy.  The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the nation's top center.  The award is named in honor of Dave Rimington who twice won the Outland Trophy and captured the Lombardi Award during his All-America career at Nebraska.  Pelini has been a valuable member of the Husker offensive line each of the past two seasons.  A year ago, he saw extensive time at center and his role increased in the second half of the year when injuries hit the offensive front.  The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be honored at a banquet in Lincoln on Jan. 17, 2015.

Five Creighton Bluejays were honored as the All-BIG EAST Baseball Teams were announced yesterday highlighted by Co-Player of the Year Reagan Fowler and Coach of the Year Ed Servais.  In addition to Fowler, senior Mike Gerber, junior Jake Peter, and sophomore Matt Warren were named to the First Team.  Gerber was the lone hitter to earn a unanimous selection.  Sophomore Bryan Sova was selected to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. In other Creighton baseball news, Sova was also named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week after picking up two saves and a win last week.

Three Wayne State baseball players received additional post-season honors over the weekend as sophomore pitcher Eric Browning was named to the All-Central Region First Team and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team All-Central Region announced Saturday.  Senior first baseman CJ Nolen and sophomore outfielder Curtis Bussard each received Central Region Gold Glove honors from Rawlings and the American Baseball Coaches Association.  Wayne State finished the season 27-24 overall and eighth place in the NSIC with an 18-15 league mark.  It was the 17th straight winning season for the Wildcat baseball program.

The Norfolk High boys golf team has qualified for the State Championship next week after placing second at yesterday’s A-1 District Meet at the Norfolk Country Club.  Omaha Creighton Prep was the champion with a 294, Norfolk placed second carding a 311, and Millard North took third with a 315.  All three teams qualify for the State Championships at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln on Wednesday, May 28.  Benjamin Maschka of Omaha Creighton Prep was the medalist with a 71.  Norfolk’s Alex Strom was the runner-up shooting a 72.  Other qualifiers for next week for the Panthers include Ross Gerber (79), Chase Hopper (80), Devan Maas (80), & Ryan Wittler (82).

The Norfolk Catholic & Lutheran High Northeast boys golf team competed at yesterday’s C-3 District Meet at Fairplay Golf Course.  Ord was the champion with a 317, Plainview placed second carding a 361, and Elgin Public/Pope John took third with a 365.  All three teams qualify for the State Championships at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln on Wednesday, May 28.  Norfolk Catholic shot a 367 to place fourth and Lutheran High Northeast carded a 387 to place tenth.  Both the Knights and Eagles failed to qualify a golfer for the State Championship.  Sam Meuret of Plainview was the medalist with a 67.  He won by seven strokes.

The Lincoln Journal Star has posted its final high school girls rankings.  Class ‘A’ Champion Omaha Marian remains first in their class and Class ‘B’ champion Gretna is the new number one in theirs.  Columbus High jumps from eighth to sixth and Columbus Scotus slips from fifth to seventh.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Nashville (Bsbl-11:05).

Local Scores:  Kearney 9 Nfk High 0 (G. Tenn. Dual); Nashville 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

      Final            Cleveland              5    Detroit              4,  10  Innings
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      7    Kansas  City      6
      Final            Houston                  5    L.A.  Angels      2
      Final            Cincinnati            4    Washington        3,  15  Innings
      Final            Atlanta                  9    Milwaukee          3
      Final    San  Antonio    122    Oklahoma  City    105
      Final    N-Y  Rangers      3    Montreal      1

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