Sports News-May 7, 2014

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The Golden State Warriors have fired coach Mark Jackson following the team's first-round ouster in the NBA playoffs.  Jackson had the job for three years and compiled a record of 121-109, including a 51-31 mark this season.  He was just the third coach in team history to have a 50-win season, joining Don Nelson and Al Attles.

LeBron James' two-year reign as the NBA's Most Valuable Player is over after Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant captured the honor.  Durant averaged a league-high 32 points a game this season, along with 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists.  Durant totaled 119 first-place votes and 1,232 points in the voting of sportscasters and writers, while James picked up sixth first-place votes.

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs took Game 1 of their respective NBA conference semifinal series last night.  LeBron James scored 22 points and Ray Allen added 19 in the Heat's 107-86 blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets.  The Spurs ripped Portland 116-92 behind Tony Parker's 33 points and nine assists.

The Big Ten Conference announced yesterday that the Men’s Basketball Tournament will make its first appearance on the East Coast when the 2017 event is held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  The 2017 Tournament will mark the conference’s 20th annual event and will feature all 14 conference institutions in action from March 8-12 with the winner earning the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.  The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament has been held in either Chicago or Indianapolis through the first 17 years of its existence, and returns to Chicago’s United Center for the ninth time in 2015.

Nebraska’s Ben Miller earned his first career weekly honor from the Big Ten Conference yesterday, as he was named Big Ten Baseball Freshman of the Week.  He helped the Huskers to a 4-0 record last week, including a series sweep of Penn State.  Miller hit .538 for the week with a 7-13 performance at the plate.  During the three-game series against the Nittany Lions, Miller tallied three multi-hit performances and tied Jake Placzek for the team lead with five runs scored.  Miller posted an on-base percentage of .625 in the four games, as he added two walks and a hit-by-pitch to his seven hits and didn’t strikeout all week.

The Creighton softball team earned multiple postseason awards during its first year in the BIG EAST conference with four Bluejays claiming All-BIG EAST recognition.  Creighton seniors Becca Changstrom and Alexis Cantu each earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team, along with junior Liz Dike.  CU senior Blair Lowe claimed a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team.  The Jays will battle host and top-seeded DePaul in a BIG EAST semifinal on Friday at 1:00 at The Ballpark at Rosemont in suburban Chicago.

Wayne State had three players receive NSIC All-Conference Baseball honors following the release of the All-Conference Team.  Eric Browning was a First Team selection, Curtis Bussard was Second Team and a Gold Glove selection while CJ Nolen was also named to the Gold Glove Team.  The Wildcats are 25-22 overall and finished eighth in the conference this season with an 18-15 league record.  They face top-seeded Minnesota State Wednesday at 11:00 in the first round of the NSIC Baseball Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Norfolk High has named assistant coach Jared Oswald as head girls basketball coach.  Oswald replaces Bruce Shively, who went 51-67 in five years at the helm before retiring.  Oswald, a 2004 Lutheran High Northeast graduate, has been an assistant girls basketball & football coach for six years.

The Norfolk High boys golf team competed at yesterday’s Lincoln Pius X Invitational at ArborLinks in Nebraska City.  Omaha Creighton Prep was the champion with a 313 team score.  They won by four strokes.  Norfolk finished seventh with a 332.  Garrett Morehead of Bellevue West was the medalist with a 72.  He won by two strokes.  Alex Strom led Norfolk with a 77.  He placed eighth.

Local Schedule:  WSC vs. Minnesota State at Sioux Falls, SD (NSIC Bsbl Tourn.-11:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Round Rock, TX (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha South 2 Nfk High 0 (A-5 B. Socc. Dist. Semifinal); Schuyler 5 Nfk Cath/LHNE 0 (B-6 B. Socc. Dist. Semifinal); Columbus Scotus 5 LHNE/Nfk Cath 0 (B-6 G. Socc. Dist. Semifinal); Archbishop Bergan 11-10 Nfk High 3-0 (Bsbl DH); Grand Island 8 Nfk High 1 (G. Tenn. Dual); Round Rock, TX 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

NBA Playoffs:  Miami 107 Brooklyn 86 (1-0); San Antonio 116 Portland 92 (1-0).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Courtney Schindler of the Norfolk Catholic girls track & field team.

      Final            Toronto                  6    Philadelphia        5,  10  Innings
      Final            Boston                    4    Cincinnati            3,  12  Innings
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      5    Chi  Cubs                1
      Final            Colorado              12    Texas                      1
      Final            Kansas  City          3    San  Diego              1,  11  Innings
      Final            Cleveland              4    Minnesota              2
      Final            Detroit                11    Houston                  4
      Final            Baltimore              5    Tampa  Bay              3
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          4    L.A.  Angels          3
      Final            Seattle                  8    Oakland                  3
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        8    Washington            3
      Final            Pittsburgh            2    San  Francisco      1
      Final            Miami                      3    N-Y  Mets                0
      Final            Atlanta                  2    St.  Louis              1
      Final            Arizona                  7    Milwaukee              5
      Final    Miami                107    Brooklyn      86
      Final    San  Antonio    116    Portland      92
      Final    Montreal        4    Boston        2
      Final    Minnesota      4    Chicago      0

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