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

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