Sports News-May 30, 2014

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An individual with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.  The person said Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement which must be presented to the NBA for approval.  Shelley Sterling agreed to the sale, but there's still question as to whether Donald Sterling is willing to sell.

The San Antonio Spurs own a 3-2 lead in the NBA's Western Conference Finals after Tim Duncan delivered 22 points and twelve rebounds in a 117-89 pounding of Oklahoma City.  Manu Ginobili came off the bench to add 19 points on 7-9 from the field, and Danny Green contributed four three-pointers and 14 points.  The Spurs were on the mark from everywhere, shooting 51% from the field, 26-30 from the line and 13-26 from three-point range.

The New York Rangers stifled the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game Six of the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals last night to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years.  Dominic Moore scored the lone goal late in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist needed to make just 18 saves, five in the final period.  Lundqvist had been 0-5 since 2009 in non-Game 7 clinching games.

The Nebraska baseball team opens the NCAA Tournament today at the Stillwater, Oklahoma Regional with a meeting against Cal State Fullerton at 12:00.  The 21st ranked Huskers are the two seed in the regional while the Titans are the three seed.  Nebraska comes into today with a 40-19 record while Cal State Fullerton is 32-22.  The Huskers have won twelve of their last 14 games while the Titans have won seven contests in a row.  Nebraska finished second in the Big Ten in the regular season and lost to Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game for the second straight year.  The Huskers are making their 13th appearance in the national tournament.  They're 31-25 all-time in the tournament and reached the College World Series in 2001, 2002 and 2005.  Chance Sinclair will get the start for NU today.  He is 9-1 with a 2.29 ERA while Thomas Eshelman will toe the rubber for Cal State Fullerton.  He is 8-3 with a 1.92 ERA.  The other matchup today has top seed and host 45-16 Oklahoma State facing 25-25 fourth seeded Binghamton at 6:00.

After earning unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honors last week, Nebraska junior pitcher Chance Sinclair was tabbed for a national honor as he was named a third-team Louisville Slugger All-American by Collegiate Baseball.  Sinclair is the first Husker to earn All-American honors since Michael Pritchard was a third-team pick by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2012.  Johnny Dorn was the last NU pitcher to earn All-American honors, selected as a third-team honoree by the NCBWA in 2008.  Sinclair leads the Huskers with a 9-1 record while also posting a 2.29 ERA.  Nebraska opens NCAA Tournament play tomorrow at 12:05 and Sinclair is scheduled to start NU’s first tournament game since 2008.  The No. 2 seed Huskers will play No. 3 seed Cal State Fullerton in the Stillwater Regional.

Creighton sophomores Matt Warren & Reagan Fowler received All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger yesterday.  Warren was named to the All-America Second Team, while Fowler claimed Third Team recognition.  Warren posted a 10-1 record with a 2.03 ERA, and was also named to the All-BIG EAST First Team.  Fowler, the BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year, led the Bluejays with a .362 average, 16 doubles, three triples and a .464 on-base percentage.  Reagan also earned a BIG EAST All-Tournament selection, was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection and led Creighton with five game-winning RBI.

Wayne State College Director of Athletics Mike Powicki announced yesterday that Wildcat head baseball coach Brian Disch has resigned his position, effective June 30, to take a teaching job at Norfolk High School.  Disch, who resides in Norfolk, has been a player, assistant coach and head coach with the Wildcat baseball program for 15 years while helping build a program that has had 17 straight winning seasons.  In five years as a head coach, Disch compiled a 138-104 overall record while going 98-56 in the NSIC.  This season, Wayne State was 27-24 overall and finished eighth in the NSIC with an 18-15 league mark.  As a player, Disch was a standout with the Wildcat program from 1999-2004.  He earned First Team All-NSIC honors as a senior in 2004, hitting .301 with 11 homers and 38 RBI’s and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2004 NSIC Tournament after helping WSC win the tournament title.  The Wayne State College Athletic Department will soon determine and announce the process for filling the vacant Head Baseball Coach position.

