Sports News-Decemeber 19, 2013

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The Indiana Pacers have their first losing streak of the season after blowing a 15-point lead in the second half of a 97-94 loss at Miami.  Ray Allen hit a go-ahead three-pointer with just under a minute left to cap a 10-0 spurt that lifted the Heat.  Dwyane Wade poured in 32 points as the Heat pulled within one game of the first-place Pacers in the NBA's Eastern Conference while avenging last Thursday's loss at Indiana.

Pittsburgh linebacker Terence Garvin has been fined $25,000 for his hit on Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber in the Steelers' victory over the Bengals on Sunday night.  Huber sustained a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae when Garvin decked him near midfield during Antonio Brown's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.  Garvin was not penalized on the play.  Huber lay still on the field for several minutes before walking off under his own power.  He was scheduled to have surgery on his jaw tomorrow and is out for the year.
 
Four Nebraska volleyball players were honored yesterday, as the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its 2013 All-America teams.  Senior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson led the charge as a first-team selection, while freshman outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen was named a third-team All-American.  Junior setter Mary Pollmiller and sophomore middle blocker Meghan Haggerty were chosen as honorable-mention selections.  Nebraska continues to lead the nation with 76 AVCA All-America certificates by 39 athletes with at least one Husker earning All-America honors in 32 consecutive seasons.  In his 14 season at Nebraska, head coach John Cook has coached his players to 41 All-America honors.  A pair of Creighton Volleyball juniors have been named Honorable-Mention All-Americans.  Kelli Browning and Michelle Sicner give the Bluejays a pair of All-Americans in the same season for the second straight campaign.

The Northeast Hawks women's basketball team has dropped out of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I rankings after being ranked 25th last week.  Northeast defeated the Concordia JV last Friday in their lone game of the span 90-46.  The 14-0 Hawks are off to their best start in program history.  They will return to action on January 8th when they visit Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball team defeated Iowa Central Community College last night in Ft. Dodge, Iowa 89-74.  Khapri Alston led six players in double figures for the Hawks with 23 points and eleven rebounds.  Lyle Hexom added 15 points, ten boards, and six blocked shots.  The Tritons led 44-41 at halftime before Northeast won the second half 48-30.  The Hawks are now 11-5 on the season while Iowa Central drops to 9-7.  Northeast swept the Tritons this year as they won in Norfolk 86-81 on November 9th.  The Hawks swept the season series for the first time since 2010-11.

Northeast Community College has signed two high school seniors in Wayne's Meagan Backer & Schuyler's Kiara Lopez to play volleyball for the Hawks next season.  This past season as a senior at Wayne, Backer recorded 637 digs, averaging 7.2 digs per game.  She also had 19 ace serves, and 5.6 receptions per game.  In her career, the two-year libero starter registered 1,401 digs and 79 ace serves.  Backer helped her team earn a trip to the Nebraska State Volleyball Championships this past season.  Lopez, had 40 kills, 552 assists, 29 ace serves, 95 digs and 28 blocks for Schuyler this past season.  During her career, she recorded 88 kills, 1,197 assists, 226 digs, and 52 aces.  The volleyball program was rebooted last season under head coach Amanda Schultze after being suspended in 2003.  The Hawks' final record was 15-21 last season.  

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at LHNE (GBB-7:45); Creighton Vs. Oregon St. At Las Vegas, NV (WBB-9:30).

Friday Evening:  The Wausa girls & boys basketball squads are at Wynot starting with the girls game at 6:15.  The boys game will follow at approximately 7:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock.com.

Local Scores:  NECC 89 Iowa Central CC 74 (MBB). 

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final  OT      Charlotte          104    Toronto            102
      Final            Miami                    97    Indiana              94
      Final            Utah                      86    Orlando              82
      Final            Detroit              107    Boston              106
      Final            Atlanta              124    Sacramento      107
      Final            Washington        113    Brooklyn          107
      Final  2OT    New  York            107    Milwaukee        101
      Final            Minnesota          120    Portland          109
      Final            Dallas                105    Memphis              91
      Final            San  Antonio      108    Phoenix            101
      Final            Houston              109    Chicago              94
      Final            L-A  Clippers    108    New  Orleans      95
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            New  Jersey      5    Ottawa                2
      Final  2OT    Pittsburgh      4    N-Y  Rangers      3  (SO  Pittsburgh  1-0)
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  3)  Ohio  St.                76              Delaware                      64
      Final                    Stanford                53    (10)  UConn                            51
      Final  OT    (12)  Baylor                    91              Northwestern  St.      84
      Final                    Texas                      86    (14)  North  Carolina          83
      Final          (22)  UMass                      83              Ohio                              71
      Final          (24)  San  Diego  St.      76              S.  Utah                        39
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  9)  Baylor                      87              Mississippi            80
      Final    (14)  North  Carolina      74    (10)  South  Carolina      66
      Final    (18)  Purdue                      49              Green  Bay                45
      Final    (20)  Oklahoma                  79              Fairfield                51

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