Sports News-May 12, 2014

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The Los Angeles Clippers trailed by 22 points in the first quarter and were down by 16 with about nine minutes left before pulling out a 101-99 win against Oklahoma City, tying the Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.  Darren Collison scored ten of his 18 points in the final 4 ½ minutes, including back-to-back layups that put the Clippers ahead 101-97 with 33 seconds to play.  Blake Griffin scored ten of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with nine rebounds.
 
The Indiana Pacers outscored the Wizards 57-37 in the second half of a 95-92 victory in Washington to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.  Paul George had a huge night for Indiana, shooting 7-10 from three-point range and finishing with 39 points and twelve rebounds.  Roy Hibbert had another strong game with 17 points and nine rebounds, while David West chipped in 14 points and eight assists.
 
In his first public comments since being banned for life from the NBA, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized for racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a "terrible mistake."  In the interview taped yesterday and set to air today with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sterling says he's "not a racist," he loves the league, his partners and believes he's "entitled to one mistake" after more than three decades as an owner.  The interview came nearly two weeks after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for his comments, fined him $2.5 million and urged the other league owners to force him to sell the team.  Sterling said he waited to make a public apology because he was "emotionally distraught" and he didn't know how to correct his mistake.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent.  His father, Casey, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press yesterday that Martinez would join the Eagles, but he didn't know what position Taylor would play.  The Eagles' starter is Nick Foles, and Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley are his backups.  Taylor Martinez played in only four games in 2013 because of a foot injury after being named to the coaches' All-Big Ten first team in 2012.  The 6’1, 210-pound Martinez left Nebraska as the program's career leader in total offense, passing yards, career touchdown passes and starts by a quarterback.  He has worked at receiver and safety as well as quarterback during Nebraska's pro day.

The 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team earned an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament when the pairings were announced last night.  The 40-15 Huskers will travel to Columbia, Mo., for an NCAA Regional that includes Missouri, the 15th national seed, along with Kansas and Bradley.  Nebraska will open the regional against the Jayhawks on Friday.  

Eric Browning and Jake Perez of Wayne State were selected to the NSIC Baseball All-Tournament Team following the completion of this year’s tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The two Wildcats were instrumental in helping Wayne State to a third place finish and a 2-2 record in the tournament.  Wayne State finished the season 27-24 overall and eighth place in the NSIC with an 18-15 league mark.  It was the 17th straight winning season for the Wildcat baseball program.

The Omaha World Herald had updated its high school soccer rankings.  In the boys criteria, Omaha Creighton Prep remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Norfolk High drops from both rankings.  In Class ‘B’, Gretna stays at number one, Columbus Scotus moves up from third to second, Schuyler slips from second to third, and Columbus drops from seventh to ninth.  In the girls rankings, Omaha Marian is once again first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’.  In Class ‘B’, Elkhorn South stays at number one, Columbus moves up from fifth to fourth, Columbus Scotus jumps from sixth to fifth,

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Sioux City North (G. Tenn. Dual-4:00); Nfk Cath vs. LHNE at Nfk CC (BG Dual-4:00); Nebraska at Michigan St. at East Lansing, MI (Bsbl-12:05); New Orleans at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).

Local Scores:  Nebraska 4 Michigan St. 1 (Bsbl); Creighton 13-15 St. John’s 11-5 (Bsbl DH); New Orleans 10 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

 

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            Arizona                  5    Chi  White  Sox      1
      Final            Milwaukee              6    N-Y  Yankees          5
      Final            Oakland                  9    Washington            1
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            L.A.  Angels          9    Toronto                  3
      Final            Minnesota              4    Detroit                  3
      Final            Houston                  5    Baltimore              2
      Final            Cleveland              6    Tampa  Bay              5
      Final            Boston                    5    Texas                      2
      Final            Kansas  City          9    Seattle                  7
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Cincinnati            4    Colorado                1
      Final            N-Y  Mets                5    Philadelphia        4,  11  Innings
      Final            Atlanta                  5    Chi  Cubs                2
      Final            San  Diego              5    Miami                      4
      Final            San  Francisco      7    L.A.  Dodgers        4,  10  Innings
      Final            St.  Louis              6    Pittsburgh            5
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    L-A  Clippers    101    Oklahoma  City      99
      Final    Indiana                95    Washington            92
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    N-Y  Rangers      3    Pittsburgh      1
      Final    Chicago              2    Minnesota        1

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