Sports News-February 17, 2014

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The United States currently stands tied for second with Russia in the Olympic overall medal count with twelve.  The United States has four gold, four silver, and eight bronze.  Netherlands is in the lead with 17 medals.  They have five gold, five silver, and seven bronze.

Kyrie Irving was named the MVP of the NBA All-Star game after scoring 31 points and collecting 14 assists to lead the East past the West 163-155.  Irving scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, and the East closed on a 10-0 run over the final 1:59 to win the highest-scoring All-Star game in league history.  The West lost despite Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin, who had 38 points apiece to finish four shy of Wilt Chamberlain's record.

Rookie Austin Dillon has won the pole for the Daytona 500 and will start alongside Martin Truex Jr. Dillon turned in a lap of 169.019 mph while driving the No. 3 Chevrolet, a car Richard Childress had refused to field at NASCAR's top level since Dale Earnhardt's fatal accident on the last lap of the 2001 race.  But with his 23-year-old grandson ready to move to the Sprint Cup Series, Childress allowed Dillon to use the number widely associated with the seven-time champion.
 
Bubba Watson fired a final round 7-under 64 to capture the Northern Trust Open by two shots over Dustin Johnson.  Watson was 15-under for the tournament for his first victory since winning the 2012 Masters, a stretch of 41 tournaments worldwide. He was 14 under par over the final two rounds.

Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th place on the Division I career scoring chart, and the 18th ranked Creighton men's basketball team defeated sixth-ranked Villanova 101-80 yesterday.  The Bluejays second win over Villanova in a month moved them a half-game ahead of the Wildcats in the BIG EAST.  Creighton beat the same ranked opponent twice in the same season for the first time in program history.  They also won their 16th straight at home, matching their longest streak since moving into the CenturyLink Center in 2003.  McDermott, a two-time first-team All-America and leading candidate for national player of the year, went over 30 points for ninth time this season and 23rd time in his career.  McDermott, who led four players in double figures, also added seven rebounds.  The Bluejays are now 21-4 overall and 11-2 in the BIG EAST while Villanova falls to 22-3 overall and 10-2 in the conference.

Terran Petteway scored 23 points and Walter Pitchford added 18 as Nebraska upset ninth ranked Michigan State 60-51 yesterday.  Petteway had 16 points in the last 20 minutes after Pitchford had scored twelve before the break for the Cornhuskers.  Gary Harris had 18 points and Adreian Payne added eleven points for the Spartans, who remain in a first-place tie with Michigan.  Michigan State shot 34% from the field and 21% on three-pointers.  The Cornhuskers led 32-25 at the half and held off a second-half surge with a 9-2 closing run.  Nebraska is now 14-10 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten while Michigan State drops to 21-5 overall and 10-3 in the conference.

Jordan Hooper scored 31 points to fuel a late charge for the 21st ranked Nebraska women after veteran coach Connie Yori collapsed, and the Huskers rolled to a 76-61 win over Indiana yesterday for their sixth straight win.  Hooper, who hit six three-pointers to set the Nebraska career record (270), tied the game midway through the second half when Yori fainted due to reported flu-like symptoms.  Yori was tended to on court but walked off under her own power and went to the training room.  She was later hospitalized.  Associate athletic director Marc Boehm said Yori had been bothered by dizzy spells. Assistant coach Sunny Smallwood took over coaching duties in Yori's absence.  Nebraska is now 19-5 overall and 9-3 in the Big Ten while Indiana falls to 17-8 overall and 4-8 in the conference.  

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys basketball rankings for the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Classes 'A' & 'B'.  Omaha Benson remains first and Norfolk High stays at number five in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'. The Panthers are 19-2 on the year and have won seven in a row and eight of their last nine games after sweeping Lincoln North Star and Kearney over the weekend.  The Panthers outlasted Lincoln North Star at home in overtime last Friday 82-76 and then defeated Kearney at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island 66-62 on Saturday.  The Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average 69.1-54.1.  Elkhorn South stays at number one in Class 'B'.  The 14-8 Norfolk Catholic girls drop from eighth to ninth in the Omaha World Herald and slip from fifth to sixth in the Lincoln Journal Star.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star has also updated its girls basketball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Benson remains first and Crofton jumps from eighth to sixth in the 'Nebraska Top 10'.  Omaha Benson stays at number one in Class 'A' while Lincoln Pius X remains first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Norfolk Catholic slips from eighth to ninth, and Pierce remains tenth.  In Class 'C-2', Crofton stays at number one, Pender remains second, West Point Guardian Angels is once again fourth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains fifth, and Homer drops from seventh to ninth.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Humphrey St. Francis remains fourth, Chambers/Wheeler Central jumps from sixth to fifth, and Howells/Dodge is once again at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains fourth, Stuart stays at number five, and Bancroft/Rosalie remains sixth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star girls rankings, Omaha Benson remains first in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Norfolk Catholic drop from fifth to sixth, Pierce slips from sixth to seventh, Boone Central/Newman Grove enters the rankings at number nine, and Wayne falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Crofton stays at number one, Pender remains second, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains fifth, and Homer slips from seventh to ninth.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's remains first, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number three, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains fifth, and Howells/Dodge and Emerson/Hubbard falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-2', Giltner is once again first, Wynot stays at number three, Stuart remains fifth, Bancroft/Rosalie moves up from eighth to sixth, and Ewing falls from sixth to seventh.

