Sports News-April 5, 2013

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Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says the school is reviewing allegations of rules violations in the football program during its 2010 national championship season but doesn't believe they're credible.  Jacobs issued a statement yesterday in response to a report a day earlier by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts that was posted on roopstigo.com.  The story quoted former Auburn players Mike McNeil and Darvin Adams alleging they received or were offered money from coaches.  McNeil also says he had a grade changed to stay eligible.  Jacobs says Auburn takes any accusations seriously but has "no reason to believe these allegations are either accurate or credible."  Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik denied the allegations and several other players quoted in the story have said they were misquoted or misrepresented since it was published.

A Rutgers assistant men's basketball coach has resigned amid a scandal over the way his former boss treated players.  A Rutgers athletic department spokesman confirmed yesterday that assistant coach Jimmy Martelli had left the program.  Coach Mike Rice was fired on Wednesday after a video was made public showing him shoving and kicking players, throwing basketballs at them and berating them with gay slurs.  The Star-Ledger reported that Martelli was seen in a portion of the video that was not broadcast on television shoving a player during a practice.  Martelli, who also coached with Rice at Robert Morris, is the son of St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli.  He was hired by Rutgers in May 2010.

Trey Burke is the winner of The Associated Press college basketball player of the year award.  The sophomore guard sparked Michigan to the Final Four, as the leader of a team that sometimes had four freshman on the court.  The Big Ten player of the year averaged 19.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists.  Burke received 31 votes from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.  Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown was second with 16 votes and Victor Oladipo of Indiana got ten.  Creighton’s Greg McDermott tied for fifth with three votes.

The Wayne State at Sioux Falls four-game NSIC baseball series this weekend has been moved up one day due to predicted rain on Sunday.  The series, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 each day, will now be played in Sioux Falls today at 4:00 and Saturday at 1:00 due to the anticipated rain for Sunday.  Wayne State enters this weekend's series tied for first in the NSIC with St. Cloud State at 6-0 in league play and is 14-6 overall while the Cougars are 8-16 on the season and 3-7 in the NSIC.

The Northeast Hawks men’s golf team participated in the opening day of the Southeast Community College Invitational yesterday at the Beatrice Country Club.  Iowa Western has the team lead with a 307.  They lead by five strokes.  Southeast Community College’s Calvin Freeman has a two-stroke lead with a 74.  The Hawks are eighth in the ten team event with a score of 356.

The Norfolk Catholic boys golf team opened their season by winning their own triangular at the Norfolk Country Club yesterday.  The Knights shot a 176 while Stanton was second with a 179, and Hartington Cedar Catholic took third with a 180.  Norfolk Catholic’s Riley Knake was the medalist with a 39.  The Mustangs’ Caden Doggett was second with a 42 and teammate Brook Klinetobe was third with a 42.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High Vs. Columbus at Kearney (GNAC B Socc. Tourn.-5:30); Nfk High Vs. Gering at Kearney (GNAC G Socc. Tourn.-3:30); Wayne at Nfk High (Bsbl-7:00); Nfk High at Kearney Inv. At Meadowlark Hills GC (BG-9:00 AM); LHNE at Crofton Inv. (BG-9:00 AM); Nfk High at Lincoln North Star (G Tenn. Dual-4:00); NECC at Southeast CC Inv. At Beatrice (M Golf-12:00); Iowa at Nebraska (Bsbl-6:05); Bradley at Creighton (Bsbl-6:00); Fort Wayne at Nebraska-Omaha (Bsbl DH-1:00); WSC at Univ. Of Sioux Falls (Bsbl DH-4:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Round Rock, TX (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Columbus Scotus 6 Nfk Cath/LHNE 0 (B Socc.); Columbus Scotus 7 LHNE/Nfk Cath 0 (G Socc.); Nfk High 13 Thurston/Cuming County 4 (Bsbl); Nfk High 6 Hastings 3 (G Tenn. Dual); Round Rock 3 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 (Bsbl). 

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      Final    Baltimore            6    Tampa  Bay              3
      Final    Oakland                8    Seattle                  2
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      Final    Philadelphia      2    Atlanta                  0
   
   
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      Final    Denver                    95    Dallas                94
      Final    Oklahoma  City    100    San  Antonio      88
   
   
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      Final            Philadelphia      5    Toronto                  3
      Final            Tampa  Bay            5    Carolina                0
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