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• THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014
Seahawks sign cornerback
Sherman to record deal
RENTON, Wash. — Richard
Sherman is the latest member of
the Seattle Seahawks secondary
to be locked up for the long
The All-Pro cornerback is
getting paid the best of anyone.
Sherman signed a four-year
contract extension Wednesday
with the Seahawks, a deal that
makes him one of the highestpaid cornerbacks in NFL history.
Sherman announced the deal
on his website ahead of a press
conference that was called by
the team. Sherman wrote that
the extension is for $57.4 million
with $40 million guaranteed. The
deal includes a reported $11
million signing bonus.
It’s a massive deal for a player
who earned $375,000 in base
salary as a rookie in 2011. But
Sherman insisted the money
will not change the approach
or attitude that has made him
one of the top defensive players
in football and a magnet for
“The goal has always been to
stay in Seattle and continue to
play for the Seahawks,” Sherman
wrote. “With this chapter closed,
I can continue to focus on what
is important — defending our
Super Bowl Championship and
being the best cornerback in the
Former Bluejay Jones doing
‘great’ following surgery
Former Creighton basketball
player Josh Jones said
Wednesday that he was doing
“great” after undergoing his
second open-heart surgery in
seven years Tuesday.
“Honestly, I feel great today,”
Jones said in a text message
to The World-Herald. “They have
been balancing my pain with
medicine, and I already stood up
and challenged myself to walk
150 feet.”
Creighton’s team physician,
Dr. Douglas Ramos, said Jones’
doctors had told him that Jones’
surgery to replace a valve in his
heart went well.
Jones originally had surgery in
the fall of 2007 after an infection
had damaged one of his valves.
He recovered to play basketball
as a senior at Omaha Central
and then at Creighton before
he had to give up the sport in
December 2012 because of an
accelerated heartbeat.
Packers to meet Oak Hill
in 2015 Heartland Hoops
Omaha South has verbally
agreed to play Virginia national
power Oak Hill Academy in the
feature game Feb. 14, 2015,
of the Heartland Hoops Classic
boys basketball showcase event
in Grand Island.
Heartland Hoops organizer Tino
Martinez of Grand Island said
he expects South to return its
game contract this week. Oak
Hill, which lost to Omaha Central
in Grand Island in 2013, agreed
earlier this year to make a return
South was No. 1 in the state
when it lost in triple overtime
to Norfolk in a first-round game
in the 2014 Class A state
Martinez said he’ll announce
complete pairings once all
matchups are set for the daylong
event at the Heartland Event
Wayne State notches upset
during NSIC tournament
State shocked regular-season
champion Minnesota State 2-1
in the Northern Sun baseball
tournament on Wednesday.
The Wildcats (26-22), who
last weekend lost four games
to the third-ranked Mavericks,
advance to the winners’ bracket
semifinals at 2 p.m. Thursday
against Winona State.
The Wildcats escaped a basesloaded jam in the bottom of the
ninth to hold on for the win.
Husker schedule includes
big-name opponents
LINCOLN — Nebraska, which
Donald Trump wants to buy the
Buffalo Bills and keep the team
in Buffalo. That’s the good news,
Buffalo. The bad news: He’ll be
changing the team’s name to the
Trump Titans.
returns five regular starters from
last year’s club that reached
the NCAA regional final, will
face three of last season’s final
four participants and play 13
matches against teams that
qualified for last year’s NCAA
Nebraska’s schedule, which
was announced Wednesday,
opens by hosting Florida State
and Stanford in the AVCA
Showcase at the Devaney Center
from Aug. 29 to 31.
After not playing a regularseason match against each
other the last two seasons,
Nebraska and Creighton will
meet for the first time since
2011 when the Huskers host the
Bluejays at the Devaney Center
on Sept. 17.
See the full schedule in
Scoreboard, Page 3C.
7 Huskers named All-Big Ten;
Revelle tabbed coach of year
LINCOLN — Seven Nebraska
softball players and coach
Rhonda Revelle were honored
Wednesday by the Big Ten.
Revelle was named the Big
Ten coach of the year for the
first time. She has been tabbed
coach of the year four times
while leading Nebraska in three
conferences — Big Eight, Big 12
and Big Ten.
