Sports News-December 2, 2013

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Florida State and Ohio State now find themselves as the top teams in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings following Alabama's loss at Auburn on Saturday.  But there's not much distance between the Buckeyes, Auburn and Missouri with just one regular-season game remaining for the three teams.  The Seminoles' .995 BCS average makes them a lock for a BCS title game appearance if they beat Duke in the ACC championship game.  Ohio State owns a .950 average, Auburn is at .923, Alabama is fourth at .854 and Missouri is next at .843.  The Buckeyes face Michigan State in the Big Ten title game next weekend, and Auburn meets Missouri for the SEC championship.

Kevin Larsen gave George Washington the lead with 1:03 left in the game and the Colonials held off 20th ranked Creighton for a 60-53 victory that gave them third place in the Wooden Legacy last night.  George Washington took advantage of an off night by Doug McDermott, who came in averaging nearly 28 points per game but finished with seven.  Ethan Wragge scored 16 and had nine rebounds while Grant Gibbs added twelve points for the Bluejays.  Gibbs tied the score at 42 with 8:26 left in the game and the teams wrestled their way to the finish.  Creighton pulled ahead 53-50 when Jahenns Manigat picked up Wragge's three-point miss and scored with 2:14 left.  The Colonials regained the lead on consecutive layups by Larsen and Joe McDonald.  George Washington then sealed the win at the free throw line.  The Colonials improve to 6-1 while the Bluejays are now 5-2.
 
The Nebraska volleyball team will spend the opening weekend of the postseason at home for the tenth straight season as the Bob Devaney Sports Center was chosen as one of 16 sites for the NCAA first and second-round play next weekend.  The Huskers will be making their 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance and they will go in as the eighth overall seed among the 64 teams.  Play will start on Friday when the 19-11 Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 Conference will take on the 19-11 Miami Hurricanes of the Atlantic Coast Conference at 4:30.  The 23-6 Huskers will then take the court during Friday's second match and will face the 19-12 Fairfield Stags, who recently won their second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship title.  Nebraska's match will start at 7:00 or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first match.  Creighton will return to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament for the third time in four years after picking up an at-large bid in this year's 64-team field.  The 22-8 Bluejays will meet 16-13 Arkansas in a match played at Lawrence, Kansas, on Friday at 4:00.  The winner will meet the victor of the Wichita State/Kansas match, also in Lawrence.

The Nebraska football team has landed a top-notch recruit.  Terrell Clinkscales, a 6'6, 317 pound defensive lineman, from Dodge City Community College, attended the 38-17 loss to Iowa on Friday.  Clinkscales, the top ranked juco tackle according to 247Sports and a four-star prospect, announced his decision last night on Twitter but talked to The Omaha World-Herald hours earlier.  He joined safety Chance Waz, who flipped his commit from Colorado, as commits one day after Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst affirmed that Bo Pelini would be Nebraska's coach into the future.  Nebraska has 17 commits for the 2014 class.  Clinkscales, a native of Chicago, will have two seasons of eligibility.  Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State and Oregon were among the teams that offered as Clinkscales' season progressed.  He finished with 64 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, all from an interior tackle spot that rarely produces such numbers against the spread offenses popular in junior college.  Waz, a 5'11, 173-pound three-star prospect, changed his commit from Colorado to Nebraska yesterday.  He visited NU on Nov. 16 with his teammate and fellow Husker commit Trai Mosley.

The Oklahoma women's basketball team scored the first ten points in three minutes and the 18th ranked Sooners never let up in an 80-52 defeat of Creighton of yesterday.  The Bluejays' Marissa Janning scored 18 points.  She was the only player to reach double figures for the Bluejays.  Janning scored all her points on three-point baskets.  She was 6-13 from behind the arc, matching a career high.  Creighton falls to 4-3 while Oklahoma is now 5-2.  
 
The Norfolk High boys basketball team gets their season underway on Thursday when they visit Bellevue East.  The team returns seven letterwinners from last year's 11-13 squad in Taylor Reedy, Blaine Rohlk, Stefan Medel, Tyler Hagedorn, Kory Reestman, Jared McGinn, and Brandon Villalpando.  The Panthers' home schedule includes a date on Saturday with either Lincoln High or Papillion La Vista.  Also, games with Lincoln Southwest, Columbus, South Sioux City, Omaha Westside, Bellevue West, Millard North, Fremont, Lincoln North Star, and Omaha Bryan.  Thursday's opener at Bellevue East can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM starting after the girls game at approximately at 6:30.

The Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team starts their 2013-14 campaign on Friday when they take on either Kearney Catholic or Sandy Creek at the Grand Island Central Catholic Tournament.  They will also play another game on Saturday.  The team returns six players from last year's 15-10 state tournament team in Bailey Barnes, Joelle Heng, Jennifer Keenan, Morgan Molacek, Kristin Maguire, and Geena Piper.  The Lady Knights' home schedule includes games with Hartington Cedar Catholic, Winnebago, Columbus Scotus, Wahoo High, Boone Central, & Crofton.  Saturday's game at the Grand Island Central Catholic Tournament can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM starting at approximately 1:10.

The Lutheran High Northeast wrestling team gets their season underway on Thursday when they visit Laurel/Concord/Coleridge for a dual. The Eagles have eight wrestlers out this season that include Ryan Bodlak, Parker Olson, Matthew Reeves, Tyler Bates, Justice Nedela, Josh Schlote, Alec Wilcox, and Reed Schaefer.  Lutheran High Northeast will participate in tournaments at Howells/Dodge, North Platte St. Patrick's, Osmond, Filmore/Central, Wisner/Pilger, Neligh/Oakdale, Cedar Valley, and Clearwater/Orchard.  They will host their own duals tournament on January 17th.  They will also visit Laurel/Concord/Coleridge for a dual and host Archbishop Bergan.

106 KIX & Newstalk WJAG has announced it's upcoming basketball broadcast schedule featuring 39 regular season games.  Norfolk High's girls & boys will combine for eleven broadcasts and the boys will be followed in their postseason run.  The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys will be featured in 13 broadcasts and the girls be covered in their postseason.  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys will combine for ten broadcasts and the boys will be followed in their postseason run.  The Northeast Hawks men & women will be covered in five broadcasts.  The broadcast schedule opens with the Norfolk High girls & boys at Bellevue East on Thursday at 5:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.  The schedule can be viewed at 106KIX.com & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  George Washington 60 (20) Creighton 53 (MBB); (18) Oklahoma 80 Creighton 52 (WBB); Long Beach St. 77 Nebraska-Omaha 61 (WBB).

NFL Scoreboard:  Philadelphia 24 Arizona 21; Minnesota 23 Chicago 20 (OT); Jacksonville 32 Cleveland 28; Miami 23 N.Y. Jets 3; New England 34 Houston 31; Carolina 27 Tampa Bay 6; Indianapolis 22 Tennessee 14; Atlanta 34 Buffalo 31 (OT); San Francisco 23 St. Louis 13; Cincinnati 17 San Diego 10; Denver 35 Kansas City 28; N.Y. Giants 24 Washington 17.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Denver                  112    Toronto                98
      Final    Indiana                105    L-A  Clippers    100
      Final    Detroit                115    Philadelphia    100
      Final    Miami                      99    Charlotte            98
      Final    Golden  State      115    Sacramento        113
      Final    Oklahoma  City    113    Minnesota          103
      Final    New  Orleans        103    New  York              99
      Final    Portland              114    L-A  Lakers        108
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Vancouver      3    Carolina      2
      Final            Detroit          4    Ottawa          2
      Final  2OT    Edmonton        3    Dallas          2  (SO  Edmonton  2-1)
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  3)  Kentucky                        79              Providence              65
      Final    (21)  Memphis                          73    (  5)  Oklahoma  St.          68
      Final    (11)  Gonzaga                          86              Coppin  St.              51
      Final    (12)  Wichita  St.                  70              Saint  Louis            65
      Final    (14)  Oregon                            82              Cal  Poly                  61
      Final              UAB                                  63    (16)  North  Carolina      59
      Final    (18)  Baylor                          104              Hardin-Simmons      59
      Final              George  Washington      60    (20)  Creighton                53
      Final              San  Diego  St.              67    (25)  Marquette                59
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  UConn                    70              Ohio  St.              49
      Final    (  7)  Kentucky              69    (  4)  Louisville          64
      Final    (  5)  Notre  Dame        100              Duquesne              61
      Final    (18)  Oklahoma              80              Creighton            52
      Final    (19)  Oklahoma  St.      95              North  Texas        47
      Final              IPFW                      81    (21)  Michigan  St.      76
      Final    (22)  Georgia                70              Georgia  St.        58
      Final              Northwestern      82    (25)  DePaul                  79

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