Sports News-May 22, 2013

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA draft lottery for the second time in three years after entering with the third-best chance to capture the top pick. The Orlando Magic will pick second in the draft, followed by Washington, Charlotte and Phoenix. Washington moved up from eighth to third, while Charlotte dropped to fourth after posting the league's second-worst record.

Tim Duncan scored 17 points and had nine rebounds as San Antonio beat Memphis 93-89 in overtime to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA's Western Conference finals. Duncan scored the Spurs' first six points of overtime after they allowed the Grizzlies to close regulation on a 13-2 run. Tony Parker finished with 15 points and set a playoff career high with 18 assists.

Sergio Garcia is apologizing for saying he would "serve fried chicken" while making a joke about having Tiger Woods over for dinner. The British newspaper The Guardian reports Garcia was asked in jest while on stage at the European Tour's awards dinner last night if he would invite Woods to dinner during the U.S. Open. The Guardian reports Garcia said: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken." The newspaper says Garcia released a statement through the European Tour: "I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players' Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner." Garcia has acknowledged not getting along with Woods.

Vinny Del Negro is out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after their first-round playoff exit. This season, the Clippers won a franchise-record 56 games, had a 17-game winning streak and won the club's first Pacific Division title before their early playoff exit. Del Negro had a 128-102 record in three seasons with the team, a .557 winning percentage that's a franchise best since it moved from Buffalo in 1978.

In a game that saw both starting pitchers out by the bottom of the second inning, the Creighton baseball team suffered a 4-3 loss to sixth-seeded Indiana State in the opening game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament yesterday. The Bluejays’ loss dropped them to 30-17 on the season while the Sycamores improved to 25-23. Creighton had eleven hits as a team, led by Jake Peter’s three. The Jays also drew five walks, but stranded twelve runners in the loss. Creighton will battle two-seed or Wichita State in an elimination game at 9:00 AM on Wednesday. The 34-27 Shockers lost their opening round game to Southern Illinois 5-1 yesterday.

Seven members of the Nebraska baseball team were honored by the Big Ten Conference including Chad Christensen and Pat Kelly, who were each tabbed as first-team All-Big Ten performers by the league coaches. Michael Pritchard was a second-team selection, while Kash Kalkowski, Rich Sanguinetti and Blake Headley were all third-team picks. Senior Bryan Peters rounded out the group as Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award Honoree. The Huskers open postseason play Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., when they take on the Michigan Wolverines in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at 3:35.

Nebraska senior Cole Pensick is one of 44 football players who have been named to the Spring Watch List for the 2013 Rimington Trophy. The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and is named in honor of two-time Husker Outland Trophy winner Dave Rimington, who starred for Nebraska from 1980-1982. The 6’2, 275-pound Pensick is in line to take over as Nebraska’s starting center in 2013, after splitting time between guard and center last fall. Pensick is one of five senior offensive linemen with extensive playing experience that figure to make the offensive line a strong unit for the Huskers in 2013. Pensick is one of four centers from the Big Ten Conference among those named to the Watch List. The winner of the 2013 Rimington Trophy will be honored at a banquet in Lincoln on Jan. 11, 2014.

Midland University has announced Dave Gillespie as its new director of athletics. A former University of Nebraska football coach and athletic administrator, and currently the award-winning activities director at Lincoln Southwest High School, Gillespie will head Nebraska's largest collegiate athletic department at Midland. He comes to Midland with more than three decades of experience as an athletic administrator. In addition to his highly successful career directing high school athletics, Gillespie is best known for his role as Coach Tom Osborne's recruiting coordinator and as the assistant athletic director for football at the University of Nebraska.

Day one of the NSAA Golf Championships is in the books. In Class “A” at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln, Omaha Creighton Prep has the team lead with a 283. They lead by six strokes. Norfolk High shot an opening day 313. Individually, Stephen Pfeffer of Omaha Creighton Prep & Cole Stenger of Bellevue West are in the lead with a 69. They lead by one stroke. Regarding the Panthers, Alex Strom & Devan Mass carded a 77 while teammate Travis Baker shot 78. Tyler Lewis & Ross Gerber both put up an 81. In Class “B” at Jackrabbit Run Golf Course in Grand Island, Scottsbluff has the team lead with a 320. They lead by six strokes. Individually, Scottsbluff’s Michael Hadden has the lead with a 75. He leads by two strokes. Columbus Lakeview’s Sam Morse is tied for eighth place with a 79. In Class “C” at Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Gibbon has the team lead with a 328. Laurel/Concord/Coleridge is second with a 329 and Hartington Cedar Catholic is in fourth place with a 333. Individually, Plainview’s Sam Meuret has the lead with a 68. He leads by four strokes. Mitchell Klooz of Laurel/Concord/Coleridge is fifth with a 76. Norfolk Catholic’s Riley Knake, Lutheran High Northeast’s Payton Baker, & Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Derek Klug are tied for ninth place carding a 79. In Class “D” Thayer Central has the team lead with a 347. Bancroft/Rosalie is second with a 367 and Hartington High is tied for fourth shooting a 382. Individually, Alma’s Garrett Ring had the lead with a 78. Humphrey St. Francis’ Michael Brockhaus is tied for second with a 79. Bancroft/Rosalie’s Preston Peters & Fullerton’s Garrett Saum are knotted in fifth place with an 83. Bancroft/Rosalie’s Auston Darnell & Ewing’s Robert Nordby are tied for tenth after an 85. 73 golfers from the Northeast Nebraska area are involved. Action concludes at all sites today at 9:30 AM.

Local Schedule: Nfk Seniors at Kearney (Bsbl DH-5:30); Nebraska Vs. Michigan at Minneapolis, MN (Big Ten Bsbl Tourn.-3:35); Creighton Vs. Wichita St. at Normal, IL (MVC Bsbl Tourn.-9:00 AM); Tucson at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).

Local Scores: North Platte 12-5 Nfk Seniors 9-3 (Bsbl DH); Indiana St. 4 Creighton 3 (MVC Bsbl Tourn.); Tucson 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (10 Inn.) (Bsbl).

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INTERLEAGUE

Final Atlanta 5 Minnesota 4, 10 Innings


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Detroit 5 Cleveland 1
Final Baltimore 3 N-Y Yankees 2, 10 Innings
Final Tampa Bay 4 Toronto 3
Final Oakland 1 Texas 0
Final Chi White Sox 3 Boston 1
Final Kansas City 7 Houston 3
Final L.A. Angels 12 Seattle 0


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh 5 Chi Cubs 4
Final Cincinnati 4 N-Y Mets 0
Final Philadelphia 7 Miami 3
Final Milwaukee 5 L.A. Dodgers 2
Final Colorado 5 Arizona 4, 10 Innings
Final St. Louis 10 San Diego 2
Final San Francisco 4 Washington 2, 10 Innings


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final OT San Antonio 93 Memphis 89


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final Boston 2 N-Y Rangers 1
Final San Jose 2 Los Angeles 1

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