Sports-December 20, 2011

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks are ironing out the
final details of a two-year, $15 million contract with free agent
outfielder Jason Kubel (KOO'-bul). Kubel would add a
left-handed-hitting slugger to the D-Backs batting order after
hitting 104 home runs and 429 RBIs in seven seasons with the
Minnesota Twins.
     
     NEW YORK (AP) - The downfall of one of America's most revered
coaches, Penn State's Joe Paterno, after shocking child sex abuse
charges against his former assistant has been overwhelmingly voted
the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press.
The Penn State saga received 172 of the 214 first-place votes by AP
member news organizations that submitted ballots.
     
     STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A person close to the former Penn
State coach says Joe Paterno has been released from the hospital
and has shown improvement after being treated for lung cancer. This
person says Paterno's tumor was showing substantial reduction
following radiation and chemotherapy.


David Akers kicked field goals of 22 and 38 yards to overtake Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for San Francisco's single-season scoring record and the NFC West-champion 49ers earned a 20-3 victory over Pittsburgh in a game twice delayed by a power failure at Candlestick Park.  The loss drops the 10-4 Steelers into a tie with Baltimore, which owns the tiebreaker against its AFC North rival.

Major League Baseball says the Texas Rangers have submitted the winning bid for 25-year-old Yu Darvish, earning the right to negotiate a contract with the 6’5 pitcher who is rated the best in the Japanese League.  The Rangers, who have won the past two American League pennants, have 30 days to sign Darvish to a contract.

Sophomore Doug McDermott scored a career-high 35 points and 23rd ranked Creighton routed Tulsa 83-64 last night.  The 6’7 McDermott had 19 points in the first half on a variety of low-post bank shots as Tulsa elected not to double-team the nation's second-leading scorer.  McDermott finished 16-23 from the field and made both of his three-point attempts.  The Bluejays trailed 20-19 but went on an 8-0 run spurred by three baskets by Antoine Young, who finished with 14 points.  Creighton improves to 9-1 on the season.  They are up two spots to number 23 in the Associated Press poll, while they jumped three slots to 21st in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

The brackets for the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Basketball Tournaments have been released.  In games played at Lexington, the 6-0 Panther boys are the one seed and will face 0-5 Lexington in the opening round on December 28th at 7:15.  Other matchups in the bracket have McCook versus North Platte, Scottsbluff taking on Columbus, and Kearney battling Hastings.  The 2-4 Norfolk girls are the four seed and will battle 3-3 McCook at 5:30.  Other games in the tournament have Columbus playing Hastings, Lexington facing Kearney, and North Platte takes on Scottsbluff.

Local Schedule:  Randolph at LHNE (G&B BB-6:15); Central Michigan at Nebraska (MBB-7:00); Creighton at Univ. Of Texas-San Antonio (WBB-7:00).  

    NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final 2OT  Los Angeles   3  Toronto        2 (SO Los Angeles 1-0)
     Final      Boston        3  Montreal       2
     Final      Dallas        5  Anaheim        3
     Final 2OT  Colorado      3  Philadelphia   2 (SO Colorado 3-2)
     Final      Detroit       3  Edmonton       2
     Final      Vancouver     4  Minnesota      0
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 5) North Carolina   99       Nicholls St.       49
     Final  ( 6) Baylor           95       Paul Quinn         54
     Final  ( 7) Duke             90       UNC Greensboro     63
     Final       LSU              67  (10) Marquette          59
     Final  (11) Florida          82       MVSU               54
     Final       Davidson         80  (12) Kansas             74
     Final  (17) Indiana         107       Howard             50
     Final  (19) Michigan St.     89       UMKC               54
     Final  (21) UNLV             81       Louisiana-Monroe   63
     Final  (23) Creighton        83       Tulsa              64
     Final  (25) Illinois         64       Cornell            60
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  (11) Ohio St.     88       Charlotte        58
     Final       Gonzaga      71  (13) Georgia          68
     Final  (14) Louisville   75       Washington St.   71
     Final  (19) Delaware     68       Providence       47
     Final  (21) DePaul       73       Illinois St.     54

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