Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, April 16, 2018
Linebacker James Harrison, who turns 40 May 4, has decided to retire from the NFL after 15 seasons. Harrison, who signed with the New England Patriots Dec. 26 after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, had said in the week leading up to Super Bowl LII that he hoped to play another season or two. He ended up being utilized a lot more than many anticipated by New England. After having played just 40 snaps over 14 games with the Steelers last season, Harrison was on the field for 69 snaps in Super Bowl LII. He had a franchise-record 80.5 sacks in 14 seasons with the Steelers.
The Houston Rockets carried the top overall seed into the NBA playoffs yesterday, but they had their hands full against the Minnesota Timberwolves. James Harden hit seven three-pointers and finished with 44 points as the Rockets pulled out a 104-101 victory over the Wolves. Harden scored the last seven points in a 9-0 run that erased a one-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The league scoring leader provided eleven straight Houston points in the final period. The Timberwolves stayed in the game despite a quiet performance by Karl-Anthony Towns, who had just eight points after averaging 21.3 during the regular season. Andrew Wiggins had a team-high 18 points for Minnesota. Game Two is Wednesday in Houston.
Victor Oladipo poured in 32 points and the Indiana Pacers overcame LeBron James’ triple-double in a 98-80 victory at Cleveland. Myles Turner had 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Indiana, which led 33-12 in the first quarter and handed the Cavs their postseason-opening loss in eight years. James finished with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career playoff triple-double, but the rest of Cleveland’s starters accounted for just 25 points. Game Two is Wednesday in Cleveland.
Al Horford delivered 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Boston Celtics outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-107 in overtime. Terry Rozier had 23 points for Boston, which led 99-96 until Khris Middleton nailed a long three-pointer at the buzzer to force OT. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which stays in Boston for Game Two on Tuesday.
Paul George shot 8-11 from three-point range and lit up the Utah Jazz for 36 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 116-108 win over Utah. George had 20 points by halftime and set a Thunder playoff record for three-pointers in a game. Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for OKC, who host Game Two on Wednesday. Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds but was limping in the fourth quarter because of a sore left foot.
Bartolo Colon carried a perfect game into the eighth inning and Robinson Chirinos drove in the Texas Rangers’ runs in a 3-1, ten-inning victory at Houston. The 44-year-old Colon retired 21 straight hitters until Carlos Correa led off the eighth with a walk and Josh Reddick doubled one batter later. Chirinos delivered a two-run double in the tenth inning after homering for the only hit against Justin Verlander, who struck out eleven over eight innings.
The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school baseball rankings. Omaha Creighton Prep is the new number one in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Omaha Roncalli is the new number one in Class ‘B’.
Checking out the local schedule for today, the Norfolk Catholic/Lutheran High Northeast boys soccer team visits Columbus High at 5:00, the Norfolk High track & field teams are at Columbus High for a 4:30 dual, and the Norfolk High girls tennis team competes in the Lincoln North Star Invite at 9:00 AM. In baseball, Norfolk High hosts West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic/Scribner-Snyder/West Point-Beemer in a single game at 5:00, the Northeast Hawks play Iowa Lakes Community College in a 4:30 doubleheader at Nebraska City and the Omaha Storm Chasers are at Nashville at 12:05. In golf, Norfolk Catholic entertains Plainview in a 4:00 dual at Norfolk Country Club, the Ponca Invitational has been postponed. Lutheran High Northeast was to have participated. Also, the Midland Invitational at Fremont Golf Club has been postponed. The Northeast Hawks were to have participated.
Local Schedule: NC/LHNE at Columbus High (B. Socc.-5:0)); Nfk High at Columbus (T&F Dual-4:30); Nfk High at Lincoln North Star Inv. (G. Tenn.-9:00 AM); WPGA CC/S-S/WP-B at Nfk High (Bsbl-5:00); Plainview at NC at Nfk CC (BG Dual-4:00); NECC vs. Iowa Lakes CC at Nebraska City (Bsbl DH-4:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Nashville (Bsbl-12:05); LHNE at Ponca Inv. (BG-Ppd.); NECC at Midland Inv. (MG-Ppd.).
Local Scores: Nashville 1 Omaha Storm Chasers 0 (Bsbl); Iowa at Nebraska (Bsbl-Ccd.); Nebraska-Omaha at Western Illinois (Bsbl-Ccd.).
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Final Philadelphia 10 Tampa Bay 4
Final Boston 3 Baltimore 1
Final Oakland 2 Seattle 1
Final Texas 3 Houston 1, 10 Innings
N-Y Yankees at Detroit 1:10 p.m., postponed
Toronto at Cleveland 1:10 p.m., postponed
Chi White Sox at Minnesota 2:10 p.m., postponed
L-A Angels at Kansas City 2:15 p.m., postponed
N-Y Yankees at Detroit 7:10 p.m., postponed
Final Pittsburgh 7 Miami 3
Final St. Louis 3 Cincinnati 2
Final N-Y Mets 3 Milwaukee 2
Final Colorado 6 Washington 5
Final San Diego 10 San Francisco 1
Final L-A Dodgers 7 Arizona 2
Atlanta at Chi Cubs 2:20 p.m., postponed
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Final OT Boston 113 Milwaukee 107
Final Indiana 98 Cleveland 80
Final Oklahoma City 116 Utah 108
Final Houston 104 Minnesota 101
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Final Pittsburgh 5 Philadelphia 1
Final Minnesota 6 Winnipeg 2
Final OT Columbus 5 Washington 4
Final Vegas 3 L.A. Kings 2