Sports News-June 12, 2013

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The San Antonio Spurs own a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals rolling to a 113-77 rout of the Miami Heat.  The Spurs set a finals record by hitting 16 three-pointers, with Danny Green hitting seven from beyond the arc and finishing with 27 points.  Gary Neal contributed six treys and 24 points while San Antonio limited LeBron James to 15 points on 7-21 shooting.
 
Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke with high pitches, sparking a heated brawl that involved players and coaches and resulted in six ejections in a game in which the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 last night.  Kennedy, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward, along with Puig, reliever Ronald Belisario and Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire were ejected in the seventh inning after the prolonged scuffle that nearly spilled into the stands.
 
Jozy Altidore continued his scoring blitz with a goal in his third straight match, Eddie Johnson thrilled his home club fans with a goal in the 53rd minute, and the United States took over first place in its World Cup qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Panama yesterday.  Altidore scored in the 36th minute on a perfect cross from Fabian Johnson, moments after a potential penalty kick for the Americans was denied.  Eddie Johnson then gave the U.S. some cushion when he collected Geoff Cameron's pass over the top of Panama's defense and slid a left-footed shot past Jaime Penedo less than ten minutes into the second half.  The U.S. holds a two-point lead over Costa Rica and Mexico in the qualifying group in the ten-game final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.  They will host Honduras next Tuesday night in Sandy, Utah.

As expected, Tim Tebow has signed a contract to play with the Patriots.  Sources tell The Associated Press it is a two-year deal.  Tebow says he's "very thankful" for the second chance.  Two people with knowledge of the deal told the AP that Tebow was signed for no guaranteed money.  One person says he will make the veteran's minimum salary, $630,000 in 2013, with incentives.

North Carolina has locked down the final spot in the field of the College World Series.  The Tar Heels beat South Carolina 5-4 yesterday in Game Three of their Super Regional.  With the win, North Carolina joins Oregon State, Mississippi State, Indiana, North Carolina State, Louisville, LSU, and UCLA in the field.  The College World Series starts on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.  On Saturday, Oregon State will face Mississippi State at 2:00 and Indiana meets Louisville at 7:00.  On Sunday, North Carolina plays North Carolina State at 2:00 and LSU battles UCLA at 7:00.

The Nebraska football team has landed it's fourth commit for the 2014 recruiting class, in 6'4, 300-pound, Tanner Farmer.  The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star reports that Farmer played high school football for Highland High School in Illinois, which finished 5-5 in Class 5A.  He played both ways as a left tackle and an interior defensive tackle.  On defense, Farmer was counted on to eat up double teams.  He also had offers from Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois State, and Western Michigan.  Farmer will likely play offensive guard or center.

The Nebraska softball team finished eighth in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA top-25 polls.  National champion Oklahoma earned the top spot in both polls.  The number eight ranking was Nebraska's third-highest finish since the polls began in 1995 and the highest since NU finished sixth in 2002.  The Huskers earned a spot in the final top 25 for the 14th time in the 19 years the USA Today/NFCA poll has existed.  The Huskers finished 45-16 in 2013, reaching the College World Series going 0-2.

Student athletes at Wayne State are continuing to excel in the classroom while maintaining high standards in their respective sport.  The cumulative grade point average for athletes was 3.175 for the 2012-13 academic year.  13 of the 15 sports posted a team cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better.  Women's sports were led by soccer with a 3.55 team grade point average followed by basketball at 3.51 and volleyball at 3.49.  On the men's side, baseball recorded the top team grade point average at 3.23 followed by indoor track & field with a 3.12 and outdoor track & field at 3.07.  Seven teams from Wayne State have also received special academic awards from their respective coaches associations.  87 student-athletes with sophomore academic and athletic standing received NSIC All-Academic honors throughout the 2012-13 school year.

Eight players have signed to play basketball for the Northeast Hawks men's basketball team for the 2013-14 season.  The recruits include Demarcus Cunningham of Georgia; Dionte Strachan of the Bahamas; Maureese Barber of Tennessee; Jesse Brown of South Dakota; Chima Moneke of Australia; Anthony Woods of Missouri; and Lyle Hexom & Buay Tuach of Omaha.  The Hawks open the season on November 1st by taking on North Platte Community College in McCook in the North Platte Community College Classic.

Sam Mueret of Brunswick, the Nebraska Class 'C' state boys champion, leads the opening of the PGA Junior Series event at ArborLinks in Nebraska City by two-strokes after an opening round score of three-under 69.  Plainview's Mitchell Klooz shot a 74.

The Nebraska School Activities Association announced yesterday that Norfolk Catholic and Bancroft/Rosalie were among winners of the Farmers Schools Sportsmanship Award for this past school year.  Norfolk Catholic was honored for the fourth consecutive year while Bancroft/Rosalie was recognized for the third time.  A Farmers representative will present the Sportsmanship Award at an all-school event during the upcoming school year.

106 KIX has announced it's upcoming high school football broadcast schedule featuring eleven regular season games.  Norfolk High's four broadcasts has them at home against Grand Island & Lincoln East while visiting Kearney & Lincoln Southeast.  Class "C-1" Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic will be covered in their opener at home against Columbus Lakeview on August 29th and also home tilts with Boone Central/Newman Grove, Wahoo, & Wayne.  Lutheran High Northeast will be broadcast in their home contests with West Holt, Crofton, & Ponca.  Aside from their regular season games, 106 KIX will also cover the Panthers & Eagles in their playoff runs.

Local Schedule:  Grand Island at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl DH-5:30); Nfk Golden Girls 18's Vs. Flames-6:00; Vs. Lincoln NE Swingers-7:30; Vs. Silver Lightning-9:00 (Lincoln SB League); Tekemah/Herman at Kellys 18's (SB DH-6:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Nashville (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Wayne 6-14 Nfk Seniors 4-1 (Bsbl DH); Nashville 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final          Minnesota            3    Philadelphia        2
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Baltimore            3    L.A.  Angels          2
      Final          Tampa  Bay            8    Boston                    3
      Final          Cleveland            5    Texas                      2
      Final          Detroit                3    Kansas  City          2
      Final          Toronto                7    Chi  White  Sox      5,  10  Innings
      Final          Oakland                6    N-Y  Yankees          4
      Final          Seattle                4    Houston                  0
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Pittsburgh          8    San  Francisco      2
      Final          Miami                    5    Milwaukee              4
      Final          St.  Louis            9    N-Y  Mets                2
      Final          Cincinnati        12    Chi  Cubs                2
      Final          Colorado              8    Washington            3
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers      5    Arizona                  3
      Final          San  Diego            3    Atlanta                  2
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    San  Antonio    113    Miami      77
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Minnesota      87    San  Antonio      72

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