The Norfolk Panthers will send ten wrestlers to the State Wrestling Championships at Century Link Center Omaha after last Saturday's A-1 District Meet in the Panther gym.  Grand Island won the meet with 191.5 points, Papillion La Vista was second with 159.5, and Norfolk took third with 134.5 points.  Reaching the state meet were Connor Neal, Kyle Temple, Christian Hernandez-DeHorta, Caleb Licking (2nd); Landen Thieman & Isaiah Francis (3rd); Nate Kathol, Shane Kalin, Dominick Carr, Dylan Grey (4th).  Norfolk Catholic will have three wrestlers in the Class 'C' competition after placing eighth at the C-2 District Meet at Battle Creek.  O'Neill was the team champion with 199 points.  They won by 20 points.  Norfolk Catholic totaled 72 while Lutheran High Northeast garnered 24 points to place 14th.  The Knights' Matthew Brtek finished second and Aaron Hoff & Nic Beed took fourth.  The Eagles' Ryan Bodlak's second place finish qualified him as well.  The State Championships get underway on Thursday.

The top ranked in both polls in Class 'D-1' O'Neill St. Mary's girls basketball team is 20-1.  The state runner-up from a year ago has won 14 games in a row and are outscoring their opponents on average 63.8-33.2.  The Lady Cardinals' lone loss occurred to top ranked in Class 'C-2' Crofton 74-38 on December 28th.  Their opponents have a record of 241-193 for a win percentage of .555.  O'Neill St. Mary's returns to action on Tuesday when they play either 12-9 Clearwater/Orchard or 5-14 North Central in a sub-district semifinal game at 5:30 at West Holt High School in Atkinson.

Local Schedule:  LHNE Vs. Battle Creek at Nfk Cath HS (GBB C-2-5 Sub-Dist. Tourn.-7:00).

Tuesday Night:  The C-1-8 Girls Sub-District Tournament continues from Norfolk High School with semifinal action.  Pierce takes on either Madison or O'Neill at 6:00 and Norfolk Catholic faces Boone Central/Newman Grove at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Creighton battles Plainview in a C-2-9 Sub-District semifinal game from Wausa High School at 7:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:25 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  (21) Nebraska 76 Indiana 61 (WBB); Gonzaga 5 Nebraska 3 (Bsbl); Arkansas-Little Rock 7 Creighton 1 (Bsbl).

     TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  4)  Wichita  St.      84              Evansville          68
      Final    (18)  Creighton        101    (  6)  Villanova            80
      Final              Nebraska            60    (  9)  Michigan  St.      51
      Final    (13)  Louisville      102              Rutgers                54
      Final    (21)  Wisconsin          75    (15)  Michigan              62
      Final              Temple                71    (23)  SMU                        64
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  UConn                          63              South  Florida      38
      Final    (  4)  Louisville                82              Memphis                  66
      Final    (  5)  South  Carolina        73    (19)  LSU                          57
      Final    (  6)  Stanford                    74              Arizona                  48
      Final    (  7)  Baylor                        72              Texas                      56
      Final    (18)  Kentucky                    75    (  8)  Tennessee              71
      Final    (17)  North  Carolina        89    (10)  NC  State                82
      Final    (11)  Penn  St.                    78              Wisconsin              68
      Final    (12)  Oklahoma  St.            73              Oklahoma                57
      Final    (13)  West  Virginia          61              TCU                          57
      Final    (14)  Texas  A&M                  71              Alabama                  46
      Final    (22)  California                74    (15)  Arizona  St.          63
      Final              Mississippi  St.      64    (16)  Vanderbilt            62
      Final    (21)  Nebraska                    76              Indiana                  61
      Final    (23)  Purdue                        74              Iowa                        73

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