Sports News-May 29, 2014

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Shelly Sterling is reviewing bids from five groups interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers.  A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press if an agreement to sell is reached before next Tuesday, the league's owners wouldn't meet in New York to vote on terminating Donald Sterling's ownership.  The person told the AP the sale price "appears to be increasing to an unbelievable number," and that it could soar past $1.5 to $2 billion, and possibly more.

The Indiana Pacers are still alive in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals following a 93-90 win over Miami.  Paul George scored 31 of his 37 points in the second half, including 21 of the Pacers' 29 fourth-quarter points.  LeBron James had a miserable game while plagued with foul trouble, shooting 2-10 in 24 minutes and scoring just seven points.

The Chicago Blackhawks have forced a sixth game in the NHL's Western Conference finals by beating the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 on a goal by Michal Handzus at 2:04 of double-overtime.  The Hawks blew an early 3-1 lead and trailed 4-3 until Ben Smith scored early in the third period.  Patrick Kane had four assists and Brandon Saad added a goal and two assists.

The upcoming U.S. Open at Pinehurst will not include Tiger Woods.  He has withdrawn from the second major of the year as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months.  It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injury over the last six years.

Malcolm Glazer, the self-made billionaire who led the takeover of English soccer's Manchester United and owned the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has died at 85.  The reclusive Palm Beach businessman had been in failing health since April 2006 when a pair of strokes left him with impaired speech and limited mobility in his right arm and leg.

Former Omaha Central and Nebraska basketball player Deverell Biggs has found a new home for next season.  The Omaha World Herald reports that the 6’0 guard plans to move to Houston to attend Texas Southern, a 2014 NCAA tournament qualifier.  Texas Southern’s coach is Mike Davis, who previously was the head coach at Indiana and UAB.  Biggs, with one year left to play, will be immediately eligible if he graduates by summer’s end.  He said he passed 18 hours at NU in the spring semester and has 15 hours of summer work to complete.  Biggs needed a new place to play after being dismissed from the team at Nebraska in late January.  The former two-time All-Nebraska pick at Central and junior-college All-American sat out a redshirt season in Lincoln, then played 15 games in 2013-14.  Biggs was the Huskers’ third-leading scorer at 9.9 points a game and averaged 20.5 minutes of playing time.  He missed four of the first 19 games last season for disciplinary reasons and was eventually dismissed for repeated team-rule infractions.

Nebraska softball seniors Tatum and Taylor Edwards were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans yesterday.  Taylor Edwards, who earned third-team honors as a freshman, was named as the first-team catcher this year.  She broke the Husker record for home runs in a career with 54.  Taylor also set school records for walks (150), hit by pitch (39) and grand slams (4).  She is just one of two Huskers with 40 career home runs and 40 doubles. Tatum Edwards, who earned second-team honors as a pitcher last year, was named to the third team as a pitcher/utility player.  She is the first Husker to earn back-to-back honors since Jennifer Lizama in 1999-2000, and the only Nebraska pitcher since Husker associate head coach Lori Sippel to be an All-American more than once.  Tatum finished with a 24-13 record and a 1.78 ERA.  She struck out 218 in 240 innings pitched.  Tatum pitched two no-hitters and added 52 RBIs as a hitter.

Wayne State senior first baseman CJ Nolen has been named to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Gold Glove Team.  It marks the second straight season that the Wildcats have produced a Gold Glove All-American as third baseman Michael Herman received the award last season.  Nolen, from Sioux City, Iowa, was an NSIC and Rawlings/ABCA All-Central Region Gold Glove selection at first base this season while recording a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage without making an error at first base.  At the plate, Nolen ranked third on the team with a .307 batting average, recording one home run and 26 RBI’s.  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.

Wayne State assistant track and field coach Brett Suckstorf has been named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.  He was also honored as the National Assistant Coach of the Year during the indoor season in March.  Suckstorf, a native of Pierce and in his fourth year as an assistant throws coach with the Wildcat track and field program, coached four athletes who qualified in seven events at last weekend’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Allendale, Michigan.

Day One of the Boys State Golf Championships are in the books.  In Class ‘A’, at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln, Omaha Creighton Prep has the lead with a 279.  They lead by eleven stokes.  Norfolk shot an opening day 311 which ties them for sixth place.  Lincoln Southeast’s Clayton Peterson carded an opening round 66.  He leads by a single stroke.  Norfolk’s Alex Strom is tied for third with a 68.  Teammate Devan Maas shot 79, Ross Gerber carded an 81, Preston Marsh put up an 83, and Ryan Wittler shot a 90.  In the Class ‘B’ competition at Indianhead Golf Course in Grand Island, Beatrice is in the lead with a 301.  They lead by five strokes.  Samuel Morse of Columbus Lakeview shot a 70 to grab the opening round lead.  He leads by two strokes.  In Class ‘C’ at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln, Hastings St. Cecilia has the lead with a 314.  They lead by five strokes.  Hartington Cedar Catholic is in third place with a 320.  Sam Meuret of Plainview has grabbed the opening day lead with a 68.  He leads by a single stroke.  Teammate Colin Wright shot a 72 and is in sixth place.  Jamy McCoy of Laurel/Concord/Coleridge is in seventh place with a 73, and Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Dalton Lammers is eighth with a 74.  In the Class ‘D’ competition at Kearney Country Club, Thayer Central has the team lead with a 332.  Bancroft/Rosalie is second with a 334 and Fullerton is fourth with a 354.  Thayer Central’s Jay Cottam has the lead with a 71.  Humphrey St. Francis’ Trevor Kosch is second carding a 74.  Teammate Michael Brockhaus and Bancroft/Rosalie’s Preston Peters are tied for third with a 76.  The event concludes today starting at 9:30 AM.  71 golfers from the Northeast Nebraska area are in competition.

Local Schedule: Wayne at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl-8:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-7:05); Columbus Lakeview at Nfk GG 18’s at Liberty Bell (SB DH-6:30).

Local Scores:  4 Driven Academy 4 Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 3 (SB); Omaha Storm Chasers 2 Oklahoma City 0 (Bsbl).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final          Boston                    4    Atlanta                0
      Final          Milwaukee              8    Baltimore            3
      Final          N-Y  Yankees          7    St.  Louis            4
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Houston                  9    Kansas  City        3
      Final          Toronto                  3    Tampa  Bay            2
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      3    Cleveland            2
      Final          Texas                      1    Minnesota            0
      Final          Oakland                  3    Detroit                1
      Final          Seattle                  3    L.A.  Angels        1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final          N-Y  Mets                5    Pittsburgh          0
      Final          San  Francisco      5    Chi  Cubs              0
      Final          Philadelphia        6    Colorado              3
      Final          Miami                      8    Washington          5,  10  Innings
      Final          Arizona                12    San  Diego            6
      Final          Cincinnati            3    L.A.  Dodgers      2
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    Indiana      93    Miami      90
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final  2OT    Chicago      5    Los  Angeles      4
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    San  Antonio      82    Tulsa      79

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