Sports News-May 28, 2014

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says there is no basis for the NBA to strip him of the franchise because his racist statements were illegally recorded "during an inflamed lovers' quarrel in which he was clearly distraught.”  Sterling says V. Stiviano recorded him without his knowledge and thus the recording was illegal under California law.  Meanwhile, the attorney for Shelly Sterling confirmed that her husband has given her written permission to sell the team.

Russell Westbrook poured in 40 points and Kevin Durant added 31 as the Oklahoma City Thunder hammered San Antonio 105-92 to even the NBA's Western Conference finals at two games apiece.  Westbrook also provided ten assists, five rebounds and five steals to help Oklahoma City stay unbeaten in two games since Serge Ibaka returned to the lineup.  The Spurs shot just 40% and never recovered after the Thunder built a 58-43 halftime lead.

The Toronto Blue Jays continued their power surge and extended their winning streak last night.  Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion hit back-to-back homers during a four-run fifth that put the Jays ahead to stay in a 9-6 win over Tampa Bay.  Mark Buehrle is the majors' first nine-game winner after allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings.  Buehrle is 9-1 with a 2.33 ERA.  The Blue Jays improved to 31-22 with their eighth straight win.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has been told he has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the entire season, a source told ESPN.  He didn't even make it through the first offseason practice without another setback in a career filled with them.  Lee went down with a left knee injury during the team portion of what was supposed to be a noncontact workout yesterday.  The Cowboys have made no official statement regarding the results of the MRI performed on Lee's injured left knee, but the linebacker has been told the exam confirmed he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee and he is not expected to play during the 2014 season.  Lee tore his right ACL in April 2008 while at Penn State, then partially tore his left ACL during the 2009 season.

Former Norfolk native Clete Blakeman, who has been an official in the National Football League since the 2008 season, will deliver the ‘official’ coin toss for the Second Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic.  The All-Star Classic will be played on Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Norfolk.  Blakeman grew up in Norfolk, was a first-team Class ‘A’ quarterback for the Panthers and went on to play quarterback for the University of Nebraska from 1983-87.  After officiating high school and small college, he quickly moved up college ladder and eventually worked in the Big XII Conference.  Before joining the National Football League, Blakeman officiated professional football in Europe.  He was a field judge for his first two NFL seasons and became a referee in 2010.  This past year, Blakeman was selected as the alternate referee for the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

Nebraska Lawdawg football coach Jordan Taylor has been named head coach at Laurel/Concord/Coleridge High School.  The Lawdawgs will announce next week details on a head interim coach.  Taylor had coached for 19 years at the minor league level.  He has won eight consecutive division titles, a region title, and last year the 9-1 Lawdawgs were UNFL CO/champions.  Laurel/Concord/Coleridge finished 2-6 last year under T.J. Shiers.

The Boys State Golf Championships get underway today at various sites at 9:30 AM.  Class ‘A’ will hold their competition at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln.  Class ‘B’ will commence at Indianhead Golf Course in Grand Island.  Class ‘C’ will compete at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln.  Class ‘D’ will hold their competition at Kearney Country Club.  Norfolk High will be represented in Class ‘A’ by Chase Hopper, Ryan Wittler, Devan Maas, Ross Gerber, and Alex Strom.  71 golfers from the Northeast Nebraska area will be in competition.

Local Schedule: Columbus at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl DH-5:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 3-12 West Point 0-2 (SB DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 9 Oklahoma City 1 (Bsbl).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Austin Hegge of the Wausa boys track & field team.  

      Final          Boston                    6    Atlanta                3
      Final          Milwaukee              7    Baltimore            6,  10  Innings
      Final          St.  Louis              6    N-Y  Yankees        0
      Final          Toronto                  9    Tampa  Bay            6
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      2    Cleveland            1
      Final          Houston                  3    Kansas  City        0
      Final          Minnesota              4    Texas                    3
      Final          Detroit                  6    Oakland                5
      Final          L.A.  Angels          6    Seattle                4
      Final          Colorado                6    Philadelphia      2
      Final          N-Y  Mets                4    Pittsburgh          2
      Final          San  Diego              4    Arizona                3
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers        6    Cincinnati          3
      Final          San  Francisco      4    Chi  Cubs              0
        Miami    at    Washington    (7:05  p.m.,    postponed,  Rain)
      Final    Oklahoma  City    105    San  Antonio      92
      Final    Montreal      7    N-Y  Rangers      4
      Final    New  York      70    Seattle      64

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