Senior twins Tatum and Taylor
Edwards and senior Hailey
Decker were named first-team
selections, while sophomores
Alicia Armstrong and Emily
Lockman and freshman MJ
Knighten were second-team
Junior co-captain Mattie
Fowler, who suffered a seasonending injury in the 11th game
of the season, was Nebraska’s
sportsmanship award honoree.
In other news:
» Three University of Nebraska
at Omaha softball players were
named to the All-Summit League
first team on Wednesday.
Ace Dana Elsasser, first
baseman Amber Lutmer and
outfielder Allie Mathewson were
selected to the team by league
» Bellevue and Concordia will
head to Shawnee, Oklahoma,
next week for the NAIA softball
national championship opening
The Bruins will open play at
2 p.m. Monday against No. 15
Belhaven (Miss.) University. The
Bulldogs play sixth-ranked St.
Gregory’s (Okla.) at 5 p.m.
Morningside College will face
second-ranked Louisiana StateAlexandria at 2:30 p.m. Monday
in Columbia, Missouri.
UNK’s Colgate finishes
first at NCAA regional
The University of Nebraska
at Kearney’s Michael Colgate
won the NCAA Central/Midwest
Regional tournament Wednesday
in Eureka, Missouri.
Colgate, a sophomore from
Sarasota, Florida, shot a threeround score of 212.
Colgate advances to the NCAA
Division II national tournament
May 19 to 23 in Allendale,
Michigan. He’s the first Loper to
qualify for the D-II nationals.
In other news:
» Midland, headed to the NAIA
national golf tournament next
week in Daytona Beach, Florida,
placed four people on the AllGPAC team.
Clint Kracl, Renen Sahr and
Brady Vancura are on the first
team, with Preston Walford
honorable mention. Nick Swaney
is coach of the year.
The Bellevue men and women
also advanced to nationals.
Doane’s Jonas Christensen will
participate as an individual.
The women’s tournament is at
Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln on
May 20.
» Nebraska Wesleyan’s Rory
Doll is the GPAC golfer of the
year after claiming overall
medalist honors for the GPAC
qualifiers with a 72-hole total
of 297. He’s qualified for the
Division III tournament starting
May 13 at Grandover Resort in
Greensboro, North Carolina. His
team didn’t earn an at-large bid
for the first time in 10 seasons.
Compiled from press services
and local reports.
Dean Blais’ new contract pays
him almost $1.3 million over
four years. In contrast, over a
four-year period, members of the
Nebraska Legislature will earn
$48,000. The UNO hockey coach
earns about 27 times what our
legislators do. Yeah, that sounds
about right.
Miami Marlins pitcher Brad
Hand enters games to Miley
Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Isn’t
attendance at Marlins games
bad enough without this?
For Brad’s latest musings,
go to
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon
Sutter scored a short-handed
goal to break a second-period
tie, and the Pittsburgh Penguins
moved within one win of the
Eastern Conference finals with
a 4-2 victory over the New York
Rangers on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh, which has won
three straight following a series-opening loss, can advance
with a Game 5 victory at home
Friday night.
Evgeni Malkin scored at
2:31, and Jussi Jokinen made it
3-1 at 7:02 of the third before
the teams traded late goals.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13
The only negative for the Penguins was that Fleury allowed
a goal for the first time in three
games. Carl Hagelin’s tying tally
in the second period was the
Rangers’ first goal in 145 minutes, 30 seconds of playing time.
Mats Zuccarello backhanded
in a goal with 6:53 left to cut
the Rangers’ deficit to 3-2 on
Ron Hextall has been promoted to general manager by the Philadelphia
Flyers and Paul Holmgren was elevated to president. Hextall is
Philadelphia’s all-time winningest goalie and served as assistant GM last
year. Holmgren replaced Bob Clarke as GM during the 2006-07 season
and led the Flyers to within two games of the Stanley Cup title in 2010.
only their second shot of the
third, but Chris Kunitz restored
Pittsburgh’s two-goal edge 57
seconds later.
Henrik Lundqvist made 23
saves in the loss.
The weary Rangers played
for the sixth time in nine nights,
and not even a full day of rest
on Tuesday or the return of
forward Chris Kreider helped
them. Kreider played for the
first time since breaking his left
hand a month ago.
Jokinen, who has an eightgame points streak, scored his
insurance goal with a flip shot
that struck the right leg of
Rangers defenseman Marc Staal
and bounded past Lundqvist.
