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Marshawn Lynch ran for 131 yards and a touchdown in helping the Seattle Seahawks win their first road playoff game since 1983 by beating Washington 24-14 yesterday.  The Redskins raced out to an early 14-0 lead before the Seahawks rallied by knocking Redskins QB Robert Griffin III out of the game and moving on to play at Atlanta next Sunday. 


It was the old-style Baltimore Ravens, who used a suffocating defense to hold Indianapolis to just three field goals in their 24-9 win over the Colts.  That means Ray Lewis & company are next going to Denver to play Peyton Manning and the top-seeded Broncos, who are riding an eleven-game winning streak.


Jared Berggren scored twelve of his 13 points in the second half, and Wisconsin held Nebraska to one basket over the last 6:19 in a 47-41 victory yesterday.  The Huskers, coming off a 70-44 loss at Ohio State in their conference opener, have averaged just 42 points the last four meetings with Wisconsin.  Nebraska’s Ray Gallegos and Dylan Talley scored twelve points apiece and Brandon Ubel added ten.  Ubel also had eight rebounds and three blocked shots while Gallegos added three steals.  The Badgers improve to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten while the Huskers drop to 9-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.


The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team routed the Hastings JV 98-68 yesterday in Hastings.  Khapri Alston had 19 points while teammate KJ Bluford added 16.  The 11-5 Hawks have now won three in a row and five of their last six games.


The Norfolk High girls basketball team is ranked tenth in Class “A” according to the Omaha World Herald.  The Lady Panthers appeared in the updated rankings today.  They are 9-2 on the season and winners of five in a row and nine of their last ten games.  Norfolk is outscoring their opponents on average 48.4-40.5.  They beat South Sioux City last Saturday 64-44 for the first time since the 1996-97 season.


Tuesday Evening:  The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys basketball teams are on the road at Columbus Scotus for a doubleheader starting with the girls game at 6:15.  Pregame coverage at 5:55 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.



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News Briefs:

The Norfolk City Council will hold the first meeting n the new city office building tonight, after more than 20 years of meetings in the former Wells building at 309 Madison Avenue. Tonight's meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the new chambers, located in the northwest corner of the city office building, 309 North 5th Street. An open house will be held following the meeting, with tours of the building and refreshments.


The 19th District's new state senator will be sworn in on Wednesday, and he is hoping to be assigned to the education and health and human services committees. Jim Scheer of Norfolk says he has an interest and background in those two areas, and hopes to be able to put that experience to use.


President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his defense secretary today, defying congressional opposition to the former Republican senator from Nebraska. Even before his nomination, Hagel has come under tough criticism from some former GOP colleagues over his stances on Israel and Iran.


Lawmakers will start their new session with Nebraska in better financial shape than two years ago, but now they're bracing for a fight over how to use the state's additional money. Legislators will face a projected $195 million shortfall in the state's two-year budget when they convene Wednesday. That's a far cry from the nearly $1 billion budget hole that lawmakers confronted in 2011.


Efficient center pivot irrigation is one of the topics that will be discussed at the January 16th and 17th Northeast Nebraska Farm and Equipment Show in Norfolk. UNL Irrigation Specialist Bill Kranz says most producers need to check their sprinklers before the 2013 irrigation season starts. He will discuss that and other ways to save water at noon on Wednesday, January 16th.


The communities of Columbus, Fremont and Norfolk have received Community Development Block Grants from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for continuing revitalization projects. Columbus and Fremont have each been awarded $12,000, while Norfolk will receive $10,500. The money will be used to update revitalization strategies, which were initially created in 2009.


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