Sports News-December 9, 2013

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Kobe Bryant played his first game since tearing his left Achilles' tendon late last season, but his presence actually contributed to the Los Angeles Lakers' 106-94 loss to Toronto.  Bryant shot just 2-9 and had eight turnovers while contributing nine points, eight rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.

It will be top-ranked Florida State against second ranked Auburn in the Bowl Championship Series Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6.  The Tigers' title game berth marks quite a turnaround for a program that was 3-9 last season before hiring head coach Gus Malzahn.  Four Southeastern Conference teams, Alabama, Florida, LSU and Auburn, have combined to win the last seven BCS championships.

Georgia and the Nebraska football teams will play in the postseason for the second straight year.  The BCS 22nd ranked Bulldogs and Cornhuskers were paired in the Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Florida on January 1st at 11:00, a rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl.  Georgia won that meeting 45-31, getting five touchdown passes from Aaron Murray.  The Bulldogs, who are 8-4, won't have Murray in the rematch.  The Southeastern Conference's all-time passing leader tore a ligament in his left knee Nov. 23 against Kentucky.  Hutson Mason will make his second start.  Nebraska, who is 8-4, lost two of its final three games, both at home, and raised speculation about embattled coach Bo Pelini's future.

Doug McDermott led three players in double figures with 33 points and eight rebounds and Creighton built a big lead quickly and ran off to an 82-67 victory over Nebraska yesterday.  Ethan Wragge added 16 points and nine rebounds and Jahenns Manigat had ten points for the Bluejays, who unveiled gray uniforms for the annual meeting with their in-state rival from 50 miles away in Lincoln.  The Huskers, who donned black uniforms with red trim, got 22 points from Shavon Shields.  Terran Petteway had 17 of his 21 points in the second half for Nebraska.  He also had six rebounds.  Creighton has won twelve of 16 meetings with the Cornhuskers since 1999 but still trails 25-22 in the series that dates to 1923.  The Bluejays won by double digits for the third straight year.  This one got out of hand early in front of the pro-Bluejays crowd of 17,530 at CenturyLink Center.  Creighton improves to 7-2 while Nebraska drops to 6-3.

Jordan Hooper scored a game-high 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the 15th ranked Nebraska women's basketball team toppled Utah State 95-75 yesterday.  Emily Cady finished with 16 points, ten rebounds and seven assists for the 7-2 Cornhuskers.  Nebraska won six straight before losing two contests in a row, to Washington State and 18th ranked North Carolina.

The Lincoln Journal Star has announced its All-State football teams.  Norfolk High's Kyle Temple reached the Super-State & Class 'A' team as a defensive lineman.  The Class 'C-1' team included Norfolk Catholic running back Jackson Love, Boone Central/Newman Grove quarterback Wyatt Mazour & split end Derek Gentrup, Columbus Lakeview defensive back Mark Jarecki & punter Jack Shadley, along with offensive lineman Charles Krueger & defensive back Lane Rohrick of Pierce.  The Class 'C-2' squad included Lutheran High Northeast's offensive lineman Ryan Freudenburg & athlete Shaka Taylor, Oakland/Craig running back Nick Arlt, Crofton offensive lineman Jake Guenther, Hartington Cedar Catholic defensive lineman Connor Wieseler & defensive back Taylor Kathol, and Battle Creek running back Nate Gray, defensive lineman Louis DeJaeger, & defensive back Jared Bellar.  The Class 'D-1' team included West Point Guardian Angels offensive lineman Trent Ortmeier, Howells/Dodge defensive lineman Luke Hegemann, linebacker Jesse Faltys, & defensive back Casey Wisnieski, and Creighton running back Jacob Morrill, defensive lineman Seth Wilmes.  The Class 'D-2' squad included Fullerton running back Garrett Sonderup, Wynot split end Davis Wieseler, athlete Jackson Sudbeck, Lyons Decatur Northeast defensive back Alex Brehmer, Bancroft/Rosalie defensive back Carson Tietz, Stuart athlete Alex Kunz, and Humphrey St. Francis running back JJ Oltmer, & defensive lineman Chayse Wemhoff.  The 'Six Man' team included kicker Elkhorn Valley kicker Kendall Albin.

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball team has won four games in a row and are now 9-3 on the season after beating Colby College of Kansas 96-89 in overtime last Saturday at the Iowa Western Classic at Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Northeast's four game win streak has occurred against Lincoln College of Illinois, the Dordt JV, Cloud County of Kansas, and Colby College.  They are outscoring their opponents on average 90.6-79.4.  The Hawks' remaining schedule before the holiday break includes games with Southeast of Nebraska, Hutchinson of Kansas, the Friends JV of Kansas, and Iowa Central.  They host fourth ranked in Division II Southeast of Nebraska on Tuesday and then compete in Hutchinson, Kansas' tournament this weekend against the host team and the Friends JV.  

The Norfolk High girls & boys swim team is coming off respective dual wins last Thursday at South Sioux City and then both teams claiming the Hastings Invite last Saturday.  At the invitational, the Panther boys totaled 375.5 points, winning by 147 points while the Norfolk girls scored 315 points, winning by 82 points.  The teams qualified in nine events for the State Meet in February.  Norfolk has 41 swimmers out this season with 23 being boys and 18 girls.  They will also participate in invitationals at 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 Columbus for a dual.  

Tuesday Evening:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball squads visit Twin River starting with the girls game at 6:00.  The boys game will follow at approximately 7:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Creighton 87 Nebraska 67 (MBB); (15) Nebraska 95 Utah State 75 (WBB).

NFL Scoreboard:  Green Bay 22 Atlanta 21; Tampa Bay 27 Buffalo 6; New England 27 Cleveland 26; Philadelphia 34 Detroit 20; Cincinnati 42 Indianapolis 28; Kansas City 45 Washington 10; Miami 34 Pittsburgh 28; Baltimore 29 Minnesota 26; N.Y. Jets 37 Oakland 27; Denver 51 Tennessee 28; San Diego 37 N.Y. Giants 14; San Francisco 19 Seattle 17; Arizona 30 St. Louis 10; New Orleans 31 Carolina 13.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Boston                  114    New  York          73
      Final    Miami                    110    Detroit            95
      Final    Oklahoma  City    118    Indiana            94
      Final    Houston                  98    Orlando            88
      Final    Toronto                106    L-A  Lakers      94
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Minnesota        3    San  Jose            1
      Final    Boston              5    Toronto              2
      Final    Chicago            6    Florida              2
      Final    Washington      4    N-Y  Rangers      1
      Final    Vancouver        3    Colorado            1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final  OT    (13)  Oregon                  115    Mississippi    105
      Final          (24)  San  Diego  St.      70    Washington        63
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Duke                          94    (17)  Oklahoma                        85
      Final    (  3)  Tennessee                75              Texas                              61
      Final    (10)  Penn  St.                  77              Georgetown                    68
      Final    (12)  South  Carolina      76              Charlotte                      61
      Final    (15)  Nebraska                  95              Utah  St.                        75
      Final    (16)  Purdue                      91              IPFW                                70
      Final    (20)  Iowa  St.                  79              Cal  St.-Fullerton      52
      Final    (24)  Gonzaga                    59              Ohio  St.                        58

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