Sports News-February 13, 2014

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LeBron James let the time tick down before carrying the Miami Heat into the All-Star break in a way only he could.  James capped one of his best games of the season in dramatic fashion, making a step-back three-pointer with less than a second remaining to propel the Heat past the Golden State Warriors 111-110.  James finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

New York Yankees stalwart Derek Jeter says he'll retire at the end of the upcoming season, ending a stellar 20-year major league career.  The 39-year old is a 13-time All-Star who was a key cog in the Yankees five World Series titles during his stay.  Jeter has battled injuries recently, being limited to just 17 games last season trying to come back from a broken ankle he suffered in the 2012 playoffs.  He is the Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316.  Jeter is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs.

The United States currently stands second in the Olympic overall medal count with twelve.  They have four gold, two silver, and six bronze.  Norway is in the lead with 13 medals.  They have four gold, three silver, and six bronze.

Shavon Shields scored a career-high 33 points, making all 15 of his free throws for Nebraska's best performance at the line in 32 years, and the Cornhuskers defeated Illinois 67-58 last night.  The Huskers pulled away with the help of a defense that held the Illini to two field goals over the last 6:57.  Terran Petteway added 16 points as Nebraska raised their record to 11-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Shields bettered his previous high of 29 points against Penn State last season.  He made 8-12 shots from the field, and his 15-15 night at the line was the best for the Huskers since Jack Moore made all 15 of his against Oklahoma State in 1982.  Nebraska was 24-27 from the line, 14-17 in the second half.  Rayvonte Rice scored 23 points to lead the Illinois.  The Huskers are now 13-10 overall and 5-6 in the Big Ten the Illini drop to 14-11 overall and 3-9 in the conference.

Wayne State women's track and field coach Marlon Brink announced yesterday that Kacie O'Connor of Wyoming has made a commitment to compete in track and field for the Wildcats in 2015.  O'Connor, who signed a national letter of intent with the Wildcat women's basketball team last November, is the first athlete to commit to the 2015 recruiting class for WSC women's track and field.  She is a two-time Class 2A state discus champion in Wyoming with a personal best throw of 151' 8" as a sophomore, which is the Class 2A state record.  O'Connor also won the state discus title during her junior season with a mark of 149' 2" while also placing fourth in the shot put and running legs on the 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 relay teams that finished third and fourth respectively at the state meet.

The NSAA has released the 2014-15 high school football schedules.  Norfolk High will open next fall with a home game against South Sioux City and then visit Columbus in week two.  The meeting against South Sioux City will be the first since 1994.  Panther home games for 2014 also include meetings with Lincoln Southeast, Omaha Bryan, and North Platte.  Norfolk will also visit Lincoln East, Millard West, Lincoln Northeast, and Kearney.  Norfolk Catholic will start their 2014 campaign with a road game at Arlington and then host Wahoo in week two.  The game against Arlington will be the first since 2003.  The Knights will also host David City High, Madison, and Wayne.  Norfolk Catholic will also visit Bishop Neumann, West Point-Beemer, Pierce, and Boone Central/Newman Grove.  Lutheran High Northeast will open their 2014 season with road games at Ponca and Wisner/Pilger before their home opener in week three against David City Aquinas.  Eagle home games for 2014 also include meetings with Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Crofton, and Battle Creek.  Lutheran High Northeast will also visit Ainsworth, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and West Holt.  The three Norfolk schools' schedules will keep the same opponents for 2015 but change sites.

The Northeast Hawks women's basketball team has reappeared in the NJCAA Division I rankings at number 24 after routing Ellsworth Community College 83-61 in Iowa Falls, Iowa last Saturday and beating the Morningside JV at home last Monday 92-73.  The 24-2 Hawks have won nine in a row and ten of their last eleven games.  They are outscoring their opponents on average 79.8-60.5.  Northeast returns to action on Saturday when they visit Mason City, Iowa to play NJCAA top ranked in Division II 22-2 North Iowa Area Community College.

Local Schedule:  Crofton at Nfk Cath (GBB-8:00); Creighton at Butler at Indianapolis, IN (MBB-6:00); South Dakota St. At Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:05); Nebraska at Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI (WBB-6:00); Nebraska-Omaha at South Dakota St. At Brookings, SD (WBB-7:00).

Friday Night:  The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team visits Gretna at 7:30.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
 

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          Toronto              104    Atlanta                83
      Final          Dallas                  81    Indiana                73
      Final          Memphis                86    Orlando                81
      Final          Brooklyn            105    Charlotte            89
      Final          Cleveland            93    Detroit                89
      Final  OT    Sacramento        106    New  York            101
      Final          San  Antonio      104    Boston                  92
      Final          Minnesota          117    Denver                  90
      Final          New  Orleans      102    Milwaukee            98
      Final          Houston              113    Washington        112
      Final          Utah                    105    Philadelphia    100
      Final          Miami                  111    Golden  State    110
      Final          L-A  Clippers    122    Portland            117
   
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Syracuse        58    (25)  Pittsburgh            56
      Final    (  6)  Villanova      87              DePaul                    62
      Final    (14)  Kentucky        64              Auburn                    56
      Final    (20)  Memphis          76              UCF                          70
      Final    (24)  UConn              83              South  Florida      40
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  4)  Louisville      60    Temple              50
      Final    (  7)  Baylor              75    Texas  Tech      58

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