Sports News-May 21, 2014

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The NBA's Eastern Conference finals are tied at a game apiece after Dwyane Wade scored 23 points and LeBron James added 22 in Miami's 87-83 comeback win over the Pacers at Indiana.  James scored six straight during a 12-2, fourth-quarter run that put the Heat ahead to stay.  James and Wade combined for 22 of Miami's 25 fourth-quarter points.
 
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA draft lottery and will have the top pick next month for the sixth time in franchise history, and the third time in four seasons.  Milwaukee has the second selection after entering the lottery with the best chance of landing the top spot.  Philadelphia will choose third, followed by Orlando, Utah, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has received initial approval to enter a court program that could result in dismissal of an assault charge against him in New Jersey.  The decision relates to an aggravated assault charge Rice faces following a Feb. 15 incident with his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino elevator.  The couple married a day after Rice was indicted.  Atlantic County acting prosecutor Jim McClain said the decision was made after his office "considered all relevant information."  The pretrial intervention program allows for charges to be dismissed against first-time offenders who participate in it and meet certain conditions.

The Nebraska baseball team opens the Big Ten Tournament today at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha with a meeting against Ohio State at 1:05.  The 20th ranked Huskers are the two seed in the bracket while the Buckeyes are the seven seed.  Nebraska comes into today with a 37-18 overall record and 18-6 in the Big Ten while Ohio State is 30-26 overall and 10-14 in the conference.  The Huskers have won nine of their last ten games while the Buckeyes have dropped five of their last eight contests.  Nebraska swept Ohio State in their lone three-game series in Lincoln April 4-6.  Chance Sinclair will get the start for NU today.  He is 9-1 with a 1.88 ERA while Tanner Tully will toe the rubber for the Buckeyes.  He is 6-3 with a 2.08 ERA.  Other matchups today in the tournament have Illinois playing Michigan State, Indiana tangling with Iowa, and Minnesota meeting Michigan.

Nebraska second baseman Pat Kelly, outfielder Michael Pritchard and starting pitcher Chance Sinclair were named to the All-Big Ten baseball first team yesterday.  Husker first basemen Blake Headley and starting pitcher Christian DeLeon earned second-team honors, while reliever Zach Hirsch captured third-team honors.  NU outfielder Ryan Boldt was an All-Freshman team selection, while Ty Kildow was Nebraska's sportsmanship award winner.

Wayne State men’s track and field coach Marlon Brink announced yesterday that Nate Lechtenberg of Papillion and Brady Metz of Grand Island will join the Wildcat program for the 2014-15 school year.  The two join Richard Sweeney of Blair as members of the 2015 men’s track and field recruiting class.  Lechtenberg is a hurdler from Papillion LaVista High School.  He was the Class A-4 District champion last week in the 110 meter hurdles in a personal best time of 14.86 seconds while placing third in the 300 hurdles at 40.50 seconds.  Metz is a triple jumper from Grand Island Senior High School.  He has a season-best mark of 42’ 3” in the triple jump, which is the third-best jump in school history.

The Lincoln Journal Star has posted its final high school boys soccer rankings.  Class ‘A’ Champion Lincoln Southwest is the new number one in Class ‘A’ while Norfolk High falls from the rankings.  Class ‘B’ Champion Columbus Scotus is the new number one in their class.  Schuyler slips from second to third, Columbus High drops from eighth to ninth

Local Schedule: Omaha Storm Chasers at Nashville (Bsbl DH-6:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Nashville 1 (Bsbl).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Matt Miller of the Norfolk Catholic boys track & field team.

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      Final    Baltimore              9    Pittsburgh            2
      Final    Chi  Cubs                6    N-Y  Yankees          1
      Final    Minnesota              5    San  Diego              3
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Cleveland              6    Detroit                  2
      Final    Oakland                  3    Tampa  Bay              0
      Final    Toronto                  7    Boston                    4
      Final    Seattle                  6    Texas                      2
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      7    Kansas  City          6
      Final    L.A.  Angels          9    Houston                  3
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Washington            9    Cincinnati            4
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers        9    N-Y  Mets                4
      Final    Atlanta                  5    Milwaukee              0
      Final    Philadelphia        6    Miami                      5
      Final    St.  Louis              5    Arizona                  0
      Final    Colorado                5    San  Francisco      4
    
    
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    Miami      87    Indiana      83

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