Sports News-December 7, 2011

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DALLAS (AP) --At the winter meetings in Dallas, the Miami
Marlins are making a serious run for the No. 1 free agent on the
market, Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz). The Marlins, who already have
reached deals with shortstop Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) and closer Heath
Bell in this offseason, reportedly have offered the three-time NL
MVP a 10-year deal worth around $200 million and St. Louis made its
own bid to retain Pujols yesterday.
     WINNIPEG, Alberta (AP) - Ondrej Pavelec (AWN'-dray
PAH'-veh-lehk) made 39 saves and Bryan Little scored to help the
Winnipeg Jets upset the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston
Bruins 2-1. The Bruins lost in regulation for the first time since
Oct. 29, ending a 15 game stretch in which they earned 29 of a
possible 30 points.
     SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Dion Waiters had 15 points and Kris Joseph
had 11 and eight rebounds, as No. 3 Syracuse on Tuesday continued
to win amid a federal investigation, this time outlasting Marshall,
62-56, at the Carrier Dome. It was the third game for the Orange
(9-0) since former associate head coach Bernie Fine was fired after
allegations by three men that he sexually molested them as minors.
Fine has maintained he's innocent.
     STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The lawyer for a 19-year-old man says
his client has filed a complaint with state police alleging he was
sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky after the former coach gave him
liquor on the Penn State campus in 2004. Charles Schmidt says his
client, whom he did not identify, went to his law firm about three
weeks ago, after Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing eight
boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky has denied the charges.
The just-released NBA schedule is a frequent flyer's dream and probably a player's nightmare.  The Los Angeles Lakers will play games on the first three nights of the NBA season, the first of 42 back-to-back-to-back sets teams will face during this lockout-shortened season.  The NBA announced the compacted, 66-game schedule and it will require every team to play on three consecutive nights at least once.  The league's 66th season begins with five games on Christmas, including the Lakers hosting the Chicago Bulls.  Teams will play 48 conference games and 18 against the opposing conference, meaning they play only three non conference opponents home and away.

Lincoln's new arena in the West Haymarket area will be named Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Mayor Chris Beutler, Pinnacle Bancorp Chairman Sid Dinsdale and Pinnacle Bank President Mark Hesser announced the naming rights agreement at a news conference yesterday at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.  A scale model of the arena with the new name also was unveiled, and it will be on display at the Chamber office, 1135 "M" Street, through December.  With approval of the agreement by the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency, Pinnacle Bank will pay a base fee of $11.25 million to be the exclusive title sponsor of the arena for a term of 25 years.  In addition to the base fee, Pinnacle Bank will pay $20,000 for each year the arena serves as a site for one or more state high school tournaments in volleyball, basketball or wrestling.

Local Schedule:  Florida Gulf Coast at Nebraska (MBB-7:00).

Friday Night:  The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys basketball squads visit Bishop Neumann of Wahoo in a doubleheader at 6:30.  Pregame coverage at 6:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM &
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee West.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Local Scores:  LHNE 43 Twin River 31 (BBB); LHNE 81 David City High 25 (GBB); Pierce 39 Nfk Cath 38 (GBB); Wayne 42 Nfk Cath 30 (WR Dual); Nfk High 139 Fremont 35 (B. Swim Dual); Nfk High 126 Fremont 52 (G. Swim Dual).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Michaela Barry of the Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team.

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     Final      N-Y Islanders   5  Tampa Bay     1
     Final 2OT  Columbus        3  Montreal      2
     Final      St. Louis       3  Detroit       2
     Final      Phoenix         3  Nashville     2
     Final      Winnipeg        2  Boston        1
     Final      Calgary         7  Carolina      6
     Final      Vancouver       6  Colorado      0
     Final      Anaheim         3  Los Angeles   2
     Final      Minnesota       2  San Jose      1
     Final  ( 3) Syracuse         62  Marshall         56
     Final  ( 4) North Carolina   97  Evansville       48
     Final  (10) Missouri         81  Villanova        71
     Final  (11) Marquette        79  Washington       77
     Final  (13) Kansas           88  Long Beach St.   80
     Final  (15) Pittsburgh       97  VMI              70
     Final  (21) Memphis          71  Miami            54
     Final  ( 2) UConn      81  ( 8) Texas A&M       51
     Final  (14) Georgia    80       Mercer          43
     Final  (17) Penn St.   66       Virginia Tech   28

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