Sports News-December 5, 2013

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The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says it is completed.  State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a news conference for this afternoon to announce his findings in the December 2012 incident.  A lawyer for Winston has suggested that the star quarterback and the accuser had consensual sex, but the victim's family has accused the 19-year-old of rape.

North Carolina has knocked off the top-ranked team in men's basketball as J.P. Tokoto had twelve points and a career-high ten rebounds in the Tar Heels' 79-65 win at Michigan State.  The Tar Heels are the first unranked non conference team to beat the Spartans in East Lansing since Toledo in December 2002.  North Carolina's season includes a win over defending national-champion Louisville  and losses to Belmont and Alabama-Birmingham.

The NFL has fined Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with a play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving.  The league said it would consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick "because the conduct affected a play on the field."  The NFL also said Tomlin should have been flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for nearly colliding with Baltimore's Jacoby Jones during a kickoff return midway through the third quarter of a 22-20 Ravens victory.

Terran Petteway scored all 14 of his points in the second half and Walter Pitchford added 13, and Nebraska posted a grinding 60-49 victory over Miami last night.  Petteway also blocked three shots and Pitchford had five rebounds.  The win allowed the Big Ten to forge a 6-6 tie in the twelve-game, two-night Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  The Big Ten, by virtue of the tie, retains the Commissioner's Cup and is 3-10-2 in the 15 Challenges.  Rion Brown had 23 of his 25 points in the second half for the Hurricanes.  The Huskers, picked to finish last in the Big Ten, went on a 19-9 run to break open the game after Miami pulled to 36-31.  Nebraska is now 6-2 while Miami drops to 5-4.

Xylina McDaniel hit 11-15 shots and scored a game-high 25 points to lead 18th ranked North Carolina in a 75-62 victory over 15th ranked Nebraska last night.  McDaniel, in addition to 73% shooting, grabbed eight rebounds for the Tar Heels.  UNC shot 49% from the floor and 5-11 from behind the line, but finished with ten more steals and seven more rebounds than Nebraska.  The Huskers, who faced their first ranked opponent of the season in UNC, shot a perfect 12-12 from the line, but finished just 39% from the floor and 29% from behind the arc.  Jordan Hooper led four players in double figures with 18 points and nine rebounds.  Nebraska has now suffered back-to-back losses after falling 76-72 on November 30th to Washington State.  The Tar Heels are now 7-2 while the Huskers are now 6-2.

Alyssa Frauendorfer of Wayne State was named today the Central Region Freshman of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.  She was also selected AVCA First Team Central Region and now advances to the All-American ballot for both honors.  Frauendorfer, a 6-0 freshman middle hitter averaged 2.77 kills and 0.97 blocks per game to earn First Team All-NSIC honors while also being named NSIC Freshman of the Year.  The former Humphrey High standout led the Wildcats in attack percentage this season at .344 to rank sixth in the NSIC.  Her .358 attack percentage in conference matches ranked fourth in the league.  Wayne State, ranked 18th in the latest AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, finished the regular season with a 22-10 record.

