Sports News-April 26, 2013

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A pair offensive tackles went first and second in the NFL draft for the first time since 1970 last night.  The Kansas City Chiefs chose Eric Fisher of Central Michigan to begin the NFL draft and Jacksonville took Luke Joeckel with the second pick.  The first seven picks in the draft were linemen, four on offense, and three on defense.  No quarterback was taken until Florida State's EJ Manuel went to Buffalo at 16th and no running back was taken during the entire first round.

The defending NBA champion Miami Heat own a 3-0 lead over Milwaukee after rallying to beat the Bucks 104-91 behind Ray Allen's 23 points.  Allen's five three-pointers against the Bucks gave him 322 for his career, two more than Reggie Miller, for the NBA record.
Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Luol Deng added 21 points and ten boards, and the Chicago Bulls held off the Brooklyn Nets 79-76 in Game Three to take a 2-1 series lead.  Brooklyn shot 35% for the second straight game.
The Memphis Grizzlies have cut the Los Angeles Clippers' series lead to 2-1 with a 94-82 victory last night.  Zach Randolph led the way with 27 points and eleven rebounds.

All-America forward Doug McDermott says he'll return to Creighton for his senior year instead of declaring for the NBA draft.  McDermott made the announcement yesterday at a news conference in Creighton's practice gym.  He was joined by his father, Bluejays coach Greg McDermott, and teammates.  Doug McDermott was the second-leading scorer in Division I last season, averaging 23.2 points.  He led the Bluejays to a sweep of the Missouri Valley regular-season and tournament titles in their last year in the conference.  They'll move to the Big East next season.  NBA draft analysts had pegged McDermott as a late first-round or early second-round pick.  He was an Associated Press first-team All-American as a sophomore and junior.  Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft.

Nebraska football players Taylor Martinez and Ameer Abdullah are among the 29 players listed on the Heisman Watch list released yesterday.  Martinez is a three-year starter at quarterback who enters his senior year with a school-record 9,449 yards of total offense, including a school-record 6,591 passing yards.  He is also the nation’s top returning rusher, totaling 2,852 career rushing yards.  Abdullah returns for his junior year after a breakout season for the Huskers in 2012.  He was a second-team All-Big Ten pick after rushing for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns.  Nebraska is one of only four schools with multiple members on the watch list, joining Georgia, Alabama and Oregon.  The 2013 Heisman winner will be announced on December 14 in New York.

College baseball is on pace to set a record for fewest home runs and a 40-year low for scoring and batting average.  Now some coaches want to see a livelier ball to bring the numbers back up.  The switch to toned-down metal bats in 2011 has led to an offensive decline greater than many expected.  Clemson coach Jack Leggett says the game isn't as exciting as it used to be.  Leggett is leading an effort to adopt the ball used in baseball's minor leagues.  That ball has flat seams and a harder core, which he says makes it conducive to greater flight than the college ball.  No change could be made until the 2015 season.  Division I teams entered April averaging one home run about every three games.  In 2010 the average was about one per game.

The Wayne State softball was able to bounce back from a tough weekend by posting two wins over Winona State who is the number one team in the conference and third in the region.  The Wildcats defeated the Warriors 2-0 in game one and then notched an 11-0 victory in five innings in game two.  Sara Scheffert went the distance pitching for WSC in both games and picked up two more wins to improve to 14-5 on the season while Lexie Loos swung a hot bat going 3-6 with six RBI’s in the two games combined.  Wayne State is now 25-11 overall and 16-6 in conference play.