Mickey Doerr of Wayne State College has been voted to the Capital One Academic All-District VII Men’s Track/Cross Country First Team.  It’s the third straight season that Doerr has received Academic All-District honors.  Doerr, a senior sprinter from Bloomfield, carries a 4.00 grade point average majoring in history and science education.  He is a two-time Academic All-American for the Wildcat men’s track and field program, earning Third Team honors as a sophomore in 2012 and Second Team accolades as a junior last season.  This season, Doerr was recognized as the Bob Cunningham Scholar Athlete of the Year at Wayne State College.

The Boys State Golf Championships wrapped up today at various sites.  In Class ‘A’, at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln, Omaha Creighton Prep is the team champion shooting a two-day total of 562.  They won by 32 strokes.  Norfolk carded a 313 on Thursday to finish eighth with a 624 total.  Omaha Creighton Prep’s Benjamin Maschka was the medalist with a two-day total of 136.  He won by a single stroke.  Norfolk’s Alex Strom tied for seventh with a 144 after shooting a 76 on Thursday.  Teammate Ross Gerber carded a 155, Devan Maas shot 160, Preston Marsh put up a 165, and Ryan Wittler shot a 174.  In the Class ‘B’ competition at Indianhead Golf Course in Grand Island, McCook beat Beatrice in a one-hole playoff.  Both shot a 609.  Samuel Morse of Columbus Lakeview was the medalist with a 140.  He won by three strokes.  O’Neil’s Nathan Gotschall tied for sixth place with a 149 and Wayne’s Kaje Maly tied for 15th place with a 154.  In Class ‘C’ at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln, Hastings St. Cecilia won the team title with a 622.  They won by 18 strokes.  Hartington Cedar Catholic finished fourth with a 643.  Gibbon’s Rylee Reinertson was the medalist shooting a 136.  Sam Meuret of Plainview took second with a 137.  Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Dalton Lammers got seventh place with a 150, Plainview’s Colin Wright tied for eighth with a 151, West Point Guardian Angels’ Cody Steuter tied for eleventh place carding a 153, and Stanton’s Brook Klinetobe tied for 15th with a 154.  In the Class ‘D’ competition at Kearney Country Club, Thayer Central was the team champion with a 666.  They won by 13 strokes.  Bancroft/Rosalie took third with a 680, Fullerton was fourth shooting a 702, and Hartington High placed fifth with a 706.  Humphrey St. Francis’ Trevor Kosch was the medalist with a 150 winning in a one-hole playoff.  Teammate Michael Brockhaus placed third with a 156, Bancroft/Rosalie’s Auston Darnell took fourth carding a 157, teammate Preston Peters shot 160 to place seventh, and West Holt’s Alex Fritz tied for eleventh place shooting a 166.  71 golfers from the Northeast Nebraska area are in competition.

Omaha will host the state wrestling tournament through 2019 after the Nebraska School Activities Association approved a five-year contract yesterday.  The NSAA voted 7-1.  The NSAA also awarded the 2015 dual wrestling tournament to Kearney, with the option of renewing the contract annually for 2016 and 2017.

Local Schedule: Nfk Seniors vs. Columbus at Fremont Tourn. (Bsbl-5:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk Seniors 10 Wayne/Wakefield 3 (Bsbl); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 11-14 Columbus Lakeview 0-2 (SB DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Oklahoma City 3 (Bsbl).

      Final          Boston                    4    Atlanta                3
      Final          Texas                      5    Minnesota            4
      Final          Detroit                  5    Oakland                4
      Final          Kansas  City          8    Toronto                6,  10  Innings
      Final          Houston                  3    Baltimore            1
      Final          L.A.  Angels          7    Seattle                5
      Final          N-Y  Mets                4    Philadelphia      1
      Final          San  Francisco      6    St.  Louis            5
      Final          Arizona                  4    Cincinnati          0
      Final          Pittsburgh            6    L.A.  Dodgers      3
      Final    San  Antonio    117    Oklahoma  City      89
      Final    N-Y  Rangers      1    Montreal      0
      Final    Indiana      79    Connecticut      65

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