Sports News-February 11, 2013

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As the Seattle Mariners have been in discussions with Felix Hernandez about a record-setting extension, concern has developed over the condition of his pitching elbow, according to ESPN.  The team and its franchise player had talked about a framework of a deal that would pay $175 million over the next seven seasons.  But as of yesterday, sources say, the Mariners and Hernandez are not close to finishing an extension, because there are issues that the two sides are sorting through.  The elbow issue is perceived by at least one of the parties in the deal as being a possible impediment to the completion of the new contract.  Hernandez has been a workhorse in his career, throwing 1620 1/3 innings already.  Hernandez is signed for the next two seasons, so there is time for the two sides to continue to work to a deal; the team wants Hernandez, and Hernandez has said he wants to stay in Seattle.

The Brooklyn Nets are aggressively pursuing a trade for Atlanta Hawks star forward Josh Smith, according to ESPN.  As the NBA's Feb. 21 trade deadline nears, Brooklyn is proving to be one of the most active teams in the league.  The Nets also are talking with the Charlotte Bobcats about a Kris Humphries-for-Ben Gordon trade.  While the Nets certainly want Gordon, sources said acquiring Smith is their higher priority.  A trade for Smith would seemingly kill a deal for Gordon, because Humphries is one of the players being discussed with Atlanta.  Smith will become a free agent this summer, and Atlanta is deciding whether to trade him before the deadline. One source close to the situation estimated there is a 60 percent chance the Hawks will move him.

The city of Norfolk will be represented on Thursday in day one of the State Wrestling Championships at CenturyLink Center Omaha after district meets last weekend.  Norfolk High finished fourth at the A-4 District Meet at Papillion La Vista High School last Saturday.  Qualifying for the State Championships for the Panthers were Dylan Grey (106), TeJai Clausen (113), Caleb Licking (126), Daniel Kumm (145), Kyle Freudenburg (170), Cody Merchant (182), Kyle Temple (195), Cameron Dickie (220), and Christian Hernandez-DeHorta (285).  Norfolk Catholic placed fifth at the C-2 District Meet at Wisner/Pilger High School.  Reaching the State Championships next week for the Knights are Dylan Field (145), Brandon Becker (170), Mitch Hoferer (182), and Joe Lopez (285).  Lutheran High Northeast placed twelfth in the D-2 District Meet at Neligh/Oakdale High School.  Jacob Woockman (220) & Cody Woockman (Hwt.) reached the State Meet.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its boys high school basketball rankings for Classes “A” & “B”.  Omaha Central is the new number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Ralston is the new number one in Class “B”.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school girls basketball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Bellevue West stays at number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Seward is the new number one in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Chadron stays at number one and Pierce slips from second to third.  In Class “C-2”, Crofton is once again first and Homer remains second.  In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number one, Pender is once again second, Howells/Dodge remains third, O’Neill St. Mary’s stays at number four, Emerson/Hubbard remains seventh, and Randolph drops out of the rankings.  In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High remains first, Wynot stays at number two, Lindsay Holy Family is once again third, Osmond remains ninth, and Humphrey St. Francis stays at number ten.

In the Lincoln Journal Star girls rankings, Bellevue West stays at number one in Class “A” while Seward is the new number one in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Pierce falls from first to second.  In Class “C-2”, Crofton is once again first and Homer stays at number six.  In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number one, Pender remains second, Howells/Dodge is once again third, O’Neill St. Mary’s remains sixth, Emerson/Hubbard is once again ninth, and Randolph stays at number ten.  In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High remains first, Wynot is once again second, Lindsay Holy Family stays at number three, Osmond remains sixth, and Humphrey St. Francis stays at number ten.

Tuesday Night:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team faces Neligh/Oakdale in the C-2-6 Sub-District semifinals from Norfolk Catholic High School at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  (2) Iowa 31 (13) Nebraska 7 (WR Dual); Illinois St. 66 Creighton 60 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final            L-A  Clippers      102    New  York            88
      Final            Miami                    107    L-A  Lakers        97
      Final  3OT    Boston                  118    Denver              114
      Final            Memphis                105    Minnesota          88
      Final            Toronto                102    New  Orleans      89
      Final            Orlando                110    Portland          104
      Final            Oklahoma  City      97    Phoenix              69
      Final            San  Antonio        111    Brooklyn            86
      Final            Sacramento          117    Houston            111
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Detroit              3    Los  Angeles      2
      Final    Edmonton            3    Columbus            1
      Final    Boston                3    Buffalo              1
      Final    New  Jersey        3    Pittsburgh        1
      Final    N-Y  Rangers      5    Tampa  Bay          1
      Final    Chicago              3    Nashville          0
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Indiana            81    (10)  Ohio  St.                  68
      Final    (  4)  Duke                  62              Boston  College      61
      Final              California      77    (  7)  Arizona                    69
      Final    (  9)  Syracuse          77              St.  John's              58
      Final              Illinois          57    (18)  Minnesota                53
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  3)  UConn                        91              DePaul                      44
      Final    (  4)  Stanford                  69              Arizona  St.            45
      Final    (  6)  California              91              Arizona                    86
      Final    (  8)  Penn  St.                  71              Michigan  St.          56
      Final              LSU                            62    (  9)  Georgia                    54
      Final    (10)  Kentucky                  75              Vanderbilt              53
      Final    (12)  Tennessee                97              Mississippi            68
      Final              Michigan                  67    (13)  Purdue                      56
      Final    (14)  Texas  A&M                50    (15)  South  Carolina      48
      Final    (16)  North  Carolina      60              Georgia  Tech          58
      Final    (17)  UCLA                          80              Washington  St.      65
      Final    (18)  Dayton                      68              Fordham                    57
      Final    (19)  Florida  St.            93              Miami                        78
      Final    (20)  Delaware                  71              James  Madison        64
      Final    (21)  Colorado                  84              Oregon                      59
      Final    (23)  Oklahoma                  80    (22)  Oklahoma  St.          61

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