Sports News-February 20, 2014

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The United States currently has the Olympic overall medal count lead with 23.  They have seven gold, five silver, and eleven bronze.  Russia & Netherlands is tied for second with 22.

Syracuse's undefeated season ended last night with a stunning 62-59 loss at home to Boston College, which came into the game riding a five-game losing streak with just six victories all season.  Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckman hit three-pointers in overtime and Lonnie Jackson, a 56% free throw shooter during the season, calmly made four straight free throws in the final 26 seconds to ice the upset of the 25-1 Orange.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice struck his fiancée with his hand, rendering her unconscious, according to a summons obtained by ESPN.  Rice and his fiancée were both arrested for simple assault after an incident early Saturday at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J.  Rice and the woman "struck each other with their hands," according to an Atlantic City police report.  A video obtained and posted online by TMZ on Wednesday shows Rice lifting the woman by her arms out of an elevator at the Revel Casino and laying her on the ground.  She appears limp as he pulls her legs away from the elevator doors and later props her up.  Rice is due in court next Tuesday morning.

Doug McDermott scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half and Ethan Wragge added 22 as the eleventh ranked Creighton men's basketball team beat Marquette 85-70 last night in a foul-plagued Big East game.  McDermott, who entered as the nation's leading scorer at 25.9 points per game, scored seven points to trigger a deciding 10-2 run after the Golden Eagles had pulled within 64-59.  His jumper from the free throw line put the Bluejays up 74-61 with 4:39 left.  Creighton did not trail over the final 20 minutes after leading 42-35 at halftime.  McDermott also added eight rebounds.  Marquette, which had made 24-27 free throws in an 81-72 victory over Xavier on Saturday, was just 20-36 from the line.  The Bluejays were called for 30 fouls and the Golden Eagles had 22.  Creighton is now 22-4 overall and 12-2 in the BIG EAST while Marquette is now 15-11 overall and 7-6 in the conference.

The Northeast Hawks basketball teams split two games last night at home against Central Community College of Columbus.  The Northeast men dropped to 14-16 on the season after a 106-87 home loss.  Khapri Alston led four players in double figures for the Hawks with 23 points.  Chima Moneke & Dionte Smith scored 17.  Northeast has dropped two in a row and eleven of their last twelve games.  The Northeast women were a 104-82 winner over Central in their game.  Alison Klostergaard led six players in double figures for the Hawks with 21 points and 14 rebounds.  Megan Tinder added 19 points and six assists.  The Hawks improve to 25-3 and have won ten of their last eleven contests.  The women's team dropped out of the NJCAA Division I rankings after being ranked 24th last week.  

Doane's Marissa Moore is this week's Great Plains Athletic Conference Mid-America Sports track athlete of the week.  The former Norfolk High standout posted an NAIA "A" qualifying mark in the 1000 meters at the Concordia Invite over the weekend with a time of 3:01.90, which placed her first in the event.  Moore ranks third in the GPAC in the 1000 meters entering the conference championships this weekend.  The sophomore was also a member of the 4x800 meter relay team that finished second in the meet with an NAIA "A" qualifying mark.

Wayne State is fourth in the initial NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Central Regional Rankings released yesterday.  The Central Region is made up of teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Great American Conference and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.  The Wildcats are 24-3 overall and have a 22-3 record against NCAA Division II teams and a 21-3 record within the Central Region.  Emporia State of Kansas tops the first region rankings.

The Wayne State men's and women's cross country teams have earned the 2013 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team award.  To qualify as a All-Academic cross country team, the school must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better and compiled a team score at their respective NCAA regional meet.  Wayne State was also one of 89 Division II institutions to have both men's and women's teams collect the award.  The Wayne State men's cross country team had a 3.08 grade point average and was one of 94 programs in NCAA Division II to receive the award.  The Wildcat women's cross country team recorded a 3.01 grade point average and was one of 14 schools in the NSIC and 136 in NCAA Division II to receive the award.  It's the fourth time in the last five years Wayne State women's cross country has collected the academic team honor.

The NSAA State Wrestling Championships get underway at Century Link Center Omaha.  Classes 'B' & 'C' start their competition at 9:30 AM with Classes 'A' & 'D' starting at 4:30.  The Norfolk Panthers will be represented by Connor Neal, Kyle Temple, Christian Hernandez-DeHorta, Caleb Licking, Landen Thieman, Isaiah Francis, Nate Kathol, Shane Kalin, Dominick Carr, & Dylan Grey.  Norfolk Catholic has three wrestlers in the Class 'C' competition with Matthew Brtek, Aaron Hoff, and Nic Beed.  Lutheran High Northeast is represented by Ryan Bodlak in the Class 'C' competition.  146 wrestlers from the northeast Nebraska area will be participating.  Reports can be heard through Saturday 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-8:00); Omaha Bryan at Nfk High (GBB-5:30); Penn St. At Nebraska (MBB-6:00); Nebraska-Omaha at South Dakota at Vermillion, SD (MBB-7:00); Nebraska at Ohio St. At Columbus, OH (WBB-6:00); South Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha (WBB-7:00).

Tonight:  The C-1-8 Girls Sub-District Final from Norfolk High School pits Pierce Vs. Norfolk Catholic at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:40.  We'll have reports on the Norfolk High girls game against Omaha Bryan before hand on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Crofton battles Creighton in the C-2-9 Sub-District Final from Wausa High School at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:40 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Friday Night:  The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team visits Hartington Cedar Catholic at 7:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:25 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Central CC 106 NECC 87 (MBB); NECC 102 Central CC 84 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Chicago                94    Toronto              92
      Final    Charlotte          116    Detroit              98
      Final    Cleveland          101    Orlando              93
      Final    Washington        114    Atlanta              97
      Final    Minnesota          104    Indiana              91
      Final    New  York              98    New  Orleans      91
      Final    Phoenix              100    Boston                94
      Final    Brooklyn            105    Utah                    99
      Final    Golden  State    101    Sacramento        92
      Final    San  Antonio      111    Portland          109
      Final    Houston              134    L-A  Lakers      108
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final  OT              Boston  College      62    (  1)  Syracuse                        59
      Final          (  2)  Florida                    71              Auburn                            66
      Final          (  3)  Wichita  St.            88              Loyola  of  Chicago      74
      Final  OT    (  4)  Arizona                    67              Utah                                63
      Final          (  7)  Cincinnati              77              UCF                                  49
      Final  OT    (10)  Saint  Louis            89              George  Mason                85
      Final          (11)  Creighton                85              Marquette                      70
      Final          (23)  UCLA                          86              California                    66
      Final          (24)  Ohio  St.                  76              Northwestern                60
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  UConn                      83              UCF                        35
      Final    (  3)  Louisville            81              Houston                62
      Final    (  6)  Baylor                    89              Iowa  St.              51
      Final    (13)  West  Virginia      77    (12)  Oklahoma  St.      45

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