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Junis impressive as Royals beat Tigers 1-0 for 1st win

DETROIT (AP) — With another postponement looming as a possibility, Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals breezed to their first victory of the season.

Junis took a shutout into the eighth inning, and the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday. On a chilly, rainy day — with snow a possibility on Wednesday — Kansas City and Detroit played nine innings in 2 hours, 17 minutes.

The Royals were the last team in the American League to earn their first win. They already had one game called off because of the weather, on Sunday at home against the White Sox. This one had the potential to be dicey, but although some light rain had fans leaving the lower bowl of seats in the third inning, there were no delays.

Jorge Soler, who still doesn't have a major league hit since July 2, drove in the game's only run with a sacrifice fly in the second.

Junis (1-0) allowed three hits in seven-plus innings . The 25-year-old right-hander walked one and struck out six before being lifted following Mikie Mahtook's leadoff single in the eighth.

Justin Grimm finished the inning, and Kelvin Herrera struck out two in a perfect ninth for his first save.

Matthew Boyd (0-1) was sharp for the Tigers, allowing a run and four hits in six innings. 





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Cook Announces Lexi Sun to Join Husker Volleyball

Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook announced on Tuesday that 6-2 outside hitter Lexi Sun, a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 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 Encinitas, California, Sun was the top-ranked recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com coming out of high school. After announcing her intention to transfer from Texas, Sun visited Nebraska, Wisconsin and USC before signing with the Huskers. She will join the program in May or June for the start of summer classes and conditioning.

“Lexi really provides depth at the outside hitter position, where we’re a little thin,” Cook said. “What I like most about her is her commitment and desire to be a great player. She has big dreams and goals at Nebraska and beyond Nebraska. She’s somebody that we want to develop into a six-rotation outside hitter, and she knows that’s the key for her to play international volleyball someday. She’s a 6-2, physically gifted athlete with a tremendous work ethic. I really admire that when she plays, you can see her passion and enjoyment for playing the game of volleyball. She’s always smiling, and she loves what she’s doing.”

Sun helped the Longhorns win a Big 12 title and reach the NCAA regional finals in 2017. She averaged 3.27 kills per set and was second on the team with 337 total kills. Sun received AVCA All-America honorable mention, was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection and All-Freshman Team member. She served 18 aces and had 151 digs and 65 blocks. Sun had a career-high 21 kills twice last season, and she had four double-doubles in her freshman campaign.

“After visiting Nebraska for the first time, I found that overall the program is the best fit for me when taking into consideration what the entire program has to offer,” Sun said. “I cannot wait to be a part of the enthusiastic Husker volleyball family and am so excited to experience it with my new teammates very soon. I want to thank my family, whom I consider my number one support system. I am so thankful to have them by my side in this journey. We all can’t wait to be Huskers.”

Cook recruited Sun while she was in high school, but Sun committed to Texas as a sophomore while at Santa Fe Christian School.

“My grandmother, who would’ve been about 95 years old at the time, when I would go to visit her in San Diego she would have these articles laid out on the table and would say ‘Are you recruiting this Lexi Sun girl? You need to. She needs to be a Husker,’” Cook said. “We tried to recruit Lexi, and we had some nice conversations, but she didn’t end up visiting. I’ve always had this funny feeling that at some point we might have another chance to recruit her to Nebraska, and when she came on a visit three weeks ago it was unbelievable. She got to meet Dr. Kathy Farrell, the dean of the business college, because Lexi wants to major in business. Then she met with our performance team and they did a great job. Then Scott Frost and Matt Davison showed up while we were at dinner with Lexi and her family and some of the Huskers, which was really cool. It fired up Lexi’s family and all the Huskers. Scott’s pumped she’s coming here. We’re all pumped she’s coming here.”

At Santa Fe Christian School, Sun was the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and All-USA Volleyball Player of the Year. Sun ranked No. 1 on PrepVolleyball’s top seniors in 2016-17, and she was an Under Armour High School First-Team All-American. In 2016, Sun played on the U-20 USA Junior National Team, and she received the 2016 NORCECA “Best Spiker” award. Sun was a four-time all-tournament team selection at the USA Junior National Championships, and she played with the USA U-23 team in the World Championships in 2013.

Sun is the daughter of Conrad and Beth Sun. Conrad played basketball for the Taiwan National Team, and Sun’s brother, Marcus, played basketball at Wheaton College. Sun’s sister, Natalie, was an All-American soccer player at Azusa Pacific University.





