Sports News-December 28, 2011

 LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took three games, but Mike Brown finally
has earned his first victory as L.A. Lakers coach. Playing their
third game in three nights, the Lakers got 26 points from Kobe
Bryant and outclassed the Utah Jazz 96-71 last night at Staples
     MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat have started fast, winning two games
handily and only trailing once -- by two points, for all of 14
seconds. LeBron James scored 26 points, rookie point guard Norris
Cole scored 14 of his 20 in the fourth quarter, and the Heat nearly
blew a 20-point lead before beating the Boston Celtics 115-107.
     SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Alex Dragiceviic hit
four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 22 points to lead Notre
Dame to a 72-59 win over No. 22 Pittsburgh in the Big East opener
for both teams. That's 28 straight home wins for the Irish.
     UNDATED (AP)--Purdue and N.C. State were winners in bowl games
yesterday. The Boilermakers held off Western Michigan 37-32 in the
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit and the Wolfpack beat
Louisville 31-24 in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.
     DENVER (AP) - In the NHL, Evander Kane scored two goals, Ondrej
Pavelec (AWN'-dray PAH'-veh-lehk) made 32 saves, and the Winnipeg
Jets handed the Colorado Avalanche their first home loss in a
month, 4-1. That snapped the Avs' eight-game home win streak.

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Tom Brady is one of eight Patriots and Patrick Willis one of eight 49ers to make the Pro Bowl, the most on each roster.  Defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay, led by starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Baltimore, led by veteran linebacker Ray Lewis, have seven apiece for the Jan. 29 game in Honolulu, the NFL announced yesterday.  Brady is one of seven starters from New England.  Green Bay's Rodgers is the starting NFC quarterback, backed by
record-setting Drew Brees of New Orleans.

Toney McCray scored a team-high 16 points, but the Nebraska men’s basketball team dropped its Big Ten opener against eleventh ranked Wisconsin, 64-40 last night at the Devaney Center.  McCray hit 6-15 shots from the floor, but was the only Husker in double figures, as Wisconsin snapped Nebraska's four-game win streak and held the Huskers to their lowest point total since the 2006-07 season.  Ryan Evans led Wisconsin with a career-high 22 points on 9-11 shooting, while All-American Jordan Taylor added 15 points and five assists, as Wisconsin shot 51% on the night, including 11-21 from three-point range.  Wisconsin improves to 12-2 overall while the Huskers are now 8-4 overall.

Nebraska Offensive lineman Andrew Rodriguez has been ruled out of the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina because of a sprained foot.  Coach Bo Pelini said yesterday that the left guard didn't make the trip with the team but could be at the bowl site late in the week.  Rodriguez has missed the last three games.  Tight end Ben Cotton, who has missed two games with a left shoulder injury, returned to practice and is expected to play in the game on Jan. 2.  Pelini also announced that linebackers coach Ross Els will take over new defensive coordinator John Papuchis' role as special teams coordinator next season.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lexington (GNAC BBB Tourn.-7:15); Nfk High Vs. McCook at Lexington (GNAC GBB Tourn.-5:30); LHNE Vs. Oakland/Craig at Wisner (Shoot-Out of the Elkhorn Tourn. G&B BB Tourn.-3:30); Missouri St. At Creighton (MBB-7:00).

Today:  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 &  We’ll cover the Eagles all three days of the tournament.

     Final  Atlanta     106  New Jersey   70
     Final  Milwaukee    98  Minnesota    95
     Final  Portland    101  Sacramento   71
     Final 2OT  Calgary      2  Columbus       1 (SO Calgary 1-0)
     Final      Pittsburgh   4  Carolina       2
     Final      Montreal     6  Ottawa         2
     Final      Tampa Bay    5  Philadelphia   1
     Final      Detroit      3  St. Louis      2
     Final      Florida      5  Toronto        3
     Final  (11) Wisconsin    64       Nebraska            40
     Final  (23) Virginia     69       Md.-Eastern Shore   42

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