Joe's Morning Sports-Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ryan O'Reilly and Alex Pietrangelo each had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues knocked off the Bruins, 4-1 in Boston to win their first Stanley Cup since joining the NHL in 1967.  O'Reilly led the Blues with 23 points in the postseason and received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.  Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots while becoming the first rookie to win 16 games in his first postseason.

Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Kevin Durant has confirmed that he has undergone surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon.  Durant got hurt about two minutes into the second quarter after scoring eleven points in just twelve minutes.  Durant posted on social media yesterday the severity of his injury.  He was in action for the first time since suffering a strained right calf during Game Five of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.

The Nebraska men’s basketball program released its 2019-20 non-conference schedule yesterday.  The eleven game slate includes three games at the Cayman Islands Classic, a meeting with Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and the annual in-state matchup with Creighton.  The Huskers will open the season with four straight home games before hitting the road for the Cayman Islands Classic in late November.  They will officially open the Fred Hoiberg era on Nov. 5 by hosting UC Riverside in the first meeting between the two programs.  Nebraska continues the homestand against a pair of teams that made the postseason last year in Southern Utah on Nov. 9 and South Dakota State on Nov. 15.  The contest with Southern on Nov. 22 is part of the Cayman Islands Classic, as each of the eight teams will play one home game prior to the tournament.  The field for the Cayman Islands Classic from Nov. 25-27 includes Colorado State, George Mason, Loyola of Chicago, New Mexico State, Old Dominion, South Florida and Washington State.  The Huskers open the month of December with road games at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 4 and at Creighton on Dec. 7.  NU will play two conference games ahead of final exams before returning to the court for its final two non-conference games against North Dakota on Dec. 21 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 29.

Nebraska sophomore running back Maurice Washington had his plea hearing bumped back several weeks in California court yesterday according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The hearing was continued until July 25 because of a pending discovery request.  Washington is facing two charges, including a felony, related to a sexually explicit video that he allegedly sent to a former girlfriend.  The girl appears in the video and was 15 at the time it was made.  Washington is not in the video and did not record it.  He was first charged in the case in mid-February.  The new July court date is one week before the Huskers are to open preseason camp.  Washington also has another issue as he was cited for possessing drug paraphernalia in his UNL dorm room on June 4.

Creighton baseball juniors Jake Holton and Will Robertson continued to add to their respective trophy cases as both were selected to the 2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Midwest Region First Team yesterday.  The BIG EAST Player of the Year, Holton was also an All-BIG EAST First Team and BIG EAST All-Tournament team pick. In his first season as a Bluejay, Holton led the squad in hitting at .386 with 80 hits including 15 doubles and 14 home runs.  Holton was selected in the tenth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers.  Robertson closed the 2019 season with a team leading 15 home runs and a team-best 67 RBI. An All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, he was also selected to both the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team as well as the Corvallis NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team.  Robertson closed his Creighton career with 30 career home runs.  He was a fourth round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in the MLB Draft.

Nebraska-Omaha Senior pitcher Payton Kinney was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Division I Midwest All-Region First Team yesterday.  Kinney took the league by storm for the 2019 season, en route to helping his team achieve The Summit League Regular-Season and Tournament titles, along with the program's first berth to an NCAA Division I Regional.  As The Summit League Pitcher of the Year and Tournament MVP, Kinney finished his senior campaign with a 1.96 ERA, an 11-2 record and 111 strikeouts through 115.0 innings. He also garnered All-Summit First Team, Academic All-Summit, Summit League All-Tournament and Summit League Pitcher of the Week (three times) honors this year.

The Kansas City Royals will face the Detroit Tigers this evening at 7:05 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on the eve of the College World Series.  The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.  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, Pennsylvania, 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.  TD Ameritrade Park seats about 24,000 fans and will be MLB-ready.  In last night’s contest, Brandon Dixon broke an eighth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly that sent the Tigers past the Royals, 3-2.  Miguel Cabrera also had a sacrifice fly for Detroit, and Ronny Rodriguez hit an RBI double.  Jorge Soler drove in both Kansas City runs but flied out with a runner on to end the game.  The Tigers are now 25-39 on the season while the Royals drop to 21-46.  This evening’s game can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM at 6:30.

The 52nd Nebraska Match Play is continuing today with the Quarterfinals and Semifinals at The Players Club in Omaha.  In quarterfinal matches, Parkville’s Tanner Owen faces Omaha’s Dan Huston, Bennington’s William Amundsen plays Elkhorn’s Ryan Nietfeldt, Grand Island’s Cade McCallum battles Omaha’s Cole Grandfield, and Omaha’s Andy Sajevic tangles with Aurora’s Caleb Badura.  In the Round of 32 yesterday, Plainview’s Tucker Knaak lost to Grand Island’s Glenn Bills 20 holes and Matthew Schaefer of Fordyce was beaten by Fremont’s John Sajevic 2 & 1.  The 36-hole Championship Final will be held on Friday.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Sacramento (Bsbl-9:05).

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

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     INTERLEAGUE

    

      Final    Cincinnati      7    Cleveland      2

      Final    Milwaukee        6    Houston          3,  14  Innings

    

    

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          AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Oakland      6    Tampa  Bay          2

      Final    Boston        4    Texas                  3

      Final    Toronto      8    Baltimore          6

      Final    Seattle      9    Minnesota          6,  10  Innings

      Final    Detroit      3    Kansas  City      2

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Chi  Cubs              10    Colorado              1

      Final    Arizona                  2    Philadelphia      0

      Final    Miami                      9    St.  Louis            0

      Final    Atlanta                  8    Pittsburgh          7,  11  Innings

      Final    San  Francisco      4    San  Diego            2

    

    

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          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    St.  Louis      4    Boston      1

    

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          WOMEN'S  NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    N-Y  Liberty      75    Minnesota      69

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