Sports News-June 16, 2014

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The San Antonio Spurs have won their fifth NBA championship in 16 seasons by whipping Miami 104-87 in Game Five, ending the Heat's two-year reign.  The Spurs trailed 22-6 before outscoring the Heat by 35 over the next 2 ½ quarters.  Kawhi Leonard finished with 22 points and ten rebounds, while Patty Mills shot 5-8 from three-point range in adding 17 points in less than 18 minutes off the bench.

Martin Kaymer has tied the fourth-largest margin of victory at the U.S. Open, finishing eight strokes ahead of Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler.  Kaymer is the seventh player to lead the tournament wire-to-wire, closing with a 1-under 69 for a 9-under total.  It's the second major title for Kaymer, who claimed the PGA Championship in 2010.

Switzerland won its World Cup opener by scoring late in stoppage time to beat Ecuador 2-1.  Argentina also earned a 2-1 triumph over Bosnia as Lionel Messi scored the eventual game-winner in the 65th minute.  And Karim Benzema scored twice as France opened World Cup play with a 3-0 win over Honduras.

Just four days ago, United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann raised eyebrows across the country when he said that his Unites States team winning this World Cup "is just not realistic.”  But before the Americans open their tournament against Ghana, he appeared to backtrack from that stance.  "I booked my flight after the final," Klinsmann said yesterday at the United States' pre-match press conference.  The Unites States opens today with a 5:00 against Ghana in Natal in Group G, which also features Portugal and Germany.

Jimmie Johnson won for the third time in four races by finally conquering Michigan International Speedway.  Johnson surged ahead with about ten laps remaining and held off Kevin Harvick to earn his first victory in 25 career starts at Michigan International Speedway.  Brad Keselowski finished third after two straight runner-up showings at Dover and Pocono.

Boomer White singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to give TCU a 3-2 win over Big XII rival Texas Tech in the College World Series.  The Horned Frogs trailed 2-1 before scoring twice in the eighth.  Virginia also reached the winner's bracket as the Cavaliers beat Mississippi 2-1 on Mike Papi's RBI double with two out in the bottom of the ninth.  Virginia hurlers Nathan Kirby and Artie Lewicki combined for the first one-hitter at the CWS since 1983.  Play resumes today with Texas playing Louisville in a 2:00 elimination game and Vanderbilt meeting UC Irvine at 7:00

The 25th Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship will return to Heritage Hills Golf Course in McCook today through Thursday.  Heritage Hills last hosted the championship in 2004, when Lincoln's Joe Kubick won.  59 competitors have entered and will begin the championship with an 18-hole stroke play qualifier today, after which the low 32 scores will advance to match play, starting tomorrow and concluding with a 36-hole final on Thursday.  Sean Song, 2013 Runner-Up, Brunswick’s Sam Meuret, 2013 Nebraska Junior Amateur Champion, and Ben Maschka, 2014 Class ‘A’ Individual Champion, highlight the field of competitors.  Also involved in the field include Norfolk’s Luke Kluver, Humphrey’s Trevor Kosch, Laurel’s Mitchell Klooz, Plainview’s Tucker Knaak & Colin Wright.

Heritage Hills Golf Course in McCook will host the 52nd Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship today through Wednesday. Seventeen competitors will take to the southwest Nebraska club that will be a first time host of the girls competition.  The championship begins with an 18-hole stroke play qualifier today, after which the low 16 scores will advance to match play, starting tomorrow and concluding with an 18-hole final on Wednesday.  Haley Thiele of Wahoo, the defending champion, and Megan Vetrovsky, a native of McCook and 2013 Runner-Up, highlight the field.  Also involved in the tournament include Snyder’s Hannah Hunke.

Winside’s Caleb Lienemann scored on a 19 yard touchdown run with 7:53 remaining in the fourth quarter and the ‘Red’ team rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the ‘White’ squad 20-14 in the second annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic at Norfolk’s Veterans Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.  The ‘Red’ team’s Shaka Taylor of Lutheran High Northeast threw a touchdown pass and ran for another in the victory.  White team quarterback Taylor Reedy of Norfolk High threw two first half touchdowns to stake his team to a 14-0 lead.  Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Tyler Hedlund & Casey Wisnieski of Howells/Dodge were the recipients of the touchdown passes.  Reedy finished 21-39 for 293 yards and two touchdowns along with two interceptions, however he only threw for 70 yards in the second half and was intercepted late in the fourth quarter to snuff out the ‘White’ team’s final drive.  Hedlund caught eight passes for 98 yards and a score.  Wisnieski hauled in five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.  The ‘White’ team outgained the ‘Red’ squad in yardage 413-325.  Wynot’s Davis Wieseler caught Taylor’s touchdown pass for the ‘Red’ team.  Norfolk Catholic’s Jackson Love & Taylor Kathol of Hartington Cedar Catholic were named offensive & defensive players of the game for the ‘Red’ team while Hedlund & Norfolk High’s Landen Thieman were honored as offensive & defensive player of the game for the ‘White’ team.  Long-time Norfolk Daily News Sports Editor, Denny Fuehrer and National Hall of Fame High School Football Coach Bob Schnitzler of Battle Creek were the first recipients of the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic Lifetime Awards.  NFL referee & former Norfolk Panther Clete Blakeman provided the honorary coin toss.  The attendance was announced at 2490.

The ‘Dark’ team beat the ‘Light’ team in four sets in the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Volleyball  Classic at the Cox Activates Center at Northeast Community College in Norfolk on Saturday.  Scores of the match had the ‘Dark’ team winning 25-14, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21.  According to the Norfolk Daily News, future Wayne State Wildcats Erin Gross of Tekemah/Herman and Lutheran High Northeast’s Megan Gebhardt combined for 17 kills and three ace blocks.  Gross had twelve kills and two aces while Gebhardt added five kills and an ace block.  Gebhardt was selected as the ‘Dark’ team MVP while Emily Everitt of O’Neill High was named ‘Light’ squad MVP.  She finished with three kills.

Local Scores: Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 5 Ashland/Greenwood 1 (Seward SB Tourn. Championship Game.); Omaha Storm Chasers 10 Fresno 7 (Bsbl).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            Atlanta              7    L.A.  Angels          3
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Detroit              4    Minnesota              3
      Final            Cleveland          3    Boston                    2,  11  Innings
      Final            Toronto              5    Baltimore              2
      Final            Kansas  City      6    Chi  White  Sox      3
      Final            Tampa  Bay          4    Houston                  3
      Final            Oakland            10    N-Y  Yankees          5
      Final            Seattle              5    Texas                      1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Miami                  3    Pittsburgh            2,  10  Innings
      Final            N-Y  Mets            3    San  Diego              1
      Final            Chi  Cubs            3    Philadelphia        0
      Final            Cincinnati      13    Milwaukee              4
      Final            St.  Louis          5    Washington            2
      Final            Colorado            8    San  Francisco      7
      Final            Arizona              6    L.A.  Dodgers        3
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    San  Antonio    104    Miami      87
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Connecticut      76    New  York          72
      Final    Phoenix              80    Minnesota        72
      Final    Atlanta              75    Washington      67
      Final    Tulsa                  85    Seattle            79
    
    
          WORLD  CUP  SOCCER
    
      Final    Switzerland      2    Ecuador                            1
      Final    France                3    Honduras                          0
      Final    Argentina          2    Bosnia-Herzegovina      1

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