Sports News-February 3, 2014

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The blowout Super Bowl made a return Sunday as the Seattle Seahawks routed the Denver Broncos 43-8.  Russell Wilson tossed a pair of touchdown passes and the Seahawks capitalized on a host of Broncos mistakes in their stunningly easy upset.  Twelve seconds into the game, the Seahawks scored on a safety.  Twelve seconds into the second half, Percy Harvin crossed the goal line to cap an 87-yard kickoff return.  In the most lopsided Super Bowl in 21 years, the Seahawks breezed to their first NFL championship since entering the league as a 2-12 expansion team in 1976.  It's Seattle's first major sports championship since the old NBA SuperSonics won it all in 1979.  Seahawks QB Russell Wilson tossed threw a pair of touchdown passes in directing an efficient Seattle offense that scored three touchdowns directly off Denver mistakes.  The Seahawks scored touchdowns running and receiving, returning a kickoff and also with an interception return, as well with two field goals and a safety to start the game.  NFC teams now have won five of the last seven Super Bowls.  Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown and later recovered a fumble in winning Super Bowl MVP honors.

The Nebraska football team landed six prospects Saturday and Sunday, three for 2014 and three for 2015 according to the Omaha World Herald.  The haul included a 2014 defensive end, 6'3, 250-pound DeAndre Wills of Alabama, who committed yesterday after zooming onto Nebraska's radar in the last two weeks.  He's likely the last defensive lineman NU will take in the class after getting a Saturday commit from Jacksonville, Florida Sandalwood tackle-end Blake McClain.  Wills is rated as a three-star by Scout and a two-star by 247 Sports.  Wills was joined Sunday by Norcross, Georgia quarterback A.J. Bush, who had all but guaranteed he'd commit on his visit to Nebraska.  The 6'4, 210-pounder, rated as a three-star by ESPN and a two-star by other services, made it official yesterday, joining already-enrolled Zack Darlington as quarterbacks in the 2014 class.  The third yesterday commit was 2015 safety Avery Anderson.  The four-star prospect from Colorado Springs Pine Creek flipped from Arizona State not long after a friend and fellow 2015 defensive back prospect, four-star corner Eric Lee from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, committed to Nebraska on Saturday night.  The 2015 pledges created as much noise in the recruiting world as the 2014 weekend commits.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings for the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Classes 'A' & 'B'.  In the boys rankings, Omaha Central remains number one and Norfolk High stays at number four in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'. The Panthers are 15-2 on the year and have won three in a row and four of their last five games after sweeping Omaha Northwest & Millard North over the weekend.  The Panthers outlasted Omaha Northwest on the road last Friday 74-72 in overtime and then defeated Millard North 72-56 on Saturday.  The Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average 65.8-52.4.  Elkhorn South stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In the girls rankings, Omaha Benson remains at number one and Crofton moves up from ninth to eighth in the 'Nebraska Top 10'.  Omaha Benson stays at number one in Class 'A' while Lincoln Pius X is the new number one in Class 'B'.

The Mid State Conference Girls Basketball Tournament continues today with quarterfinal action.  In games at Northeast Community College, 17-1 West Point Guardian Angels meets 4-13 Hartington Cedar Catholic at 6:15 and 12-5 Norfolk Catholic plays 12-6 Boone Central/Newman Grove at 7:45.  In games at Norfolk Catholic High School, 15-2 Pierce faces 11-7 Wayne at 6:15 and 5-12 Battle Creek takes on 16-1 Crofton at 7:45.

The Lincoln Journal Star second ranked and Omaha World Herald fourth ranked Norfolk High boys basketball team is 15-2 on the year and have won three in a row and four of their last five games after sweeping Omaha Northwest & Millard North over the weekend.  The Panthers outlasted Omaha Northwest on the road last Friday 74-72 in overtime and then defeated Millard North 72-56 on Saturday.  Freshman Logan Strom combined for 41 points, twelve rebounds, and nine assists.  Norfolk has beaten Bellevue East, Lincoln High, Lincoln Southwest, Omaha Burke, Lincoln East, Columbus twice, Kearney, North Platte twice, Grand Island, South Sioux City, Bellevue West, Omaha Northwest, and Millard North while falling to Omaha Westside and Lincoln Southeast.  The Panthers are beating their opponents on average score 65.8-52.4.  Their opponents have a record of 124-160 for a win percentage of .437.  Norfolk's remaining schedule has them hosting Fremont, Lincoln North Star, & Omaha Bryan while visiting Lincoln High, Lincoln Northeast, and playing Kearney at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.  Norfolk returns to action on Friday when they host Lincoln Journal Star eighth ranked in Class 'A' 10-7 Fremont.

The Lincoln Journal Star ninth ranked in Class 'C-1' Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team is 12-5 on the year and winners of four games in a row after beating seventh ranked Boone Central/Newman Grove 51-30 last Thursday.  The Lady Knights have beaten Centura, Pierce, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Lutheran High Northeast, Winnebago, Aurora, Battle Creek, Columbus Scotus, Wahoo, Bennington, O'Neill, Boone Central/Newman Grove while falling to Kearney Catholic, Bishop Neumann, Hastings St. Cecilia, Wayne, and Gretna.  Norfolk Catholic is outscoring their opponents on average through 17 games 49.5-41.9.  Their opponents have a record of 163-135 for a win percentage of .547.  The Lady Knights return to this evening when they have a rematch with Boone Central/Newman Grove. 

Tuesday Night:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams visit Columbus Scotus in a 6:15 doubleheader starting with the girls game.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Tuesday Night:  The Pierce boys basketball team faces Hartington Cedar Catholic in the quarterfinal round of the Mid States Conference Tournament from Northeast Community College at 7:45.  Pregame coverage at 7:25 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Boston      96    Orlando      89
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final  OT    Washington      6    Detroit        5
      Final          Winnipeg          2    Montreal      1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final              Indiana            63    (10)  Michigan                52
      Final    (13)  Cincinnati      50              South  Florida      45
      Final              Virginia          48    (18)  Pittsburgh            45
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Notre  Dame              88    (  3)  Duke                          67
      Final    (  4)  Stanford                  79    (21)  California              64
      Final    (  5)  Louisville              79              South  Florida        59
      Final              Miami                        83    (  6)  North  Carolina      80
      Final    (  7)  South  Carolina      78              Missouri                  62
      Final    (  8)  Maryland                  89              Syracuse                  64
      Final    (10)  Tennessee                64              Alabama                    54
      Final    (12)  Penn  St.                  79              Northwestern          75
      Final    (13)  Kentucky                  63    (14)  LSU                            56
      Final    (15)  Arizona  St.            97              Oregon                      94
      Final    (16)  Vanderbilt              71    (17)  Texas  A&M                69
      Final              Michigan  St.          89    (19)  Purdue                      73
      Final              Wake  Forest            78    (23)  Florida  St.            54

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