Sports News-December 6, 2012
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Kobe Bryant has become the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He's also the youngest. The 34-year-old Bryant needed 13 points to reach the plateau before he scored 29 in the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-87 win at New Orleans. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38. Dwight Howard added 18 points for the Lakers, who trailed by a point at halftime before a 13-0 run helped them end a two-game skid.
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will return to the sideline to coach the Badgers against Stanford in the Rose Bowl former coach Bret Bielema said at his introductory news conference at Arkansas yesterday. Sources confirmed to ESPN that Alvarez will coach in the bowl game on New Year's Day as a one-game comeback to coaching. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that team captains asked Alvarez to coach the team, and he agreed to do so. Bielema, who lost the previous two Rose Bowls and became coach at Arkansas yesterday, joked, "They might finally win one." Wisconsin has scheduled a news conference for this morning. Alvarez is a College Football Hall of Famer who led the Badgers to three Rose Bowl wins. He retired in 2005, turning the program over to his handpicked successor, Bielema.
National Hockey League labor talks that began yesterday morning stretched to nearly nine hours and both sides plan to meet again later today. It isn't known what progress, if any, was been made during the second straight day of marathon talks in the dispute that is threatening the entire hockey season, but owners and players surely sense that time is now a factor and a deal must be made soon to get the game back on the ice. Negotiations resumed yesterday and stretched deep into the night again, this time in fits and starts, as the league and the players' association searched for an agreement. The sides began talks a little after 2:00 and kept going through the night, except for a two-hour dinner break.
Marissa Janning provided the spark Creighton needed off the bench, leading the Bluejays with 19 points on 7-10 shooting including four three-pointers to give Creighton a 66-57 victory over 25th ranked Nebraska last night in Omaha. The Bluejays shot 56% from the field including nine three-pointers. McKenzie Fujan was the other Creighton player in double figures with 13 points. The Bluejays, which earned their first victory over a ranked opponent since a 75-71 win over Illinois State in Feb. 2008, led 36-27 at the break and held off the Huskers in the second half after Lindsey Moore knocked down a three-pointer for Nebraska with 12:49 to play to cut Creighton's lead to three at 43-40. The Bluejays went on a 17-6 run over the next 8:36 capped by a Janning three-pointer with 4:13 to play, giving Creighton a 60-48 lead. Hailie Sample scored 20 points for the Huskers. The Bluejays improve to 4-2 while Nebraska drops to 6-3.
The Northeast Hawks basketball teams earned a split yesterday at the Cox Activities Center. The Northeast men routed Quakerdale Prep of Iowa 105-81 to win their sixth game in their last seven contests. The Hawks’ K.J. Bluford led six players in double figures with 22 points and five rebounds. He was 6-11 from three-point range. Teammate Sean McGary recorded a triple-double with ten points, ten rebounds, and 13 assists in the win. Northeast led 56-39 at halftime and are now 8-4 on the season. The Northeast women dropped a 72-69 contest to Cloud County of Kansas. The Hawks’ Ivana Vuletic led three players in double figures with 16 points and five rebounds. Teammate A.J. Johnson had 13 points and three steals while Alison Klostergaard netted ten points and twelve rebounds. Northeast led 32-28 at halftime but were outscored 44-37 in the second half. They are now 11-2 on the season.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Sioux City West (WR Dual-7:00); Nfk Cath at Wayne (WR Dual-7:00); Creighton at Nebraska (MBB-7:00).
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East. Get the lowdown with the coaches.
Saturday: The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams visit Omaha North for a doubleheader starting with the girls game at 4:45. The boys contest will start at approximately 6:30. Pregame coverage at 4:25 on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com.
Local Scores: NECC 105 Quakerdale Prep, IA 81 (MBB); Cloud County CC 72 NECC 69 (WBB); Creighton 66 (25) Nebraska 57 (WBB).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final New York 100 Charlotte 98
Final Indiana 99 Portland 92
Final Golden State 104 Detroit 97
Final Boston 104 Minnesota 94
Final Chicago 95 Cleveland 85
Final Atlanta 108 Denver 104
Final L-A Lakers 103 New Orleans 87
Final San Antonio 110 Milwaukee 99
Final Utah 87 Orlando 81
Final Sacramento 107 Toronto 100
Final L-A Clippers 112 Dallas 90
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 6) Florida 72 Florida St. 47
Final (10) Gonzaga 71 Washington St. 69
Final (18) New Mexico 75 Southern Cal 67
Final (19) Michigan St. 76 Ark.-Pine Bluff 44
Final (23) Oklahoma St. 61 South Florida 49
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 3) Baylor 73 ( 5) Notre Dame 61
Final (21) North Carolina 64 Radford 44