Sports News-March 3, 2014
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Russell Henley won the PGA's Honda Classic in a four-way playoff with Ryan Palmer, Russell Knox and Rory McIlroy. Henley two-putted from about 40 feet for birdie on the extra hole to earn his second PGA victory. Tiger Woods played 13 holes yesterday before withdrawing, saying he was suffering from back spasms.
Kevin Harvick led 224 of 312 laps in winning the second Sprint Cup race of the 2014 season at Phoenix International Raceway, edging Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. Harvick started 13th and pulled away on a series of late restarts to win his second race with Stewart-Haas Racing. Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski was third, followed by Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon.
Reserve guard Isaiah Zierden of the ninth ranked Creighton men's basketball team is out indefinitely because of ligament damage in his right knee. Creighton spokesman Rob Anderson said in a text message last night that X-rays showed no fractures or bone chips in the knee. The freshman injured his medial collateral ligament when he got tied up with a defender in Saturday's 75-69 loss at Xavier. Zierden will undergo an MRI today. He is averaging 3.3 points in eleven minutes per game, has played an increasing role the past month. Zierden had season highs of 13 points and 24 minutes in a win over then sixth ranked Villanova on Feb. 16.
Courtney Moses had a season-high 29 points, the injured KK Houser provided an emotional lift and the 19th ranked Purdue women spoiled 16th ranked Nebraska's Big Ten title hopes with an 82-66 victory yesterday. Despite tearing her ACL at Michigan State on Feb. 2, Houser started the game and played the first 2:34. She also entered the game shortly before the conclusion to be honored as a senior with a standing ovation. Rachel Theriot had 24 points to lead the Cornhuskers, which entered the game with an opportunity to share the Big Ten title with eighth ranked Penn State. Nebraska drops to 22-6 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten while Purdue is now 21-7 overall and 11-5 in the conference.
Southwest Minnesota State put an end to the season for the Wayne State men's basketball team last night as the Mustangs controlled the Wildcats 68-45 in the NSIC Tournament quarterfinals played in Sioux Falls. WSC ends the season at 9-19. Senior Adol Aluong led Wayne State in scoring with 13 points and five rebounds followed by senior center Jared Bartling's eleven points.
Boys Basketball District finals highlight the local schedule for today for Classes 'C-1' & 'C-2'. In games at 7:00, in Class 'C-1', Norfolk Catholic meets Wayne at Wisner/Pilger High School and Columbus Scotus faces Milford at Concordia University at Seward. In Class 'C-2', in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Battle Creek plays Twin River at Clarkson at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40. In other 7:00 games in Class 'C-2', Winnebago takes on Archbishop Bergan at Oakland/Craig High School and Hartington Cedar Catholic meets Ainsworth at Battle Creek.
The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school girls basketball rankings. In the 'Nebraska Top 10', Omaha Benson remains first and Crofton stays at number five. Omaha Benson is once again first in Class 'A' while Lincoln Pius X remains first in Class 'B'. In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Pierce jumps from tenth to eighth, and Norfolk Catholic falls from the rankings. In Class 'C-2', Crofton is once again first, Pender slips from second to third, West Point Guardian Angels remains fourth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family stays at number five, and Homer jumps from ninth to sixth. In Class 'D-1', Friend is the new number one, O'Neill St. Mary's slips from first to second, Humphrey St. Francis remains fourth, Chambers/Wheeler Central drops from fifth to eighth, and Howells/Dodge falls from the rankings. In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart stays at number one, Wynot remains fourth, Bancroft/Rosalie moves up from sixth to fifth, and Stuart slips from fifth to sixth.
The Northeast Hawks mens basketball team's season reached conclusion a week ago today after a 93-81 loss at Marshalltown Community College of Iowa in the Region XI Semifinals. Their final record was 14-17 but dropped twelve of their last 13 games. Northeast outscored their opponents on average through the 31 games 87.5-86.4. They will lose Junior Denis, Jabbar Washington, Oral Rahming, Khapri Alston, & Sheed Fairley after their two-year service.
The Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team's season reached the end of the road last Thursday after a 55-52 overtime loss to Battle Creek in the C-2-5 Sub-District Final from Norfolk Catholic High School. The Eagles' Shaka Taylor had 34 points on 14-22 shooting and Ryan Freudenburg netted 13 points and 17 rebounds before fouling out. Their final record was 12-12. Lutheran High Northeast outscored their opponents on average through the 24 games 57-55.9. Their opponents have a record of 332-262 for a win percentage of .559. The Eagles will lose Cody Boche, Austin Wingate, Shaka Taylor, Myles Kant, and Ryan Freudenburg to graduation but return starters Kyle Rosberg, and key reserve Kale Kucera.
Local Schedule: Nfk Cath Vs. Wayne at Wisner/Pilger (BBB C-1-4 Dist. Final-7:00).
Tonight: The Boys C-2-3 District Final from Clarkson pits the Battle Creek Braves versus the Twin River Titans at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Tuesday Night: The Norfolk High boys basketball team faces host team Lincoln Southeast in the A-7 District Final at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com. Also, the Boys D-1-2 District Final from Norfolk Catholic High School has the Randolph Cardinals meeting the Class 'D-1' Defending State Champion Howells/Dodge Jaguars at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.
Local Scores: Nebraska 4 The Citadel 0 (Bsbl); Creighton 5 Charlotte 5 (10 Inn.) (Bsbl-Tie); SW Minnesota St. 68 WSC 45 (NSIC MBB Tourn.).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Chicago 109 New York 90
Final Toronto 104 Golden State 98
Final Orlando 92 Philadelphia 81
Final Indiana 94 Utah 91
Final Oklahoma City 116 Charlotte 99
Final San Antonio 112 Dallas 106
Final Phoenix 129 Atlanta 120
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final OT Philadelphia 5 Washington 4
Final Florida 5 N-Y Islanders 3
Final San Jose 4 New Jersey 2
Final Ottawa 4 Vancouver 2
Final Boston 6 N-Y Rangers 3
Final Anaheim 5 Carolina 3
Final St. Louis 4 Phoenix 2
Final Colorado 6 Tampa Bay 3
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 3) Arizona 79 Stanford 66
Final ( 8) Villanova 73 Marquette 56
Final (14) Wisconsin 71 Penn St. 66
Final (20) Iowa 83 Purdue 76
Final Indiana 72 (22) Ohio St. 64
Final (25) New Mexico 72 Nevada 58
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 2) Notre Dame 84 (13) NC State 60
Final (10) Tennessee 73 ( 4) South Carolina 61
Final (11) West Virginia 71 ( 6) Baylor 69
Final (14) North Carolina 64 ( 7) Duke 60
Final ( 9) Maryland 87 Virginia Tech 48
Final (12) Kentucky 65 Vanderbilt 63
Final (19) Purdue 82 (16) Nebraska 66
Final (17) Texas A&M 83 Florida 72
Final Oregon St. 66 (20) Arizona St. 43
Final (21) Michigan St. 76 Indiana 56
Final (25) Iowa 81 Illinois 56