The 19th annual Northeast Nebraska Track & Field Classic is in the books.  Norfolk High’s Taleah Williams was named the Outstanding Female Performer after winning three gold medals.  She won the long jump, the 200 meter dash, and was part of the winning 4X400 meter relay team.  Battle Creek’s Travis Wright was named the Outstanding Male Performer after claiming the 100 meter dash, was part of the winning 4X100 meter relay team, and placed sixth in the shot put.  Other event winners for Norfolk High included Benjamin Protzman (3200); Kenneth Johnson (200); Patrick Meuret (400); & Chelsea Johnson (300H).  Norfolk Catholic’s Courtney Schindler claimed the girls pole vault.  Hartington High’s Michaela Dendinger broke the meet record in the Discus with a throw of 151’3.  She crushed the previous record by 11’4.  Osmond long-time track & field coach Joe Ortmeier received the Northeast Nebraska Track & Field Achievement Award.  In attendance at the Classic was Olympian Pole Vaulter Jeremy Scott.  Scott is in the Norfolk High Hall of Fame.

The Norfolk High boys golf team competed in yesterday’s Capitol City Invite at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln.  Omaha Creighton Prep was the team champion in the 24-team event with a 288.  They won by eight strokes.  Norfolk was tenth with a 321.  Bellevue West’s Greg Stanek was the medalist with a 68.  He won by a single stroke.  The Panthers were led by Ross Gerber’s 78.

The Columbus Lakeview Invite was held at the Elks Country Club yesterday.  Elkhorn South was the champion with a 340.  The Norfolk High JV placed second with a 346 and Norfolk Catholic got fourth with a 368.  Samuel Morse of the host team was the medalist with a 77.  He won by three strokes.  The Norfolk High JV’s Chase Hopper placed fifth with an 82, Will Kersten got tenth place with an 85, and Devan Maas took 13th with an 87.  Norfolk Catholic’s Riley Knake led his team with his ninth place finish.  He shot 84.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys golf team claimed the Humphrey St. Francis Invitational at Steepleview Golf Course yesterday.  The Eagles shot a 364, which was four strokes better than Twin River’s 368.  Lutheran High Northeast’s Payton Baker was the medalist with an 80.  He beat the host team’s Michael Brockhaus by one stroke.  The Eagles’ Nate Stolze was seventh with a 91, Andy Lutz took twelfth place with a 96, and Keaton Alberts was 15th with a 97.  The Norfolk Catholic JV’s Mark Uhlir placed 14th with a 97.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Fremont (G&B Socc.-5:00); Thurston/Cuming County at Nfk High (Bsbl-6:30); Nebraska Vs. Creighton at TD Ameritrade Classic at Omaha (Bsbl-6:35); North Dakota St. At Nebraska-Omaha (Bsbl-2:00); Iowa at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Elkhorn South 5 Nfk High 0 (Bsbl); WSC 2-11 Winona St. 0-0 (SB DH); Iowa 9 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl).

NBA Playoffs:  Miami 104 Milwaukee 91 (3-0); Chicago 79 Brooklyn 76 (2-1); Memphis 94 L.A. Clippers 82 (1-2).

      Final          Kansas  City          8    Detroit                3,  10  Innings
      Final          Boston                    7    Houston                2
      Final          N-Y  Yankees          5    Toronto                3
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      5    Tampa  Bay            2
      Final          Texas                      2    Minnesota            1
      Final          Baltimore            10    Oakland                2
      Final          Seattle                  6    L.A.  Angels        0
      Final          Pittsburgh            6    Philadelphia      4
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers        3    N-Y  Mets              2
      Final          Washington            8    Cincinnati          1
      Final          Chi  Cubs                4    Miami                    3
      Final          Arizona                  3    Colorado              2
      Final    Miami        104    Milwaukee            91
      Final    Chicago      79    Brooklyn              76
      Final    Memphis      94    L-A  Clippers      82
      Final          Philadelphia      2    N-Y  Islanders      1
      Final  OT    N-Y  Rangers        4    Carolina                3
      Final  OT    Ottawa                  2    Washington            1
      Final          Detroit                5    Nashville              2
      Final          New  Jersey          3    Pittsburgh            2
      Final          Boston                  2    Tampa  Bay              0
      Final          Toronto                4    Florida                  0
      Final          St.  Louis            4    Calgary                  1
      Final          Montreal              4    Winnipeg                2
      Final          Columbus              3    Dallas                    1
      Final          Anaheim                3    Vancouver              1

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