Sports News-May 16, 2013

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The Miami Heat are in the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year and will play either the New York Knicks or Indiana Pacers.  LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Heat rallied from an eleven-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91 to win that second round series in five games.
 
The Memphis Grizzlies are going to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history after eliminating Oklahoma City in five games, 88-84.  Zach Randolph posted his fourth double-double of the five-game series with 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who will play either San Antonio or Golden State in the conference finals.
 
Seattle fans' hopes to land an NBA franchise were dashed yesterday with NBA owners voting 22-8 against the Sacramento Kings' proposed move to the Pacific Northwest.  Seattle has been without an NBA team since 2008 when the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City and rechristened the Thunder.

Rutgers has named Julie Hermann its new athletic director and the former second athletic administrator at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program.  Hermann replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit last month after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice.  Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them.  Hermann, a former Nebraska volleyball player, will be paid $450,000 annually as a base salary with $50,000 in incentives and $35,000 contributed to a deferred compensation plan, according to a university release.

Two college football players accused of knocking a man unconscious in a weekend brawl have been charged with second-degree assault.  University of Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former offensive lineman Alexander Lewis appeared in court yesterday but waived a formal advisement of charges.  Witnesses told police that 22-year-old Lee Bussey was knocked unconscious early Saturday when Lewis shoved his head into a brick wall.  Lewis and Webb allegedly pushed him to the ground and punched him.  Lewis announced last Friday that he planned to transfer to Nebraska and his lawyer initially said Lewis was wearing Cornhuskers attire at the time of the fight.  However, lawyer Donald Brenner now says he wasn't.  He said Lewis' status with Nebraska is up in the air and will depend on the outcome of the case.

Wayne State had 30 student-athletes named to the 2013 Northern Sun Conference Spring All-Academic Team.  To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or better.  Wayne State baseball had twelve athletes named All-Academic followed by both men’s outdoor track and field with seven, women’s outdoor track and field had six honorees, softball four and women’s golf one.  Among the recipients included Mickey Doerr of Bloomfield, Matthew Peter of Winside, and Zach Thomsen of Wayne from the Men’s Outdoor Track & Field team.   Also honored was Stephanie Baumgart of Humphrey High, and Sidney Blum & Megan Svitak of Howells from the Women’s Outdoor Track & Field squad.

The Omaha World Herald has released its final high school soccer rankings.  In the boys rankings, Class “A” champion Omaha South remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A”.  In Class “B”, champion South Sioux City is the new number one, Columbus jumps from fifth to fourth, Schuyler slips from fourth to sixth, and Columbus Scotus stays at number seven.  In the girls rankings, Class “A” champion Millard West is the new number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A”. In Class “B”, champion Omaha Skutt is once again first and Columbus Scotus remains fourth.

The Girls State Tennis Championships get underway today at 9:00 AM.  Class “A” holds their competition in Omaha while Class “B” commences in Lincoln.  Norfolk High will be represented by Emily Kortje in  #1 Singles & Kayla Fowler in #2 Singles.  The Lady Panthers will showcase Emma Kwapnioski & Whitney Schutt in #1 Doubles while McKenzie Essley & Logan Maggart will participate in #2 Doubles.

Local Schedule:  Michigan at Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Missouri St. At Creighton (Bsbl-12:30); South Dakota St. At Nebraska-Omaha (Bsbl-2:00); Las Vegas at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).

Friday & Saturday:  We’ll have reports on the State Track & Field Championships from Omaha Burke Stadium throughout the day on 106 KIX, Lite Rock 97.5, & Newstalk WJAG 780 AM & 105.9 FM.

     INTERLEAGUE
   
      Final    San  Diego              8    Baltimore              4
      Final    Cleveland            10    Philadelphia        4
      Final    Toronto                11    San  Francisco      3
   
   
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
   
      Final    Houston                  7    Detroit                  5
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      9    Minnesota              4
      Final    Texas                      6    Oakland                  2
      Final    Seattle                12    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final    Boston                    9    Tampa  Bay              2
      Final    Kansas  City          9    L.A.  Angels          5
   
   
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
   
      Final    Arizona                  5    Atlanta                  3
      Final    Pittsburgh            3    Milwaukee              1
      Final    Cincinnati            4    Miami                      0
      Final    Chi  Cubs                6    Colorado                3
      Final    St.  Louis              4    N-Y  Mets                2
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers        3    Washington            1
   
   
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
   
      Final    Miami          94    Chicago                  91
      Final    Memphis      88    Oklahoma  City      84
   
   
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS
   
      Final    Chicago      4    Detroit      1

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