Sports News-June 11, 2014

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The San Antonio Spurs set an NBA Finals record by hitting 76% of their shots in the first half of a 111-92 rout of the Heat in Miami.  Kawhi Leonard hit his first six shots and scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the first half.  LeBron James and Dwayne Wade each had 22 points for the Heat, who will try to even the series at two games apiece when they host the Spurs tomorrow night.
Longtime NBA guard Derek Fisher has a new job coaching the New York Knicks.  Just days after finishing his 18 year career as a pro, Fisher agreed to become coach after Mike Woodson was fired by new Knicks' president Phil Jackson.  Fisher and Jackson have a longstanding relationship as Jackson coached Fisher when the two were with the Lakers.

Shelly Sterling's attorney will be in probate court today to seek an emergency order for a hearing so a judge can confirm her authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, according to an individual familiar with the matter.  She brokered the $2 billion sale of the team to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, but her husband and co-owner Donald Sterling is fighting to keep control of the franchise.  Donald Sterling was suspended for life by NBA commissioner Adam Silver for making racist comments to a girlfriend that were recorded and publicized.

Nebraska's clean-up hitter apparently couldn't pass up the chance to play professional baseball for his home-state team.  Second baseman Pat Kelly announced yesterday that he plans to skip his senior season with the Huskers and instead sign a contract with the Minnesota Twins, who drafted him in the twelfth round last week.  The Omaha World Herald reports that Kelly thanked his NU teammates and the program's coaches in a statement released by the athletic department Tuesday.  Kelly was a three-year starter with the Huskers, finishing 20th in school history with 212 career hits,  He led the team with 55 RBIs in 2014, batting .311 on his way to a first-team spot on the All-Big Ten squad.  Kelly committed just three errors defensively.  He becomes the second NU junior to choose an MLB franchise over the Nebraska program this week.  Starting pitcher Aaron Bummer confirmed to The World-Herald yesterday that he intends to sign with the Chicago White Sox.  Also, the Omaha World Herald reports that Nebraska baseball recruit Jakson Reetz will pass on his commitment and sign with the Washington Nationals, his high school coach confirmed yesterday.  Jason Cullison said Reetz, selected in the third round of last week’s Major League draft, informed NU coach Darin Erstad on Monday of his decision.  Reetz batted .486 as a senior catcher for Class ‘B’ Norris this season.  Reetz is the second Husker baseball recruit to accept an offer from the pros following last week’s draft.  Monte Harrison, a second-round pick out of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, already has signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers for a reported $1.8 million.

Tiani Reeves of Gothenburg has committed to the Nebraska volleyball team according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The high school senior-to-be called NU coach John Cook Monday night and committed.  The 6’1 first-team Super-State middle blocker/outside hitter had Division I recruiting interest in both volleyball and track, a sport where she won both the Class ‘B’ long jump and triple jump gold medals at last month’s state track meet and finished second in the 200-meter dash.  Reeves chose to accept a partial scholarship package at Nebraska over the same opportunity at Kansas.  She also had been contacted by Arkansas, Iowa State, Dayton and Memphis.  Reeves led Gothenburg to a 27-5 record last fall in Class ‘C-1’ after cranking 369 kills and 89 ace blocks.  She played club this past winter and spring for the Nebraska ONE 17-and-under team.

The Husker softball team picked up a key addition to its 2015 roster yesterday, when Head Coach Rhonda Revelle announced that All-America catcher Steph Pasquale will transfer to Nebraska.  Pasquale spent the first four years of her career at Temple, and she will have one season of eligibility for the Big Red.  She was set to end her career this spring in Temple’s final season fielding a softball team, but suffered a broken hand and appeared in only twelve games in 2014, earning a medical hardship and a fifth year of eligibility.  A native of New Jersey, Pasquale was one of 50 players nationally named to the 2014 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List, and she was also named a team captain.  Pasquale was a 2013 third-team All-American, becoming the only Owl to earn All-America accolades. She was named the 2013 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and the 2011 A-10 Rookie of the Year.

Local Schedule: Grand Island Home Federal at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl DH-5:30); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s vs. Kearney Krush-6:00; vs. Bandits-9:00 PM (Lincoln SB League); Omaha Storm Chasers at Sacramento (Bsbl-9:05).

Saturday Afternoon:  The second annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic pits the best graduated seniors in the area in one last hurrah at 1:00.  Pregame coverage at 12:30 on 106 KIX &

Local Scores: Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 5-6 Scribner Red Rippers 4-3 (SB DH); Sacramento 3 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl).

      Final            Arizona              4    Houston          1
      Final            St.  Louis          1    Tampa  Bay      0
      Final            Miami                  8    Texas              5
      Final            Boston                1    Baltimore      0
      Final            Minnesota          4    Toronto          0
      Final            Kansas  City      9    Cleveland      5
      Final            L.A.  Angels      2    Oakland          1,  14  Innings
      Final            N-Y  Yankees      3    Seattle          2
        Detroit    at    Chi  White  Sox    (8:10  p.m.,    postponed,  Rain)
      Final    Chi  Cubs              7    Pittsburgh            3
      Final    Philadelphia      5    San  Diego              2
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers      6    Cincinnati            1
      Final    N-Y  Mets              6    Milwaukee              2
      Final    Atlanta              13    Colorado              10
      Final    Washington          2    San  Francisco      1
      Final    San  Antonio    111    Miami      92
      Final    Tulsa          72    New  York          57
      Final    Phoenix      81    Washington      66
      Final    Seattle      80    Chicago            76

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