Pittsburgh had regained the
lead late in the second period by
taking advantage of New York’s
inept power play. Not only did
the Rangers fail to score for the
36th consecutive time on the
power play, they fell behind for
the second time.
In what was shaping up to be
the Rangers’ best second period
of the series, New York threw
all the momentum back to the
Penguins when Sutter scored
with 1:33 left. The Rangers
turned over the puck shortly
after a drop pass in the neutral
zone. Brian Gibbons streaked in
alone and had his shot stopped
by Lundqvist, but the rebound
sat in front. Sutter swooped in
to knock in his fourth goal of
the postseason to put Pittsburgh
back in front.
The Rangers broke out of
their scoring drought 4:30 into
the second when Ryan McDonagh passed the puck from
his end into the neutral zone to
Hagelin, who took off with a
burst of speed, split the defense,
and snapped his third goal of the
playoffs past Fleury to tie it.
It was New York’s first goal
since Derick Brassard’s overtime winner in Game 1.
Any early lift the Rangers
got from the return of Kreider
was lost when Malkin gave the
Penguins a 1-0 lead.
New York contributed greatly
as a turnover by defenseman
Anton Stralman started the
play. The Penguins pressured
and moved the puck freely.
Sidney Crosby got it to the right
of Lundqvist and sent a pass
across the slot — that slid past
Kunitz and somehow eluded
Staal — onto the stick of Malkin,
who turned and snapped in a
backhander for his fifth of the
playoffs on Pittsburgh’s first
Hibbert’s big effort propels Pacers
Roy came up with a big answer
for his critics and his teammates
Wednesday night.
He played like an All-Star
when the Pacers really needed
After 48 hours of questions
and criticism, Roy Hibbert
scored a season-high 28 points,
grabbed nine rebounds, blocked
two shots and altered a handful
of others to help the Pacers get
even in the Eastern Conference
semifinals with an 86-82 victory
over Washington.
Hibbert sounded more relieved than redeemed.
“David (West) always talks to
me about being the person that
rescues yourself when you’re
in the middle of the ocean,”
Hibbert said after Indiana tied
the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
“There’s nobody who can throw
a lifesaver or a rope out to help
you. So I had to do it myself.”
The next step is proving he
can play this way again Friday
when Washington hosts Game 3.
Hibbert went into Wednesday with a combined total of 37
points and 24 rebounds in Indiana’s first eight playoff games.
Twice in the previous four he
failed to score a point or grab a
Beleaguered Pacers fans
wanted Hibbert benched.
Frustrated teammates talked
publicly and privately about
needing more from their 7-foot-2
center. Critics turned Hibbert
into the butt of jokes, and on
the Internet, some even tried
to explain Hibbert’s incredible
disappearing act with unseemly
After talking to his college
coach, John Thompson III, and
Colts linebacker Robert Mathis,
a close friend, Hibbert blocked
out the noise, focused on basketball and fueled the decisive 6-0
run late in the fourth quarter.
It was enough to put repeated
smiles on Hibbert’s face, even if
he considers it only a start.
“I just want to string a few
games together,” he said. “Consistency hasn’t been my biggest
friend this year. I’m going to try
to continue to play aggressive,
and I’m going to try to control
the things I can control. I can’t
control play calls, but I can control how hard I play, how fast I
run down the court and how well
I play defense.”
George Hill finished with
14 points, Paul George had 11
points, six rebounds and four
assists, and Lance Stephenson
added 12 points, seven rebounds
and five assists. And for the first
time this postseason, the Pacers
held an opponent to fewer than
nine 3-pointers. Washington
finished 5 of 21 from behind the
arc, the lowest percentage (23.8)
in the playoffs this year.
Much of the credit went
to Hibbert, who helped open
up the offensive lanes for his
teammates and protected the
Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, center, had struggled throughout the playoffs. But in Game 2 against Washington, he helped
the Pacers even the series by finishing with 28 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
Indiana 86, Washington 82
» Series tied 1-1
L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, late
» Clippers lead series 1-0
Miami at Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
San Antonio at Portland, 9:30 p.m.
Rebounds: Washington 50 (Gortat 11), Indiana 44
(Hibbert 9). Assists: Washington 20 (Wall 8), Indiana
17 (Stephenson 5).
