Sports News-February 20, 2012

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     OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored a career-best 51 points
for the top performance in the NBA this season and Russell
Westbrook added 40 double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the
Denver Nuggets 124-118 Sunday night. Serge Ibaka had his first
career triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks for
the Thunder.
     
     MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat improved their NBA-leading record to
25-7 with a 90-78 win over Orlando for the Heat's sixth straight
win. Dwyane Wade led the way with 27 while LeBron James
added 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as Miami moved a
half-game ahead of Chicago in the race for best record in the NBA
and the Eastern Conference.
     
     DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle have put
Roush Fenway Racing on the front row for next Sunday's Daytona 500
with the fastest times during yesterday's qualifying. The rest of
the starting positions are determined through a pair of 150-mile
qualifying races scheduled for Thursday.
     
     LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bill Haas captured his fourth PGA Tour
victory by winning a three-way playoff against Phil Mickelson and
Keegan Bradley to win the Northern Trust Open at storied Riviera
Country club. Haas sank a 45-foot birdie putt on the second playoff
hole to win it after Mickelson and Bradley sank lengthy birdie
putts on the 72nd hole to force the playoff.


NBA sensation Jeremy Lin had another big day, this time on the league's biggest stage before a national TV audience against the defending NBA champions.  The Harvard product had 28 points and a career-high 14 assists in leading the New York Knicks to a roller-coaster 104-97 win over Dallas for their eighth win in nine games.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school boys basketball rankings.  The Norfolk Panthers remain second in both media in Class “A”.  They are 22-1 on the year after splitting two games over the weekend.  The Panthers won at Elkhorn South 60-52 on Friday before falling at home to Lincoln Southeast on Saturday 71-62.  Both newspapers reports Norfolk will host the A-2 District Tournament starting on Saturday.  They will play 3-19 Fremont in the opening semifinal with 11-10 Grand Island meeting 10-12 Omaha Creighton Prep in the other contest.  The Norfolk Catholic Knights move up from fifth to fourth in the Omaha World Herald while the Lincoln Journal Star sees them jumping from eighth to sixth in Class “C-1”.  The 16-6 Defending Champions won their only game last week, with a 53-50 win at Hartington Cedar Catholic.  The Knights will meet either 6-14 Battle Creek or 0-21 Madison in a C-1-7 Sub-District Semifinal on Tuesday at 6:00.  The other semifinal pits 15-6 Wayne versus 13-7 Pierce at 7:45.  The Lutheran High Northeast Eagles stay at number four in both media in Class “C-2”.  The 21-2 Eagles won their only game last week, with a 43-41 home win over West Point Guardian Angels last Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast will play either 9-12 North Bend Central or 15-8 Archbishop Bergan in a C-2-7 Sub-District Semifinal on Tuesday at 6:00.  The other semifinal has 21-1 Stanton playing 17-7 Oakland/Craig at 7:45.

Tuesday Night:  The Lutheran High Northeast boys take on either Archbishop Bergan or North Bend Central in a C-2-7 Sub-District semifinal game from Clarkson at 6:00.  Pregame coverage at 5:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Gonzaga 5 Nebraska 4 (Bsbl); Creighton 5 Central Arkansas 1 (Bsbl); (16) Nebraska 68 Wisconsin 59 (WBB); Creighton 63 Indiana St. 48 (WBB); (8) Nebraska 26 Northern Iowa 16 (WR Dual); (22) Nebraska 10 New Mexico St. 2 (SB); Creighton 5 Northern Illinois 1 (SB).

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
     Final     Detroit         96  Boston         81
     Final     Indiana        108  Charlotte      73
     Final     Cleveland       93  Sacramento     92
     Final     Milwaukee       92  New Jersey     85
     Final     Minnesota       92  Philadelphia   91
     Final     Houston        101  Utah           85
     Final     Phoenix        102  L-A Lakers     90
    
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final     Buffalo       6  Pittsburgh   2
     Final     Detroit       3  San Jose     2
     Final     Minnesota     2  Boston       0
     Final     Chicago       3  St. Louis    1
     Final     Anaheim       2  Florida      0
     Final     New Jersey    3  Montreal     1
     Final OT  N-Y Rangers   3  Columbus     2
     Final     Nashville     3  Dallas       2
     Final     Winnipeg      5  Colorado     1
     Final     Vancouver     5  Edmonton     2
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 2) Syracuse       74       Rutgers          64
     Final  ( 5) Duke           75       Boston College   50
     Final  ( 7) Michigan St.   76       Purdue           62
     Final  (15) Wisconsin      65       Penn St.         55
     Final       Iowa           78  (18) Indiana          66
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final     ( 8) Maryland         63  ( 5) Duke             61
     Final     ( 6) Miami            67       Florida St.      60
     Final     (10) Delaware         40       Drexel           39
     Final     (13) Tennessee        66       Mississippi      56
     Final OT       Michigan St.     67  (17) Purdue           52
     Final          Florida          61  (18) Georgia          57
     Final     (20) Georgia Tech     85       Boston College   48
     Final     (25) South Carolina   69       Alabama          55

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