Sports News-December 23, 2013

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Peyton Manning threw for four touchdowns and the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West title by beating Houston 37-13.  Manning now has 51 touchdown passes this season, breaking Tom Brady's old record.  Manning threw for 400 yards for the 12-3 Broncos, leaving him on pace to break Drew Brees' single-season record for passing yards.

Notre Dame will be without leading scorer Jerian Grant for the rest of the season because of an academic problem.  The university posted a statement from Grant on its web site last night that said he is no longer enrolled in the school because of an academic matter he didn't handle properly.  He says he takes responsibility for his lack of good judgment and the poor decision he has made.  Grant, the son of former NBA player Harvey Grant, was averaging 19 points a game.  The news comes a day after the 8-4 Irish squandered an eight-point lead in the final 50 seconds in a loss to third ranked Ohio State at Madison Square Garden.  Grant is the second high-profile athlete to be dismissed from Notre Dame in the past year for academics.  Quarterback Everett Golson was suspended from school for the fall semester for academic impropriety, but has since been readmitted.

Doug McDermott overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and eleven rebounds, and Creighton defeated California 68-54 yesterday.  The 9-2 Bluejays won their fourth game in a row and led from start to finish for a third straight.  The 8-4 Golden Bears shot just 36% and were held 21 points below their average of 75 a game.  McDermott, who has scored 20 or more points in all but one game this season, missed six of his first seven shots and finished 9-21.  Teammates Austin Chatman added eleven points and five rebounds while Grant Gibbs had ten points and six boards.
 
CJ Carter scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures and Nebraska-Omaha has won six of their last seven games in beating Seattle University 76-69 yesterday.  UNO averages 84 points per game, but shot only 28% from the floor in the first half and were out rebounded 20-12, but still only trailed the Redhawks 26-22 going into the break.  A Karhoff jumper for Nebraska-Omaha tied the game at 33-33 with 15 minutes to play, but the lead changed hands several times until UNO forged a twelve point lead with two minutes left.  Seattle stormed back, capped by Isiah Umpig nailing a three-pointer with a minute left and the Redhawks trailed by two, 67-65.  A fast-break layup by Alex Phillips and some clutch free throws in the final minute secured the win for UNO.  Umpig scored a career-high 35 points for Seattle in the loss.  Nebraska-Omaha is now 9-4 on the season while the Redhawks drop to 8-4.

Jake Sueflohn (149), James Green (157) & Robert Kokesh (174) each won their respective weight division titles to lead Nebraska to the team championship at the Reno Tournament of Champions yesterday.  The Huskers finished with 159 points, which was 56 ahead of second-place Wyoming.  Nebraska returns to dual competition on Jan. 3 when the Huskers host Wyoming at the Devaney Center.

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball team is 11-5 on the season after beating Iowa Central Community College of Ft. Dodge last Wednesday 89-74.  Through 16 games, they are outscoring their opponents on average 89.7-80.5.  The Hawks return to action on Friday, January 3rd when they play the host team at the Highland Community College Classic at Highland, Kansas.

The Omaha World Herald eighth ranked in Class 'C-1' Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is 4-1 on the season and winners of three in a row after upsetting top ranked in Class 'C-1' Boone Central/Newman Grove last Friday 66-53.  Dylan Borer led four players in double figures with 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists.  Beau Schommer recorded a double-double with 13 points and ten boards.  Norfolk Catholic has beaten Winnebago, Battle Creek, Lutheran High Northeast, & Boone Central/Newman Grove while falling to Lincoln Journal Star top ranked in Class 'C-1' Bishop Neumann 75-39.  The Knights are outscoring their opponents on average 61.6-55.  They return to action a week from today when they face the Class 'B' 1-4 host team at 3:45 at the Aurora Holiday Tournament.  Other teams in the tournament include Lincoln Journal Star fourth ranked in Class 'B' 5-0 Beatrice & tenth ranked in Class 'C-2' 4-2 Hastings St. Cecilia.  That contest will be played on Tuesday at 12:45.  The Knights' participation at the Aurora Tournament can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

The Lincoln Journal Star sixth ranked in Class 'A' Norfolk High girls basketball team is 3-2 on the season after beating Lincoln East on the road last Saturday 38-31.  Jaycee Bradley had 17 points and five rebounds.  She was 9-11 from the free-throw line in the second half.  Teammate Taleah Williams scored 13 points, had six rebounds, four steals, and two blocked shots.  Norfolk has beaten Lincoln High, Omaha Burke, and Lincoln East while falling to Bellevue East & Lincoln Southwest.  The Lady Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average 55.8-50.8.  Norfolk will find out later today the seeding of bracket of the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in Scottsbluff that will occur from January 2-5.  The Lady Panthers return to action on Saturday when they host Class 'B' 1-5 Columbus.

