Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April 5, 2018 GMT

The Los Angeles Rams have surrendered their first and sixth-round picks in this year’s draft to the New England Patriots for deep threat receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round selection. Cooks had 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns in his lone season with the Pats after three seasons with New Orleans. Cooks is eligible for free agency following the 2018 season.

Didi Gregorius was the hitting star in the New York Yankees’ home opener yesterday. He crushed a pair of three-run homers and collected a career-high eight RBIs as the Yanks ripped the Tampa Bay Rays, 11-4. Gregorius collected four hits, reached base five times and set a major league record for RBIs by a player in a home opener. He also broke a team record for RBIs in a game by a shortstop. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton heard boos by the eighth inning of his first home game as a Yankee. He struck out a career-high five times, leaving him 1-14 since his two-homer, four-RBI performance on opening day in Toronto.

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Norfolk Catholic has made some changes in their athletic programs. The school has relieved boys basketball coach Shane Anderson and volleyball coach Travis Fisher of their responsibilities. Anderson, just completed his 15th year and finished with a record of 227-142. He won a Class ‘C-1’ State Championship in 2010-11 with that 26-2 team. However, the program finished 23-49 over the last three years including 9-15 this past season. Fisher completed his fifth year as head volleyball coach last fall and had a mark of 50-97. He was an assistant to previous coach Gail Borgmann for two seasons. The team finished last year at 7-22. No replacements have been made for either program.

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook announced yesterday that 6’2 outside hitter Lexi Sun, a unanimous first-team All-Big XII selection as a freshman at Texas in 2017, will transfer to the Husker program. Sun, who will be a sophomore next season, will be eligible to compete immediately. A native of California, Sun was the top-ranked recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com coming out of high school. Sun will join the program in May or June for the start of summer classes and conditioning. She helped the Longhorns win a Big XII title and reach the NCAA regional finals in 2017. Sun averaged 3.27 kills per set and was second on the team with 337 total kills. She received AVCA All-America honorable mention, was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection and All-Freshman Team member.

Former Missouri State men’s basketball coach Paul Lusk will join Creighton’s staff as an assistant. Coach Greg McDermott announced yesterday that Lusk would replace Darian DeVries, who was named head coach at Drake last week. Missouri State fired Lusk last month after he went 105-121 in seven seasons with the Bears. McDermott said Lusk’s connections across the country will be valuable in recruiting and his enthusiasm and work ethic make him a good fit for the Bluejays’ staff.

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Wayne State senior thrower Michaela Dendinger was named the NSIC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week following her performance in last weekend’s Fort Hays State Classic in Hays, Kansas. Dating back to last year’s outdoor season, Dendinger has now received the Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week seven consecutive times. Dendinger, a graduate of Hartington High, hit NCAA automatic qualifying marks in the shot put and hammer throw and reached an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the discus. She won the shot put at 51’ 11 ½” and was second and the top collegiate thrower with a toss of 205’ 10” in the hammer throw in Hays, giving her the top marks in both events in NCAA Division II after two weeks of the outdoor season. Dendinger also won the discus with a provisional qualifying mark of 162’ 11”, which currently ranks seventh in NCAA Division II.

The Nebraska Coaches Association announced its roster for the Boys All-Star Basketball Game on July 23rd at Lincoln North Star High School at 8:00. Among the players selected were Norfolk High’s Matt Hagedorn, West Holt’s Bryce Kerkman, Logan View-Scribner/Snyder’s Ben Moxness, Oakland/Craig’s Garrett Seagren, and O’Neill’s Alex Thramer & Justin Appleby. Norfolk High’s Tony Siske will be the head coach of the ‘Red’ team assisted by West Holt’s Todd Hale. O’Neill’s Seth Kallhoff will be in charge of the ‘White’ squad.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school baseball rankings. Millard South remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Wahoo High is the new number one in Class ‘B’.

This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Alex Thramer of the O’Neill track & field team. Last Thursday at the Plainview Invitational, he won four gold medals. Thramer claimed the High Jump with a mark of 5’8, the Long Jump at 19’10, the 110 High Hurdles in 16 seconds flat, and the 300 Hurdles in 43.30 seconds. He was nominated by Coach Cole Hilker. Congratulations to Alex Thramer of the O’Neill track & field team, he is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.

Local Schedule: NECC at Midland JV at Fremont (Bsbl-4:30); Kansas St. at Creighton (Bsbl-6:30).

Local Scores: NC/LHNE at Columbus High (G&B Socc.-Ppd.); Creighton at Kansas (Bsbl-Ccd.).

Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Alex Thramer of the O’Neill track & field team.

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INTERLEAGUE

Final Seattle 6 San Francisco 4

Final Boston 4 Miami 2, 13 Innings

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Kansas City 1 Detroit 0

Final N-Y Yankees 11 Tampa Bay 4

Final Toronto 14 Chi White Sox 5

Final Houston 10 Baltimore 6

Final Texas 4 Oakland 1

Final L-A Angels 13 Cleveland 2

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final N-Y Mets 2 Philadelphia 0

Final Atlanta 13 Washington 6

Final Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 4

Final Arizona 6 L-A Dodgers 1

Final San Diego 8 Colorado 4

Chi Cubs at Cincinnati 6:40 p.m., postponed

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Philadelphia 121 Brooklyn 95

Final Cleveland 112 Toronto 106

Final Orlando 97 N-Y Knicks 73

Final Miami 101 Atlanta 98

Final Milwaukee 106 Boston 102

Final Golden State 111 Oklahoma City 107

Final Houston 120 Washington 104

Final Chicago 120 Charlotte 114

Final Dallas 115 Portland 109

Final Utah 117 L.A. Lakers 110

Final Denver 107 Indiana 104

Final Phoenix 97 Sacramento 94

Final L.A. Clippers 113 San Antonio 110

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT Columbus 5 Detroit 4

Final New Jersey 5 N-Y Rangers 2

Final N-Y Islanders 5 Philadelphia 4

Final Florida 2 Nashville 1

Final OT Winnipeg 5 Montreal 4

Final Tampa Bay 4 Boston 0

Final Arizona 4 Calgary 1

Final SO Vegas 5 Vancouver 4

Final Dallas 4 San Jose 2