Sports News-December 23, 2011

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     HOUSTON (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts, who were 0-13 to start
the NFL season, are now on a two-game winning streak. Reggie Wayne
caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky with 19 seconds
left for the Colts' lone touchdown in their 19-16 win over
playoff-bound Houston.
     
     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts owner Jim Irsay says if Peyton Manning
plays football next season, it will be in Indianapolis. Irsay says
Manning is progressing from his neck injury, that his throwing arm
is getting stronger and that his greatest concern is Manning's
overall health.
     
     LAS VEGAS (AP) - Kellen Moore went out a winner in his final
game as Boise State quarterback. Moore won his 50th game as the
eighth-ranked Broncos overwhelmed Arizona State 56-24 as Doug
Martin accounted for 301 all-purpose yards that included a 100-yard
return on the opening kickoff.
     
     ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion
St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract pending
results of a physical. That will help beef up the Cards lineup
following the departure of Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz), who left the
Cards to go to the L.A. Angels.
     
     CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kurt Busch has a new ride. Busch, who
became one of NASCAR's most polarizing figures this past season,
will return to the Sprint Cup series in 2012 to drive the No. 51
car for Phoenix Racing and owner James Finch after driving
previously for Jack Roush and Roger Penske.


Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley says he's returning for his senior season, putting off the NFL for a chance to lead the Trojans from under the cloud of NCAA sanctions to a BCS bowl.  Barkley was projected as a high first-round pick in the NFL draft after throwing for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdowns with just seven interceptions this season.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has promoted defensive line coach John Papuchis to defensive coordinator and hired Rick Kaczenski from Iowa to coach the line.  Papuchis takes over the coordinator position from Carl Pelini, who is the new head coach at Florida Atlantic.  The 33-year-old Papuchis was hired four years ago as an original member of Bo Pelini's staff.  In addition to coaching the defensive line, he has been special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator.  Kaczenski coached Iowa's defensive line for five seasons.  He will coach for 20th ranked Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl against ninth ranked South Carolina on Jan. 2.  In other Husker football news, Pelini says center Mike Caputo will play in the Capital One Bowl despite his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.  The senior from Omaha pleaded guilty yesterday to reckless driving in Lancaster County Court and was fined $100.

Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and 23rd ranked Creighton defeated a Big Ten opponent for the third time this season with an 87-79 victory over Northwestern last night.  McDermott's performance trumped that of Northwestern's Drew Crawford, who scored 34 points to tie an opponent record at the CenturyLink Center.  McDermott also added five rebounds and five assists.  Antoine Young scored 13 points, Gregory Echenique and Jahenns Manigat had 11 apiece, and Ethan Wragge added 10 for Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton, which also has wins over the Big Ten's Iowa and Nebraska.  Creighton improves to 10-1 while Northwestern drops to 10-2.

Wednesday:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams take on Oakland/Craig in the opening round of the Shoot-out on the Elkhorn Tournament at Wisner.  The girls game starts at 3:30 with the boys game to follow at approximately 5:00.  Pregame coverage at 3:10 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  We’ll cover the Eagles all three days of the tournament.

Local Scores: LHNE 55 Wynot 39 (GBB).

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final      Toronto       3  Buffalo         2
     Final      N-Y Rangers   4  N-Y Islanders   2
     Final OT   Ottawa        4  Florida         3
     Final      Nashville     6  Columbus        5
     Final      Winnipeg      4  Montreal        0
     Final      Calgary       3  Detroit         2
     Final      Edmonton      4  Minnesota       1
     Final 2OT  Los Angeles   3  Anaheim         2
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 1) Syracuse          80       Tulane               61
     Final  ( 2) Ohio St.          69       Miami (Ohio)         40
     Final  ( 3) Kentucky          87       Loyola (Md.)         63
     Final  ( 6) Baylor            72       Saint Mary's (Cal)   59
     Final  ( 8) UConn             79       Fairfield            71
     Final  ( 9) Missouri          78  (25) Illinois             74
     Final  (10) Marquette         64       Milwaukee            50
     Final  (11) Florida           82       Florida St.          64
     Final  (12) Kansas            63       Southern Cal         47
     Final       Long Beach St.    68  (14) Xavier               58
     Final  (16) Georgetown        70       Memphis              59
     Final  (17) Indiana           89       UMBC                 47
     Final  (18) Mississippi St.   82       Northwestern St.     67
     Final  (19) Michigan St.      90       Lehigh               81
     Final  (20) Michigan          77       Bradley              66
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 4) Stanford     90  CS Bakersfield    48
     Final  (11) Ohio St.     79  Washington St.    57
     Final  (13) Georgia      81  Appalachian St.   37
     Final  (20) Purdue       73  IPFW              36
     Final  (21) DePaul       93  S. Illinois       67
     Final  (25) Vanderbilt   64  Florida St.       59

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