Sports News-December 9, 2011

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     PITTSBURGH (AP) - The legend of Ben Roethlisberger
(RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) grew a bit more last night as the gimpy
Steelers quarterback played through a painful high ankle sprain to
lead Pittsburgh to a 14-3 win over Cleveland in the renewal of that
Rust Belt rivalry. Big Ben completed 17 of 22 passes for 280 yards
and two TDs to help the 10-3 Steelers gain a half-game lead over
Baltimore atop the AFC North.
     
      UNDATED (AP) -With NBA players and owners ratifying a new
10-year labor agreement yesterday, the way is clear to open
training camps and free agency today. NBA Commissioner David Stern
is putting his best face on the 161-day labor lockout and is saying
fans will see an improved league in coming years.
     
     SAN FRANCISO (AP) - Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to
send former baseball slugger Barry Bonds to prison for 15 months.
In court documents filed late yesterday, prosecutors objected to a
recommendation by a federal probation officer that Bonds get only
probation when he's sentenced for obstruction of justice on Dec. 16
for his role in a doping investigation.


The NBA, as owners of the New Orleans Hornets, won't trade All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.  NBA spokesman Mike Bass says the league is nixing the proposed three-team trade involving Paul "for basketball reasons."  Lakers forward Lamar Odom would have gone to New Orleans and fellow Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol to Houston, the third team in the trade.  Paul can opt out of his current contract with New Orleans after this season.  The Hornets have been fielding trade offers in an effort to acquire new players for the star guard rather than letting him walk in free agency.  Paul averaged 15.8 points and 9.8 assists last season.

The Los Angeles Angels beat out the Miami Marlins as the biggest spenders at baseball's winter meetings.  The Halos announced they had agreed to terms with free agent first baseman Albert Pujols on a ten-year, $254 million contract and pitcher C.J. Wilson on a five-year, $75 million deal.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln North Star (G&B BB-6:00); Nfk Cath at Wahoo Bishop Neumann (G&B BB-6:30); LHNE at Omaha Concordia (G&B BB-6:30); Nfk High at High Plains Community Inv. (WR-12:00); LHNE at North Platte St. Patrick's Inv. (WR-3:00); Morningside JV at NECC (MBB-8:00); WSC at Northern St. At Aberdeen, SD (W&M BB-6:00); Creighton Vs. Charlotte at Hoover, AL (NCAA M. Socc. College Cup Semifinals-5:00).

Tonight:  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 & WJAG.com.
    
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee West.  This Week:  Nfk High’s Ben Ries, Tony Brown, & Dave Nelson; Nfk Cath’s Tim Kassmeier; LHNE’s Greg Rathke; & NECC’s Matt Svehla.

Tuesday Night:  The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team takes on Iowa Central Community College at Ft. Dodge, IA at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  Sioux City West at Nfk High (WR Dual-Ppd. Snow).

     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final OT   Chicago        3  N-Y Islanders   2
     Final      Florida        2  Boston          0
     Final OT   Nashville      4  Columbus        3
     Final 2OT  New Jersey     5  Ottawa          4
     Final      Philadelphia   3  Pittsburgh      2
     Final 2OT  Tampa Bay      3  N-Y Rangers     2
     Final      Detroit        5  Phoenix         2
     Final 2OT  Vancouver      4  Montreal        3
     Final      St. Louis      4  Anaheim         2
     Final      Calgary        3  Colorado        2
     Final      San Jose       5  Dallas          2
     Final      Minnesota      4  Los Angeles     2
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 9) UConn   67  (25) Harvard   53
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 1) Baylor       72       Milwaukee      41
     Final  ( 5) Maryland    108       Delaware St.   33
     Final  (10) Kentucky     72  ( 6) Duke           65
     Final  (11) Rutgers      68       Fordham        48
     Final  (21) Green Bay    72       Toledo         65
     Final       Fresno St.   69  (24) Oklahoma       66

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