Sports News-February 1, 2012

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     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - New England tight end Rob Gronkowski says
he's working hard to heal his high ankle sprain in time for the
Super Bowl against the Giants Sunday. Patriots tackles Matt Light
and Sebastian Vollmer skipped media day Tuesday with illnesses
according to coach Bill Belichick.
     
     TORONTO (AP) - Joe Johnson continues to torment Toronto, scoring
30 points in three quarter in Atlanta's 100-77 win over the
Raptors. Johnson has averaged 30 points in the last four games
against Toronto.
     
     CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Brandon Paul hit the go ahead free throw
as part of his 18 points to help Illinois knock off No. 9 Michigan
State 42-41. The Illini only managed to shoot 32.6 percnet for the
game, while the Spartans hit on just 24.1 percent of their shots.
     
     PITTSBURGH (AP) - Evgeni Malkin scored the tying goal with six
seconds left in regulation and netted the only goal of the shootout
to give Pittsburgh a 5-4 win over Toronto. The Penguins staged a
furious rally to overcome a 4-1 deficit in the final period.
     
     PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby's says he's been diagnosed with
a soft-tissue injury in his neck that mimics the symptoms of a
concussion but is significantly more treatable.
     Crosby is hopeful that the situation will improve and he can get
back to playing hockey. He hasn't played since symptoms resurfaced
following a loss to Boston on Dec. 5.


The Nebraska football team is planning to put together a recruiting class of between 14-19 players on national letter-of-intent signing day today.  Rivals.com Midwest analyst Josh Helmholdt said yesterday that he expects the Cornhuskers to close strong.  Five of Nebraska's top targets are scheduled to announce their decisions this morning.  Chief among the undecided players is five-star offensive tackle Andrus Peat of Tempe, AZ.  The 6’7, 305-pound Peat also is considering Florida State, Stanford and Southern California.  It might help the Cornhuskers that his brother, defensive tackle Todd Peat Jr., joined N-U last year.  The only Nebraskan set to sign with the team is tight end Sam Cotton out of Lincoln Southeast.  He's the son of offensive line coach Barney Cotton.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team has rattled off ten wins in a row.  They improved to 19-1 on the season by winning at Columbus Scotus last night 61-47.  Ross Freudenburg totaled 27 points, seven rebounds, blocked two shots, and had two steals as the Eagles also snapped a four game personal losing streak to the Shamrocks.  Teammate Mitch Knobbe netted 15 points and seven boards.  Lutheran High Northeast also broke the school record for wins in a season with their 19th victory.  The Lady Eagles improved to 20-1 on the year as they beat Columbus Scotus 42-33 in their game.  Liz Gebhardt had 14 points and two blocked shots in the win.  Lutheran High Northeast have claimed seven in a row.

Local Schedule:  Illinois St. At Creighton (MBB-7:05).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106 KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.
    
Saturday Night: The Norfolk High boys basketball team is on the road at Bellevue West at approximately 6:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:25 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.  We’ll have reports on the girls game before hand.

Mid States Conference Boys Basketball Tournament Scoreboard:  Boone Central 50 Norfolk Catholic 48; West Point Guardian Angels 68 Wayne 61 (2 OT); Hartington CC 69 Battle Creek 46; Pierce 58 O’Neill 40.

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Alex Starkel of the Norfolk High boys basketball team. 

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
    Final     Boston         93  Cleveland    90
     Final     Indiana       106  New Jersey   99
     Final     New York      113  Detroit      86
     Final OT  Memphis       100  Denver       97
     Final     L-A Lakers    106  Charlotte    73
     Final     Golden State   93  Sacramento   90
    
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final 2OT  New Jersey      4  N-Y Rangers    3 (SO New Jersey 1-0)
     Final      N-Y Islanders   5  Carolina       2
     Final      Boston          4  Ottawa         3
     Final 2OT  Winnipeg        2  Philadelphia   1 (SO Winnipeg 1-0)
     Final      Buffalo         3  Montreal       1
     Final OT   Tampa Bay       4  Washington     3
     Final      Nashville       5  Minnesota      4
     Final      Anaheim         4  Phoenix        1
     Final      Detroit         3  Calgary        1
     Final      Edmonton        3  Colorado       2
     Final OT   Vancouver       3  Chicago        2
     Final      San Jose        6  Columbus       0
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 1) Kentucky         69       Tennessee      44
     Final  ( 5) North Carolina   68       Wake Forest    53
     Final  (15) Marquette        66       Seton Hall     59
     Final  (16) Virginia         65       Clemson        61
     Final  (19) Wisconsin        52       Penn St.       46
     Final       Arkansas         82  (25) Vanderbilt     74
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 2) Notre Dame   71  (13) Rutgers      41
     Final       DePaul       86  (14) Louisville   61

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