Sports News-May 8, 2014

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers at a game apiece after their 112-101 victory last night.  NBA MVP Kevin Durant had 32 points while backcourt mate Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 31 points, ten rebounds and ten assists.  
The Indiana Pacers head to Washington for Game Three of their series Friday night all tied at a game apiece after rallying to beat the Wizards 86-82.  Pacers center Roy Hibbert had his best game of the playoffs with 28 points and nine rebounds.

The NBA owners have held their second discussions about ending Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.  The advisory/finance committee held a conference call as owners work to force Sterling to sell the franchise following his lifetime ban for making racist comments.  The owners plan to meet again next week.

The NFL champion Seattle Seahawks have wrapped up the services of cornerback Richard Sherman.  The All-Pro has announced on his website that he has signed a four-year contract extension worth $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed.

The Nebraska volleyball program announced its 2014 volleyball schedule, including a breakdown of the new Big Ten format yesterday.  Thirteen matches against NCAA qualifiers, including showdowns against defending national champion Penn State, NCAA runner-up Wisconsin and NCAA semifinalist Texas highlight the schedule.  The docket, which includes 15 home matches at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, will provide numerous tests for the Huskers as they come off a 26-7 season which included a berth in the NCAA regional final.  Nebraska will open the season at the Devaney Center with the AVCA Showcase that features NCAA regional semifinalist Florida State and NCAA regional finalist Stanford.  The Huskers will face the Seminoles on Aug. 29 and the Cardinal on Aug. 31.  NU will begin Big Ten play on Sept. 24 when the Huskers host Iowa before traveling to Iowa City the following Sept. 27.

Nebraska men's basketball now has some extra recruiting work to do in the Class of 2015.  According to the Omaha World Herald, Keanu Pinder of Sunrise Christian Academy of Kansas, who orally committed to NU last October for 2015, will attend junior college the next two seasons instead.  Pinder, from Australia, is a 6’8, 195-pound wing.  The original plan was for him to spend one more season at Sunrise, then join the Huskers for the 2015-16 season at age 20 and with four years of eligibility.  As for the 2014 Class, Nebraska has two scholarships left and two prospects making visits.

Three Nebraska Cornhusker softball players earned first-team All-Big Ten honors while a trio of underclassmen took home second-team accolades.  Head Coach Rhonda Revelle was also honored by the league, as she was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.  Senior twins Tatum and Taylor Edwards were named to the first team for the second straight year, while sophomore Hailey Decker was also a first-team selection, earning the first All-Big Ten honor of her career.  Sophomores Alicia Armstrong and Emily Lockman were named all-conference for the second straight year, while freshman MJ Knighten also earned a spot on the second team.  Nebraska’s six honorees ranked second in the conference.  Junior co-captain Mattie Fowler, who suffered a season-ending injury in the eleventh game of the season, was recognized as Nebraska’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Just four days after suffering a four-game sweep at Minnesota State, the Wayne State baseball team got sweet revenge on the Mavericks yesterday in the first round of the NSIC Baseball Tournament as the Wildcats posted a shocking 2-1 win over NSIC regular season champion Minnesota State in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  With the win, the 26-22 Wildcats now advance to the winner’s bracket semi-finals on Thursday at 2:00 to face Winona State, a 5-2 winner over Concordia-St. Paul.  Wayne State sophomore First Team All-NSIC starting pitcher Eric Browning out-dueled NSIC Pitcher of the Year Jason Hoppe from Minnesota State in a game that saw the Wildcats make the most of their four hits.  The Wildcats then escaped a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the ninth to hold on for the dramatic win.

Norfolk Catholic hosts their 17th annual Track & Field Invitational today at 3:00.  Teams participating include Lutheran High Northeast, Hartington High, O’Neill, Pierce, Stanton, and Wisner/Pilger.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at GNAC Meet at North Platte (T&F-2:00); Nfk Cath at Battle Creek Inv. (BG-9:00 AM); Nfk High at Sioux City East (G. Tenn. Dual-4:00); WSC vs. Winona St. At Sioux Falls, SD (NSIC Bsbl Tourn.-2:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Round Rock, TX (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  WSC 2 Minnesota St. 1 (NSIC Bsbl Tourn.); Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Round Rock, TX 3 (Bsbl).

      Final          Kansas  City          8    San  Diego              0
      Final          Toronto                10    Philadelphia        0
      Final          Boston                    4    Cincinnati            3
      Final          Colorado                9    Texas                      2
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      8    Chi  Cubs                3
      Final          Seattle                  6    Oakland                  4    (first  game),  ,  10  Innings
      Final          Oakland                  2    Seattle                  0    (second  game)
      Final          Cleveland              4    Minnesota              3
      Final          Detroit                  3    Houston                  2
      Final          Baltimore              4    Tampa  Bay              3
      Final          N-Y  Yankees          9    L.A.  Angels          2
      Final          Pittsburgh            4    San  Francisco      3
      Final          Miami                      1    N-Y  Mets                0
      Final          Washington            3    L.A.  Dodgers        2
      Final          Arizona                  3    Milwaukee              2
      Final          St.  Louis              7    Atlanta                  1
      Final    Indiana                  86    Washington          82
      Final    Oklahoma  City    112    L-A  Clippers    101
      Final    Pittsburgh      4    N-Y  Rangers      2

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