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Liriano pitches Tigers to 1st win of season, 6-1 over Royals

DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire's first win with the Detroit Tigers came courtesy of a couple other grizzled veterans. Francisco Liriano pitched into the seventh inning in his Detroit debut and Victor Martinez drove in three runs to give the Tigers a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on a chilly Monday.

Gardenhire won 1,068 games as Minnesota's manager from 2002-14. This is his first year at the helm in Detroit.

"I know what this city's all about, I know what this team's all about, so I'm very proud to be a part of it," Gardenhire said. "Now I'm in their history books. I got one win."

The temperature was in the mid-30s at Comerica Park for a matchup between the last two winless teams in the American League. Some fans came dressed in Michigan winter gear — the Wolverines played Villanova hours later in the NCAA men's basketball championship game.

Liriano (1-0) allowed a run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old lefty, signed as a free agent in February, struck out three and walked two while throwing 94 pitches.

The Tigers scored four runs in the fifth, with Martinez delivering a two-run single off Jason Hammel (0-1).

Detroit lost its season opener Friday after the Tigers had the winning run taken away by a replay review against Pittsburgh. On Monday, they initially appeared to have turned a game-ending double play, but that was also overturned by a review. Detroit was nonetheless able to close out the victory without incident.





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Villanova defeats Michigan for the national championship

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Villanova has its second national championship in three years after a 79-62 victory over Michigan.

The Wildcats went 31 years between their first title in 1985 and their second one two years ago in Houston. Coach Jay Wright and Villanova didn't have to wait very long for another one.

Donte DiVincenzo had 31 points for the Wildcats, the most scored against the Wolverines this season. Villanova guard Jalen Brunson, the AP Player of the Year, was in foul trouble and finished with nine points.

Villanova, which trailed by seven points early in the title game in the Alamodome, won all six of its NCAA Tournament games by double figures.





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HAC Soccer Scores Monday 4/2

Heartland Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament 

First Round - Final Scores - Monday 4/2 

 

BOYS 

#1 Lincoln Southwest -2  #8 Lincoln Northeast -0 

 

#4 Lincoln East -4  #5 Lincoln Southeast -1 

 

#3 Lincoln Northstar -3  #6 Fremont -1

 

#2 Grand Island -3  #7 Lincoln High -0 

 

Boys Semi Final Matchups @ Seacrest 4/4 

Lincoln SW vs Lincoln East  - 4pm 

Lincoln NS vs Grand Island - 6pm 

 

Boys Consolation Semi Final Matchups @ Seacrest 4/4 

Lincoln NE vs Lincoln SE - Noon 

Fremont vs Lincoln High - 2pm 

 

GIRLS 

#1 Lincoln Southeast -7  #8 Lincoln Northeast -2 

 

#4 Lincoln High -1   #5 Fremont -0 

 

#6 Lincoln East -2   #3 Lincoln North Star -1  (OT) 

 

#2 Lincoln Southwest -5  #7 Grand Island -0 

 

Girls Semi Final Matchups @ Beechner 4/4 

Lincoln Southeast vs Lincoln High - 2pm 

Lincoln Northstar vs Lincoln Southwest - 6:30pm 

 

Girls Consolation Semi Final Matchups @ Beechner 4/4 

Lincoln Northeast vs Fremont -10:00am 

Lincoln East vs Grand Island -Noon 

 





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Husker Rally Attempt Falls Short at Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio – Trailing 11-3 after six innings, Nebraska (14-14, 2-4 Big Ten) scored 11 runs over the last three innings in a 15-14 loss to Ohio State at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Huskers produced 19 hits, while the Buckeyes had 22 hits.

In the top of the first, Nebraska scored one run on three hits, but left three on base. Mojo Hagge hit a leadoff single and scored on Scott Schreiber’s RBI double in the following at-bat. Luke Roskam hit a one-out single to advance Schreiber to third before Zac Repinski walked to load the bases. A flyout ended NU’s chance to add runs. Ohio State managed one baserunner in the bottom half of the opening frame, but Warren struck out two Buckeyes to leave him on base.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the second inning. Ohio State had its first hit of the game in the second inning, but left him on base as Warren retired the other three Buckeye hitters.

NU added two runs in the top of the third inning. Schreiber singled in the leadoff spot and advanced to second on a passed ball. He stole third and then scored on a throwing error by the Buckeye catcher on the play. Roskam smashed his second home run of the season to extend Nebraska’s lead to 3-0. Ohio State scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the third on two hits but left one baserunner stranded.

