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Friday morning sports – 31-05-2024 | 1340 KGFW

CNT Sports // Baseball & Softball // NRG CN

NEBRASKA BASEBALL prepares for STILLWATER REGIONAL OPENER:

The Big Ten tournament champion Nebraska baseball team begins their next step back to Omaha, opening the NCAA Stillwater Regional against third-seeded Florida later this afternoon.

Severe weather and heavy rainfall in Oklahoma could impact this weekend’s game times and schedule. First pitch is currently scheduled for 2 p.m., with pregame coverage on KGFW starting at 1:30 p.m.

Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Brett Sears will earn the start for the Big Red following the conclusion of Sunday’s championship game. Sears is 9-0 this year with a 2.00 ERA.

Join the Husker Radio Network for coverage all weekend long on 1340 KGFW, 96.1 FM, via the free KGFW mobile app and online at KGFW.com.

HUSKER FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES KICKOFF, BROADCAST FINDINGS:

Nebraska’s 2024 football schedule became increasingly visible Thursday as the Big Ten Conference’s network partners announced television information and kickoff times for several Husker games.

Nebraska opens the season on Saturday, August 31 against UTEP at Memorial Stadium in a 2:30 PM CT kickoff, with coverage on FOX. After the afternoon opener against UTEP, Nebraska will play three consecutive night games at Memorial Stadium.

The Huskers’ first road trip of the season is Saturday, September 28 at Purdue. Kickoff for the game in West Lafayette, Indiana, is at 11 a.m.

The Rutgers, Indiana, Ohio State and USC matchups have yet to determine kickoff designations.

Nebraska concludes the regular season with its annual Black Friday game against Iowa in Iowa City. For the first time, the Huskers and Hawkeyes will meet in prime time with a 6:30 PM kickoff on NBC.

NEBRASKA VOLLEYBALL OPEN SEASON AGAINST KENTUCKY:

Nebraska volleyball will immediately begin a tough test to start the 2024 season.

NU will face Kentucky in the AVCA First Serve Showcase on August 27 in Louisville, Kentucky. That game will be the first of a doubleheader that concludes with Wisconsin and Louisville.

The KFC Yum! Center will be the site of this year’s national semi-finals and title match.

The Big Red has an 11-2 edge in the all-time series, including a 3-1 win in Lincoln last season.

HASTINGS T&F COACH RECEIVES INAUGURAL FEEKEN AWARD:

The Hastings Public Schools Foundation, the Adams Central Schools Foundation and the Hastings Catholic Schools Foundation are pleased to announce Hastings High Boys Track Coach Dave Johnson as the first recipient of the Dale and Brad Feeken Memorial Coaching Award.

This award honors the exemplary dedication of Dale Feeken and his son Brad Feeken, beloved figures in their community, who have dedicated their lives to coaching and mentoring young athletes.

Coach Johnson began teaching at Hastings High in 1986 and has served as an assistant coach for eight state tournament boys basketball teams and five conference champions.

In 2000, Johnson took over as Hastings High’s Head Boys Track coach. Since 2018 – that track team has finished in the top 10 in the state five times – and has finished second in the district twice. In 2021, Johnson coached the team that won the school’s first district championship in 33 years – and its first state track title in 90 years.

NBA FINAL SET; IRVING REUNES WITH BOSTON:

Kyrie Irving returns to Boston. Luka Doncic’s first trip to the title round. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum get another shot at a ring. Kristaps Porzingis will also take on his former team.

The game is now set: It’s Boston vs. Dallas for the Larry O’Brien Trophy, a series that begins June 6 at the Celtics’ home turf.

Dallas eliminated Minnesota on Thursday night, winning 124-103 to complete a 4-1 win in the Western Conference finals. Boston’s spot was clinched Monday night after the Celtics defeated Indiana 108-105 to cap a 4-0 series in the East.

It’s Boston’s second time in the finals in the past three seasons, after losing to Golden State in six games in 2022. Dallas is in the title round for the first time since winning the national championship against Miami in 2011.

NBA PLAYOFF CONFERENCE FINAL SCORES/SCHEDULES:

THURSDAY WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCORE:

DALLAS MAVERICKS 124-103 Minnesota Timberwolves (DAL wins 4-1)

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SECOND ROUND SCORES/SCHEDULES:

THURSDAY EASTERN CONFERENCE SCORES:

Florida Panthers 3-2 New York Rangers (FLA leads 3-2)

FRIDAY WESTERN CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars – 7:30 PM (tie 2-2)

MAIN BALL SCHEDULE/SCORES IN THE MAIN LEAGUE:

SCORING THURSDAY:

Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 Chicago cubs

Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Oakland Athletics

Minnesota Gemini 7-6 Kansas City Royals

Houston Astros 4-0 Seattle Marines

Detroit Tigers 5-0 Boston Red Sox

New York Mets 3-2 Arizona Diamondbacks

Washington Nationals 3-1 Atlanta Braves

New York Yankees 8-3 Los Angeles Angels

FRIDAY SCHEDULE:

Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs – 1:20 PM

St. Louis Cardinals @ Philadelphia Phillies – 5:40 PM

Tampa Bay Rays @ Baltimore Orioles – 6:05 PM

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Toronto Blue Jays – 6:07 PM

Texas Rangers @ Miami Marlins – 6:10 PM

Washington Nationals @ Cleveland Guardians – 6:10 PM

Detroit Tigers @ Boston Red Sox – 6:10 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks @ New York Mets – 6:10 PM

Oakland Athletics @ Atlanta Braves – 6:20 PM

Chicago White Sox @ Milwaukee Brewers – 7:10 PM

San Diego Padres @ Kansas City Royals – 7:10 PM

Minnesota Twins @ Houston Astros – 7:10 PM

Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Dodgers – 9:10 PM

Los Angeles Angels @ Seattle Mariners – 9:10 PM

New York Yankees @ San Francisco Giants – 9:15 PM

FRIDAY:

KGFW sports schedule:

  • NCAA STILLWATER REGIONAL: #2 Nebraska Baseball v. #3 Florida (1:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
  • Sports evening (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)

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