Sports News-May 19, 2014

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The Indiana Pacers took Game One of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals yesterday as Paul George finished with 24 points and seven assists in a 107-96 win over the Miami Heat.  David West and Roy Hibbert each had 19 points for the Pacers, who led from wire to wire and shot 52% from the field. Dwyane Wade had 27 points for the Heat, who entered the series 8-1 in the postseason and 2-0 in series openers.

The 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team capped an incredible run to the NCAA Columbia Regional title by beating 15th-seeded Missouri for a second straight game yesterday, 8-1.  The Huskers captured a regional championship for the second straight season and for the eighth time in school history.  Nebraska won game one yesterday 11-4.  They won a road regional for only the second time in school history and for the first time since 2002.  After losing to Kansas in Friday's opener, the Huskers won four consecutive games in less than 23 hours, outscoring its opponents 30-6 during the four-game run to the title.  With the title, Nebraska improved to 44-16 on the season, while posting their school-record 18th road win of the year.  N-U advances to the NCAA Tuscaloosa Super Regional, where they will face two seed Alabama.  The series will start at 8:00 on Thursday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Don Meyer, one of the winningest coaches in college men's basketball, has died in South Dakota.  Family spokeswoman Brenda Dreyer says the former Northern State coach died of cancer at 6:52 AM on Sunday at the age of 69.  Meyer, a native of Wayne, led his teams to the playoffs 19 times and compiled a 923-324 record.  He retired in 2010, after a decade at Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and 24 seasons at Lipscomb in Tennessee.  Four months after a near-fatal car accident in 2008 and a cancer diagnosis, Meyer was coaching from a wheelchair when he passed Bobby Knight as the NCAA's winningest coach in men's basketball history.  Duke's Mike Krzyzewski took the title in 2012.  Meyer was a standout athlete at Northern Colorado.  He began his head coaching career at Hamline in Minnesota.

Boys district golf meets get underway across the state.  Norfolk High hosts the A-1 Meet at the Norfolk Country Club at 9:00 AM.  Teams participating include Bellevue East, Omaha Creighton Prep, Elkhorn South, Hastings, Millard North, Omaha North, and South Sioux City.  Norfolk Catholic & Lutheran High Northeast compete in the C-3 District Meet at Fairplay Golf Course at 9:00 AM.  Among the participants include Battle Creek, Bloomfield, Crofton, Elgin Public/Pope John, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Madison, Neligh/Oakdale, Niobrara/Verdigre, Plainview, and Twin River.

Local Schedule:  Kearney at Nfk High (G. Tenn. Dual-4:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Nashville (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Memphis 2 (Bsbl).

      Final          N-Y  Yankees          4    Pittsburgh            3    (first  game)
      Final          Pittsburgh            5    N-Y  Yankees          3    (second  game)
      Final          Oakland                13    Cleveland              3
      Final          Kansas  City          8    Baltimore              6
      Final          Houston                  8    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final          Seattle                  6    Minnesota              2
      Final          Texas                      6    Toronto                  2
      Final          L.A.  Angels          6    Tampa  Bay              2
      Final          Detroit                  6    Boston                    2
      Final          Philadelphia        8    Cincinnati            3
      Final          Washington            6    N-Y  Mets                3
      Final          Atlanta                  6    St.  Louis              5
      Final          Chi  Cubs                4    Milwaukee              2
      Final          San  Francisco      4    Miami                      1
      Final          Arizona                  5    L.A.  Dodgers        3
      Final          Colorado                8    San  Diego              6,  10  Innings
      Final    Indiana    107    Miami      96
      Final    Chicago      3    Los  Angeles      1
      Final  OT    Minnesota      90    Connecticut      87
      Final          Phoenix          74    Los  Angeles      69

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