Sports News-November 19, 2013

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The Carolina Panthers picked up their sixth consecutive win as Cam Newton hit Ted Ginn Jr. for a 25-yard touchdown with 59 seconds left in a 24-20 win over New England.  Newton threw two other TD passes and ran seven times for 62 yards to help the 7-3 Panthers stay within one game of New Orleans for the NFC West lead.  Tom Brady threw for 296 yards and one touchdown for the 7-3 Patriots.

The Creighton men's basketball team made its first appearance in the top-25 of the national polls yesterday, moving up to 23rd in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today Coaches poll.  They are off to a 3-0 start for the 13th time in 15 seasons after wins over Alcorn State, Missouri-Kansas City, and Saint Joseph's.  Michigan State is ranked first followed by Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, and Arizona.  The Bluejays return to action on Saturday when it hosts Tulsa in a game scheduled at 2:30. In other Creighton basketball news, All-American Doug McDermott has begun his senior season the same way he ended his junior season, with Conference and National Player of the Week honors.  In honors released today, he was named National Player of the Week from ESPN.com as well as BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week.  McDermott averaged 25.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in three Creighton wins to start the season.  He shot 56% from the field, 53% from three-point land, and 79% of his free throw attempts.

The Nebraska football team is sticking with Tommy Armstrong Jr. at quarterback after the redshirt freshman's poor performance against Michigan State.  Coach Bo Pelini said yesterday that Armstrong would start Saturday at Penn State.  Kickoff is at 2:30 and the game is televised on BTN.  Armstrong accounted for three of the Cornhuskers' five turnovers in a 41-28 loss to the Spartans.  The loss knocked the Huskers out of the Big Ten race.  With seven interceptions, Armstrong is tied for most in Big Ten play.  He took the blame for his two fumbles and interception against the Spartans and said he would grow from the experience.  Pelini said Armstrong is young and that he's going to make mistakes.  Nebraska is 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten while Penn State is 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference heading into the game.

The Nebraska volleyball team jumped from ninth to sixth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after beating Michigan State 3-0 and Michigan 3-1 last week.  The 21-4 Huskers return to action this week when they visit Purdue and Indiana on Friday & Saturday respectively.  Texas remains first followed by Penn State, Washington, Missouri, & Stanford.  In other Nebraska volleyball news, senior Kelsey Robinson and junior Mary Pollmiller were honored with Big Ten Weekly awards.  Robinson was selected as the league's Player of the Week for the third week in a row, while Pollmiller earned her second consecutive Setter of the Week accolade.

The Creighton men's soccer team earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in 22 seasons when pairings were announced on NCAA.com yesterday.  They will host Western Athletic Conference Champion Seattle in a first-round match in the 48-team tournament on Thursday at 7:00.  The Bluejays are 9-8-2 overall while the Redhawks are 10-8-4.  The winner of Thursday's match will travel to two seed Washington on Sunday at 7:00 in Seattle.

The Wayne State volleyball team moved up two spots to 18th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released yesterday. The 21-9 Wildcats won a pair of NSIC road games to close out the regular season over the weekend, winning at Mary 3-0 and Minot State 3-1.  Wayne State, the six seed in this week's NSIC Volleyball Tournament, visits three seed Southwest Minnesota State in a first round match Wednesday evening at 7:00 in Marshall, Minnesota.

The Norfolk Catholic football team's season came to an end falling to Boone Central/Newman Grove 34-16 in the quarterfinals last Tuesday in Albion.  The Knights final record is 8-3 and outscored their opponents on average this season 35.7-15.5.  The team has reached the quarterfinal round or better eleven years in a row and are 146-21 for an .874 win percentage since 2000.  Norfolk Catholic is ranked fourth in the Omaha World Herald & sixth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  They will lose 18 seniors to graduation including skill players quarterback Zach Pospisil, fullback Nathan Brtek, and running back Jackson Love.  

The Northeast Hawks women's basketball has won six games in a row to start the season after defeating the Mt. Marty JV at home last Saturday night 77-65.  Emily Gamble led four players in double figures for the Hawks with 21 points, five rebounds, and two steals.  Their six victims this year include North Dakota State College of Science, Iowa Lakes, Des Moines Area, Cloud County, the Doane JV, and the Mt. Marty JV by an average score of 79-59.  The Hawks return to action on Tuesday when they visit 16th ranked in Division II North Platte Community College.

Local Schedule:  Boone Central/Newman Grove at Cozad (Class 'C-1" Semifinal FB Game-4:00); Columbus Lakeview at Ashland/Greenwood (Class 'C-1' Semifinal FB Game-6:00); Doniphan/Trumbull at Battle Creek (Class 'C-2' Semifinal FB Game-5:30); NECC at North Platte CC (WBB-5:00); South Carolina St. At Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:05); Crown College at WSC (MBB-7:00).

This Evening:  The 11-0 Battle Creek football team hosts 11-0 Doniphan/Trumbull at 5:30 in a Class 'C-2' semifinal.  Pregame coverage at 5:00 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Area High School Playoff Football Games:  Hemingford 44 Overton 26; Exeter/Milligan 20 Creighton 8 (D-1); Falls City Sacred Heart 61 Wynot 44; Stuart 30 Amherst 8 (D-2).

Local Scores:  Nebraska-Omaha 76 Chicago St. 62 (WBB).

NFL Scoreboard:  Carolina 24 New England 20.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Portland              108    Brooklyn              98
      Final    Chicago                  86    Charlotte            81
      Final    Oklahoma  City    115    Denver                113
      Final    Dallas                    97    Philadelphia      94
      Final    Golden  State        98    Utah                      87
      Final    Memphis                106    L-A  Clippers    102
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Boston              4    Carolina      1
      Final            Pittsburgh      3    Anaheim        1
      Final  2OT    Calgary            5    Winnipeg      4  (SO  Calgary  3-2)
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Michigan  St.      82    Portland                            67
      Final    (  5)  Arizona              100    Fairleigh  Dickinson      50
      Final    (  6)  Duke                      91    UNC  Asheville                  55
      Final    (  9)  Syracuse              56    St.  Francis  (NY)            50
      Final    (16)  Florida                67    Southern  U.                      53
      Final    (22)  UCLA                      86    Sacramento  St.                50
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  9)  Baylor                  79    Rice                      46
      Final    (20)  Oklahoma  St.      74    Idaho  St.            45
      Final    (25)  DePaul                  80    Illinois  St.      67

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