Sports News-February 18, 2013

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Sunday's NBA All-Star game featured the usual array of offensive eruptions ending with a combined 281 points, 116 baskets, 26 three-pointers and 35 turnovers.  Kevin Durant was the top scorer, delivering 30 points as the West beat the East 143-138 in Houston.  Game MVP Chris Paul finished with 20 points, 15 assists and four steals, while Clippers teammate Blake Griffin added 19 points on 9-11 shooting.  Carmelo Anthony had a team-high 26 points for the East, while Dwyane Wade added 21 and seven assists.

She's been a television spokesperson, a swimsuit model and a sports pioneer.  She's now a pole-sitter.  No woman had ever captured the pole for any race in NASCAR's premier circuit until Danica Patrick's performance in yesterday's qualifying session for the Daytona 500.  Patrick was the eighth driver to post a qualifying time, finishing in 45.817 seconds and averaging 196.434 mph.  Then, she had to wait another two hours as 37 drivers tried and failed to beat her time.  Patrick's best finish in ten Cup races is 17th, and she has one top-five in 58 starts in the second-tier Nationwide Series.  The previous highest female qualifier in a Cup race was Janet Guthrie, who started ninth at Bristol and Talladega in 1977.  Jeff Gordon was the only other driver to top 196 mph in qualifying, giving him the other spot in the front row for next Sunday's race.  The rest of the field will be set in dual qualifying races Thursday.

Ken Clark, one of the top all-time rushers at Nebraska who went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, has died.  He was 46.  His cousin, Stephanie Clark of Omaha, confirmed Clark's death.  She said he died of a heart attack in Minneapolis on Saturday.  Clark was a two-time All-Big Eight running back for the Cornhuskers, rushing for more than 1,000 yards both his junior and senior seasons.  His career highlight came in 1988, when he ran for 256 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders and Oklahoma State.  His three-year rushing total of 3,037 yards ranks seventh on Nebraska's career chart.  Clark appeared in 34 games with the Colts from 1990-92.

The Nebraska wrestling team was knocked out of the NWCA National Duals, falling to host Cornell 19-17 in yesterday’s regional final.  Tenth ranked Cornell advanced to the championship round next weekend in Minneapolis.  The next event for 13th ranked Huskers is the Big Ten championships March 9 and 10.  Earlier in the day, NU advanced to the regional final by beating eleventh-ranked Virginia 28-8.  The Cavaliers, who have seven ranked wrestlers, won the first two matches before the Huskers won the last eight.  Five Huskers, Caleb Kolb, Spencer Johnson, Jake Sueflohn, James Green and Robert Kokesh, went 2-0 on the day.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated their high school basketball rankings today.  The 18-5 Lutheran High Northeast Eagles fall from third to ninth in the Lincoln Journal Star and from seventh to tenth in the Omaha World Herald in Class “C-2”.  They’ve lost three in a row after a 68-41 road loss at West Point Guardian Angels last Saturday.  Norfolk Catholic remains tenth in the Omaha World Herald in Class “C-1”.  The 13-10 Knights lost at home to Hartington Cedar Catholic 67-66 last Friday.  In other high school basketball news, the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star report the 11-12  Norfolk High boys basketball team will face 14-8 Lincoln Southeast in a district semifinal game at Lincoln Southwest High School most likely to occur on Saturday.  The Knights beat the Panthers in a regular season game last Saturday 59-44.  The other semifinal matchup would have host team 15-8 Lincoln Southwest meeting 7-15 Millard South.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school boys basketball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Central remains number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Elkhorn South is the new number one in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Wahoo High stays at number one, Wayne jumps from fifth to second, Boone Central/Newman Grove drops from third to fifth, Columbus Lakeview remains sixth, and Norfolk Catholic is once again at number ten.  In Class “C-2”, Sutton stays at number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic remains sixth, Twin River moves up from tenth to ninth, and Lutheran High Northeast drops from seventh to tenth.  In Class “D-1”, Paxton remains first, Howells/Dodge stays at number two, O’Neill St. Mary’s is once again fourth, and Clearwater/Orchard stays at number ten.  In Class “D-2”, Falls City Sacred Heart is the new number one, Bancroft/Rosalie improves from fourth to third, Wausa remains fifth, Wynot stays at number six, Lindsay Holy Family moves up from ninth to eighth, and Humphrey St. Francis remains tenth.
In the Lincoln Journal Star boys rankings, Omaha Central is once again number one in Class “A” while Elkhorn South is the new number one in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Wahoo High is once again first, Wayne jumps from fourth to second, Boone Central/Newman Grove drops from third to seventh, and Columbus Lakeview is once again at number eight.  In Class “C-2”, Sutton stays at number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from fourth to third, Lutheran High Northeast falls from third to ninth, and Twin River enters the rankings at number ten.  In Class “D-1”, Howells/Dodge is once again first, O’Neill St. Mary’s stays at number three, West Point Guardian Angels enters the rankings at number ten, and Randolph falls from the rankings.  In Class “D-2”, Falls City Sacred Heart remains first, Bancroft/Rosalie stays at number six, Wausa is once again seventh, Wynot stays at number eight,  and Humphrey St. Francis remains ninth.

The Omaha World Herald updated its girls high school basketball rankings for Classes “A” & “B”.  Bellevue West remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Seward stays at number one in Class “B”.

Tonight:  It’s Day One of the Class C-1-8 Boys Sub-District Tournament from Norfolk High School as Battle Creek takes on Madison at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on 106 KIX &  The winner plays Boone Central/Newman Grove in the semifinals on Tuesday at 5:40 and Norfolk Catholic takes on Pierce at 7:40.  We’ll cover each game all week.

Tuesday Night:  The C-1-8 The Norfolk High girls basketball team faces Omaha Marian at Lincoln Southeast High School in an A-4 District Semifinal at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM &

Local Scores:  USC 4 Nebraska 3 (Bsbl); Creighton 3 Dallas Baptist 1 (Bsbl); (13) Nebraska 28 (11) Virginia 8; (10) Cornell 19 (13) Nebraska 17 (NWCA National Wrestling Duals).

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