Sports News-February 2, 2012

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     TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Trainer Angelo Dundee, a master motivator who
worked the corner for Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, died at
age 90 yesterday. The genial Dundee was best known for being in
Ali's corner for almost his entire career but he also was known by
boxing insiders as an ambassador for the sport.
     
     MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brandon Jennings scored 31 points, including
three 3-pointers in a critical stretch of the fourth quarter, and
Milwaukee beat Miami 105-97 for the Bucks' second win over the Heat
this season. LeBron James scored a season-high 40 points, but it
wasn't enough as the Heat had their five-game winning streak end.
     
     DALLAS (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 33 points, Kevin Durant
added 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat
the Dallas Mavericks 95-86. James Harden had 10 points off the
bench and Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) anchored the Thunder defense
with a career-high 10 blocked shots.
     
     NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Steve Nash had a season-high 30 points and 10
assists, and the Phoenix Suns defeated the New Orleans Hornets,
120-103. Nash became the Suns' all-time assists leader with 6,522,
surpassing Kevin Johnson's mark of 6,518.
     
     TORONTO (AP)-- James Reimer (RY'-mur) stopped all 25 shots he
faced and Clarke MacArthur scored in the third period to lift the
Toronto Maple Leafs over the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0. The win gave
the Maple Leafs a split of a home-and-home set and ends
Pittsburgh's eight-game win streak.


The Nebraska football team emphasized defense in its 2012 recruiting class, with eleven of the 17 players signed expected to start their careers on that side of the ball.  Coach Bo Pelini brought in four linebackers.  The best appears to
be four-star recruit Zaire Anderson out of Riverside Community College of California.  The Cornhuskers signed four defensive linemen, including four-star end Greg McMullen of Akron, Ohio.  Four-star cornerback Mohammed Seisay out of Eastern Arizona Junior College is the top defensive back recruit.  Nebraska signed one quarterback, Tommy Armstrong of Gardena, California.  They lost one of its top targets, offensive lineman Andrus Peat of Tempe, Arizona.  The 6’7, 305-pound tackle, rated among the best at his position nationally, chose Stanford.

The NCAA has put Nebraska on two years' probation and agreed to a self-imposed fine of $38,000 as part of an impermissible benefits case involving textbooks and school supplies.  The NCAA announced the penalty yesterday, sparing Nebraska a stiffer punishment for what were determined to be major infractions across multiple sports over multiple years.  Nebraska reported the problem.  Last July, the school acknowledged that it had improperly distributed nearly $28,000 in textbooks and other school supplies to athletes from 2007-10.  The school proposed a fine of $28,000 payable to charity.  The probation will run through Jan. 31, 2014.

Doug McDermott scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half to lead six Creighton players in double figures and the 13th-ranked Bluejays rode a fast start to a 102-74 victory over Illinois State last night.  Creighton won their eleventh straight overall and fourth in a row against the Redbirds.  The Bluejays broke out to a 17-2 lead making eight straight shots and ten of its first eleven, and McDermott was in double figures inside eight minutes.  Teammate Grant Gibbs had twelve points and seven assists, Jahenns Manigat and Will Artino added eleven points each and Gregory Echenique and Josh Jones had ten a piece.  Creighton went over 100 points for the second time this season.  The Bluejays improve to 21-2 overall and 11-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference while Illinois State drops to 14-9 overall and 6-6 in the conference.

The Mid States Conference Girls Basketball Tournament continues at various sites.  In semifinal games at Wayne State College, 17-2 Boone Central faces 14-6 Wayne at 6:15 and 14-3 Norfolk Catholic tangles with 10-6 Pierce at 7:45.  In consolation games at Norfolk Catholic High School, 2-17 Madison plays 12-6 West Point Guardian Angels at 6:15 and 4-11 Hartington Cedar Catholic battles 11-6 O’Neill at 7:45.  Six of the teams in the bracket are ranked in the state.

Norfolk Catholic kicker Drew Farlee has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  Farlee, a two-time All-Class & three-time Class “C-1” All-State kicker, and MaxPreps/US Air Force All-American, will attend UNK on a football scholarship, according to a University spokesperson.  Farlee, who holds four Nebraska High School state kicking records, was also a defensive back and wide receiver for Norfolk Catholic’s back-to-back state championship football teams in 2010 & 2011.  Farlee, who plans to major in Business Administration, will also participate for the North team in the 2012 Shrine Bowl in June.

Local Schedule:  Nebraska at Northwestern at Evanston, IL (MBB-6:00); Nebraska at Purdue at West Lafayette, IN (WBB-6:00); Wichita St. At Creighton (WBB-7:05).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106 KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.
    
Saturday Night: The Norfolk High boys basketball team is on the road at Bellevue West at approximately 6:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:25 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.  We’ll have reports on the girls game before hand.

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
     Final  Philadelphia    98  Chicago       82
     Final  Orlando        109  Washington   103
     Final  New Jersey      99  Detroit       96
     Final  Boston         100  Toronto       64
     Final  Indiana        109  Minnesota     99
     Final  San Antonio     99  Houston       91
     Final  Portland       112  Charlotte     68
     Final  L-A Clippers   107  Utah         105
    
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final 2OT  N-Y Rangers   1  Buffalo      0 (SO N.Y. Rangers 2-1)
     Final      Florida       4  Washington   2
     Final      Dallas        6  Anaheim      2
     Final      Los Angeles   3  Columbus     2
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 6) Baylor          63       Texas A&M      60
     Final  ( 8) Kansas          84       Oklahoma       62
     Final  (11) UNLV            82       Colorado St.   63
     Final  (14) Georgetown      58       UConn          44
     Final  (17) San Diego St.   58       Boise St.      56
     Final  (23) Michigan        68  (20) Indiana        56
     Final  (21) Florida St.     68       Georgia Tech   54
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 1) Baylor      71       Missouri     41
     Final  (18) Texas A&M   67  (25) Texas Tech   55

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