Sports News-December 11, 2012
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The New England Patriots picked up their seventh straight win as Tom Brady threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 rout of Houston, leaving the Pats a game behind the Texans for the AFC lead. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was 19-32 for 232 yards, no touchdowns and an interception as the 11-2 Texans ended a six-game winning streak. The 10-3 Patriots have won their last 20 December home games.
The Washington Redskins are describing Robert Griffin III's knee injury as a sprain. Coach Mike Shanahan says the rookie quarterback has mild swelling but could be back under center for next week's game against the Cleveland Browns. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will start if Griffin can't. The Redskins are 7-6 and trail the New York Giants by one game in the NFC East.
The Creighton men’s basketball team remains 16th in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and 13th in the USA Today Coaches poll released yesterday. The 9-1 Bluejays won two games in the last week, beating Nebraska 64-42 and Akron 77-61. Indiana remains number one in the AP Top 25. Duke, Michigan, Syracuse, and Florida round out the top five. Creighton will be in action next when they visit Berkeley, California to play the 6-2 University of California Bears on Saturday at 10:00. In other Bluejay men’s basketball news, for the third time this season and eighth time in his career, Doug McDermott has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. McDermott averaged 28.5 points, five rebounds and three assists in the wins last week. He made 20-34 attempts from the field including 8-12 three-pointers.
Freshman Marissa Janning of the Creighton women’s basketball team earned her second Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week yesterday. The award recognizes Janning for her play during the week of Dec. 3-9. Janning led Creighton with 34 points in the two games last week, she also notched six assists and grabbed nine rebounds.
Creighton seniors Andrew Ribeiro and Jose Gomez added to their honors haul yesterday after being named to College Soccer News’ All-America team. Gomez earned a spot on the first team, while Ribeiro gained second-team honors. The pair last week were named to the coaches’ All-America team as well as the coaches’ All-Midwest regional team. Gomez also is one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s Heisman Trophy. The winner will be announced next month in St. Louis.
The Nebraska-Omaha hockey team moved up in one weekly poll after splitting two games last week. The Mavericks are ranked 13th in the latest poll from the website USCHO.com while maintaining its 14th spot in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine. They split two games at St. Cloud State last weekend. UNO returns to action on Friday and Saturday when they host 20th ranked Minnesota State. Nebraska-Omaha is 10-5-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Senior punter Randy Weich of Wayne State has been named to the 2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ All-America Team announced yesterday. Weich is the third Wildcat in the last five years to earn AFCA All-American honors, joining wide receiver Frederick Bruno in 2009 and defensive end Troy Pribnow in 2008 as recent AFCA All-Americans at Wayne State. The Pierce native was named NSIC South Division First Team Punter for a third straight season after leading the NSIC in punting for a third straight year averaging 44.8 yards per punt. Weich ranks third nationally in punt average and had 16 punts of 50 yards or more and 13 punts inside the 20 yard line. Wayne State finished the 2012 season with a 6-5 record.
The Northeast Hawks basketball teams swept a pair of games last night at the Cox Activities Center. The men routed the Dordt JV 97-49. The Hawks’ K.J. Bluford led four players in double figures with 20 points. He was 4-8 from three-point range and also collected four steals. Teammate Sean Scott added 14 points and three steals. Jabbar Washington had twelve points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Teammate Rasheed Fairley recorded twelve points and blocked four shots. Northeast led 50-26 at halftime and improve to 10-5. They’ve won four of their last five games. It was the Hawks second win in a row by a score of 97-49. The Northeast women beat the Concordia JV 79-67 in their game. The Hawks’ Lexi Murphy led four players in double figures with 20 points and five rebounds. She was 5-11 from three-point range. Teammate Raveen Murray added 15 points and two steals. A.J. Johnson had twelve points, nine assists, six rebounds, and five steals. Teammate Jaylan Spencer pumped in twelve points. Northeast led 37-35 at halftime and improve to 13-2. During halftime of the women’s game, Northeast women’s coach Matt Svehla was presented an award by the Norfolk Fire Division and Northeast Community College for his assistance in saving a man’s life by performing CPR. The man suffered a heart attack on December 2nd on the Northeast Community College campus.
The top ranked in both polls in Class “C-2” 4-0 Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team hosts top ranked in Class “C-1” 3-1 Norfolk Catholic tonight at the Clayton & Vivian Andrews Activities Center at 7:45. The Eagles have beaten Emerson/Hubbard, West Point Guardian Angels, Twin River, and Concordia of Omaha by an average score of 52.5-34.5. The Knights have defeated Madison, Winnebago, and Battle Creek while falling to Bishop Neumann. Norfolk Catholic is outscoring their opponents on average 61.5-41.8. In the head-to-head matchup, dating back to 2003-2004, the Knights hold a 9-4 edge outscoring Lutheran High Northeast on average 59.1-49.8. The Eagles won last year’s game on December 13th at Norfolk Catholic 55-46 in overtime. That win snapped an eight game losing streak to the Knights. The game can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com starting with pregame coverage at approximately 7:25.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Grand Island (G&B SW. Dual-4:00); Tekemah/Herman & Wisner/Pilger at Nfk Cath (WR Dual-6:00).
Local Scores: Nfk Cath 61 Hartington CC 35 (GBB); NECC 97 Dordt JV 49 (MBB); NECC 79 Concordia JV 67 (WBB).
NFL Scoreboard: New England 42 Houston 14.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Philadelphia 104 Detroit 97
Final Golden State 104 Charlotte 96
Final Miami 101 Atlanta 92
Final OT San Antonio 134 Houston 126
Final Dallas 119 Sacramento 96
Final Portland 92 Toronto 74
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (15) Georgetown 89 Longwood 53
Chadron 49, Hot Springs, S.D. 39
Falls City Sacred Heart 90, South Holt, Mo. 21
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 45, Tekamah-Herman 37
Bishop Neumann 54, Aquinas 50
Chadron 74, Hot Springs, S.D. 23
Falls City Sacred Heart 56, South Holt, Mo. 43
Norfolk Catholic 61, Hartington Cedar Catholic 35
Plattsmouth 56, Conestoga 51
Topside Tip Off
McCook 59, Ottawa, Kan. 52