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The Miami Heat now own the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, picking up their 23rd consecutive victory with a 105-103 comeback at Boston.  The Heat trailed by 13 with eight minutes left before closing on a 22-7 run.  LeBron James scored a team-high 37 points, including the tie breaking jumper with ten seconds left.


The NJCAA 15th ranked Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team’s season came to a close at the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kansas yesterday falling to 16th ranked Weatherford College of Texas in the opening round 72-68.  Lexi Murphy led Northeast with 19 points while teammate Ivana Vuletic added twelve points.  The Hawks trailed at halftime 37-35 and were outscored in the second half 35-33.  Northeast’ AJ Johnson was called for a travel with just under four seconds left in an effort to tie the game.  The Hawks end the season with a 28-5 record while the Coyotes improve to 25-5.  It’s was the first time that Northeast had qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in women’s basketball since 1977.


The Creighton men’s basketball team have moved up in the rankings.  They jumped from 23rd to 22nd in the Associated Press Top 25 and improved from 24th to 21st in the USA Today Coaches Poll.  The 27-7 Bluejays were idle last week after winning their second straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.  Creighton also won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title.  Gonzaga remains number one in the AP Top 25.  Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Miami round out the top five.  Creighton will be in action next when they play 22-11 Cincinnati in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 1:45 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In other Creighton news, forward Doug McDermott has been named a First Team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association for the second consecutive season.  He leads the MVC with 23.1 points per game and ranks top-three in the league in rebounding at 7.5, three-point shooting at 50%, and field goal percentage at 56%.


Local Schedule:  LHNE/Nfk Cath at Nebraska Lutheran at Waco (G Socc.-4:00); Nfk Cath/LHNE at Nebraska Lutheran at Waco (B Socc.-6:00); Nebraska at Cal State Fullerton at Fullerton, CA (Bsbl-8:00); Nebraska-Omaha at Air Force at Colorado Springs, CO (Bsbl-4:00).


Local Scores:  Nebraska-Omaha 7 Iowa 6 (Bsbl).


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News Briefs:

The Norfolk City Council has paved the way for developers to construct a new CVS Pharmacy on the southwest corner of 13th Street and Norfolk Avenue. Orange Development representative Tracy Bittner told the council that CVS officials had okayed the Nebraska Department of Roads' recommendation to have the north entrance of the pharmacy moved to 14th Street. CVS had preferred a Norfolk Avenue entrance, but Roads officials concluded it would adversely affect west-bound traffic. In other council business yesterday, the council tabled until April 15th a re-zoning decision for the Budget Inn on East Norfolk Avenue and encouraged Norfolk Arts Center Representatives to move forward on a renovation project for Central Park.


Governor Dave Heineman will be traveling around the state today, visiting farms, Including one in Northeast Nebraska.  It's all part of National Agriculture Week. The governor is slated to be at the Temme Farm northwest of Wayne this afternoon at 1:45. The address is 57468 859th Road.


A one-vehicle rollover accident yesterday sent an 18-year old Stanton man to the hospital.  Amos Gichuru was eastbound Old Highway 8 about a half mile east of Stanton when he lost control of his 1992 Dodge convertible and it rolled into the south ditch landing on its top.  Gichuru was taken to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk by Stanton Rescue.  He was wearing his seat belt which is credited with lessening his injuries, if not saving his life.  .   


Nearly 80 schools from Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas will be represented at the 31st Annual Northeast Jazz Festival next week at Northeast Community College.


The competition includes both jazz bands and show choirs.  Trophies will be awarded for the top four jazz bands and show choirs in each of four levels of competition.  It's set for Monday and Tuesday, March 25th and 26th beginning at 8:00 a.m. both days and is free and open to the public.  The late Dr. James Boullion founded the festival in 1982.


Nearly 4,400 people attended this year's Home and Garden Show at the Chuck M. Pohlman Ag Complex at Northeast Community College over the weekend. One of the highlights was the Ken Iverson Projects competition in which Norfolk's Nucor Steel provided high school and college art departments with raw steel, and challenged artists to create steel sculptures. People who attended the show voted on their favorite sculptures, which were then auctioned off, with the money going back to the schools.  The sculptures ranged from a Model T car to the Iwo Jima Memorial and from a helicopter to the Eifel Tower. The sculpture from Keya Paha High School was judged the best of the show.  Shelby-Rising City, Schuyler, Harvard and Clearwater-Orchard High Schools finished in 2nd through 5th places. 


Norfolk Police broke up a fight early Sunday morning at 101 East Omaha Avenue. One of the officers used a taser to stop the altercation. Officers identified the combatants as 30-year-old Ricky Jordan and Phillip Lee, age 25, both of Norfolk. Both were arrested for 3rd Degree Assault and Disturbing the Peace. Jordan was also arrested for Madison County fines and a warrant for Fighting by Mutual Consent. Both men were released from custody after posting bonds. 

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