Sports News-December 30, 2011

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   ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida State rallied from a 14-point
second-half deficit and used a pair of touchdown passes by E.J.
Manuel to beat Notre Dame 18-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Afterward, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says the way the
Seminoles rallied bodes well for next season when he hopes the
'Noles can return to the Bowl Championship Series.
     
     FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - BYU's first season of independence in
football will end with a chance to win 10 games for the fifth time
in seven seasons under coach Bronco Mendenhall with a victory over
Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl today (noon Eastern). That kicks off
four bowl games today -- Rutgers-Iowa State in the Pinstripe, Wake
Forest-Mississippi State in the Music City and Iowa-Oklahoma in the
Insight.
     
     CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals are dropping the prices
of upper-deck tickets for 2012, trying to fill Paul Brown Stadium
on a regular basis. Cincinnati had to offer two-for-one tickets to
sell out its final game Sunday against Baltimore, which the Bengals
have to win to make the playoffs.
     
     PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) and Max
Talbot both scored in their return to Pittsburgh, leading the
Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Penguins. Claude Giroux
(ZHEH'-roo) added two assists as Philadelphia ended the Penguins'
four-game winning streak.


Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III didn't dazzle, but Baylor still pulled out a thrilling Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring regulation bowl game in history, beating Washington 67-56 in a record-smashing shootout last night.  Griffin ran for a touchdown and threw a TD pass, but teammate Terrance Ganaway was the star with five touchdowns and 200 yards rushing.

The Norfolk Panther boys & girls basketball teams were both winners at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in Lexington yesterday.  The Panther boys blew out North Platte in the semifinals 65-36.  Tremain Monroe scored 14 points and had two steals.  Alex Starkel netted 13 points and pulled down six rebounds.  Justin Saegebarth added 12 points and collected two steals.  Norfolk led 33-25 at halftime.  The Panthers remain undefeated at 8-0 and will play Scottsbluff in the championship game today at 3:45.  The Norfolk girls rolled Hastings in a consolation game 47-32.  Allison Erwin scored 12 points and collected six steals.  Jaida Carley netted 10 points and five rebounds.  The Lady Panthers improves to 3-5 and will play Kearney in the fifth place game at 1:45.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath Vs. Hastings St. Cecilia at Aurora (B&G BB-5:00); LHNE Vs. Ponca at Wisner (BBB at Shootout on Elkhorn-8:00); LHNE Vs. Wisner/Pilger at Wisner (GBB at Shootout on Elkhorn-6:30); LHNE at Filmore Central Inv. At Geneva (WR-9:00 AM); Nebraska at Penn St. At University Park, PA (WBB-6:00).

Today:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams take part in the final day of the Shoot-out on the Elkhorn Tournament at Wisner.  The girls face Wisner/Pilger in the championship game at 6:30 and the boys meet Ponca in the title game at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:10 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  

Tuesday Night:  The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team visits Crofton at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at 7:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Beatrice 58 Nfk Cath 36 (BBB); Nfk Cath 51 Beatrice 50 (GBB); LHNE 50 Pierce 40 (BBB); LHNE 34 Pierce 25 (GBB); Nebraska 34 Boise St. 3; Nebraska 42 Arizona St. 0 (WR Duals). 

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
     Final  Orlando         94  New Jersey    78
     Final  Oklahoma City  104  Dallas       102
     Final  Houston        105  San Antonio   85
     Final  Chicago        108  Sacramento    98
     Final  Portland       111  Denver       102
     Final  L-A Lakers      99  New York      82
    
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final     N-Y Islanders   3  Calgary       1
     Final     Philadelphia    4  Pittsburgh    2
     Final OT  Carolina        4  Toronto       3
     Final     Tampa Bay       4  Montreal      3
     Final     Minnesota       4  Edmonton      3
     Final     Columbus        4  Dallas        1
     Final OT  Winnipeg        1  Los Angeles   0
     Final     Colorado        3  Phoenix       2
     Final     Vancouver       5  Anaheim       2
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final      ( 5) North Carolina  100       Elon             62
     Final 2OT       Rutgers          85  (10) Florida          83
     Final           Vanderbilt       74  (14) Marquette        57
     Final      (17) Kansas           89       Howard           34
     Final      (18) Michigan         71       Penn St.         53
     Final      (24) Harvard          67       Boston College   46
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 2) UConn            93       Fairfield        40
     Final  ( 4) Stanford         61       Southern Cal     53
     Final  ( 5) Maryland         85  (19) Delaware         76
     Final  (12) Miami            91       VCU              61
     Final  (13) Texas Tech       81       CS Bakersfield   63
     Final  (15) Georgetown       65       Vermont          53
     Final  (18) Green Bay        80       Ill.-Chicago     63
     Final  (24) North Carolina   74       Savannah St.     21
     Final  (25) Vanderbilt       81       W. Carolina      36

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