Sports News-December 17, 2012
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The New England Patriots silenced their "End Zone Militia" last night, taking the muskets away from the Revolutionary War re-enactors who fire in the air to celebrate every score. The memory of the Connecticut school shootings was still too fresh for the sight of weapons and the smell of gunpowder. Two days after 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary school, NFL stadiums fell silent before the day's games to honor the victims' memory. Some teams darkened their scoreboards and lowered their flags to half-staff, while others wore helmet decals or black ribbons. New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz took the field with the name of one victim inscribed on his shoes. Cruz called the family of Jack Pinto after hearing the six-year-old boy was a Giants fan and was told the family planned to bury the boy in one of Cruz's No. 80 jerseys. Cruz said he didn't even know how to put it into words.
Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore each produced 20-point games to lead the Nebraska women's basketball team to a 62-52 road win over previously unbeaten South Florida at the Sun Dome yesterday. With the victory, Nebraska improved to 8-3 while notching its second straight win over an unbeaten Florida school. Hooper produced her fifth double-double of the season and 22nd of her career with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while adding three blocked shots. Moore added 20 points, four rebounds and three assists, while hitting 8-13 shots from the field, including 2-5 three-pointers.
As an early holiday present, the Creighton Bluejays women's basketball team gave head coach Jim Flanery his record tying 196th victory, 63-42 over North Dakota State. Creighton improved to 6-2 on the season following the victory, while North Dakota State dropped to 3-7 overall. The Bluejays’ Alyssa Kamphaus and Carli Tritz led all scorers with eleven points, while Sarah Nelson recorded her 13th career double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. With the win, Flanery tied current Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen for the most victories in Bluejay history. Rasmussen concluded his coaching career at Creighton in 1992 with a record of 196-147 in twelve seasons. Flanery is currently 196-131 in his 11th season at the helm for the Jays.
Local Schedule: Nebraska-Omaha at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (WBB-6:00).
Tuesday Night: The top ranked in Class “C-2” Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team visits Class “B” Seward at 7:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Local Scores: Nebraska 62 South Florida 52 (WBB); Creighton 63 North Dakota St. 42 (WBB); (14) Nebraska 22 Rutgers 10; (18) Maryland 18 Nebraska 17 (WR Tri. At New York City).
NFL Scoreboard: Denver 34 Baltimore 17; Green Bay 21 Chicago 13; Houston 29 Indianapolis 17; Miami 24 Jacksonville 3; Minnesota 36 St. Louis 22; Atlanta 34 N.Y. Giants 0; New Orleans 41 Tampa Bay 0; Washington 38 Cleveland 21; Carolina 31 San Diego 7; Arizona 38 Detroit 10; Seattle 50 Buffalo 17; Oakland 15 Kansas City 0; Dallas 27 Pittsburgh 24 (OT); San Francisco 41 New England 34.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Toronto 103 Houston 96
Final Denver 122 Sacramento 97
Final L-A Lakers 111 Philadelphia 98
Final Portland 95 New Orleans 94
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (10) Illinois 66 E. Kentucky 53
Final (24) Oklahoma St. 91 Cent. Arkansas 63
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 6) Georgia 93 Lipscomb 42
Final (11) Penn St. 60 S. Dakota St. 50
Final Vanderbilt 76 (12) Oklahoma 63
Final (13) Tennessee 94 (18) Texas 75
Final OT (14) UCLA 53 St. John's 52
Final (15) Purdue 77 Oakland 46
Final (16) Oklahoma St. 83 Vermont 30
Final (19) North Carolina 75 Coastal Carolina 49
Final Rutgers 42 (21) Miami 34
Final (22) Kansas 72 Prairie View 60
Final (25) West Virginia 90 Youngstown St. 57