Joe's Morning Sports-Friday, June 7, 2019

The St. Louis Blues have taken a three-games-to-two lead in the Stanley Cup final as they try to win the title for the first time in their 51-season history.  Jordan Binnington turned back 38 shots and Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and an assist as the Blues nipped the Bruins, 2-1 in Boston.  O'Reilly assisted on David Perron's eventual game-winner midway through the third period, and Binnington had a shutout until Jake DeBrusk beat him with 6:28 left.

Klay Thompson is set to return from a left hamstring injury for the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors tonight.  Two-time reigning finals MVP Kevin Durant remains out, however.  Durant strained his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference semifinals.  Toronto leads the best-of-seven finals 2-1.  Kyle Lowry says the Warriors executive who shoved him in Game Three should not be allowed to be part of the league going forward.  The NBA is in partial agreement, banning Mark Stevens from NBA games for one year.  Stevens is a Golden State investor who made contact with the Raptors' guard after Lowry dove into the seats for a loose ball.  Lowry says Stevens is "not a good look for the ownership group that they have" with the Warriors.  The NBA also fined Stevens $500,000 for the incident.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has accepted a four-year contract extension through the 2024 season.  Wentz is 23-17 in three seasons as the starting quarterback but has missed 13 games, including five playoff contests, over the past two years.  He finished third in NFL MVP voting in 2017 when backup quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.  Wentz has thrown for 10,152 yards, 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions with a 92.5 passer rating.  ESPN says the extension is worth $128 million with more than $107 million guaranteed.

For the second straight year, Nebraska will be on the road for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as the Huskers will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, for a matchup with Georgia Tech.  The game will take place on Dec. 4 at a time to be determined.  This will be only the second-ever matchup between the Huskers and Yellow Jackets, as they have not played since a 66-49 win by Georgia Tech on Dec. 28, 1983.  The Yellow Jackets return its top three scorers from last year’s 14-18 team.  Nebraska is 5-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge since joining the conference in 2011-12.

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced its 2019 Hall of Fame inductees yesterday and former Wildcat baseball All-American Dustin Jones is one of four individuals selected for induction.  The induction ceremony will be held July 9th in Lakeville, Minnesota at the NSIC’s 20th annual Summer Kickoff event at 6:30.  Jones becomes the sixth individual from Wayne State to be inducted into the NSIC Hall of Fame, joining volleyball player Emily (Schroeder) Jones in 2018, retired baseball coach John Manganaro (2016), softball/soccer standout Sarah (Herrick) Wagenfuhr (2015), baseball pitcher Brady Borner (2012) and the late Pete Chapman (athletic director) in 2006.  Jones was a standout center fielder for the Wildcats from 2004-07.  He helped Wayne State win four NSIC regular season titles, three NSIC Tournament titles and played in the NCAA Tournament all four years, including a regional championship game appearance in 2004.

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team has released its 2019 schedule.  The Defending Region XI-B champions will look to repeat and make a fourth-consecutive trip to the NJCAA DII National Volleyball Tournament in Charleston, West Virginia.  The Hawks kick-off the season on Aug. 23 in a two-day tournament at the Southeast Community College Tournament in Beatrice before returning home to host Highway 81-rival, Central Community College at 7:00 on Aug. 28 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.  The Region XI Tournament in slated to begin on Nov. 2, with the District Championship set for Nov. 10.  The NJCAA DII Volleyball National Tournament begins on Nov. 15 in Charleston.

The Seventh Annual Northeast Nebraska Football Classic will be held on Saturday at 12:00 at Veterans Memorial Field in Norfolk.  Among the representatives making up the ‘White’ team include Norfolk High’s Austin Bruzek, Connor Clayton, Nick Sazama, & Conner Cowling.  The ‘Red’ squad will include Lutheran High Northeast’s Marcus Echtenkamp and Connor Wilcox along with Norfolk Catholic’s Jalen Robinson.  The ‘Red’ team will be coached by Crofton’s Tom Allen while the ‘White’ squad will be led by Neligh/Oakdale’s Ron Beacom.

The 22nd annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Volleyball match is set for 3:00 on Saturday at the Cox Activities Center at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.  The ‘Dark’ team will be coached by Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Denae Buss and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s Cami Oelsligle.  Members of the ‘Dark’ squad includes Battle Creek’s Shelby Obst & Rachel Schlote; Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s Taya Bellar; Hartington/Newcastle’s Isabelle Harms; Elgin Public/Pope John’s Allyson Wemhoff; Wisner/Pilger’s Jordan Wegner; Ewing’s Miranda Summers & Jaidyn Schindler; Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Jada Cattau, Maddie Wieseler, & Brianna Miller; O’Neill’s Brianna Bauer; and Jessi Brester of Howells/Dodge.  The ‘Light’ team will be coached by Stanton’s Tracy Kuester-Burtwistle and Clarkson/Leigh’s Becky Schneider.  Members of the ‘Light’ squad includes Lutheran High Northeast’s Matty Boning; Crofton’s Josie Sanger; Stanton’s Jessi Brandl, Liz Christensen, & Bree Burtwistle; Pierce’ Maggie Brahmer; West Point/Beemer’s Sierra Kile; Clarkson/Leigh’s Kaegan Held & Hannah Kasik; Elkhorn Valley’s Hannah Ollendick; Clearwater/Orchard’s JoCee Johnston; and Erin Prusa of Howells-Dodge.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Seniors vs. Yankton-10:30; vs. Brookings, SD-12:45 (Lewis & Clark Bsbl Tourn. At Yankton, SD); El Paso at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Fremont Avalanche 7-2 Kelly’s 18’s 2-3 (SB DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Albuquerque 1 (Bsbl).

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     AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Tampa  Bay          6    Detroit              1

      Final    Boston                7    Kansas  City      5

      Final    Houston              8    Seattle              7,  14  Innings

      Final    N-Y  Yankees      6    Toronto              2

      Final    Minnesota          5    Cleveland          4

      Final    Texas                  4    Baltimore          3

      Final    Oakland              7    L-A  Angels        4

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    N-Y  Mets          7    San  Francisco      3

      Final    Pittsburgh      6    Atlanta                  1

      Final    St.  Louis        3    Cincinnati            1

      Final    Milwaukee        5    Miami                      1

      Final    Colorado          3    Chi  Cubs                1

      Final    San  Diego        5    Washington            4

    

    

          ---

          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    St.  Louis      2    Boston      1

    

          ---

          WOMEN'S  NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    Connecticut      89    L.A.  Sparks      77

      Final    Las  Vegas          92    Atlanta              69

      Final    Minnesota          58    Phoenix              56

    

    

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          MAJOR  LEAGUE  SOCCER

    

    Final    New  York  City        5    FC  Cincinnati        2

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