Sports News-May 9, 2013

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The Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors won last night's NBA playoff games to even their respective conference semifinal series at a game apiece.  Ray Allen scored 21 points and the Heat led by as many as 46 in a 115-78 pounding of Chicago.  Klay Thompson scored 29 of his 34 points in the first half and finished with 14 rebounds as the Warriors beat the Spurs 100-91.

The Nebraska men’s basketball team will host defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Miami in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 4 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  The game is one of twelve matchups announced yesterday pitting ACC and Big Ten teams.  The Hurricanes went 29-7 last season, winning both the ACC regular season and tournament titles for the first time in program history before falling to Marquette in the NCAA regional semifinals.  The Cornhuskers were 15-18 last season.  They have won three straight games against Miami, with the most recent one in 2006.  The Big Ten and the ACC split the twelve meetings in the 2012 Challenge.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all twelve games of next season's two-day event.

Nebraska added its first football commit in nearly two months and its second recruit overall last night, landing safety Jason Hall out of Grand Prairie, Texas.  The Omaha World Herald reported that Hall plans to join Luke Gifford in NU's class of 2014.  Gifford is a junior athlete out of Lincoln Southeast who committed March 11.  Hall is a 6’1, 192-pounder from South Grand Prairie High who also had an offer from North Texas.  He said Husker coaches were recruiting him as a possible safety, cornerback or nickel back.  Nebraska signed four defensive backs in its last class with D.J. Singleton, Boaz Joseph, Nathan Gerry and Drake Martinez.  Among players NU will lose after next season are cornerbacks Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Andrew Green and Mohammed Seisay.

Nebraska junior right-hander Tatum Edwards was named the 2013 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year yesterday, when the conference announced its postseason awards.  Edwards was also one of seven Huskers to earn All-Big Ten accolades, tying Michigan for the most selections in the league.  Earning second-team All-Big Ten honors were seniors Courtney Breault and Brooke Thomason, sophomore Jordan Bettiol and freshmen Alicia Armstrong and Emily Lockman.

Creighton's Becca Changstrom won Missouri Valley pitcher of the year and the Bluejay coaches were named the Valley coaching staff of the year yesterday.  Changstrom posted a 1.34 ERA while racking up 13 wins this season.  She also made the All-Missouri Valley first team, along with teammates Amy Baker and Blair Lowe.  Shortstop Liz Dike earned All-Valley second team honors.

Nebraska-Omaha center fielder Allie Mathewson was named to the All-Summit League First Team, and freshman catcher Campbell Ditto was named Freshman of the Year, headlining four Mavs who were honored by the league's head coaches yesterday.  Pitcher Dana Elsasser and first baseman Amber Lutmer were named to the All-Summit League Second Team, along with Ditto at catcher.

The use of video replay will be expanded at next month's College World Series to give umpires the ability to take a second look at a ball hit down an outfield line to determine if it's fair or foul.  Last year, instant replay was approved at the CWS for the first time and matched the major leagues' rules for use.  The only plays eligible involved apparent home runs.  The situation never arose.  In cases where runners are on base and a foul call is changed to fair after a review, the umpire crew chief will place runners where he thinks they would have ended up had the call been correct initially. It's a decision that could decide the national championship.

The Wayne State vs. Augustana NSIC Baseball Tournament game played yesterday in St. Cloud, Minnesota was suspended in the top of the eighth inning until today due to rain in St. Cloud.  The Wildcats hold a 4-3 lead over the Vikings as the game will resume this morning with the time still to be determined.  The winner will move on to play Minnesota State in the second round at 2:00 while the loser will meet Minnesota-Duluth at 7:00.

Norfolk High hosted the A-2 District Track & Field Meet yesterday.  In the girls standings, Millard North was the team champion with 136 points.  Kearney was second with 130.5 and Norfolk took third with 97 points.  Reaching the State Championships in Omaha next week for the Lady Panthers were Taleah Williams (2nd-200; 3rd-TJ; 2nd-LJ); Abby Protzman (2nd-3200); Megan Dolezal (4th-PV); Erica Dover (1st-Shot Put); Claire Sintek (1st-HJ); Katricia Svoboda (1st-Discus); Chelsea Johnson (2nd-300H); Farren Lovell (3rd-100H).  The Norfolk High 4X400 Relay Team of Williams, Dover, Jaycee Bradley, & Johnson placed first and set a stadium record time of 4:02.07.  In the boys standings, Kearney was the champion with 201 points.  They won by 82 points.  The Panthers placed fifth with 28.  Qualifying for the State Championships next week for Norfolk were Benjamin Protzman (3rd-3200); Patrick Meuret (2nd-400); & the 4th placed 4X800 relay team of Protzman, Ryan Hoffie, Austin Warren, & Zach Hoffie.  Also setting stadium records yesterday were Grand Island’s Steven Cahoy (16’0-PV) & Papillion La Vista 4X100 Relay team (41.79).

The Lutheran High Northeast boys golf team held their own invitational yesterday at the Norfolk Country Club.  The Norfolk High JV was the team champion with a score of 326.  Norfolk Catholic placed second with a 335 and the Eagles took third with a 349.  The Panther JV’s Preston Marsh was the medalist with a 76.  He beat Lutheran High Northeast's Payton Baker in a playoff.  Norfolk Catholic’s Riley Knake was third shooting a 79.  The Norfolk High JV’s Brandon Clausen placed fifth with an 81, teammate Will Kersten got sixth carding an 81, Ethan Hansen placed eighth with an 84, & Chase Hopper took tenth shooting an 85.  The Knights’ Mark Uhlir placed twelfth with an 86 and Lutheran High Northeast’s Jeremy Wessel got 15th with an 88.

The Norfolk High boys golf team holds their own invitational today at the Norfolk Country Club starting at 9:00 AM.  Teams include Norfolk High, Columbus, Fremont, Lincoln Pius X, Lincoln Southwest, Millard North, and York.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at B-4 Dist. Meet at Pawnee Park, Columbus (T&F-10:00); LHNE at C-5 Dist. Meet at Wisner (T&F-1:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Reno (Bsbl DH-6:00).

Local Scores:  WSC 4 Augustana 3 (NSIC Bsbl Tourn.-Susp. In 8th Inn.); Creighton 7 South Dakota St. 1 (Bsbl); Reno 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 5 (Bsbl).

NBA Playoffs:  Miami 115 Chicago 78 (1-1); Golden St. 100 San Antonio 91 (1-1).

      Final          Seattle                  2    Pittsburgh          1
      Final          Washington            3    Detroit                1
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      6    N-Y  Mets              3
      Final          Texas                      4    Milwaukee            1
      Final          N-Y  Yankees          3    Colorado              2
      Final          Baltimore              5    Kansas  City        3
      Final          Cleveland              4    Oakland                3
      Final          Minnesota            15    Boston                  8
      Final          Tampa  Bay            10    Toronto                4
      Final          Houston                  3    L.A.  Angels        1
      Final          Atlanta                  7    Cincinnati          2
      Final          St.  Louis              5    Chi  Cubs              4
      Final          San  Diego              1    Miami                    0
      Final          San  Francisco      4    Philadelphia      3,  10  Innings
      Final          Arizona                  3    L.A.  Dodgers      2
      Final    Miami                  115    Chicago              78
      Final    Golden  State    100    San  Antonio      91
      Final  OT    Boston                4    Toronto            3
      Final          N-Y  Rangers      4    Washington      3
      Final  OT    Los  Angeles      3    St.  Louis        2
      Final  OT    Anaheim              3    Detroit            2

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