Sports News-April 4, 2014

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have put an end to San Antonio's team-record 19-game winning streak by downing the Spurs 106-94.  Kevin Durant finished with 28 points and Russell Westbrook added 27 as the Thunder pulled within three games of the NBA's Western Conference-leading Spurs with eight games remaining.  Durant scored at least 25 points for the 39th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it in 40 straight during the 1986-87 season.

The Seattle Seahawks have called a news conference for this morning amid a report from NFL Network that they have reached a contract extension with coach Pete Carroll.  Carroll's original five-year deal with Seattle was set to expire after the 2014 season.  He's 38-26 in four regular seasons with the Seahawks and 5-2 in the playoffs, including a rout of Denver in this year's Super Bowl.

Florida State University is under investigation by the United States Department of Education for possible Title IX violations in its response to sexual violence complaints.  The investigation by the Office for Civil Rights stems from a complaint filed with it by the accuser in quarterback Jameis Winston's sexual assault case.  Charges were not filed by the Tallahassee Police Department against the Heisman trophy winner.  Winston was accused of sexual assault from an incident in Dec. 2012.  Police decided not to press charges in Dec. 2013.  The OCR will investigate all sexual assault complaints at the university during the last three years.  The accuser received a letter from the university in February stating that it met with Winston on Jan. 23 to investigate possible Code of Conduct violations.  Winston led the Seminoles to the national championship on Jan. 6.

Doug McDermott, who finished his career at Creighton as college basketball's fifth-leading scorer, is a near-unanimous selection as The Associated Press' Player of the Year.  He is the eleventh three-time All-American and first in almost 30 years.  The 6'8 McDermott led the nation in scoring at 26.7 points per game while shooting 53% from the field including 45% from three-point range.  He averaged seven rebounds in leading the Bluejays to a 27-8 record in their first season as a member of the Big East.  McDermott finished his career with 3,150 points.  He received 64 votes yesterday from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.  Russ Smith of Louisville got the other vote.

Creighton sharpshooter Ethan Wragge took fifth place at the State Farm College Three-Point Championships last night at in Dallas, Texas.  Wragge made 13-25 shots, in addition to four "money balls" that counted double, for a first round score of 17.  Surprisingly, it wasn't enough to advance to the semifinals against a field of eight of the nation's best senior marksmen.  Baylor's Brady Heslip won the competition beating Oakland's Travis Bader 18-14.  Louisville's Shoni Schimmel won the women's event, defeating Duke's Tricia Liston 22-16 in the final.  Schimmel then defeated Heslip in the "Battle of the Champions" shootout between the women's and men's champ, 20-17.  Wragge finished his Creighton career with 334 career three-pointers, including 110 as a senior to lead the BIG EAST.

Police say a former Nebraska defensive end had more than $1,300 in Husker football equipment stolen from the trunk of his car while he was away playing for the Cleveland Browns.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Eric Martin told police his white Nebraska football helmet, more than 13 jerseys, three pairs of game pants and a pair of football cleats were missing from his 2003 black Ford Focus.  Police Capt. Danny Reitan says Martin, who played for Nebraska from 2009 to 2012, left the car with a friend in Lincoln around May 27 while he was in Cleveland.  The car was ticketed several times and ultimately towed from a restaurant parking lot on Jan. 9.  Martin reported the items stolen Thursday.

Josh Clark has announced his resignation as boys basketball coach at Lutheran High Northeast.  He has accepted a teaching position at Norfolk Catholic.  Clark was the head coach at Lutheran High Northeast for one year.  He coached the Eagles to a record of 12-12 during the 2013-14 season and was a longtime assistant at Norfolk Catholic before hand.   

Ten athletes, four coaches, two contributors and one official will be inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame during its 21st annual induction ceremony Saturday at the Lied Center in Lincoln.  The induction class spans the state from Scottsbluff to Omaha, and from 1947 to coaches still directing their teams.  Among this year's inductees and honorees include Cory Eikmeier, a graduate of Dodge in 1997.  He was a state record-setting running back rushing for 8,330 yards and scored 156 touchdowns in his prep career.  Eikmeier went on to play at UNO.  Kristie (Korth) Brezenski was a 1998 graduate of Columbus Scotus.  She was a standout on three volleyball and three basketball state championship teams, she set assist records while leading the Shamrocks to the state soccer championship in 1998 and became a four-time conference offensive player of the year for the College of St. Mary soccer team.  South Sioux City coach Kelly Flynn coached the school to eleven state championships and 508 victories in 27 years.  Columbus Scotus volleyball coach John Peterson was also honored.  His 41-year coaching career includes 863 volleyball victories and 353 basketball victories as well as 15 state volleyball championships and three state basketball titles.  Recognized as a Great  Moment in High School Sports was when twins Darren and Damon Schmadeke of Boone Central led their team to the 1991 Class C state track championship with a 1-2 finish in the 200.  The 1964 Columbus High football team will be honored as a Golden Anniversary Team.  They went 10-0, outscoring opponents 318-87 and chosen as the state champion by the Omaha World-Herald.

Local Schedule:  Columbus Lakeview at Nfk Cath/LHNE (B Socc.-6:30); Nfk High at Papillion La Vista South (Bsbl DH-4:30); Nfk Cath & LHNE at Plainview Inv. (T&F-12:30); LHNE at Crofton Inv. (BG-10:00); Ohio St. At Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Nashville at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05); Nfk High at Grand Island Inv. At Riverside GC (Ccd.); North Dakota at Creighton (Bsbl-Ccd.).

Local Scores:  Omaha Skutt 4 LHNE/Nfk Cath 0 (G Socc.); Lincoln SW at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-Ppd); Nfk High at Sioux City East (G Tenn. Dual-Ppd); Nashville at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-Ppd to DH on Saturday at 2:05).

     COLLEGE  BASKETBALL  TOURNAMENTS
    
    
          NIT
    
          Championship
          at  Madison  Square  Garden
      Final    Minnesota      65    SMU      63 

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Minnesota            10    Chi  White  Sox      9
      Final            Boston                    4    Baltimore              3
      Final            Tampa  Bay              7    Toronto                  2
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          4    Houston                  2
      Final            Oakland                  3    Seattle                  2,  12  Innings
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Chi  Cubs                3    Pittsburgh            2
      Final            St.  Louis              7    Cincinnati            6
      Final            Miami                      8    Colorado                5
      Final            Washington            8    N-Y  Mets                2
      Final            San  Francisco      8    Arizona                  5
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Oklahoma  City    106    San  Antonio        94
      Final    Dallas                  113    L-A  Clippers    107
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Columbus          2    Philadelphia      0
      Final            Carolina          4    Dallas                  1
      Final  OT      Toronto            4    Boston                  3
      Final            Calgary            4    Tampa  Bay            1
      Final            St.  Louis        2    Buffalo                1
      Final  2OT    Chicago            3    Minnesota            2
      Final            Pittsburgh      4    Winnipeg              2
      Final  2OT    Colorado          3    N-Y  Rangers        2
      Final            San  Jose          2    Los  Angeles        1

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