Sports News-December 10, 2013

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The Chicago Bears have pulled even with Detroit atop the NFC North by scoring on their first eight possessions in a 45-28 rout of the Dallas Cowboys.  Josh McCown threw for 348 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and he also ran for a TD while the Bears were building a 42-14 lead.  DeMarco Murray rushed for 146 yards, but the Cowboys dropped to 7-6 and slipped one game behind NFC East-leading Philadelphia.
 
Four quarterbacks and two running backs are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, to be awarded Saturday in New York.  Florida State's Jameis Winston, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, and Alabama's AJ McCarron made the cut, as did Auburn's Tre Mason and Andre Williams of Boston College.  Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Florida, has been closed without charges being filed.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan now says he might bench a "100%" healthy Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season to keep the quarterback from getting hurt.  Shanahan finished yesterday's 45-10 loss with quarterback Kirk Cousins replacing Griffin, who has been sacked 24 times in Washington's last five games.  Shanahan also left open the possibility that he might not return next year, saying his future will be decided after he meets with owner Dan Snyder at the end of the season.

Creighton senior Doug McDermott has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week after averaging 27 points and six rebounds in a pair of lopsided victories last week.  He opened his week with 21 points in just 22 minutes in a 79-61 road win at Long Beach State. McDermott returned home with 33 points and eight rebounds in Sunday's 82-67 win over in-state rival Nebraska.  He also became the fifth man in school history to surpass 900 career rebounds, while also becoming the fifth man with 200 or more three-pointers.  This is McDermott's 16th career Conference Player of the Week honor, and third in four weeks from the BIG EAST to start his senior campaign.  His first 13 honors coming from the MVC office.  Creighton returns to action on Dec. 17 with a game vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The Nebraska women's basketball team dropped from 15th to 19th in the Associated Press poll after falling to North Carolina 75-62 last Wednesday and beating Utah State 95-75 last Sunday.  The 7-2 Huskers return to action this week when they host Creighton on Saturday at 11:00.  Connecticut remains first followed by Duke, Tennessee, Notre Dame, & Kentucky.

The Omaha World Herald eighth ranked in Class 'C-1' Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is 1-0 on the season after beating Winnebago in their opener last Saturday 66-51.  David Engelhaupt led four players in double figures with 17 points and seven rebounds.  The Knights return to action Lincoln Journal Star top ranked in Class 'C-1' 2-0 Bishop Neumann in Wahoo on Friday night and then visit 1-1 Battle Creek on Saturday.  Their docket before the holidays also includes home games with ranked Lutheran High Northeast & Boone Central/Newman Grove.  They will then participate in the Aurora Holiday Tournament on December 27-28.  

The Lincoln Journal Star sixth ranked Norfolk High girls basketball team is 1-1 on the year after falling to Bellevue East 57-51 on the road last Thursday and then routing Lincoln High at home last Saturday 64-41.  The Lady Panthers are scoring their opponents on average through two games 57.5-49.  They now get ready for a home game with Omaha World Herald sixth ranked 2-0 Lincoln Southwest on Friday and then visit 1-1 Omaha Burke on Saturday.  Saturday's game between Norfolk and Omaha Burke can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com starting a approximately 5:10.

The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team is 0-2 on the season after falling to Lincoln Journal Star third ranked in Class 'D-1' Emerson/Hubbard 42-25 last Thursday and then losing to Wisner/Pilger last Saturday 41-40 as part of the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic.  They are being outscored on average by their opponents on average through two games 41.5-32.5.  The Lady Eagles remaining docket before the holidays include at road game at Twin River & Concordia Lutheran, home games with Norfolk Catholic & Homer, and then participate in the three-day Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament in Wisner versus Ponca on the first day and then either Wisner/Pilger or Battle Creek, and then a third game.  

The Norfolk Catholic wrestling team got their season underway last Saturday when they placed fifth at the O'Neill Invite.  Jacob Beed, Nic Beed, Matthew Brtek, & Logan Hamik placed third while Nathan Brtek took fourth. The Knights will also participate in tournaments at Stanton, Boone Central, David City Aquinas, Lutheran High Northeast, Pierce, Oakland/Craig, Plainview, and host their own meet on February 8th.  They will also host duals with Wayne and Creighton while visiting Tekemah/Herman for a triangular.  

Local Schedule:  LHNE at Twin River at Genoa (G&B BB-6:00); Nfk Cath at Pierce (GBB-7:45); Southeast CC at NECC (W&M BB-5:30); Fremont at Nfk High (G&B SW Dual-4:00); Cal State Bakersfield at Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:05).

This Evening:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball squads visit Twin River starting with the girls game at 6:00.  The boys game will follow at approximately 7:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

NFL Scoreboard:  Chicago 45 Dallas 28.

     BOYS BASKETBALL
     Crofton 63, Knox Grammar School, Australia 58, OT
     Parkview Christian 67, Mead 40
     Wakefield 43, Osmond 33
 GIRLS BASKETBALL
     Wakefield 59, Osmond 9

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Denver                  75    Washington          74
      Final    Charlotte          115    Golden  State    111
      Final    L-A  Clippers      94    Philadelphia      83
      Final    Memphis                94    Orlando                85
      Final    Portland            105    Utah                      94
      Final    Sacramento        112    Dallas                  97
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Pittsburgh      2    Columbus                1
      Final  2OT    Ottawa              5    Philadelphia        4  (SO  Ottawa  1-0)
      Final            Vancouver        2    Carolina                0
      Final            Anaheim            5    N-Y  Islanders      2
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (23)  Iowa      92    Fairleigh  Dickinson      59
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  8)  Maryland    105    Siena      49

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