The Northeast Hawks women's basketball team has appeared in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I rankings.  The Hawks are ranked 25th in the nation and defeated Cloud County Community College of Kansas last night on the road 68-64.  Northeast's Emily Gamble led four players in double figures with 19 points and five rebounds.  Lexi Murphy added 16 points and five boards.  Yasmin Miller contributed 13 points and Megan Tinder had eleven points.  The Hawks improve to 11-0.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released their preseason high school boys basketball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Benson is ranked first and Norfolk High is seventh in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  Elkhorn South is the preseason number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is first, Wayne is ranked fifth, Norfolk Catholic is eighth, and Columbus Lakeview is ranked tenth.  In Class 'C-2', Archbishop Bergan is first, Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked third, West Point Guardian Angels is eighth, and Crofton is ranked tenth.  In Class 'D-1', defending state champion Howells/Dodge is first, O'Neill St. Mary's is ranked second, and Randolph is seventh.  In Class 'D-2', defending state champion Wynot is ranked first and Bancroft/Rosalie is seventh.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Benson is ranked first and Norfolk High is sixth in 'Class 'A'.  Elkhorn South is the preseason number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Bishop Neumann is first, Boone Central/Newman Grove is ranked second, Wayne is ranked fourth, Columbus Lakeview is ranked seventh, and Columbus Scotus is eighth.  In Class 'C-2', Archbishop Bergan is first, Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked third, Lutheran High Northeast is fourth, and West Point Guardian Angels is ninth.  In Class 'D-1', defending state champion Howells/Dodge is first, O'Neill St. Mary's is ranked second, Humphrey St. Francis is eighth, and Clearwater/Orchard is ranked tenth.  In Class 'D-2', defending state champion Wynot is ranked first and Bancroft/Rosalie is fifth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released their preseason high school boys basketball rankings.  Norfolk High is ranked sixth in Class 'A' in the Lincoln Journal Star and seventh in the Omaha World Herald.  The Panthers were 11-13 a year ago and open their season this evening when they visit Bellevue East.  Norfolk Catholic is ranked eighth in Class 'C-1' in the Omaha World Herald and unranked in the Lincoln Journal Star.  The Knights were 14-11 last year and open their season on Saturday when they host Winnebago.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star and unranked in the Omaha World Herald in Class 'C-2'.  The 21-6 Eagles reached the State Tournament last year, falling in the opening round.  Former Norfolk Catholic assistant Josh Clark is the new coach replacing Greg Rathke.  Lutheran High Northeast opens their season tomorrow night at home versus Wisner/Pilger.

The Norfolk High girls & boys swim team gets their season underway on Thursday when they visit South Sioux City for a dual. The Panthers have 41 swimmers out this season with 23 being boys and 18 girls.  They return six state qualifiers in Colby Spence (200, 500 freestyle, & 200 & 400 freestyle relays), Stephen Meuret (100 backstroke & all relays), Chase Hopper (diving), Brenna Anderson (200, 500 freestyle, & 200 & 400 freestyle relays), Allison Broekemeier (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 & 400 freestyle relays), and Vicki Klafter (200 medley relay).  Norfolk will participate in invitationals at Hastings, Columbus, Lincoln Southeast, Ralston, the Millard North girls invitational, the Millard South boys invite, and the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet at Scottsbluff.  The Panthers will also host duals with Fremont, Grand Island, Kearney, and Elkhorn while visiting South Sioux City, and Columbus for duals.  

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Bellevue East (G&B BB-5:30); LHNE at Emerson/Hubbard (GBB-7:30); Nfk High at South Sioux City (G&B SW Dual-4:30); LHNE at Laurel/Concord/Coleridge (WR Dual-7:00).

This Evening:  The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball squads visit Bellevue East in their opener starting with the girls game at 5:30.  The boys game will follow at approximately 6:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Friday Evening:  The Osmond girls & boys basketball open the season at Randolph starting with the girls game at 6:15.  The boys game will follow at approximately 7:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on Literock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  Nebraska 60 Miami 49 (MBB); (18) North Carolina 75 (15) Nebraska 62 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Cleveland      98    Denver                    88
      Final    Atlanta        107    L-A  Clippers        97
      Final    Dallas          100    New  Orleans          97
      Final    Detroit        105    Milwaukee              98
      Final    Phoenix          97    Houston                  88
      Final    Indiana          95    Utah                        86
      Final    Portland      111    Oklahoma  City    104
    
        San  Antonio    at    Minnesota    (9:30  p.m.,    postponed,    )
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final  2OT    Montreal              4    New  Jersey      3  (SO  Montreal  2-1)
      Final            Philadelphia      6    Detroit            3
      Final            Calgary                4    Phoenix            1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final              North  Carolina      79    (  1)  Michigan  St.      65
      Final    (  5)  Ohio  St.                  76              Maryland              60
      Final    (  7)  Louisville              90              UMKC                      62
      Final    (  8)  Wisconsin                48              Virginia              38
      Final    (14)  Villanova                77              Penn                      54
      Final    (25)  Dayton                      56              Delaware  St.      46
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  4)  Notre  Dame              77    (10)  Penn  St.            67
      Final    (  8)  Maryland                  67              Ohio  St.            55
      Final    (11)  Colorado                  63              Wyoming              59
      Final    (18)  North  Carolina      75    (15)  Nebraska            62
      Final    (17)  Oklahoma                  97              W.  Illinois      80
      Final    (20)  Iowa  St.                  83              N.  Iowa              55

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