Sports News-February 14, 2013

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says he is making progress in his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery but his left leg "still isn't right."  Rose spoke with reporters after last night's 71-69 loss to the Celtics in Boston.  He says he's doing more every week, but he still can't dunk.  Rose says the team is leaving it to him to decide when he feels ready, but he says he won't let the injury change the way he plays.  He wants to make sure he can handle being banged around inside.  Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team.  He told USA Today this week that he is prepared to miss the whole season rather than come back too soon.

Freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three three-pointers in the deciding second-half run, and Connecticut upset sixth ranked Syracuse 66-58 in the last scheduled game between the national powers.  Syracuse will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East although the Huskies could be enticed to head to another conference if asked.  Ryan Boatright had 17 points for Connecticut, which ups its record to 17-6.  The Orange fall to 20-4 with Michael Carter-Williams leading the way with 15 points.

Jake Koch had 14 points, ten rebounds, and three blocks to lead Northern Iowa to a 61-54 victory against suddenly-skidding Creighton last night.  Seth Tuttle and Deon Mitchell added twelve points each for the Panthers.  Doug McDermott had 15 points and twelve rebounds for the Bluejays, which dropped its third straight.  At the start of last week, Creighton was ranked 16th but tumbled out of the Top 25 after losses to Indiana State and Illinois State.  Once in the driver's seat for the MVC regular-season title, the Bluejays have fallen into a second-place tie with Indiana State.  Both schools are a game behind Wichita State, which has won two in a row after a three-game losing streak.  Matt Bohannon's three-pointer with 3:16 remaining gave Northern Iowa the lead for good at 52-49.  Creighton made 5-14 free-throw attempts for the game.  Grant Gibbs had 14 points and five assists for the Bluejays while teammate Gregory Echenique added eleven points and six boards.  The Panthers are now 15-11 overall and 8-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference while Creighton drops to 20-6 overall and 9-5 in the conference.

Cody Zeller scored 16 points while teammate Christian Watford finished with 13 points and eleven rebounds to help top ranked Indiana pull away from Nebraska 76-47 last night.  The Hoosiers have won seven of eight and regained a share of the league lead.  They are tied with Michigan State.  The Cornhuskers, put up a fight in the first half frustrating Indiana by limiting possessions and repeatedly taking the shot clock inside of ten seconds.  Dylan Talley scored ten of his 16 points in the first half to lead N-U.  The Hoosiers took charge after Zeller went to the bench with his second foul midway through the first half.  It used a 10-0 run to take a 21-14 lead and closed the half on a 6-0 run to make it 27-18, then opened the second half on another 6-0 run.  Nebraska didn't get closer than eleven points again.  Indiana improves to 22-3 overall and 10-2 in the Big Ten while the Huskers fall to 12-13 overall and 3-9 in the conference.

The National Junior College Athletic Association updated their women’s college basketball rankings yesterday.  The Northeast Hawks moved up from 13th to twelfth in Division I.  They are 24-2 on the season and winners of 13 games in a row and 14 of their last 15 after a road win over Southwestern Community College of Iowa 83-47 last Saturday.  The Hawks will return to action on Thursday when they host the Morningside JV of Iowa.

Northeast Community College has added another volleyball recruit to its newly reinstated program.  Emma Heerman of Wisner/Pilger High School has signed a letter of commitment to play next fall.  She had 180 kills last year and averaged 4.1 digs per set this past fall for the Lady Gators.  Northeast has already signed Overton’s Grace Ecklund, Allen’s Brittany Sullivan, Nazya Thies of Winside, Randolph’s Kirsten Fink, Stanton’s Kennedy Cheyney, and Sarah Maxson of Wayne.  The college has reinstated volleyball after the program was disbanded in 2002-2003 with Amanda Schultze being named as the head coach.

The city of Norfolk will be represented today with 15 wrestlers in first round & quarterfinal action of the State Wrestling Championships at CenturyLink Center Omaha.  Participating for the Norfolk Panthers in the Class “A” competition are 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 will be represented in the Class “C” bracket by Dylan Field (145), Brandon Becker (170), Mitch Hoferer (182), and Joe Lopez (285).  Lutheran High Northeast will have two wrestlers in competition in Class “D” with Jacob Woockman (220) & Cody Woockman (285).  142 wrestlers from the area will be involved.  Classes “A” & “D” start their competition at 9:30 AM.  Classes “B” & “C” compete at 4:30.  Reports can be heard throughout the day with Michael Carnes on 106 KIX, Lite Rock 97.5, & Newstalk WJAG 780 AM & 105.9 FM.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath Vs. Pierce at Nfk High (GBB C-1-8 Sub-Dist. Final-7:00); LHNE Vs. Elgin Public/Pope John at Nfk Cath (GBB C-2-6 Sub Dist. Final-7:00); Nfk High at Lincoln SE (GBB-7:30); Morningside JV at NECC (W&M BB-6:00).

Tonight:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team faces Elgin Public/Pope John in the C-2-6 Sub-District Final from Norfolk Catholic High School at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Northern Iowa 61 Creighton 54 (MBB); (1) Indiana 76 Nebraska 47 (MBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Atlanta              108    Orlando                76
      Final    Indiana              101    Charlotte            77
      Final    San  Antonio        96    Cleveland            95
      Final    Boston                  71    Chicago                69
      Final    Brooklyn            119    Denver                108
      Final    Toronto                92    New  York              88
      Final    Detroit                96    Washington          85
      Final    Milwaukee            94    Philadelphia      92
      Final    New  Orleans        99    Portland              63
      Final    Utah                      97    Minnesota            93
      Final    Dallas                123    Sacramento        100
      Final    L-A  Clippers    106    Houston                96
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Pittsburgh      4    Ottawa        2
      Final  OT    St.  Louis        4    Detroit      3
      Final          Calgary            7    Dallas        4
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  1)  Indiana                76              Nebraska                  47
      Final          (  2)  Duke                      73              North  Carolina      68
      Final          (  3)  Miami                    74              Florida  St.            68
      Final                    UConn                    66    (  6)  Syracuse                  58
      Final                    Charlotte            71    (11)  Butler                      67
      Final          (17)  Oklahoma  St.      91              Texas  Tech              67
      Final          (19)  New  Mexico          54              Fresno  St.              48
      Final  OT    (21)  Notre  Dame          82              DePaul                      78
      Final          (22)  Memphis                93              UCF                            71
      Final          (23)  Oregon                  65              Washington              52
      Final          (24)  Colorado  St.      66              San  Diego  St.        60
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (25)  Oklahoma  St.      64    West  Virginia      54

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