Sports News-December 14, 2011

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Flyers star Claude Giroux
(zhehr-ROO'), the leading scorer in the NHL, is out indefinitely
with a concussion. He's the second star NHL player this week forced
to the sidelines with concussion-like symptoms, following
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who's also out
indefinitely.
     
     WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Bryan Little scored a power-play goal
with 5 minutes remaining in regulation, lifting the Winnipeg Jets
to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Ondrej Pavelec (AWN'-dray
pah-vah-LEHK') stopped 34 shots to help the Jets, who've won eight
of their last nine at home.
     
     BOSTON (AP) - Brad Marchand scored twice and backup Boston
goalie Tuukka (TOO'-kuh) Rask earned his first shutout of the
season in the Boston Bruins' 3-0 victory over Los Angeles in the
Kings' first game under interim coach John Stevens. The Kings fired
Terry Murray on Monday and replaced him with Stevens but the Kings
lost their fifth straight nevertheless.
     
     BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - Big surprise in the Jerry Sandusky sexual
abuse case yesterday. After indicating he was looking forward to
confronting his accusers in a preliminary hearing, Sandusky waived
that hearing and his lawyer, Joseph Amendola, is denying a plea
deal is in the works.
     
     DENVER (AP) - The Denver Nuggets have re-signed Nene (nuh-NAY')
to a five-year deal, keeping the unrestricted free agent through
2015-16. The Denver Post first reported that the Brazilian center
had agreed to the contract that could be worth up to $67 million.


It is possible that charges against Nebraska football player Mike Caputo related to a Sunday arrest will not be filed until after the Huskers' Jan. 2 appearance in the Capital One Bowl according to the Omaha World Herald.  Chief assistant city attorney John McQuinn said state law requires the Lincoln City Attorney's Office to file charges in Lancaster County Court at least three days before Caputo's arraignment hearing which is set for Jan. 17.  It may not take that long, McQuinn said yesterday, but at this point, city prosecutors are making their own inquires and still gathering facts.  Lincoln police arrested Caputo on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after the 22-year-old appeared to be asleep in the driver's seat of his parked pickup truck early Sunday morning.  Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, out of town recruiting, indicated in a statement released Monday that he wouldn't address the status of Caputo or comment specifically about the incident until he gathered more information.  Caputo, from Omaha, has been the Huskers' starting center in their last 26 games. He was named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches two weeks ago.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team snapped a personal nine game losing streak against Norfolk Catholic.  But is wasn’t easy.  The Eagles outlasted the Knights 55-46 in overtime last night at the Norfolk Catholic Activities Center.  Lutheran High Northeast had not beat Norfolk Catholic since December 13, 2005.  The Eagles’ Ross Freudenburg scored 16 points and Mitch Knobbe recorded 14 points, eleven rebounds, two steals, and blocked two shots in the win.  The Class “C-1” Defending Champions were paced by Riley Knake’s 21 points and Connor Ketter added 14.  The score was tied at 42-42 at the end of regulation.  Lutheran High Northeast outscored the Knights 13-4 in overtime.  The Eagles remain undefeated at 5-0 while Norfolk Catholic falls to 4-1.

Friday Night:  The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams visit Papillion La Vista South in a doubleheader at 5:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
    
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Local Scores:  Iowa Central CC 77 NECC 59 (MBB); Nfk High 132 Grand Island 46 (B. Swim Dual); Nfk High 102.5 Grand Island 77.5 (G. Swim Dual); Nfk Cath 39 Tekemah/Herman 28; Wisner/Pilger 36 Nfk Cath 27 (WR Tri.).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Chelsi Mescher of the Elgin Public/Pope John Wolfpack girls basketball team.

     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final OT   Toronto        2  Carolina        1
     Final      Dallas         1  N-Y Rangers     0
     Final      Detroit        4  Pittsburgh      1
     Final      Boston         3  Los Angeles     0
     Final OT   Ottawa         3  Buffalo         2
     Final      Philadelphia   5  Washington      1
     Final 2OT  Columbus       2  Vancouver       1
     Final 2OT  New Jersey     3  Florida         2
     Final      Montreal       5  N-Y Islanders   3
     Final      Nashville      2  Calgary         1
     Final      Winnipeg       2  Minnesota       1
     Final 2OT  Colorado       4  San Jose        3
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  (14) Wisconsin         60  Milwaukee         54
     Final  (17) Mississippi St.   75  FAU               68
     Final  (20) Michigan          63  Ark.-Pine Bluff   50
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 6) Tennessee   67  (11) Rutgers       61
     Final  (12) Ohio St.    83       Southern U.   49
     Final  (23) DePaul      78       Princeton     67

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