Sports News-December 27, 2011
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IRVING, Texas (AP) - It appears quarterback Tony Romo will be
available when the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants this
Sunday with the NFC East title on the line. The swelling is going
down on Romo's bruised throwing hand, which was injured during
Saturday's loss to Philadelphia. He could be ready to practice
tomorrow and should play this weekend.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - James Franklin ran for two touchdowns and
ran for two more as Missouri whipped North Carolina 41-24 in the
Independence Bowl at Shreveport, Louisiana. Franklin accounted for
274 total yards and helped the Tigers set an Independence Bowl
record with 31 points in the first half. Kendial Lawrence added 108
rushing yards for the Tigers, who gained 337 yards on the ground.
NEW YORK (AP) - Syracuse sits atop the AP men's basketball poll
for a third straight week while the next six teams also maintained
their positions. The Orange received 54 first-place votes from the
65-member media panel and is followed by Ohio State, Kentucky,
Louisville, North Carolina, Baylor and Duke. Missouri, Connecticut
and Florida round out the top 10.
TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Maple Leafs have officially announced
a new contract for head coach Ron Wilson, who tweeted Christmas
morning that he had received an extension. Wilson is in the final
season of a four-year contract and currently has the Maple Leafs
ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference after missing the playoffs
the previous five years.
Drew Brees has grabbed the NFL's single-season record for passing yards, and he's done it with one game to spare. Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints blasted Atlanta 45-16 to clinch the NFC South. He broke Dan Marino's mark of 5,084 yards when he tossed a nine-yard scoring pass to Darren Sproles with 2:51 remaining. Brees also hit Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham and Robert Meachem for touchdowns. Marino held the mark for 27 years, the last time the Miami Dolphins were in the Super Bowl. Sproles ran for 67 yards and returned a kickoff 92 yards to set up a field goal.
For the first time in program history, the Creighton men's basketball program will open Missouri Valley Conference play as a nationally-ranked team. The 10-1 Bluejays moved up in both major polls yesterday. CU is up two spots to 21st in the Associated Press poll, while they jumped two slots to 19th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Creighton opens Missouri Valley Conference play with a Wednesday night home versus defending Valley champ Missouri State. While this is the sixth different season in program history the team has been ranked, the Bluejays have never opened Valley play with a national ranking to its credit. In other CU basketball news, Doug McDermott was named the MVC Player of the Week, while Grant Gibbs earned MVC Newcomer of the Week.
The Nebraska women's basketball team inched up one spot to 23rd in the Associated Press Top 25 this week while sophomore forward Jordan Hooper won her second Big Ten Player of the Week Award. Hooper, from Alliance, scored 30 points and grabbed eleven rebounds in a 80-71 win over South Dakota State last Wednesday. The 11-1 Huskers are one of four Big Ten teams in the Top 25. Ohio State is ninth, Penn State is at 16th and Purdue is number 20. Nebraska opens league play at Penn State on Friday night. Baylor is the AP's consensus number one followed by Connecticut, Notre Dame, Stanford and Maryland.
Local Schedule: Wisconsin at Nebraska (MBB-8:00).
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.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Indiana 91 Detroit 79
Final Orlando 104 Houston 95
Final Charlotte 96 Milwaukee 95
Final New Jersey 90 Washington 84
Final Toronto 104 Cleveland 96
Final Oklahoma City 104 Minnesota 100
Final Denver 115 Dallas 93
Final San Antonio 95 Memphis 82
Final New Orleans 85 Phoenix 84
Final Sacramento 100 L-A Lakers 91
Final Portland 107 Philadelphia 103
Final Golden State 99 Chicago 91
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Colorado 4 Minnesota 2
Final Carolina 4 New Jersey 2
Final N-Y Rangers 3 N-Y Islanders 0
Final Buffalo 4 Washington 2
Final St. Louis 5 Dallas 3
Final Detroit 4 Nashville 1
Final Chicago 4 Columbus 1
Final Vancouver 5 Edmonton 3
Final Los Angeles 4 Phoenix 3
Final Anaheim 3 San Jose 2