Sports News-May 20, 2013

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Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists as the San Antonio Spurs whipped the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 in Game One of the NBA's Western Conference finals.  Kawhi Leonard added 18 points for the Spurs, who shot 53% from the field and set a team playoff record by draining 14 three-pointers.  Grizzlies All-Star Zach Randolph missed his first seven shots and scored his only points on a tip-in with 9:26 left in the game.

It was one of the best performances of Miguel Cabrera's career, yet it wasn't enough for the Detroit Tigers to beat the Texas Rangers.  Cabrera hit three homers while going 4-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored, but the Rangers rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 7-5 to beat the Tigers 11-8.  David Murphy hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth and had four RBIs to lead the Texas comeback.  Cabrera raised his average to .387, but the Tigers fell two games behind the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians.  The Rangers took three of four from Detroit and lead the AL West by 6 ½ games over Oakland, the largest division lead in the majors.

The Nebraska & Creighton baseball teams get set for conference tournaments starting this week.  Third seeded Nebraska will take on sixth-seeded Michigan in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Wednesday at 3:35.  The Huskers are 25-28 overall and 15-9 in the conference while the Wolverines are 29-25 overall and 14-10 in the Big Ten.  Creighton is the three seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament starting on Tuesday at 9:00 AM at Normal, Illinois.  They will play sixth-seeded Indiana State.  The Bluejays are 30-16 overall and 13-8 in the conference while the Sycamores are 24-23 overall and 9-11 in the conference.  In other Creighton baseball news, sophomore Jake Peter was one of twelve players named a finalist for the John Olerud Two-way Player of the Year Award.  The award recognizes players who excel both on the mound and in the field.

The 14th seeded Nebraska softball team fought through three weather delays and a tough 13th ranked Stanford squad to win it first regional championship since 2002 with a 10-5 victory over the Cardinal in the NCAA Lincoln Regional Championship Game yesterday in Lincoln.  With the win, 43-13 Nebraska advanced to the first Super Regional in school history.  The Huskers will have three seed 49-9 Oregon on the road in the Eugene Super Regional.  The three-game series will start on Saturday at 7:00.

Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper earned a spot on the American’s twelve-player roster for the Women’s World University Games.  Hooper, a 6’2 forward from Alliance, is a two-time All-American and has led the Huskers to back-to-back NCAA tournaments, including a trip to the Sweet 16 as a junior last season.  The United States Women’s Basketball junior national team committee chose the squad that will represent the U.S. in Russia, from July 8-15.  Hooper and her other teammates will meet again for training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs form June 25 through July 1.  Hooper is one of five players who will be making their first appearances on a U.S. Squad.

A car with an Omaha as part-owner will race in next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 according to the Omaha World Herald.  Driver Buddy Lazier averaged 223.442 mph in four laps during Bump Day qualifying yesterday.  That was good enough for Lazier’s No. 91 car, partially owned by Chris Nielsen of Omaha, to qualify 32nd in the 33-car race.  Lazier will start in the middle of the eleventh row.  Nielsen, has an ownership stake in Lazier Partners Racing.  Sunday will mark the group’s first Indianapolis 500.  In mid-April, they bought the Chevy car that Lazier will race in the Indy 500.  Lazier, 45, will be the oldest driver in the field.  In 16 runs at the Indy 500, he has five top-five finishes, including a win in 1996.  He won the 2000 Indy Car Series championship.

The Lincoln Journal Star has announced its final high school baseball rankings.  Class “A” Champion Omaha Westside is the new number one in Class “A” while Class “B” Champion Norris remains first in Class “B”.

The City of Norfolk was represented in the State Track & Field Championships at Burke Stadium in Omaha this past weekend.  Norfolk Catholic’s Bailey Ehlers was crowned the champion of the Girls Class “B” High Jump with a mark of 5’4.  Also for the Knights, Kegan Ehlers was fifth in the 100 Meter Dash.  Courtney Schindler placed sixth in the Pole Vault.  Bailey Barnes took seventh in the 300 Hurdles.  Regarding Norfolk High athletes, Patrick Meuret placed sixth in the Class “A” 400 Meter Dash.  Katricia Svoboda placed third in the Discus.  Erica Dover was second in the Shot Put.  Claire Sintek got seventh in the High Jump.  TaLeah Williams placed seventh in the Triple Jump.  Chelsea Johnson was sixth in the 300 Hurdles.  The Lady Panther 1600 Meter Relay Team placed third.  Lutheran High Northeast’s Dalton Bichlmeier was second in the Class “C” Discus.  Megan Gebhardt took eighth in the 200 Meter Dash.  And the Eagle Boys 4X100 Meter Relay team placed second to Battle Creek.  The Norfolk High girls totaled 27 points in the Class “A” Competition.  The Norfolk Catholic girls accumulated 15 points in Class “B”.  The Lutheran High Northeast boys totaled 16 points in the Class “C” Competition.

Local Schedule:  Tucson at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Las Vegas 3 (Bsbl).

Congratulations Bailey Ehlers of the Norfolk Catholic Track & Field team!  She is the Class “B” Girls High Jump Champion!

      Final    Pittsburgh        1    Houston                  0
      Final    Cleveland          6    Seattle                  0
      Final    Tampa  Bay          3    Baltimore              1
      Final    Boston                5    Minnesota              1
      Final    L.A.  Angels      6    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final    Oakland              4    Kansas  City          3
      Final    Texas                11    Detroit                  8
        Toronto    at    N-Y  Yankees    (1:05  p.m.,    postponed,  Rain)
      Final    Miami                    2    Arizona                  1
      Final    Philadelphia      3    Cincinnati            2
      Final    Atlanta                5    L.A.  Dodgers        2
      Final    St.  Louis            4    Milwaukee              2
      Final    N-Y  Mets              4    Chi  Cubs                3
      Final    Colorado              5    San  Francisco      0
      Final    San  Diego          13    Washington            4
      Final    San  Antonio    105    Memphis      83
      Final            Boston      5    N-Y  Rangers      2
      Final  2OT    Ottawa      2    Pittsburgh        1

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