Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, March 29, 2018
LeBron James tied one of Michael Jordan’s NBA records while helping the Cleveland Cavaliers stay ahead of Philadelphia and Indiana for the three seed in the Eastern Conference. James came within two assists of a triple-double as he delivered 41 points and 10 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 118-105 win over the Hornets in Charlotte. James has now scored at least 10 points in 866 consecutive games, tying the record held by the Hornets’ owner. The 33-year-old James began the streak on Jan. 6, 2007 and can break Jordan’s record Friday against the Pelicans.
Duke-bound Zion Williamson, who has become the most well-known high school basketball player due to his acrobatic and powerful dunks, suffered a right thumb injury late in the second half of the McDonald’s All American Game last night according to ESPN. The injury was first reported to be possibly dislocated. Williamson drove to the basket, lost control of the ball and put down his right hand to brace his fall. He clutched his thumb on the bench, then was taken to the locker room to be examined. Williamson did not return and finished the game with eight points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. The family released a statement after the game saying Williamson, who is left-handed, will see a personal orthopedist today upon returning home to South Carolina. Williamson is ranked second in the country by ESPN.
Dave Humm, one of the greatest Nebraska passing quarterbacks in the history of the program, died Tuesday night in his hometown of Las Vegas from complications stemming from multiple sclerosis according to the Lincoln Journal Star. He was 65. Humm was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988 at age 35. The disease confined him to a wheelchair permanently in 1997. Many Nebraska fans remember Humm as an outstanding passer. During a span of three seasons from 1972-74, the Huskers were 27-7-2 with Humm at the helm, finishing in The Associated Press Top 10 all three seasons. He was an All-American in 1974 and ended up fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting that year. Humm’s 5,035 career passing yards stood as the school record until Zac Taylor topped him in 2006. A fifth-round NFL Draft pick of the Oakland Raiders, Humm was a backup to Ken Stabler when the franchise won Super Bowl XI and played behind Jim Plunkett when the Raiders captured Super Bowl XVIII.
The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school soccer rankings. In the boys’ rankings, Omaha South is ranked first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, Elkhorn South is the new number one, South Sioux City slips from first to fourth, Schuyler stays at number five, Columbus High remains sixth, and Columbus Scotus drops out of the rankings. In the girls’ rankings, Omaha Marian stays at number one in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, Omaha Skutt is once again first, Columbus Scotus remains fifth, and Columbus High moves up from seventh to sixth.
The Norfolk Catholic boys’ golf team gets their season underway today when they host their own invitational at Norfolk Country Club at 10:00. Other schools participating include Lutheran High Northeast, Battle Creek, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Elgin Public/Pope John, Howells/Dodge, Columbus Scotus, and Wayne. The Knights have twelve golfers out this year and return varsity experience in Drew Pospisil, Jarret Cerny, Jack Marsden, and Eric Anderson. They have two seniors, five juniors, one sophomore, and four freshman on the roster. Norfolk Catholic’s remaining schedule has them competing in invitationals hosted by Ewing, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Lutheran High Northeast, Columbus Lakeview, Humphrey St. Francis, Battle Creek, and the Mid State Conference Meet hosted by Crofton on April 21st. The Knights also have duals with Lutheran High Northeast, Plainview, Neligh/Oakdale, and a triangular with Stanton & Hartington Cedar Catholic involved.
Checking out the local schedule for today, the Norfolk Catholic boys golf team opens their season by hosting their own invitational at Norfolk Country Club at 10:00. Other schools participating include Lutheran High Northeast, Battle Creek, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Elgin Public/Pope John, Howells/Dodge, Columbus Scotus, and Wayne. Elsewhere, the Norfolk Catholic & Lutheran High Northeast track & field squads compete at the Plainview Invite at 9:30 AM. In baseball, Norfolk High entertains Lincoln Southwest in a 5:00 doubleheader and Wayne State is home against Minot State of North Dakota in a 1:00 twin bill.
Local Schedule: LHNE at NC Inv. At Nfk CC (BG-10:00); NC & LHNE at Plainview Inv. (T&F-9:30 AM); Lincoln SW at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-5:00); Minot St. at WSC (Bsbl DH-1:00).
Local Scores: NC/LHNE 7 Grand Island CC 0 (B. Socc.); NECC 5-14 Mt. Marty JV 2-11 (Bsbl DH); Creighton 7-3 Providence 6-2 (SB DH); Augustana 12-9 WSC 3-1 (SB DH).
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Brooklyn 111 Orlando 104
Final Cleveland 118 Charlotte 105
Final Philadelphia 118 N-Y Knicks 101
Final Minnesota 126 Atlanta 114
Final Memphis 108 Portland 103
Final Boston 97 Utah 94
Final L.A. Clippers 111 Phoenix 99
Final L.A. Lakers 103 Dallas 93
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Toronto 4 Florida 3
Final OT Washington 3 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Philadelphia 2 Colorado 1
Final Arizona 3 Vegas 2