Sports News-February 6, 2014

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In a battle of division leaders, the Miami Heat opened an early 19-point lead and held off the Los Angeles Clippers 116-112.  LeBron James led seven Miami players in double figures with 31.  He also had eight rebounds and twelve assists.  Blake Griffin had 43 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Seattle never had a chance to throw a championship parade since the old SuperSonics won the NBA title in 1979, and the Emerald City didn't miss out yesterday.  Police estimated a crowd of 700,000, more than the population of Seattle, turned out to help celebrate the first Super Bowl victory in Seahawks history.

The collegiate rating service Rivals.com has ranked Alabama as having the top football recruiting class for the fourth straight year.  Among other top high school stars heading to Alabama, five-star linebacker prospect Rashaan Evans has chosen the Crimson Tide over his hometown team, Auburn.

Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini announced the Huskers' 2014 recruiting class yesterday.  N-U welcomes 24 scholarship players to the program for the 2014 season, including three players who enrolled at Nebraska in January.  The scholarship class includes players from 13 states, including four players from Texas and three each from Nebraska, Florida and Louisiana. Among the signees, 13 players are expected to begin their career on offense, with ten defensive players and a place-kicker.  In addition to the scholarship signees, the Huskers added 18 players as walk-on prospects in the 2014 class.  The walk-on class includes 16 players from Nebraska, as well as prospects from Michigan and New York.  Among the walkons include offensive lineman Ryan Freudenburg of Lutheran High Northeast, Columbus High defensive back Cameron Jakub, and West Point Guardian Angels' offensive lineman Trent Ortmeier.

Freshman Zak Irvin scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and tenth ranked Michigan breezed to a 79-50 victory over Nebraska last night.  The Wolverines were coming off their first conference defeat, a 63-52 loss at Indiana on Sunday.  They nearly matched that scoring total with a 49-point first half against the Cornhuskers.  Glenn Robinson III led Michigan with 23 points, and Caris LeVert added 16 points with five assists and seven rebounds.  Shavon Shields scored 13 points for Nebraska to lead three players in double figures.  The Wolverines finished 13-31 from three-point range despite a late dry spell from beyond the arc.  Michigan is now 17-5 overall and 9-1 in the Big Ten while the Huskers drop to 11-10 overall and 3-6 in the conference.

Mike Rostampour made all ten of his field goal attempts and finished with a career-high 24 points and twelve rebounds as Nebraska-Omaha beat in-state foe Peru State College 86-62 yesterday.  Rostampour had 18 points and eight rebounds at the break for the Mavericks.  CJ Carter added 18 points, on 7-13 shooting, and Justin Simmons had ten points.  Rostampour, a junior transfer, recorded his first double-double for Nebraska-Omaha.  They are now 14-9 on the season.

Tear'a Laudermill scored 21 points and made a career-high five three-pointers last night as 22nd ranked Nebraska escaped Wisconsin 71-70 in overtime.  Emily Cady made one of two free throws to put the Huskers ahead and conclude the game's scoring with 1:02 left in overtime.  Cady had ten points and eleven rebounds while Rachel Theriot had eleven points and eleven assists for Nebraska.  They improve to 16-5 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten while the Badgers fall to 10-12 overall and 3-7 in the conference.
 
The Norfolk Panther football team had four players sign letters of intent to continue their college careers yesterday.  Quarterback Taylor Reedy and wide receiver Jacob Hjorth signed with Wayne State.  Reedy, is the All-time Norfolk High passing record holder, throwing for 4128 yards and 35 touchdowns.  Hjorth caught 72 balls for 852 yards and 13 touchdowns a year ago.  He is the Panther all-time reception leader in a career with 140, yards receiving with 1683, receptions for a season with 72, and receiving yards with 852.  Running back Hayden Johnson will play football next year for Midland College in Fremont.  He ran for 888 yards and twelve scores a year ago.  Johnson is the career leader for carries with 395 and yards rushing with 2169.  Defensive lineman Kyle Temple signed with Chadron State.  He had 55 tackles a year ago with 11.5 sacks, and an interception.  Temple holds the season record for sacks, tackles for loss, hurries, and fumble recoveries.  He also holds the career record for sacks with 23.  Temple also operated as the kicker and holds the career & season record of consecutive extra point kicks & PAT percentage.  Norfolk High finished last year with a 5-4 record.

