Joe's Morning Sports-Friday, June 14, 2019

The Toronto Raptors have captured the first NBA championship in the team's 24-season history while denying the Golden State Warriors a third consecutive title.  Series MVP Kawhi Leonard capped his 22-point performance by draining three free throws in the final second to clinch the Raptors' 114-110 victory over the Warriors in Game Six at Oakland.  Klay Thompson was high man for Golden State with 30 points before leaving the game for good in the third quarter with a knee injury.

Last night in a game heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM, Nicky Lopez hit his first major league homer in the stadium where he played college ball to help the Kansas City Royals take a 7-3 decision over the Detroit Tigers at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.  The Creighton product was 8-61 in his previous 15 games and sat out Wednesday's contest in Kansas City before going 2-4 in the first big league game ever played in Nebraska.  Homer Bailey allowed two hits in six shutout innings.  The game at TD Ameritrade Park coincided with the buildup to the College World Series, which begins Saturday.  All eight CWS teams were among the sellout crowd of 25,454 and participated in a pregame ceremony with the major league teams.  The Omaha game is part of a recent trend of playing Major League Baseball games in non-traditional venues.  In 2016, a regular season game was played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  MLB has twice played games in Williamsport, Penn., home of the Little League World Series.  International games have been played in Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico, an unincorporated United States territory.  A game in London is on the docket for 2020.  The Royals improve to 22-46 while the Tigers fall to 25-40.  The College World Series gets underway on Saturday as Texas Tech meets Michigan at 1:00 and Arkansas plays Florida State at 6:00.  In contests on Sunday, Vanderbilt faces Louisville at 1:00 and Mississippi State takes on Auburn at 6:30.

Former Nebraska punter Caleb Lightbourn announced yesterday he’ll play his final season of football at Oregon State according to the Omaha World Herald.  Lightbourn, who announced in April his departure from Nebraska, becomes another ex-Husker to join the Beavers’ program.  Last year Avery Roberts, Tristan Gebbia and Tyjon Lindsey all transferred to Oregon State.  Lightbourn was NU’s starting punter for two-and-a-half seasons before he was replaced by walk-on Isaac Armstrong midway through the Wisconsin game last season.  He later lost kickoff duties as well after a botched onside kick attempt at Ohio State.  The 6’3, 250-pound native of Washington, still has a redshirt season remaining because he was thrust into the starting punter role as a true freshman after the death of Sam Foltz.

Former Nebraska wrestlers Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) and James Green (70 kg) will headline the field for Final X: Lincoln, which will be contested on Saturday at the Devaney Center.  Five women's freestyle weight classes, five men's Greco-Roman weight classes and five men's freestyle weight classes will all be contested.  Final X: Lincoln is one of two events to determine the United States World Team, as other weight classes were contested on June 8 in New Jersey.  During Final X, the top men's and women's freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers compete in a best-of-three series, with the winners earning spots on the United States senior world team and the opportunity to compete at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan, on September 14-22.

The 52nd Nebraska Match Play concludes today with the 36-hole Championship Final at The Players Club in Omaha.  Omaha’s Dan Huston will meet Aurora's Caleb Badura.  Huston won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches yesterday while Badura won his.  Huston beat Parkville’s Tanner Owen 21 holes and Elkhorn’s Ryan Nietfeldt 1 up.  Badura knocked off Omaha’s Andy Sajevic 2 up and Grand Island’s Cade McCallum 4 & 2.

