Sports News-December 12, 2013

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Head coach Doc Rivers was a winner in his return to Boston.  Jamal Crawford hit a pair of three-pointers 23 seconds apart over the final three minutes as the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in a 96-88 win over the Celtics.  Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points as Rivers gained a victory in his first game at TD Bank Garden since the Celtics traded him to Los Angeles last summer for a first-round draft pick.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has followed through with the plan he announced on Monday, shutting down Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season to protect the second-year quarterback from serious injury.  Kirk Cousins will start for the 3-10 Redskins when they face Atlanta this week.  Veteran Rex Grossman will serve as the backup.

Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than the 2015 season opener.  New York Mets general manager and rules committee chairman Sandy Alderson made the announcement at the winter meetings, citing player safety and concern over concussions as major factors in the decision.  Alderson said wording of the rules change will be presented to owners for approval at their Jan. 16 meeting in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

The NCAA announced yesterday that CenturyLink Center Omaha will host the 2015 NCAA Division I women's volleyball championships according to the Omaha World Herald.  The University of Nebraska and the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority will co-host the 2015 event, which will be held December 17-19.  CenturyLink Center Omaha is no stranger to this event. It hosted the championships in 2006 and 2008 and the NCAA Division I volleyball regionals in 2005 and 2012.  The bidding process was extremely competitive with 1,984 bids submitted for 82 championships for the 2014-2018 seasons.  CenturyLink Center Omaha also will host the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship second and third rounds in 2015.

The Nebraska football team won a key recruiting battle over Michigan State and Penn State when Montclair, New Jersey, defensive end Darius Slade committed to the Huskers during a ceremony at his high school.  The Omaha World Herald reports that Slade is a 6'5, 237-pound three-star prospect according to every major recruiting service.  He had 63 tackles and 23.5 sacks as a senior.  Montclair has won back-to-back state titles in New Jersey in the top division of North Jersey.  Slade had offers from MSU, PSU, Rutgers, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, among others.  Slade is the 19th commit for NU's 2014 class.

Alyssa Frauendorfer of Wayne State was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-America Team yesterday.  Last Wednesday, Frauendorfer was named to the AVCA All-Central Region First Team while also being honored as the Central Region Freshman of the Year.  Frauendorfer, a 6'0 freshman middle hitter from Humphrey averaged 2.77 kills and 0.97 blocks per game to earn First Team All-NSIC honors while also being named NSIC Freshman of the Year.  Wayne State, ranked 18th in the latest AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, finished the regular season with a 22-10 record.

The Northeast Hawks women's basketball team remains 25th in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I rankings.  Northeast has won two home games in the last week beating the Midland JV last Friday 89-57 and routing Southeast Community College on Tuesday night 82-53.  The 13-0 Hawks have matched their best start in program history.  They accomplished a 13-0 start in the 1998-99 season.  Northeast will return to action on Friday when they host the Concordia JV.   

Local Schedule:  Sioux City West at Nfk High (WR Dual-7:00); Wayne at Nfk Cath (WR Dual-7:00); Eureka College at Nebraska-Omaha (WBB-7:00).

Friday Evening:  The Pierce girls & boys basketball teams host Boone Central/Newman Grove starting with the girls game at 6:30.  The boys game will follow at approximately 8:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:10 on Literock 97.5 & Literock97.com.
    
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Saturday Evening:  The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball squads are at Omaha Burke starting with the girls game at 5:30.  The boys game will follow at approximately 7:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  Nebraska-Omaha 84 Air Force 56 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          Orlando                  92    Charlotte            83
      Final          L-A  Clippers        96    Boston                  88
      Final          New  York                83    Chicago                78
      Final  OT    New  Orleans        111    Detroit              106
      Final          Oklahoma  City    116    Memphis              100
      Final          Minnesota            106    Philadelphia      99
      Final          San  Antonio        109    Milwaukee            77
      Final          Utah                      122    Sacramento        101
      Final          Golden  State        95    Dallas                  93
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Los  Angeles      3    Toronto                1
      Final    Chicago              7    Philadelphia      2
      Final    Anaheim              2    Minnesota            1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Arizona          74    New  Mexico  St.      48
      Final    (  3)  Ohio  St.        86    Bryant                      48
      Final    (  4)  Wisconsin      78    Milwaukee                52
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    S.  Dakota  St.      83    (12)  Penn  St.      79

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