Ben Klenke roped a two-out triple in the fourth, but he remained stranded when the following batter flew out to right field. Ohio State took its first lead of the game with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Buckeyes managed five hits during the frame to take a 5-3 lead and left one on base.

Schreiber singled in the top of the fifth, but three consecutive flyouts left him stranded. OSU added three runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth to extend its lead to 8-3.

Repinski singled in the leadoff spot for the Huskers in the top of the sixth, but couldn’t cut into the Buckeye lead. Ohio State scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth on four hits and left one on base.

Schreiber blasted a two-run homer after Hagge’s leadoff single in the seventh inning. It marked Schreiber’s third home run this weekend and ninth this season. NU loaded the bases and scored when Mike Addante walked to make the score 11-6. The Huskers left the bases loaded without bringing in any additional runs. The first two Buckeye batters reached on singles in the bottom of the seventh and Noah McGowan drove them in with a home run to right field. In all, the Buckeyes scored four runs on six hits in the bottom of the seventh.

Nebraska scored six runs in the top of the eighth. Schreiber reached on a one-out error before Wilkening singled. Roskam walked to load the bases. Zac Luckey singled to drive in two runs. Repinski walked to load the bases again. Hallmark’s infield single scored Roskam. Before Addante’s two-RBI single. Hagge singled to bring in one run. Schreiber struck out to leave two runners on base. Ohio State left two runners on base in a scoreless bottom of the eighth.

Wilkening was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot in the ninth before back-to-back groundouts. Repinski’s RBI single scored Wilkening. Hallmark singled to put runners on first and second for the Big Red. Addante’s RBI single to center field trimmed the OSU lead to one run before a strikeout ended the game.

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday when they face Omaha at Werner Park starting at 6:35 p.m. (CT).





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Ogunbowale encore! Final Four hero lifts Notre Dame to title

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale hit the shot of her life — again.

Ogunbowale floated in a 3-pointer from the corner with 0.1 seconds left, lifting Notre Dame to its second women's basketball title with a thrilling 61-58 comeback victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA championship game on Sunday night.

It was the second straight game that the junior guard hit a shot in the final second to carry the Irish. Her jumper with one second remaining in overtime knocked off previously unbeaten UConn in the semifinals Friday.

With this game tied, Ogunbowale took the inbounds pass from Jackie Young, dribbled twice toward the corner and, closely guarded, lofted home an off-balance 3 from in front of the Notre Dame bench, nearly the same angle as her shot that beat the Huskies.

The title came 17 years to the day after Notre Dame (35-3) won its only other championship in 2001 on Easter.

"It's Easter Sunday, and all the Catholics were praying for us," said coach Muffet McGraw, who was wearing floral shoes in honor of the holiday.

When the final buzzer sounded, a wild celebration started with the Irish faithful who were part of the sellout crowd. McGraw's team had fallen short four times in seven years in the title game, losing in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Many of the Notre Dame alums who were on teams that had fallen just short of winning a title were there to enjoy it, including Natalie Achonwa, Natalie Novosel and Becca Bruszewki

This version of McGraw's squad refused to lose, and the run was even more improbable because the Irish lost four players over the season to ACL injuries.

Tied as the clock ran down, Mississippi State star Teaira McCowan missed a layup with 27.8 seconds left, and both teams turned the ball over in a wild sequence. McCowan fouled out of the game stopping an Irish fast break after consecutive turnovers and that set up the final 3 seconds.

It was the second year in a row that Mississippi State (37-2) fell short in the title game. It lost to South Carolina last year after ending UConn's record 111-game winning streak.

For the fourth straight NCAA game, the Irish found themselves trailing at the half. They were down 40-25 early in the third quarter before finally getting on track offensively. The Irish closed the period with a 16-1 run to tie the game at 41 heading to the final quarter.

The Irish had just three points in the second quarter, setting an NCAA Tournament record for the fewest points in a period. That was five less than the previous mark for futility set by Syracuse in 2016 against UConn.

It didn't matter in the end as Notre Dame found a way to rally, just as they had done all season.

"This team is relentlessly driven," said Jessica Shepard, who scored 19 points to lead the Irish. "We've been down multiple times this year, but nobody stops us."





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Grand Island boys win/girls fall vs Northeast

Grand Island, NE - Memorial Stadium 

 

Boys: Grand Island 4, Northeast 1 

Islanders are now 5-1 on the season and will be back in action on Monday, April 4th in the HAC tournament. 

