Sports News-May 5, 2014

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Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza finished with 22 points as Washington beat Indiana 102-96 in Game One of the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals.  Washington hit ten of its 16 three-point attempts, with Ariza going 6-6.  The Wizards won a second-round game for the first time since 1982 and are 4-0 on the road in this year's playoffs after winning at Indianapolis for the first time in their last 13 visits.
Chris Paul drained a career-best eight three-pointers and finished with a game-high 32 points as the Los Angeles Clippers ripped Oklahoma City 122-105 in Game One of the NBA's Western Conference semifinals.  Paul also had ten assists for the Clippers, who closed the first quarter on a 23-6 run and led by 26 entering the final period.  The Clippers went 15-29 from three-point range and shot 55% from the field overall.

The BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences have announced the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST and basketball visionary.  The Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on four consecutive days in the first full week of the college basketball season.  The series begins at the start of the 2015-16 season and will span eight years, with games played at home sites.  Teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue during the 2014-15 season.  The full schedule of eight games will be announced in late spring of each year.

Cole Huff, a forward who was an honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference selection as a sophomore at Nevada this past season, has announced he plans to transfer to Creighton.  Huff announced last month he planned to leave Nevada.  The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the 6’8 swing man confirmed on Twitter Sunday that he will enroll at Creighton in the Big East Conference.  He'll have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season because of NCAA transfer rules.  Huff averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season.  He led the Wolf Pack in three-point-shooting accuracy at 40% and free-throw accuracy at 82%.

A Lincoln man is accused of stealing at least five of Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook’s championship rings from a display case at the Devaney Sports Center last fall.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports Dallas Jordan, 29, took the collection.  He stole Big XII Championship rings and a 2006 national championship ring from an unlocked display case, according to an affidavit from a University of Nebraska-Lincoln police officer.  Jordan was part of a crew doing renovation work at the Devaney Center at the time, according to UNL police.  In late March, he sold two of the rings to the officer for $860 dollars, the affidavit says.  The officer, who was under cover and pretending to be a member of the Hell's Angels biker gang, met Jordan at a motel on Cornhusker Highway where Jordan was living and working at the time.  Those two rings, which include the national championship ring, are the only ones police have recovered.  The officer says two of the others may have been stolen, and a third given to someone in Nebraska City. Each is worth an estimated $325.  Jordan is charged with felony theft in the case. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.  He remained in jail Monday having not posted $300, the required 10 percent of his $3,000 bond.

The Wayne State College athletic department recognized its top student athletes for the 2013-14 school year last night.  Seven major awards were handed out at the banquet along with Most Valuable Players announced for each sport.  Senior football player Charlie Davidson was named Male Athlete of the Year while senior track and field All-American Carly Fehringer was a repeat winner at Female Athlete of the Year.  Freshmen athlete of the year honors went to baseball player Jake Perez and volleyball player Alyssa Frauendorfer while senior football player Brent Schlote was named winner of the tenth annual Wildcat Inspiration Award.  The Cunningham Scholar Athletes of the Year, named after longtime supporter Bob Cunningham to honor the top male and female scholar athletes, were given to senior Mickey Doerr from men’s track and field and junior women’s basketball player Ashton Yossi.

John Roberts of Wayne State was announced as the Northern Sun Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week following his performance last Wednesday at Upper Iowa.  Roberts, a junior lefthander from Wisconsin, fired six scoreless innings of three-hit ball with ten strikeouts last Wednesday in a 5-3 win at Upper Iowa.  It was the second time this season that Roberts struck out ten batters in a game after he accomplished the feat on April 15th in a seven-inning, no-decision at Winona State.  For the season, Roberts ranks second on the Wildcat pitching staff in strikeouts with 49.  He has a 2-4 record with a 4.46 ERA in twelve appearances and eight starts with two combined shutouts.

The Lutheran High Northeast track & field squad participated in yesterday’s Wisner/Pilger Invite.  In the boys standings, West Point Guardian Angels was the champion with 135 points.  They won by 18 points.  The Eagles totaled 78 points to place fifth.  Champions included Kale Kucera (400); Ryan Freudenburg (Shot Put & Discus); & 4X400 Relay team.  In the girls standings, West Point Guardian Angels were the champion with 150.25 points.  They won by 31 points.  The Lady Eagles garnered 80 points to place fourth.  Champions included Ari Rathke (300); & the 4X400 Relay team.

The Norfolk High girls tennis team competed in yesterday’s Lincoln East Invitational.  The host team was the champion with 46 points.  They won by three points.  The Lady Panthers finished fourth with 26 points.  Molly McNally recorded a 1-3 mark in #1 Singles.  Hannah Matthies placed fourth going 2-2 in #2 Singles.  Jenna Jochum & Emma Kwapnioski took fourth by going 2-2 in #1 Doubles.  Maddy Buettner & Malia Gass got fourth place as well with a 2-3 record in #2 Doubles.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys golf team won their own triangular yesterday at the Norfolk Country Club.  The Eagles shot a 374, Heartland Lutheran carded a 387, and Lincoln Lutheran put up a 399.  Lutheran High Northeast’s Josh Miller was the medalist with a 91.  He won by two strokes.

Local Schedule:  Omaha South at Nfk High (B. Socc. A-5 Dist. Semifinal-5:00); Nfk Cath/LHNE at Schuyler (B. Socc. B-6 Dist. Semifinal-4:00); LHNE/Nfk Cath Vs. Columbus Scotus at Wilderness Park, Columbus (G. Socc. B-6 Dist. Semifinal-5:30); Archbishop Bergan at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-5:00); Nfk High at Lincoln Pius X Inv. At Arbor Links GC (BG-9:00 AM); Nfk High at Grand Island (G Tenn. Dual-4:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Round Rock, TX (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Nfk Cath/LHNE 3 Columbus Lakeview 1 (B-6 Dist. B. Socc. Tourn.); Omaha South 3 Nfk High 0 (A-1 Dist. G. Socc. Tourn.); South Sioux City 8 Nfk High 2 (Bsbl); Nfk High 160 Columbus 163 (BG Dual); Oklahoma City 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 (Bsbl).

      Final            Toronto                  3    Philadelphia      0
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      3    Chi  Cubs              1,  12  Innings
      Final            Colorado                8    Texas                    2
      Final            San  Diego              6    Kansas  City        5,  12  Innings
      Final            Minnesota              1    Cleveland            0,  10  Innings
      Final            Detroit                  2    Houston                0
      Final            L.A.  Angels          4    N-Y  Yankees        1
      Final            Seattle                  4    Oakland                2
      Final            Washington            4    L.A.  Dodgers      0
      Final            San  Francisco    11    Pittsburgh        10,  13  Innings
      Final            Miami                      4    N-Y  Mets              3
      Final            St.  Louis              4    Atlanta                3
      Final            Milwaukee              8    Arizona                3
      Final    Washington        102    Indiana                  96
      Final    L-A  Clippers    122    Oklahoma  City    105
      Final    Pittsburgh        2    N-Y  Rangers      0
      Final    Los  Angeles      3    Anaheim              1

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