The 36th Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Basketball Games are held tonight with the girls’ contest tipping off at 6:00 followed by the boys’ game at 8:00 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.  Making up the boys ‘Light’ team are O’Neill St. Mary’s Grady Semin; Wakefield’s Solomon Peitz; North Bend Central’s Tanner Wietfeld & John Emanuel; Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s Turner Beller; Clearwater/Orchard’s Blake Hoke; South Sioux City’s Brad Hartnett; O’Neill’s Francisco Perez; Madison’s Keaton Hendren; and Josh Brester of Howells/Dodge.  Coaches of the ‘Light’ squad are West Holt’s Todd Hale and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s Joe Hesse.  Making up the boys ‘Dark’ team are Norfolk High’s Connor Clayton; Norfolk Catholic’s Jack Marsden; Hartington CC’s Matthew Becker; Izac Reifenrath of Laurel/Concord/Coleridge; Pender’s Sam Mailloux; Osmond’s Merrix Denn; Neligh/Oakdale’s Cole Belitz; Wynot’s Landon Wieseler; West Point/Beemer’s Blake Anderson; and Stuart’s Ethan Sattler.  Coaches of the boys ‘Dark’ squad are Winside’s Tom Meyer & Osmond’s Todd Schulze.  The girls’ ‘Light’ team will be made up with Hartington/Newcastle’s Willa Scoville; Elgin Public/Pope John’s Allyson Wemhoff; Humphrey St. Francis’ Tara Foltz; Hartington CC’s Jada Cattau; Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s Taya Beller; Elkhorn Valley’s Amber Miller & Hannah Ollendick; West Point/Beemer’s Sierra Kile; Crofton’s Josie Sanger; & Erin Prusa of Howells/Dodge.  Coaches of the girls ‘Light’ team are Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s Kandee Hanzel & Chambers/Wheeler Central’s Laurel O’Malley.  The girls’ ‘Dark’ team will be made up of Norfolk High’s Gabby Ruth; South Sioux City’s Marybeth Rasmussen; Lorna Maxon of Laurel/Concord/Coleridge; Clarkson/Leigh’s Kaegan Held’ O’Neill’s Claire Morrow & Brianna Bauer; Stanton’s Jessie Brandl; West Holt’s Carlie Wetzel; Pierce’ Maggie Brahmer; & Ponca’s Taylor Lamprecht.  The coaches of the girls ‘Dark’ team are South Sioux City’s Molly Hornbeck & Nate Sims of Laurel/Concord/Coleridge. 

Elsewhere on the local schedule, in softball, the Kelly’s 18’s faces the Omaha Lady Diamonds in the opening round of the Class ‘B’ State Softball Tournament at Hastings at 11:00.  The Golden Girls 18’s received a bye and will play at 6:00.  In baseball, the Norfolk Seniors compete in the opening day of the Sioux Falls Invitational.  They play Yankton at 5:00 and Minot, North Dakota at 7:30.  Also, the Omaha Storm Chasers visit Sacramento at 9:05.

Local Scores:  Sacramento 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (11 Inn.) (Bsbl).

CBS Sports Radio at Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00 & the home of Kansas City Royals baseball!

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Minnesota            10    Seattle              5

      Final    Toronto                12    Baltimore          3

      Final    L-A  Angels            5    Tampa  Bay          3

      Final    Boston                    7    Texas                  6

      Final    Kansas  City          7    Detroit              3

      Final    Chi  White  Sox      5    N-Y  Yankees      4

    

    

          ---

          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Atlanta              6    Pittsburgh      5

      Final    Arizona              5    Washington      0

      Final    Colorado            9    San  Diego        6

      Final    L-A  Dodgers      7    Chi  Cubs          3

    

    

        St.  Louis    at    N-Y  Mets      7:10  p.m.

    

    

          ---

          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    Toronto    114    Golden  State    110

    

    

          ---

          WOMEN'S  NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    Indiana      76    Dallas      72

In other news

Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez earned his second watch list recognition of the week, as he was named to the 2019 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List yesterday.  Martinez, who is one of only six sophomores on the 30-member list, is one of three Big Ten quarterb…

The Chicago Cubs have acquired catcher Martin Maldonado from the Royals for left-hander Mike Montgomery.  Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced the deal and added that All-Star catcher Willson Contreras was going on the ten-day injured list with a strain to the arch ar…