 

Girls: Northeast 2, Grand Island 1 

Isladers are now 0-5 on the season and will be back in action on Monday, April 4th in the HAC tournament. 

 

 





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Huskers Come Up Short Against Buckeyes

Columbus, Ohio – The Nebraska baseball team (14-13, 2-3 Big Ten) dropped the second game of the Ohio State series by a 7-4 margin at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium on Saturday afternoon to set up a rubber match between the squads on Sunday.

Junior righty Matt Waldron, who made his fifth start of the season, went 6.0 innings and recorded six strikeouts while giving up five runs. Mike Waldron threw 1.2 innings and Andrew Abrahamowicz came in for 0.1 inning from the NU bullpen.

Mojo Hagge doubled in the leadoff spot for the Huskers in the top of the first, but remained stranded after three consecutive outs. Ohio State scored one run in the first after a leadoff double.

Angelo Altavilla reached on a one-out hit-by-pitch in the top of the second, but was caught stealing NU’s lone baserunner in a scoreless inning. The Buckeyes managed a pair of singles, but left both runners on base as Waldron struck out two batters.

The Huskers and Buckeyes each went down in order in the third inning. NU went down in order in the fourth. Ohio State scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jacob Barnwell homered to left field with two baserunners on to extend OSU’s lead to 4-0.

Nebraska scored two runs in the top of the fifth to trim the deficit to 4-2. Zac Repinski drew a leadoff walk and scored on Jaxon Hallmark’s one-out RBI triple. Hallmark scored on a wild pitch that struck the umpire before flying into the stands. Ben Klenke doubled, but remained stranded. The Buckeyes scored one run on two hits in the fifth to extend its lead to 5-2.

Schreiber homered to center field as NU’s lone run in the sixth inning. It marked his team-high eighth home run of the season and 34th of his career to enter Nebraska’s top-10 career home runs list. Schreiber, Curtis Ledbetter and Rich King are tied for ninth with 34 home runs each. Ohio State managed one baserunner in the bottom of the sixth, but left him on base.

The Huskers scored one run to cut the Buckeye lead to 5-4. Altavilla singled in the leadoff spot and advanced to second when Hallmark walked. Mike Addante sacrificed, but Ohio State’s third baseman committed a throwing error, which brought in a run. Schreiber was intentionally walked to load the bases, but the Huskers couldn’t add any more runs. OSU scored one run on three hits in the bottom of the seventh to make the lead 6-4.

NU went down in order in the top of the eighth. Ohio State added one run on one hit in the bottom of the eighth, but left two runners on base. All three Husker batters in the top of the ninth were retired.

Sunday’s series finale between the Huskers and Buckeyes is set for 11:05 a.m. (CT).





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White Sox rally for 4-3 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Welington Castillo delivered a go-ahead two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Saturday night.

Lucas Giolito had kept the White Sox in the game against a stingy Ian Kennedy, turning over a 3-1 deficit to his bullpen. Danny Farquhar (1-0) and the rest of the relief corps managed to shut down the Royals while Castillo and the Chicago offense bailed their starter out.

The rally began when Yoan Moncada hit a towering home run off Brandon Maurer (0-1) to begin the eighth. Avisail Garcia followed with a single, Jose Abreu grounded into a fielder's choice and Matt Davidson drew a walk before Castillo's two-run liner to right field.

Nate Jones worked around a single in the eighth, and former Royals reliever Joakim Soria got Whit Merrifield to fly out with runners on first and second for his first save with the White Sox.

Kennedy allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two over six innings, an encouraging outing after last season. Kennedy picked up his player option mainly because he was so bad during an injury-plagued year that he assumed he would have few other suitors.

Giolito matched Kennedy most of the night, though. He surrendered four hits, walked four, threw a wild pitch and a hit a batter, but he also allowed only three runs over six scattershot innings.

That was good enough against the Royals' dismal bullpen.

Their once-dominant stable had eight pitchers allow a combined eight runs in relief of Danny Duffy in the season opener Thursday. Maurer was one of three relievers who came through their outings unscathed.

He couldn't replicate the feat on Saturday night.

Lucas Duda drove in a pair of runs and Cheslor Cuthbert had the other RBI for the Royals, whose effort at small ball on a cold, blustery evening nearly beat the powerful White Sox.

Chicago matched a major league record by belting six home runs on opening day.





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