The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team is 0-6 on the year after falling to Omaha World Herald fourth ranked in Class 'C-2' Homer last Saturday 80-49 at home.  Megan Gebhardt had 15 points and Janey Pasold netted 14 in a losing effort.  The Lady Eagles have dropped games to Emerson/Hubbard, Wisner/Pilger, Twin River, Concordia Lutheran, Norfolk Catholic, and Homer by an average score of 50.7-35.8.  Lutheran High Northeast returns to action on Friday when they take on Ponca in the opening round of the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament at Wisner.  

The Norfolk Catholic wrestling team is coming off a 2-3 performance last Saturday at the Boone Central/Newman Grove Duals Tournament.  They beat Boys Town 36-24 and Omaha South 33-31 while falling to Battle Creek 69-6, Wood River 48-33, and Boone Central/Newman Grove 51-21.  The Knights' Riley McCarthy went 4-1 on the day.  This season, Norfolk Catholic has also placed fifth at the O'Neill Invite, defeated Wayne in a dual 40-36, took seventh at the Stanton Invitational, beat Wisner/Pilger in a dual 66-18, and lost to Tekemah/Herman in a 45-30 dual.  The Knights now face a 21 day hiatus before their next competition at the David City Aquinas Invite.  

The Madison wrestling team is coming off a 2-5 showing last Friday & Saturday at the Grand Island 'Flat Water Fracas' at the Heartland Events Center.  They beat Lincoln North Star 45-30 & Central City 51-23 while falling to Hastings 50-24, Manhattan, Kansas 42-25, Papillion La Vista South 45-26, Lincoln Southeast 49-22, and Adams Central 48-25.  The Dragons' Takoda Batenhorst & Trent Wagner went 7-0 while Aron Reynaga was 6-1 in the event.  This season, Madison has also placed first at the Broken Bow Invite and second at the Stanton Invitational while losing duals to Omaha Skutt, O'Neill, and Battle Creek.  

Local Scores:  Creighton 68 California 54 (MBB); Nebraska-Omaha 76 Seattle 69 (MBB); Nebraska-Omaha 70 Austin Peay 54 (WBB).

NFL Scoreboard:  N.Y. Jets 24 Cleveland 13; Dallas 24 Washington 23; Denver 37 Houston 13; Indianapolis 23 Kansas City 7; Buffalo 19 Miami 0; Cincinnati 42 Minnesota 14; Carolina 17 New Orleans 13; St. Louis 23 Tampa Bay 13; Tennessee 20 Jacksonville 16; Arizona 17 Seattle 10; N.Y. Giants 23 Detroit 20 (OT); New England 41 Baltimore 7; San Diego 26 Oakland 13; Pittsburgh 38 Green Bay 31; Philadelphia 54 Chicago 11.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          Indiana              106    Boston                    79
      Final          Toronto              104    Oklahoma  City      98
      Final  OT    L-A  Clippers    120    Minnesota            116
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    N-Y  Rangers      4    Minnesota      1
      Final    Vancouver          2    Winnipeg        1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (10)  UConn                  82    Washington                70
      Final    (11)  Wichita  St.      77    NC  Central                66
      Final    (12)  Baylor                81    Southern  U.              56
      Final    (17)  Iowa  St.            79    George  Mason            67
      Final    (25)  Iowa                    86    Ark.-Pine  Bluff      61
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  UConn                        80    (21)  California              47
      Final    (  2)  Duke                          69    (  5)  Kentucky                  61
      Final    (  4)  Notre  Dame            106              Cent.  Michigan      72
      Final    (10)  South  Carolina      70              SC  State                  26
      Final    (17)  Penn  St.                  85              Alcorn  St.              62
      Final    (18)  Purdue                      57              Bowling  Green        48

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