Sports News-December 2, 2011

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 Seahawks still in the hunt...Mountaineers clinch Big East share
     
     SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks kept their flickering
playoff hopes alive by beating Philadelphia 31-14 as Marshawn Lynch
ran for 148 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns. The Seahawks
have won three of four to improve to 5-7 while the Eagles dropped
into the NFC East cellar with a 4-8 record.
     
     TAMPA, Fla. (AP)-The West Virginia Mountaineers are alive to get
the Big East's automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series.
Tyler Bitancurt kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and No.
22 West Virginia clinched a share of the Big East championship by
beating South Florida 30-27 and the Mountaineers probably will get
the BCS bowl berth if Cincinnati beats Connecticut on Saturday.
     
     COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Add Texas A&M to the list of
schools looking for a new football coach. The Aggies sacked Mike
Sherman, the former Green Bay Packers coach, after he went 25-25 in
four seasons that included a 6-6 record this year.
     
     EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Ducks will have home-field
advantage for the inaugural Pac-12 title game tonight against UCLA.
The eighth-ranked Ducks carry a 10-2 record and are whopping
31-point favorites against 6-6 UCLA, which has already informed
coach Rick Neuheisel that he will not be returning next season.
     
     LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Wildcats blocked a
school-record 18 shots in blowing away St. John's 81-59 to improve
to 7-0 heading into Saturday's showdown against fifth-ranked North
Carolina. Freshman Anthony Davis scored 15 points, grabbed 15
rebounds and had eight blocked shots.


According to the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star, all indications point to Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini becoming the next head football coach at Florida Atlantic.  Reached last night, Pelini declined comment.  A source close to the situation said "nothing has been finalized."  But according to multiple reports, an announcement could come Monday, which would avoid upstaging Howard Schnellenberger's final game this weekend as the team's head coach.  CBS Sports first reported that Pelini is expected to take the job.  ESPN.com later reported that Pelini has "a verbal agreement" with FAU and would be introduced as the Owls' next coach Monday.  The 46-year-old Pelini has served as the Huskers' defensive coordinator under his brother Bo since 2008.  The Nebraska defense found its greatest success in 2009.  NU led the country in scoring defense, pass-efficiency defense and red-zone defense.  The Huskers followed that up by ranking ninth in scoring defense and eleventh in total defense in 2010.  This year, Nebraska's defense slipped some and currently is 36th in total defense.

Local Schedule:  Millard West at Nfk High (G&B BB-6:00); Nfk High at Fremont Inv. (WR-3:30); Nfk Cath at Madison (G&B BB-6:15); Emerson/Hubbard at LHNE (Northeast Nebraska BBB Tip-Off Classic-7:30); NECC Vs. Quakerdale Prep College, IA at Hutchinson, KS (MBB-3:30); NECC at Iowa Western CC at Council Bluffs, IA (WBB-7:00); Nebraska at Las Vegas, NV Inv. (WR); Minnesota St. At WSC (W&M BB-6:00).

Tonight:  The Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team is on the road in Council Bluffs, Iowa to play Iowa Western Community College at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 with Hawks coach Matt Svehla 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.  This Week: Nfk High’s Bruce Shively; Nfk Cath’s Shane Anderson & Jason Konicek; LHNE’s Shannon Pospisil & Henry Aschoff; & NECC’s Dan Anderson.

Saturday Night:  The Norfolk High boys basketball team visits either Omaha Creighton Prep or Lincoln Southeast at 6:30.  The destination is dependent on Friday’s game with Millard West.  We’ll have Saturday’s game starting with pregame coverage at 6:10 with Panther general Ben Ries on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  LHNE 57 Emerson/Hubbard 13 (GBB); Battle Creek 66 LHNE 6 (WR Dual); Nfk High 145 South Sioux City 14 (B. Swim Dual); Nfk High 144 South Sioux City 7 (G. Swim Dual); Nebraska 25-25-25 Jackson St. 10-16-13 (NCAA VB Tourn. First Round Match); Creighton 66 Wyoming 50 (WBB).  

     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final      N-Y Rangers   5  Carolina     3
     Final      Pittsburgh    2  Washington   1
     Final      Dallas        3  Ottawa       2
     Final      Winnipeg      1  Phoenix      0
     Final 2OT  Columbus      4  Calgary      3 (SO Columbus 1-0)
     Final      Nashville     6  Vancouver    5
     Final      Los Angeles   2  Florida      1
     Final 2OT  San Jose      4  Montreal     3 (SO San Jose 3-2)
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
    
     Final  (22) West Virginia  30  South Florida  27
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 1) Kentucky     81       St. John's   59
     Final       Georgetown   57  (12) Alabama      55
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 7) Duke       64  (13) Purdue         53
     Final  ( 9) Miami      76       Michigan St.   60
     Final  (24) Delaware   81       Princeton      70

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