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