Sports News-April 9, 2014

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Brooklyn completed a four-game season sweep of the Heat as Joe Johnson scored 19 points and Marcus Thornton added 16 in the Nets' 88-87 win at Miami.  Mason Plumlee was credited with a block on LeBron James' dunk attempt in the final seconds.  James had 29 points, ten rebounds and six assists for the Heat, who now lead the NBA's Eastern Conference by just a half-game over Indiana.

Breanna Stewart scored a team-high 21 points and Stefanie Dolson came within three assists of a triple-double as the Connecticut Huskies hammered Notre Dame 79-58 to win their ninth NCAA women's title.  Dolson finished with 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for UConn, which completed a 40-0 season by winning a battle of unbeaten teams.  It's the ninth NCAA crown for Geno Auriemma, breaking a tie with Pat Summitt for the most all time.

Ryan Braun produced the second three-homer game of his career and collected a career-high seven RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers trounced the home-team Philadelphia Phillies 10-4.  Braun entered the game with only three singles in his first 20 at-bats before belting a three-run shot in the third off Kyle Kendrick.  He capped his assault with another three-run blast in the eighth as Milwaukee ruined the Phillies' home opener.

A late-inning rally for the fourth straight game propelled the Nebraska baseball team to a 4-2 victory over the Creighton Bluejays last night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.  The Huskers scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take a 4-2 lead, while Austin Christensen and Zach Hirsch combined to throw five innings of scoreless relief down the stretch, allowing just two hits while striking out four Jays.  Nebraska mustered only five hits on the evening while Creighton had six.  Jake Placzek had two RBI's for NU and the Bluejays' Brad McKewon had two hits.  Hirsch was the winning pitcher to improve to 3-0 while the Bluejays' John Oltman took the loss to drop to 0-1.  The Huskers are now 20-13 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten while Creighton is now 15-11-1 overall.

Tommy Armstrong Jr. is taking ownership of the Nebraska starting quarterback's job, saying he has learned from the mistakes he made last season.  The Cornhuskers won seven of the eight games Armstrong started in spite of his problem with turnovers.  He threw eight interceptions.  According to STATS, Armstrong's rate of one for every 16 passes was the fourth-worst mark in the Bowl Subdivision for quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts.  His priority this spring has been to be smarter about when and where to throw the ball.  Armstrong says on more than 300 passes this spring, he's been intercepted only three times.  The Huskers play their spring game on Saturday.

Two minor league hockey players from Nebraska are being investigated by police in Minnesota for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl and recording it.  Court documents say two 18-year-old players from the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League had sex with the girl at a Moorhead hotel Feb. 15 when the team was in town to play the Fargo Force.  KFGO radio of Fargo reports a search warrant affidavit says one of the players took a brief video of the encounter, which was circulated among other players.  A Moorhead detective traveled to Lincoln, Neb., to interview the two players.  Their cell phones were seized as evidence.  Lincoln Stars president and general manager Jon Hull says team officials are waiting to see what happens with the police probe.

The Wayne State women's outdoor track and field team dropped two spots to 19th in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Team Computer rankings released yesterday.  Individually, junior thrower Sara Wells ranks second in the nation in the discus (164' 0") and fifth nationally in the shot put (48' 4"), Wayne senior Carly Fehringer is fourth in the hammer throw (195' 11") while Albion senior Emily Wells ranks ninth in the hammer throw at 174' 3".

The Norfolk Catholic track & field squad competed in yesterday's Battle Creek Invite.  The host team won the boys standings with 139 points.  The Knights were second with 130 points.  Beau Schommer won the Shot Put & Discus, David Engelhaupt claimed the 300 Hurdles, Matt Miller took the 800, and Nathan Boyle won the Pole Vault.  Norfolk Catholic won the girls criteria with 137 points.  Stanton was second with 133.5.  Courtney Schindler claimed the Pole Vault, Geena Piper took the Discus, Bailey Ehlers won the High Jump, Bailey Barnes went home with the 100 & 300 Hurdles, and Nicole Aschoff took the 3200.

The Lutheran High Northeast track & field team participated in yesterday's Wayne Invitational.  Columbus Scotus won the boys standings with a score of 149 points.  They won by 55 points.  The Eagles finished eighth with 24 points.  Ryan Freudenburg claimed the Discus event with a mark of 145'1.  In the girls standings, Columbus Scotus was the team champion with 132 points.  They won by 14 points.  Lutheran High Northeast finished tied for fifth with 31 points.  Samantha Wolff won the Discus event with a throw of 109'1.

Local Schedule:  Kansas St. At Nebraska (Bsbl-5:00); WSC at Bemidji St. At Bemidji, MN (Bsbl DH-1:30); WSC at SW Minnesota St. At Marshall, MN (SB DH-2:00); Memphis at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-11:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk High 2 Lincoln North Star 1 (B. Socc.); Lincoln North Star 1 Nfk High 0 (G. Socc.); Columbus 3 Nfk Cath/LHNE 2 (B. Socc.); Columbus 3 LHNE/Nfk Cath 0 (G. Socc.); Grand Island 16-11 Nfk High 0-1 (Bsbl DH); Lincoln East 9 Nfk High 0 (G. Tenn. Dual); Nebraska 4 Creighton 2 (Bsbl); Memphis 9 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl); Nebraska-Omaha 3 Nebraska 2 (SB); Creighton 10-3 South Dakota St. 2-0 (SB DH).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Bailey Barnes of the Norfolk Catholic track & field team.

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      Final          Chi  White  Sox    15    Colorado              3
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      Final    Dallas                    95    Utah                    83
      Final    Oklahoma  City    107    Sacramento        92
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      Final            Ottawa                  4    N-Y  Islanders      1
      Final  OT      Columbus              4    Phoenix                  3
      Final            Philadelphia      5    Florida                  2
      Final            Tampa  Bay            3    Toronto                  0
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      Final            Washington          4    St.  Louis              1
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