Sports News-December 12, 2013
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Head coach Doc Rivers was a winner in his return to Boston. Jamal Crawford hit a pair of three-pointers 23 seconds apart over the final three minutes as the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in a 96-88 win over the Celtics. Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points as Rivers gained a victory in his first game at TD Bank Garden since the Celtics traded him to Los Angeles last summer for a first-round draft pick.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has followed through with the plan he announced on Monday, shutting down Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season to protect the second-year quarterback from serious injury. Kirk Cousins will start for the 3-10 Redskins when they face Atlanta this week. Veteran Rex Grossman will serve as the backup.
Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than the 2015 season opener. New York Mets general manager and rules committee chairman Sandy Alderson made the announcement at the winter meetings, citing player safety and concern over concussions as major factors in the decision. Alderson said wording of the rules change will be presented to owners for approval at their Jan. 16 meeting in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
The NCAA announced yesterday that CenturyLink Center Omaha will host the 2015 NCAA Division I women's volleyball championships according to the Omaha World Herald. The University of Nebraska and the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority will co-host the 2015 event, which will be held December 17-19. CenturyLink Center Omaha is no stranger to this event. It hosted the championships in 2006 and 2008 and the NCAA Division I volleyball regionals in 2005 and 2012. The bidding process was extremely competitive with 1,984 bids submitted for 82 championships for the 2014-2018 seasons. CenturyLink Center Omaha also will host the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship second and third rounds in 2015.
The Nebraska football team won a key recruiting battle over Michigan State and Penn State when Montclair, New Jersey, defensive end Darius Slade committed to the Huskers during a ceremony at his high school. The Omaha World Herald reports that Slade is a 6'5, 237-pound three-star prospect according to every major recruiting service. He had 63 tackles and 23.5 sacks as a senior. Montclair has won back-to-back state titles in New Jersey in the top division of North Jersey. Slade had offers from MSU, PSU, Rutgers, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, among others. Slade is the 19th commit for NU's 2014 class.
Alyssa Frauendorfer of Wayne State was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-America Team yesterday. Last Wednesday, Frauendorfer was named to the AVCA All-Central Region First Team while also being honored as the Central Region Freshman of the Year. Frauendorfer, a 6'0 freshman middle hitter from Humphrey averaged 2.77 kills and 0.97 blocks per game to earn First Team All-NSIC honors while also being named NSIC Freshman of the Year. Wayne State, ranked 18th in the latest AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, finished the regular season with a 22-10 record.
The Northeast Hawks women's basketball team remains 25th in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I rankings. Northeast has won two home games in the last week beating the Midland JV last Friday 89-57 and routing Southeast Community College on Tuesday night 82-53. The 13-0 Hawks have matched their best start in program history. They accomplished a 13-0 start in the 1998-99 season. Northeast will return to action on Friday when they host the Concordia JV.
Local Schedule: Sioux City West at Nfk High (WR Dual-7:00); Wayne at Nfk Cath (WR Dual-7:00); Eureka College at Nebraska-Omaha (WBB-7:00).
Friday Evening: The Pierce girls & boys basketball teams host Boone Central/Newman Grove starting with the girls game at 6:30. The boys game will follow at approximately 8:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 6:10 on Literock 97.5 & Literock97.com.
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East. Get the lowdown with the coaches.
Saturday Evening: The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball squads are at Omaha Burke starting with the girls game at 5:30. The boys game will follow at approximately 7:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Local Scores: Nebraska-Omaha 84 Air Force 56 (WBB).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Orlando 92 Charlotte 83
Final L-A Clippers 96 Boston 88
Final New York 83 Chicago 78
Final OT New Orleans 111 Detroit 106
Final Oklahoma City 116 Memphis 100
Final Minnesota 106 Philadelphia 99
Final San Antonio 109 Milwaukee 77
Final Utah 122 Sacramento 101
Final Golden State 95 Dallas 93
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Los Angeles 3 Toronto 1
Final Chicago 7 Philadelphia 2
Final Anaheim 2 Minnesota 1
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 1) Arizona 74 New Mexico St. 48
Final ( 3) Ohio St. 86 Bryant 48
Final ( 4) Wisconsin 78 Milwaukee 52
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final S. Dakota St. 83 (12) Penn St. 79