Sports News-February 10, 2014

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Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.  Sam told ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports that he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.  The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, last month and is expected to be a mid-round pick in the draft after leading the SEC with 11 ½ sacks and 19 tackles for loss.
Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart has been suspended three games by the Big XII for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the 19th-ranked Cowboys' loss at Texas Tech on Saturday.  Smart apologized to the fan, his family and team for his actions before coach Travis Ford expressed support for the sophomore without dismissing the severity of the player's actions.  Smart will miss games against Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor but will be allowed to practice during his suspension.

Team U.S.A. has won five medals so far in the Olympics, two gold and three bronze.  American Jamie Anderson won the women's slopestyle yesterday, and a bronze was won in the first-ever team figure skating competition.  Bode Miller finished eighth in the men's downhill after being favored to win gold.

D'Angelo Harrison scored 19 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 2:08 to play, and St. John's beat the twelfth ranked Creighton men's basketball team 70-65 last night for its sixth win in seven games.  Chris Obekpa tied his career high with eleven points for the Red Storm, who avenged the only loss during that seven-game stretch.  Doug McDermott matched his nation-leading average with 25 points for the Bluejays, who had won 14 of 15 coming in and had been tied for first in the conference with Villanova.  McDermott didn't score over the final 8:40.  He had 39 points when the teams met two weeks ago, including a long three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left for a 63-60 victory.  Teammate Grant Gibbs added twelve points, eleven rebounds, and six assists.  Creighton led by 18 points with twelve minutes to play in that one and were barely able to escape with the win at home.  The Bluejays drop to 19-4 overall and 9-2 in the BIG EAST while St. John's is now 15-9 overall and 5-6 in the conference.

Nebraska authorities are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player after he was found dead in his dorm room.  An autopsy was scheduled to be performed yesterday on Eddie Key III's body.  He was found in his dorm room around 7:00 Saturday night.  Key played defensive end for Wayne State last fall after he graduated from Lincoln North Star High School.  Wayne State spokesman Jay Collier says the college in northeast Nebraska is providing counseling to the football team and other residents of the dormitory where Key lived.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings for the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Classes 'A' & 'B'.  In the boys rankings, Omaha Benson is the new number one and Norfolk High slips from fourth to fifth in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'. The Panthers are 17-2 on the year and have won five in a row and six of their last seven games after sweeping Fremont and Lincoln High over the weekend.  The Panthers edged Fremont at home last Friday 51-50 and then outlasted home team Lincoln High 64-57 in overtime on Saturday.  The Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average 64.9-52.5.  Elkhorn South stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In the girls rankings, Omaha Benson remains at number one and Crofton stays at number eight in the 'Nebraska Top 10'.  Omaha Benson is once again first in Class 'A' while Lincoln Pius X remains number one in Class 'B'.

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball team is 13-14 on the season and have dropped nine games in a row after falling to Marshalltown Community College of Iowa last Saturday 100-82.  Jabbar Washington had 19 points & Buay Tuach added 18 to lead five players in double figures in the loss for the Hawks.  Through 27 games, Northeast is still outscoring their opponents on average 87.4-85.9.  During the nine game losing streak they are being outscored on average however 100.3-86.2.  The Hawks return to action tonight when they host the Morningside JV at 8:00.

The Norfolk Catholic wrestling team is coming off a fifth place finish at their own invite last Saturday.  Matthew Brtek was the champion at 160 pounds.  Nic Beed & Nathan Brtek placed second, Christian Primm, Logan Hale, & Aaron Hoff took third, and Dillon Hupp & Logan Hamik finished fourth.  This season, the Knights have also placed second in invitationals at Oakland/Craig, third at Plainview, took fifth at O'Neill, David City Aquinas, and their own invite, and got seventh at the Stanton Invitational.  Norfolk Catholic is 8-7 in duals this season.  Their postseason gets underway on Friday when they compete in the C-2 District Meet at Battle Creek with the likes of Battle Creek, Creighton/Verdigre, Crofton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Lutheran High Northeast, Madison, O'Neill, Oakland/Craig, Pierce, Ponca, Stanton, Tekamah/Herman, Wakefield, & Wisner/Pilger.  
Local Schedule:  Morningside JV at NECC (W&M BB-6:00).

Local Scores:  DePaul 80 Creighton 66 (WBB); (12) Florida St. 5 (9) Nebraska 1 (SB).

      Final          Oklahoma  City    112    New  York            100
      Final          Chicago                  92    L-A  Lakers          86
      Final          Dallas                  102    Boston                  91
      Final          Orlando                  93    Indiana                92
      Final  OT    Cleveland              91    Memphis                83
      Final          Brooklyn                93    New  Orleans        81
      Final          Washington            93    Sacramento          84
      Final          L-A  Clippers      123    Philadelphia      78
      Final    (  1)  Syracuse          57              Clemson                44
      Final    (  2)  Arizona            76              Oregon  St.          54
      Final              Wisconsin        60    (  9)  Michigan  St.      58
      Final              St.  John's      70    (12)  Creighton            65
      Final    (22)  UConn                75              UCF                        55
      Final          (  1)  UConn                        81    (  4)  Louisville              64
      Final          (  2)  Notre  Dame            101              Syracuse                  64
      Final                    Washington              87    (  3)  Stanford                  82
      Final          (  6)  South  Carolina      67              Arkansas                  49
      Final          (  7)  Baylor                      81    (12)  Oklahoma  St.          64
      Final          (  9)  Penn  St.                  74              Ohio  St.                  54
      Final          (10)  Maryland                  95              Clemson                    43
      Final                    Arizona                    68    (11)  Arizona  St.            49
      Final  OT    (14)  NC  State                  72              Virginia  Tech        71
      Final                    Florida                    86    (15)  Kentucky                  80
      Final          (19)  Texas  A&M                72    (16)  LSU                            67
      Final          (23)  California              87              Washington  St.      70
      Final          (25)  Purdue                      65              Michigan                  56

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