Sports News-March 19, 2014

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The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with Henry Melton, the third defensive lineman to join them in free agency since the release of franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware.  Melton missed most of last season after injuring his left knee in September.  He will be reunited with former Chicago defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who now has the same title in Dallas.  The fifth-year player was a high school running back in the Dallas area before becoming a defensive tackle with the Texas Longhorns.

North Carolina State and Albany have advanced to the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament by winning in Dayton yesterday.  T.J. Warren scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half and the Wolfpack led most of the way in a 74-59 victory over Xavier.  D.J. Evans scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws with twelve seconds left as the Great Danes earned a 71-64 win over Mount St. Mary's.

LeBron James poured in 43 points as the Miami Heat beat Cleveland 100-96 to pull within three games of the NBA's Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers.  James contributed 25 points while the Heat outscored the Cavs 37-25 in the first quarter.  He also hit six free throws in the final two minutes to help Miami win for just the third time in eight games.

The Nebraska men's basketball team is trying to shed its distinction of being one of two major-conference teams to never win a game in the NCAA Tournament.  The 19-12 Cornhuskers will enter their West Region game against 24-11 Baylor in San Antonio on Friday with an 0-6 record in the tournament.  They'll be making their first NCAA appearance since 1998.  Coach Tim Miles said he feels sorry for fans who have invested emotionally in the team and been disappointed.  He compared Nebraska basketball fans to long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans.  The second-year coach said he hopes this season's team has given them renewed hope.  Northwestern is the other major-conference team that has never won an NCAA tournament game.

The Nebraska-Omaha men's basketball team's first Division I postseason matchup will be hosting North Dakota in the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament tonight at 7:05 at Ralston Arena.  The Mavericks are in their third year as a reclassified Division I program, enters the first round of the CIT with a record of 16-14 record.  North Dakota brings a record of 17-16 after falling 88-67 to top-seeded Weber State at the Big Sky Championship Game on Saturday.

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association released a list of coaches who will be honored with the 2014 WBCA Victory Club Award, presented annually to each WBCA-member head coach who achieves career wins of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more in 100-victory increments during the current season.  Wayne State women's basketball coach Chris Kielsmeier collected his 300th career win on November 25, 2013 in a 70-65 home win over Augustana College.  Completing his 14th season as a head coach, Kielsmeier now owns a career record of 323-84 and a 144-40 mark in his six seasons as head coach at Wayne State College.  He has guided the Wildcats to three NSIC regular season titles in the last four seasons while advancing to the NCAA Tournament four of his six seasons as head coach at Wayne State College.

Sophomore Jabbar Washington of the Northeast Hawks men's basketball team has been named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Second Team All-Region.  Sophomore Khapri Alston and freshman Lyle Hexom were named to the ICCAC Honorable Mention team.  Washington averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 assists per game for Northeast.  Alston averaged 16.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game while Hexom averaged 11.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game.  Northeast finished the 2013-14 season with a 14-17 record.

Fifth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan defeated the tenth ranked Midland University men's basketball team 78-68 in the NAIA Division II National Championship Game last night in Point Lookout, Missouri.  Former Norfolk Panther Alex Starkel had ten points and collected nine rebounds in a losing effort playing over 34 minutes.  Starkel finished the year averaging 12.1 points per game, shooting 60% from the field, and gathering 5.5 rebounds.  The Warriors set a school record with 30 wins finishing with a 30-6 record.

Local Schedule:  North Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha (CIT MBB Tourn.-7:00); Nebraska-Kearney at WSC (SB DH-2:00).

Local Scores:  Creighton at Nebraska (Ppd-Inclement Weather to Wed at 5:05).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Grant Lahm of the Columbus Scotus boys basketball team.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          Miami                  100    Cleveland        96
      Final  OT    Atlanta              118    Toronto          113
      Final  OT    Portland            120    Milwaukee      115
      Final  OT    Sacramento        117    Washington    111
      Final          Golden  State    103    Orlando            89
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Boston                  4    New  Jersey            2
      Final          Carolina              3    Columbus                1
      Final          Pittsburgh          5    Dallas                    1
      Final          Minnesota            6    N-Y  Islanders      0
      Final  OT    Philadelphia      3    Chicago                  2
      Final          Montreal              6    Colorado                3
      Final          N-Y  Rangers        8    Ottawa                    4
      Final          Detroit                3    Toronto                  2
      Final          Calgary                3    Buffalo                  1
      Final          Edmonton              5    Nashville              1
      Final          Washington          3    Anaheim                  2
      Final          Florida                3    San  Jose                2

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