Sports News-March 18, 2014

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been released from jail following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.  Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal.  Carmel police said the drugs found in Irsay's vehicle weren't associated with any of the prescription bottles found inside.

The Philadelphia 76ers absorbed their team-record 21st consecutive loss as Lance Stephenson scored 25 points to lead Indiana's 99-90 victory in Philadelphia.  Paul George added 24 points for the Pacers, who earned their fourth straight win and stretched their lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference to 3 ½ games over Miami.  The 76ers actually had an early nine-point lead before breaking the previous club mark for consecutive losses set by the 1972-73 team.

The Creighton men's basketball team finished 16th in the final Associated Press Poll.  The 26-7 Bluejays slipped from 14th to 16th after finishing as the runner-up at the Big East Conference Tournament last week.  They beat DePaul 84-62, Xavier 86-78, and lost to Providence in the championship game 65-58.  Creighton returns to action on Friday when they play their first game in the NCAA Tournament against Louisiana at 2:05 in San Antonio, Texas.  Florida remains first followed by Wichita State, Virginia, Arizona, & Louisville.

The Nebraska men's basketball team has landed a recruit according to the Omaha World Herald.  Point guard Tarin Smith of New Jersey said he committed to NU today and will schedule a campus visit when the Huskers are done in the NCAA Tournament.  Smith averaged 15 points, four rebounds and four assists for St. Anthony's.  Their season ended last week with a loss in the state championship game.

Nebraska has earned a four seed for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and will open against Fresno State on Saturday in Los Angeles at 3:00 on ESPN2.  About 500 fans gathered with players and coaches at Pinnacle Bank Arena last night to find out their destination.  The Cornhuskers must beat 13 seed Fresno State and then the winner between five seed North Carolina State and twelve seed BYU to make it back to their home arena for the Lincoln Regional.  The Big Ten tournament champion 25-6 Huskers are in the NCAAs for the third straight year and fifth time since 2007.  They lost to Duke in last year's Sweet 16.  Nebraska finished 13th in the final Associated Press poll after being idle last week.  Connecticut remains first followed by Notre Dame, Tennessee, Louisville, and Baylor.

The Creighton women's basketball qualified for postseason play for the seventh consecutive season as the Bluejays will host Missouri in the first round of the WNIT Tournament on Thursday.  Creighton enters Thursday's contest with a 19-13 record including seven wins over teams in the top-50 RPI.  The Bluejays are led by sophomore Marissa Janning, the BIG EAST reigning Player of the Year.  Missouri enters Thursday's game with a 17-13 record and a 6-10 mark in the SEC.

Nebraska junior catcher Tanner Lubach was named Big Ten Player of the week.  Lubach, a Lincoln Southwest graduate, batted .500 last week with eight RBIs and five runs scored.  He was 4-5 against Northern Colorado and drove in at least one run in each of the Nebraska-Cal-Irvine games over the weekend.  Lubach is hitting .342 on the season.

Rosters, coaches and game officials have been named for the second annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic.  The game will be played on Saturday, June 14th at 1:00 at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  Players included on the 'Red' team are Norfolk Catholic's Joe Braithwait, Jordan Cattau, Jackson Love, & Mark Uhlir.  Lutheran High Northeast's Shaka Taylor will also represent the 'Red' team.  Norfolk High's Jacob Hjorth, Dylan Puls, Taylor Reedy, & Landen Thieman will play for the 'White' team.  Jeff Bellar of Norfolk Catholic will be the head coach of the Red Team while Joe Anderson of Oakland/Craig will serve as the head coach of the White Team.  Both coaches were assistants in last summer's inaugural game, which the Red Team won, 20-10.  Among Anderson's assistants include Norfolk High's Tom Olson while Bellar's assistants include Norfolk Catholic's Mike Bivens.   

Local Schedule:  Creighton at Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Washburn Univ. At WSC (SB DH-Ppd to 4/16.).

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