Sports News-May 30, 2013

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The Chicago Blackhawks have advanced to the NHL's Western Conference finals by downing the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime.  Brent Seabrook scored the game-winner at 3:35 of the extra period after the Hawks had a goal waved off with 1:47 left in regulation.  Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots and blanked the Red Wings until Henrik Zetterberg tied the game 26 seconds into the third period.

Floyd Mayweather tweeted that he will fight Mexican star Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand.  Mayweather is unbeaten in 44 fights, the last a unanimous twelve-round decision over Robert Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand in defense of his WBC welterweight title fight.  Alvarez is 42-0-1.  He unified the WBC and WBA super welterweight titles April 20 in San Antonio with a unanimous victory over Austin Trout.  The fight is expected to be contested at a weight limit of 152 pounds.

The short-term answer for the Southeastern Conference is to keep the number of conference games at eight, but coaches and athletic directors agreed yesterday that a move to nine is probably inevitable.  The head coaches voted 13-1 to stay at eight conference games.  The only coach voting for nine conference games was Alabama's Nick Saban.  Larry Templeton, who has headed up scheduling during the SEC's transition to 14 schools, said a rotation has been approved through 2026 that would include eight conference games with six divisional opponents, one permanent cross-divisional opponent and one rotating cross-divisional opponent.  That rotation will begin in 2014, but the question becomes: How long will that format remain in place?

The 14th-seeded Nebraska softball team makes its seventh appearance in the Women's College World Series today, opening the tournament at 11:00 against eleventh-seeded Washington in Oklahoma City.  The Huskers, the lowest remaining seed of the eight teams, earned a spot in the field by winning two of three games against three-seed Oregon in last week's NCAA Super Regional in Eugene, Oregon.  Nebraska advanced to its seventh Women's College World Series in school history, its first since 2002 and its third under 21st-year Head Coach Rhonda Revelle.  The Huskers are 45-14 on the season while Washington is 43-15.

Junior Tatum Edwards was selected as a second-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.  Edwards is the 14th player in school history to earn All-America honors, while her second-team selection marked Nebraska's 22nd All-America award in school history.  Edwards earned a spot as a utility player/pitcher, as she has excelled both at the plate and in the circle this season.  As a pitcher, the right-hander is 30-9 this spring with a 1.81 ERA.  Offensively, Edwards is batting .292 this season, and she leads the team with a .631 slugging percentage thanks to her eleven doubles and eleven home runs.

Wayne State has announced the decision to suspend its men's and women's intercollegiate golf programs beginning in the 2013-14 season.  The suspension of these two sports affects ten student athletes with five being women and five men.  The suspension of these sports will move Wayne State from sponsoring 15 intercollegiate programs to 13.  Any student athlete who was receiving aid in the form of an athletic scholarship will maintain that scholarship through the 2013-14 academic year.  Men's and women's golf will still be sponsored at the college, but at a club level.  This will offer current participants the continued opportunity to compete if they so desire.

Wayne State men's basketball coach Paul Combs announced yesterday the addition of seven players to the 2013-14 recruiting class.  Joining the Wildcat program are transfers Jared Bartling of South Dakota; Akeem Morissaint from Florida; David Andersen of Minnesota; Jamie Pearson from Michigan and high school signings Jaron Denn of Minnesota; Kenny Finco of Wisconsin; and Damjan Sredanovic from Utah.  The seven players join Joel Heesch of Wisconsin, who signed with the Wildcats during the NCAA early signing period last November.  Denn, formerly of Norfolk, is the son of Steve & Dawn Denn.  He averaged 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and four assists, finishing his career with 1,429 points, second in Maple River history.  He also made 211 three-pointers, second most at Maple River, and had 471 rebounds and 288 assists.  Denn missed most of his junior season with a knee injury.  Denn might redshirt his first year for the Wildcats, which finished 17-12 overall & 11-11 in the NSIC.  He'll play either point guard or shooting guard, a decision that will be made once he gets there.

Wayne State sophomore third baseman Michael Herman was named yesterday to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Gold Glove Team.  Herman, a sophomore from Omaha, made just one error at third base this season in 42 games for a .988 fielding percentage.  In 86 chances, Herman had 62 assists, 23 putouts and just one error while turning two double plays.  Wayne State finished the 2013 season with a 27-20 record overall, finishing sixth in the NSIC regular season with an 18-12 league mark.

Lindsay Holy Family center Kaylee Jensen has made an oral commitment to play women's basketball at Oklahoma State beginning in the 2014-15 season according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The 6'4 senior-to-be earned Class 'D-2' girls first-team all-state honors for the second straight season after averaging 24.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs, who reached the semifinals of the state tournament.  Jensen was a second-team all-state volleyball player as a junior and finished third in both the Class 'D' shot put and discus at the state track meet earlier this month.

Local Schedule:  Albion at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl-8:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk Golden Girls 18's at Lincoln League (SB-Ccd. Rain.); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-Ppd. Rain.).

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