Sports News-May 17, 2013

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The Sacramento Kings are another step closer to staying put.  A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press the Maloof family has reached an agreement with a Sacramento group headed by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive.  The Maloofs would sell a 65% controlling interest in the Kings at a total franchise valuation of $535 million.

The San Antonio Spurs have reached the NBA's Western Conference finals by downing Golden State 94-82 in Game Six.  Tim Duncan finished with 19 points and Kawhi Leonard added 16 and ten rebounds to help the Spurs earn the right to face the Memphis Grizzlies.  Stephen Curry finished with a team-high 22 points but was the lone Warriors starter with more than ten points.
 
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and the New York Knicks stayed alive in the NBA playoffs by beating the Indiana Pacers 85-75 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference semifinals.  J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who shot just 41% but took advantage of the Pacers' 19 turnovers.  Paul George had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers, who host Game Six on Saturday as they try to reach the conference finals for the first time in nine years.

Rutgers and Purdue will be coming to Lincoln to play the Nebraska football team in 2014.  The Huskers announced their 2014 schedule today and said there will be eight conference games for each of the Big Ten's 14 teams.  In 2014 Nebraska will be in the West Division under the new conference alignment, joining Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.  Each team will play its six conference division opponents and two from the East Division.  Beginning in 2016, each school will play three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game Big Ten schedule.  The Huskers will open its 2014 Big Ten schedule at home against Illinois on Sept. 27.  Rutgers visits on Oct. 25, followed by Purdue on Nov. 1.

In a marquee matchup of 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, the Nebraska women’s basketball team will travel to North Carolina for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  The Huskers, who advanced to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, will face a Tar Heel team that earned a trip to the NCAA second round.  Nebraska was 25-9 overall last year and 12-4 in the Big Ten.  North Carolina finished 29-7 overall and 14-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The 16th-ranked Nebraska softball team placed three players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest Region first and second teams.  Junior Tatum Edwards was a first-team pitcher/utility selection, while freshman right-hander Emily Lockman was a first-team pitcher.  Senior Brooke Thomason was a second-team outfielder.  Creighton senior Amy Baker and junior Becca Changstrom were also honored as Baker was named first team and Changstrom secured a second team honor.  Nebraska-Omaha center fielder Allie Mathewson was also named to the First Team.

Northeast Community College has landed another volleyball recruit to its newly reinstated program.  Shelby Weber of West Holt High School in Atkinson has signed a letter of commitment to play next fall.  She had 184 kills, 102 blocks and 39 digs for the Huskies during the 2012 season.  Northeast has already signed Whitney’s Maggie Earney, Overton’s Grace Ecklund, Allen’s Brittany Sullivan, Nazya Thies of Winside, Randolph’s Kirsten Fink, Stanton’s Kennedy Cheyney, Wisner/Pilger’s Emma Heerman, and Sarah Maxson of Wayne.  The college has reinstated volleyball after the program was disbanded in 2002-2003 with Amanda Schultze being named as the head coach.

The Norfolk High girls tennis team’s season came to conclusion at the State Championships in Omaha yesterday.  Kayla Fowler went 1-1 in #1 Singles.  She beat an opponent from Bellevue West in the opening round 3-6, 6-4, and led 3-0 before the opponent retired.  Fowler then lost to an opponent from Millard West in the second round 6-0, 6-1.  Emma Kwapnioski & Whitney Schutt recorded a 1-1 mark in #1 Doubles.  They beat an opponent from Omaha Bryan in the opening round 6-1, 6-0 before losing to a team from Millard North 7-5, 6-0.  McKenzie Essley & Logan Maggart went 1-1 in #2 Doubles.  They defeated an opponent from Omaha Roncalli 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round and then lost to a team from Omaha Marian in the second round 6-3, 6-1.  Emily Kortje lost her opening round match in #1 Singles to an opponent from Lincoln High 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.

The State Track & Field Championships get underway at Omaha Burke Stadium in Omaha today.  Classes “A” & “C” will start their competition at 9:00 AM while Classes “B” & “D” will commence at 3:30.  Norfolk High will be represented by Ryan Hoffie, Zach Hoffie, Patrick Meuret, Ben Protzman, Austin Warren, Jaycee Bradley, Megan Dolezal, Erica Dover, Katherine Dover, Chelsea Johnson, Farren Lovell, Abby Protzman, Claire Sintek, Katricia Svoboda, & TaLeah Williams.  Participating for Norfolk Catholic will be Nick Arlt, Brandon Becker, Nathan Boyle, Kegan Ehlers, Garret McCarthy, Matt Miller, Zach Pospisil, Beau Schommer, Bailey Barnes, Michaela Barry, Abby Beller, Bailey Ehlers, Jessica Giraud, Joelle Heng, Amy Miller, Nicole Raemaekers, Courtney Schindler, & Rachel Wieser.  Lutheran High Northeast will be represented by Dalton Bichlmeier, Kenny Blank, Ryan Freudenburg, Arrin Rathke, Nick Stolze, Megan Gebhardt, & Ari Rathke.  415 athletes from the Northeast Nebraska area will be participating.  Reports can be heard throughout the today & Saturday on 106 KIX, Lite Rock 97.5, & Newstalk WJAG 780 AM & 105.9 FM.

Local Schedule:  Michigan at Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Missouri St. At Creighton (Bsbl-7:00); South Dakota St. At Nebraska-Omaha (Bsbl DH-1:00); Las Vegas at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Michigan 7 Nebraska 5 (Bsbl); Creighton 4 Missouri St. 3 (Bsbl); Nebraska-Omaha 6 South Dakota St. 0 (Bsbl); Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Las Vegas 4 (Bsbl).

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