Sports News-May 7, 2013
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The Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs have opened their conference semifinal series with victories. Nate Robinson had a game-high 27 points and the Bulls closed on a 10-0 run to beat the Heat 93-86 in Miami. The Spurs erased a 16-point deficit in the last four minutes of regulation before Manu Ginobili drained a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left in double-overtime to complete a 129-127 comeback win over Golden State.
Manny Pacquiao's promoter says the eight-division champion will return to the ring Nov. 24, fighting Brandon Rios in a welterweight bout in Macau, China. Bob Arum tells The Associated Press that Pacquiao has been focused exclusively on his political career in the Philippines since his sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December. But Arum says the 34-year-old Pacquiao also wants to keep fighting. His team chose Rios to be Pacquiao's next opponent because of the former lightweight champion's brawling style, which should lead to an exciting fight. Pacquiao has lost two straight fights after a 15-bout winning streak, also dropping a much-disputed decision to Timothy Bradley last year. Pacquiao is fighting at Macau's Venetian resort-hotel to appeal to the nascent Chinese pay-per-view market. Pacquiao is 54-5-2 with 38 KOs while Rios is 31-1-1 with 23 KOs.
Two Nebraska football home games in 2013 will be played in prime time and televised nationally on BTN. The Huskers’ season opener against Wyoming on Aug. 31 will kick off at 7:00, and NU’s home game against Southern Miss on Sept. 7 is set for a 5:00 start. BTN will televise a total of 12 prime time Big Ten games during the season. The 2013 campaign will mark the seventh time since 2002 that Nebraska’s season opener has been played under the lights at Memorial Stadium, but the first time since 2010. The Huskers are 37-5 all-time in night games at Memorial Stadium, including victories in each of its past eleven night games, dating back to 2008.
Tennessee volleyball player Mary Pollmiller is transferring to Nebraska, alleviating the Cornhuskers' need for an experienced setter. Pollmiller is a native of Colorado, who comes to Nebraska as a junior in eligibility. She was the 2011 Southeastern Conference freshman of the year after setting school records for assists. Her 11.9 assists per set two years ago was best in the nation among freshmen. Last year she averaged 10.6 assists per set and led the Lady Vols to the NCAA tournament, where they lost in five sets to Final Four qualifier Michigan. Nebraska has been in need of a setter. Three-year starter Lauren Cook graduated, and Alexa Strange announced last week that she is transferring. The Huskers have an incoming freshman setter in Kelly Hunter of Papillion-La Vista South.
Nebraska-Omaha senior outfielder Ryan Keele and junior pitcher Steven Schoonover swept the Summit League's Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for their performances April 29-May 5. Keele earns his second Player of the Week honor this season after leading the Mavericks to a series split at Fort Wayne. Schoonover snagged his first career Pitcher of the Week award after tossing a complete game shutout in Nebraska-Omaha's game three win at Fort Wayne Saturday.
Roger Chapman is a lot more recognizable in his hometown of Ascott, England, after winning two majors on the Champions Tour last year. Chapman would have been best described as a journeyman on the European Tour before he broke through last year with wins at the Senior PGA Championship and United States Senior Open. He said yesterday at the Senior Open media day in Omaha that his life has undergone an "enormous change" since. Chapman's 2012 campaign allowed him to make his first appearance in the Master's last month, and he'll play for the first time in the U.S. Open at Merion in June. The Senior Open is July 11-14 at the Omaha Country Club.
The Norfolk High baseball team’s season came to a close on Monday after an 11-1 loss to host team Millard West in an A-3 District semifinal game. Neal Winter took the loss. The Panthers’ season concludes with a 5-15 record.
Local Schedule: NECC at NJCAA Region XI Tourn. At Ft. Dodge, IA (MG); Nebraska-Omaha at Iowa (Bsbl-6:05); Omaha Storm Chasers at Reno (Bsbl-8:35).
Local Scores: Nfk High 161 Columbus 181 (BG Dual); Bancroft/Rosalie 370 LHNE 385 (BG Dual); Nfk High 5 Sioux City North 4 (G Tenn. Dual); (16) Indiana 10 Nebraska 2 (Bsbl); Memphis 11 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (12 Inn.) (Bsbl); (14) Nebraska 2 Penn St. 0 (SB).
NBA Playoffs: Chicago 93 Miami 86 (1-0); San Antonio 129 Golden St. 127 (2 OT); (1-0).
Final Chi Cubs 9 Texas 2
Final Chi White Sox 2 Kansas City 1, 11 Innings
Final Cleveland 7 Oakland 3
Final Boston 6 Minnesota 5, 11 Innings
Final Toronto 8 Tampa Bay 7
Final Atlanta 7 Cincinnati 4
Final Arizona 9 L.A. Dodgers 2
Final San Diego 5 Miami 0
Final Philadelphia 6 San Francisco 2
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Final Chicago 93 Miami 86
Final 2OT San Antonio 129 Golden State 127
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Final Boston 5 Toronto 2
Final N-Y Rangers 4 Washington 3
Final OT Detroit 3 Anaheim 2
Final Los Angeles 4 St. Louis 3