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There's been a stunning upset at the Australian Open.  Serena Williams is out after losing her quarterfinal match to 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.  It was the first loss since Aug. 17 for the 15-time Grand Slam winner, ending a run of 20 consecutive wins.  Williams appeared to hurt her lower back while attempting to pull up short of the net during the eighth game of the second set.  She called for a trainer after the ninth game, but said the injury was "no excuse" for the loss.


D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14 and Illinois ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-51 victory over Nebraska last night.  The Illini held the Huskers without a field goal for the last 8:51 of the first half and led 35-23 at the break.  Nebraska got no closer than six points the rest of the way.  Dylan Talley had 16 points and Brandon Ubel added ten points and six rebounds for N-U.  Illinois improves to 15-5 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten while N-U drops to 10-10 overall and 1-6 in the conference.


The Nebraska Coaches Association has finalized the rosters for the 2013 NCA All-Star Volleyball and 2013 NCA All-Star Softball teams.  The 30th annual all-star volleyball match will be played on Tuesday, July 23, at Lincoln North Star High School beginning at 7:00.  The ninth annual all-star softball doubleheader will be played at UNL’s Bowlin Field on Wednesday, July 24, at 4:00.  Representing Norfolk for the volleyball match on the ‘Red’ squad will be Norfolk Catholic’s Michaela Barry.  Norfolk High’s Paige Orwig will play for the ‘Blue’ team in the softball games.


Local Schedule:  Creighton at Drake at Des Moines, IA (MBB-7:05).


Local Scores:  Nfk Cath 50 O’Neill 43 (BBB); LHNE 44 Lourdes CC 42 (BBB); Nfk Cath 53 O’Neill 29 (GBB); Lourdes CC 32 LHNE 28 (GBB); NECC 92 Central CC 88 (MBB); NECC 88 Central CC 84 (WBB); Nfk High 62 Fremont 9 (WR Dual); Elkhorn 98 Nfk High 88 (B. Swim Dual); Elkhorn 109 Nfk High 73 (G. Swim Dual); Illinois 71 Nebraska 51 (MBB).


Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:

Cody Woockman of the Lutheran High Northeast wrestling team


Madison Square Gardens in New York City opened it’s doors in 1879.


News Briefs:

A presentation by the Norfolk Arts Center Program Coordinator highlighted last night's meeting of the Norfolk City Council. Melinda Kozel shared her vision with regard to the beautification of nearly 100-year-old Central Park. The project includes restoring the stage, the painting of mural on the side of one of the park's buildings, a library nook and a butterfly flower garden. Also at last night's meeting, Mayor Sue Fuchtman proclaimed February 1st as "National Wear Red Day" and the month of February as "American Heart Month."


Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region. Heineman sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama confirming that he would allow the controversial project to proceed in his state. The pipeline has faced strong resistance in Nebraska from a coalition of landowners and environmental groups who say it would contaminate the Ogallala aquifer, a massive groundwater supply. Canadian pipeline developer TransCanada and some workers' unions say the project is safe and will create thousands of jobs. The original route would have run the pipeline through a region of erodible, grass-covered sand dunes. The new route skirts that area.


Fewer than 50 tickets remain for "The Night of Pink Stars," the second annual fundraiser in Norfolk to fight breast cancer. The event is set for Wednesday, February 6th from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. in the Times Square Event Center. Wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres are planned, along with an auction, raffle and live music by Michael Lyon from Omaha. Tickets cost $30 each, and can be purchased at Insurance Associates, 1900 West Pasewalk Avenue.


One of the biggest issues facing the Nebraska Legislature this year will be whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage as part of the federal health care reform. Norfolk State Senator Jim Scheer says one of the problems is that only about half of those currently eligible for Medicaid sign up.


February 4th is the deadline to return the 2012 Census of Agriculture forms. Burt County Extension Educator John Wilson says the information is used for programs and policies that benefit rural America, and he urges all rural residents to fill the forms out as accurately as possible.


Governor Dave Heineman is now in the record books as the state's longest-serving governor. Heineman, a 64-year-old Republican, set the record Friday after surpassing the eight years served by each of two previous governors, Ben Nelson and the late Jim Exon. Nebraska governors are constitutionally barred from being elected to more than two consecutive, four-year terms. But Heineman, then lieutenant governor, assumed the job on Jan. 21, 2005, when then-Governor Mike Johanns was appointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. That gave Heineman nearly two years in office before he ran for election the first time. Heineman says he has been "honored and privileged" to serve the state.


Today's Tickler:

I now own property in Paris.  That’s where the airline sent my luggage.


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