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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis spent much of yesterday's Super Bowl media day ducking questions concerning a Sports Illustrated report that says he used deer antler spray to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps. The company, Sports With Alternatives To Steroids, says its deer-antler substance contains a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone. Lewis dismissed the report as "stupidity" as he prepares for his final game before retiring at age 37.


The Miami New Times has obtained files from a recently closed anti-aging clinic in South Florida linking Alex Rodriguez and other baseball players to the purchase of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball says it is "extremely disappointed" and is actively involved in the investigation. Other players on the list include 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2012 Cy Young Award finalist Gio Gonzalez, former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon and Nelson Cruz.


Lutheran High, No. 2-rated team in Class C2 by the Omaha World-Herald, held off Scotus for a 62-52 victory Tuesday night at the Andrews Activities Center. The Columbus Scotus girls had better fortune by downing Lutheran High 55-31. A 3-point basket by Nate Ebner, his only one of the game, tied the score at 44-all .But the Eagles answered with a 13-6 run and took a 57-50 lead following two free throws by Kenny Blank. Blanked ended the game going 11-for-11 from the foul line and led the Eagles with 21 points. The Shamrocks cut the deficit to 57-52 on two free throws by Derek Kaslan but wouldn't get any closer. The Shamrocks had their biggest advantage of the game when Grant Lahm hit a basket to put them up 22-15 with 5:49 left in the first half. Grant Lahm topped Scotus with 19 points followed by Nate Lahm with 17. Trailing by seven, the Eagles closed out the second quarter with a 13-5 run to take a 28-27 halftime lead. Miles Putnam's lone 3-pointer of the game with 2.2 seconds left in the first quarter had the Shamrocks up 18-13. Shaka Taylor added 11 points for the Eagles who out-rebounded the Shamrocks 35-23, including 12-5 on the offensive end. The Eagles visit Omaha Nation Friday night.


Local Schedule:  Concordia JV at NECC (WBB-6:00); Marshalltown CC, IA at NECC (MBB-8:00); Missouri St. At Creighton (MBB-7:05).


Mid States Conference Boys Basketball Tourn.:  First Round:  Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Norfolk Catholic 56; Wayne 60, Crofton 37



15 red balls are used in the game of Snooker


News Briefs:

A suspect in a double murder and arson in Antelope County is scheduled for arraignment this morning in Antelope County District Court.  33-year-old Matthew Hinrichsen of Ewing is accused of first degree murder, use of a gun to commit a felony and first degree arson in connection with the early December deaths of his former girlfriend, 25-year-old Victoria Lee and her husband, 30-year-old Gabino "Alex" Vargas.  Their bodies were found in a burned mobile home east of Ewing just after midnight on December 8th.


The Madison County commissioners discussed the application for a block grant to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development at yesterday's board meeting in Madison. Executive director of the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, Tom Higginbotham says his agency is asking for $500,000 of the federal monies to help build the final phase of the Northeast Industrial Highway north of Norfolk. Higginbotham says the grant is for economic development so the application has to include promises from companies who will benefit from the highway's construction. Leaders for Nucor, Norfolk Iron and Metal and Tube City have promised to create the jobs if the block grant is awarded.


The Norfolk Catholic Senior Class is hosting a "Bring Isaac Home" pancake feed Sunday to raise money for the family of injured Norfolk Catholic football player Isaac Pfeifer. The event will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday in the Norfolk Catholic activities center and includes a silent auction with hundreds of donated items.  Those who cannot attend can bid via phone, and the phone numbers, more information and a complete list of items to be auctioned can be found at the web site norfolkcatholic.org. Money raised will be used to help renovate the Pfeifer family home to make it more accessible for Isaac, who suffered a severe spinal injury in a state playoff football game against Fort Calhoun on November 6th. Isaac is currently in the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.


Tickets are available for the annual banquet of the Beards and Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.  The banquet is set for Saturday night at the Norfolk City Auditorium.  Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.     


Bob Hastings, the director of teaching and learning for Norfolk Public Schools has been selected as the next superintendent of the Gering Public Schools.  Hastings has been with the Norfolk schools for 12 years.  He was an elementary principal before joining the central office staff.  Before coming to Norfolk, Hastings was with the Scottsbluff Public Schools for seven years. 


Members of the Norfolk Morning Kiwanis want to make sure you have plenty of popcorn for the rest of the winter season. Today is Kiwanis Popcorn Sale Day, and members will be calling on businesses throughout the day. Popcorn sales are the major source of funding for various Kiwanis community activities. Money raised will be used to help develop youth as leaders, to support youth activities in the community, and to raise funds to provide needed items for children in the Norfolk area.


Today's Tickler:

Whenever I hear a speaker say, “I just don’t know where to begin!” some small voice within me says, “Near the end.”


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