Brooklyn at Miami, 6 p.m.
» Heat lead series 1-0
Portland at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
» Spurs lead series 1-0
Indiana at Washington, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.
Washington ...................................23 22 19 18—82
At Indiana......................................23 20 25 18—86
W: Ariza 2-8 0-0 6, Nene 7-14 0-4 14, Gortat 10-15 1-2
21, Wall 2-13 2-2 6, Beal 7-15 1-2 17, Gooden 2-4 1-2
5, Webster 2-4 0-0 5, Booker 1-1 0-0 2, Miller 3-6 0-0
6, Temple 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-80 5-12 82.
I: George 5-13 1-2 11, West 3-8 3-4 9, Hibbert 10-13
8-8 28, G.Hill 6-12 1-2 14, Stephenson 3-12 4-4 12,
Mahinmi 3-4 0-0 6, Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Watson 2-5 0-0
5, Scola 0-4 1-1 1, Copeland 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-72
18-21 86.
Portland................................16 23 26 27— 92
At San Antonio.....................29 36 25 26—116
P: Batum 3-12 0-0 7, Aldridge 12-25 8-9 32, Lopez
2-5 6-7 10, Lillard 6-15 5-6 17, Matthews 2-6 4-5 8,
Williams 3-11 0-0 6, Robinson 0-0 2-2 2, Wright 0-0 1-2
1, Barton 3-4 0-0 9. Totals 31-82 26-31 92.
SA: K.Leonard 6-13 3-5 16, Duncan 5-9 2-2 12, Splitter
2-6 1-1 5, Parker 13-24 6-7 33, Ginobili 0-6 2-2 2, Diaw
2-3 1-2 6, Baynes 5-7 0-0 10, Mills 3-5 3-3 10, Belinelli
7-9 2-2 19, Joseph 1-2 1-1 3. Totals 44-87 21-25 116.
Rebounds: P 53 (Aldridge 14), SA 50 (Duncan 11).
Assists: P 9 (Williams 4), SA 21 (Parker 9).
rim well enough that Indiana
could spread out and defend the
“He’s got our attention now,”
Washington’s Drew Gooden
said. “We’ve got to be focused
on guarding the Roy Hibbert we
It was a lost opportunity for
the Wizards, who had won their
first four playoff games on the
road — three at Chicago and
Monday night at Indy — and
could have gone home with a
commanding 2-0 lead.
They had chances.
Washington led by as many as
six early in the third quarter and
rallied in the fourth to take a
77-74 lead with 5:01 to go before
Hibbert and George scored six
straight to give the Pacers the
lead for good.
Marcin Gortat finished with 21
points and 11 rebounds. Bradley
Beal had 17 points and Nene
added 14.
“He came out with a lot of
intensity and established position,” Beal said. “We didn’t play
our best game. We didn’t shoot
the ball and we didn’t defend
like we know we’re capable.”
NU basketball: Two wing players scheduled to visit
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Now, things have changed.
“He’s really talented,” Lindsted said. “But he’s just getting
exposed to a higher level of
play. He needs some time, so the
junior college route will really
help him.”
Nebraska remains strongly
interested in Pinder, Lindsted
said. Before committing to NU,
Pinder had offers from Auburn,
New Mexico and St. Mary’s, with
more power conference schools
such as Louisville, Indiana
and Minnesota looking to get
Husker assistant Chris Harriman was a teammate of Pinder’s
father, Kendal, on an Australian
pro team and got to know Keanu
at an early age. Kendal Pinder
played collegiately at North
Carolina State.
As for the 2014 class, Nebraska has two scholarships left and
two prospects making visits.
Jordan Cornish, a 6-6 wing
from New Orleans, visited Wake
Forest last week. He is set to visit NU on Monday and Tuesday,
then UNLV on May 16-18. He
tweeted he will decide among
those three schools on May 20.
Cornish averaged 20.9 points
a game at Brother Martin High.
He signed a letter of intent with
Tennessee last November, but
was released from it when the
Volunteers changed coaches.
The other scheduled visitor is
6-6 wing Ricky Kreklow, a oneyear transfer from California
with immediate eligibility. Kreklow, son of Missouri volleyball
coach Wayne Kreklow, played
his first season at Missouri,
then spent two injury-plagued
seasons at Cal.
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