Sports News-March 26, 2014

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Buffalo Bills owner and American Football League co-founder Ralph Wilson has died at 95.  He was instrumental in the AFL/NFL merger and watched his team win four consecutive AFC championships from 1990-93 without winning the Super Bowl.  Wilson had been in failing health for several years after hip surgery in 2011, two years after he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Xavier Henry scored 22 points, Nick Young hit five three-pointers while scoring 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers dropped a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter of their 127-96 victory over the New York Knicks last night.  Knicks President Phil Jackson watched his new team and his former club from a luxury suite high above the court.  Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks, who couldn't stop the Lakers' patchwork roster from hitting 18 three-pointers in the opener of New York's five-game West Coast road trip.

South Florida has rescinded a five-year offer to Manhattan's Steve Masiello to become its next coach after a search firm found a previously undetected discrepancy in his background check, The Tampa Tribune reported, citing a source close to the search.  Masiello, 36, regarded by many as one of the top young coaches in the country,  had agreed to the deal, leaving only financial details to be worked out, according to the Tribune.  The newspaper reported the contract was believed to be worth more than $1 million per season.  Masiello and Manhattan were coming off a close loss to defending national champion Louisville and Rick Pitino in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had Russell Westbrook back in the lineup last night, but they failed to gain ground on the San Antonio Spurs.  The Spurs now lead the NBA's Western Conference by 2 ½ games over the Thunder following Oklahoma City's 128-119 overtime loss at Dallas.  Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime and finished with ten rebounds and six assists.  Jose Calderon went 6-8 from three-point range and finished with 22 points.  Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City, none in overtime.  Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 43 points and has scored at least 25 in 36 consecutive games.  That's the longest such streak since Michael Jordan's 40-game run during the 1986-87 season.

Eric Browning of Wayne State was announced as the Northern Sun Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week following his performance over the weekend against Minnesota Duluth.  It's the first time that Browning has received the honor.  Browning, a sophomore right-hander from Lyons, Nebraska, struck out a season-high ten batters in six innings of work Sunday while allowing just two hits in a 2-0 win over Minnesota Duluth to open NSIC play.  He improved to 2-2 on the season with the win and now has a 1.80 earned run average.  For the season, Browning has recorded 27 strikeouts in just 20 innings pitched.  WSC is 8-7 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC.

Local Schedule:  Nebraska at Wichita St. At Wichita, KS (Bsbl-6:30); Kansas at Creighton (Bsbl-6:30); WSC at Morningside at Sioux City, IA (Bsbl-5:00); Augustana at WSC (SB DH-2:00).

Local Scores:  Nfk Cath/LHNE 10 Nebraska Lutheran 0 (B. Socc.); LHNE/Nfk Cath 4 Nebraska Lutheran 0 (G. Socc.); Nebraska 7 Wichita St. 3 (Bsbl); South Sioux City at Nfk High (Bsbl-Ppd. Inclement Weather).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Bethanie Buckels of the Norfolk High girls soccer team.  

      Final          Orlando            95    Portland                85
      Final          Cleveland      102    Toronto                100
      Final  OT    Dallas            128    Oklahoma  City    119
      Final          L-A  Lakers    127    New  York                96
      Final  2OT    Los  Angeles          5    Washington      4  (SO  Los  Angeles  2-0)
      Final            N-Y  Islanders      5    Carolina          4
      Final            Phoenix                  3    Pittsburgh      2
      Final            St.  Louis              5    Toronto            3
      Final            Montreal                2    Buffalo            0
      Final            Columbus                4    Detroit            2
      Final  2OT    Florida                  3    Ottawa              2  (SO  Florida  2-1)
      Final  2OT    Colorado                5    Nashville        4  (SO  Colorado  2-1)
      Final            Chicago                  4    Dallas              2
      Final            San  Jose                5    Edmonton          2
          at  Littlejohn  Coliseum
      Final    Clemson          73    Belmont                    68
          at  Williams  Arena
      Final    Minnesota      81    Southern  Miss.      73
          Second  Round
          at  Alaska  Airlines  Arena
      Final    South  Carolina      78    Oregon  St.              69
          at  Bryce  Jordan  Center
      Final    Penn  St.                  83    Florida                    61
          at  Carmichael  Arena
      Final    North  Carolina      62    Michigan  St.          53
          at  Carver-Hawkeye  Arena
      Final    Louisville                83    Iowa                            53
          at  Comcast  Center
      Final    Maryland                  69    Texas                        64
          at  Harry  A.  Gampel  Pavilion
      Final    UConn                        91    Saint  Joseph's      52
          at  Pete  Maravich  Assembly  Center
      Final    LSU                            76    West  Virginia        67
          at  Reed  Arena
      Final    Texas A&M                    85    James Madison               69

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