Wayne State head football coach Dan McLaughlin announced yesterday that 26 student athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Wayne State and continue their football careers with the Wildcats.  The 2014 recruiting class includes 23 high school recruits and three transfers.  15 of the 23 high school recruits are from Nebraska, four from Iowa, two in South Dakota and one from California and Wisconsin.  Offensively, WSC signed seven offensive linemen, four wide receivers, two quarterbacks, one fullback, one running back, one tight end and one punter while on the defensive side of the ball the new recruits include three cornerbacks, two safeties, two defensive ends and two linebackers.  Among the signees include Norfolk High quarterback Taylor Reedy & wide receiver Jacob Hjorth, & Columbus High offensive lineman Austin Pelc.  Nebraska-Kearney signees included Stanton defensive end Cody Carlson.

The Mid State Conference Girls Basketball Tournament continues this evening with semifinal & consolation game action.  In games at Northeast Community College, in the semifinals, Norfolk Catholic takes on West Point Guardian Angels at 6:15 and Wayne faces Crofton at 7:45.  In consolation games at Norfolk Catholic High School, Hartington Cedar Catholic meets Boone Central/Newman Grove at 6:15 and Pierce plays Battle Creek at 7:45.  Elsewhere, the Nebraska-Omaha women's basketball team visits Western Illinois at Macomb, Illinois at 7:00.

Local Schedule:  Nebraska-Omaha at Western Illinois at Macomb, IL (WBB-7:00).

Friday Evening: The Pierce boys basketball team faces Boone Central/Newman Grove in the semifinal 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.

Local Scores:  (10) Michigan 79 Nebraska 50 (MBB); Nebraska-Omaha 86 Peru St. 62 (MBB); (22) Nebraska 71 Wisconsin 70 (OT); Creighton 75 Georgetown 61 (WBB); Southwestern CC, IA at NECC (WBB-Ppd.).

     BOYS BASKETBALL
 East Husker Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Howells/Dodge 72, Clarkson/Leigh 63
     Twin River 62, Wisner-Pilger 60, OT
 Fort Kearny Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Amherst 62, Axtell 47
     Elm Creek 54, Eustis-Farnam 34
     Overton 60, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 49
     Wilcox-Hildreth 60, Elwood 45
 Twin Valley Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Blue Hill 58, Red Cloud 44
     Deshler 53, Harvard 25
     Kenesaw 48, Silver Lake 27
     Shelton 51, Lawrence-Nelson 40
 POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
     Sterling vs. Friend, ppd. to Feb 6.
 Pioneer Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Nebraska City Lourdes vs. Diller-Odell, ppd. to Feb 6.
     Johnson-Brock vs. Falls City Sacred Heart, ppd. to Feb 6.
     Lewiston vs. Pawnee City, ppd. to Feb 6.
     Friend vs. Sterling, ppd. to Feb 6.

     GIRLS BASKETBALL
 East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Conestoga 59, Johnson County Central 24
     Elmwood-Murdock 39, Yutan 26
     Freeman 49, Mead 41
     Louisville 43, Weeping Water 37
 East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Palmyra 45, Malcolm 38
 POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
 Pioneer Conference Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Pawnee City vs. Friend, ppd. to Feb 6.
     Falls City Sacred Heart vs. Johnson-Brock, ppd. to Feb 6.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final            Boston                  114    Philadelphia    108
      Final            Orlando                112    Detroit                98
      Final            L-A  Lakers          119    Cleveland          108
      Final  2OT    San  Antonio        125    Washington        118
      Final            New  Orleans        105    Atlanta              100
      Final            Dallas                  110    Memphis                96
      Final            Oklahoma  City    106    Minnesota            97
      Final            Houston                122    Phoenix              108
      Final            Portland                94    New  York              90
      Final            Denver                  110    Milwaukee          100
      Final            Sacramento          109    Toronto              101
      Final            Miami                    116    L-A  Clippers    112
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Pittsburgh      5    Buffalo      1
      Final          Chicago            2    Anaheim      0
      Final  OT    San  Jose          2    Dallas        1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  4)  Wichita  St.          65              Indiana  St.            58
      Final          (  5)  San  Diego  St.      67              Boise  St.                65
      Final          (10)  Michigan                79              Nebraska                  50
      Final          (13)  Saint  Louis          65              Saint  Joseph's      49
      Final          (14)  Louisville            77              Houston                    62
      Final          (20)  Virginia                77              Boston  College      67
      Final  OT              West  Virginia      91    (21)  Oklahoma                  86
      Final          (23)  Gonzaga                  71              Portland                  66
      Final  OT    (25)  Pittsburgh            59              Miami                        55
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (12)  Oklahoma  St.          76              Kansas                          74
      Final                    Southern  Miss.      68    (21)  Middle  Tennessee      56
      Final  OT    (22)  Nebraska                  71              Wisconsin                    70
      Final          (24)  Michigan  St.          69              Illinois                      53

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