Sports News-February 21, 2013
ESPN Radio now at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM; Sat & Sun at 4:00!
Dwight Howard had 24 points and twelve rebounds in helping the Los Angeles Lakers to an emotional 113-99 victory over the Boston Celtics last night in their first game since the death of owner Jerry Buss. Kobe Bryant added 16 points, Steve Nash and Earl Clark had 14 apiece, and Metta World Peace had twelve points in a game that surely would have delighted Buss, who always loved to win but especially liked beating the Celtics. The Lakers won their most recent NBA championship, and last under Buss, in 2010, defeating the Celtics 4-3 in the finals. Buss died Monday at 80 after an 18-month struggle with cancer that had forced him to watch his team's games on TV or an iPad instead of from his suite above the Staples Center court.
The NBA trade deadline looms at 2:00 today. A person familiar with the situation says the Houston Rockets have reached separate agreements on trades that will send Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas to Sacramento and Marcus Morris to Phoenix. The Rockets will receive Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from the Kings, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced and was still pending league approval. In the other deal, the person said the Rockets will receive a future second-round pick from the Suns in exchange for Morris, who will join his twin brother, Markieff, on the Phoenix roster.
New England Patriots rookie and former Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has been convicted of assaulting a police officer in Lincoln last year. Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly says a jury found Dennard guilty yesterday of the felony charge and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. The jury found Dennard not guilty of third-degree assault against another man. He faces up to six years in prison on the two convictions when he's sentenced April 11. Dennard was arrested April 21 outside a bar in Lincoln, accused of punching a police officer in the face during a fight. The fight occurred five days before the 2012 NFL draft. The Patriots took Dennard, who was the 2011 Big Ten defensive back of the year, in the seventh round.
The Iowa-Nebraska men's basketball game on Saturday will be available for viewing on the Big Ten Network's mobile version, BTN2Go. The game originally was scheduled for today on ESPN2 but was moved to Saturday because of a winter storm that is expected to hit the Lincoln area. Tip-off is set for 1:00. The Big Ten office said Wednesday that when the game day was changed, ESPN informed the conference that other programming commitments and logistical issues would make it impossible to televise the game. BTN will stream the feed from the arena video board on BTN2Go. Fans can go to BTN2Go.com to find out if their mobile provider offers BTN2Go.
The National Junior College Athletic Association updated their women’s college basketball rankings yesterday. The Northeast Hawks moved up from twelfth to eleventh in Division I. They are 27-2 on the season and winners of 16 games in a row and 17 of their last 18 after victories over the Morningside JV of Iowa, the Hastings JV, and Central Community College of Columbus in the last week. The Hawks will return to action on Saturday for their regular season finale when they visit 18th ranked Iowa Western in Council Bluffs at 5:00. The game can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com starting at 4:40.
The Norfolk High girls & boys swim team will be participating at the State Meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center beginning today. Competition gets underway today with diving events at 9:30 AM. Taking part for the Panthers will be Brodie Morgan, Trevor Spence, Patrick Meuret, Stephen Meuret, Colby Spence, Tim Carlson, Nick Morgan, Chase Hopper, Brittany Albin, MacKenzie Ritter, Sydney Reed, Vickie Klafter, Allison Broekemeier, Brenna Anderson, & Abby Protzman. The event concludes on Saturday.
Local Schedule: Nfk Cath Vs. Boone Central/Newman Grove at Nfk High (BBB C-1-8 Final-7:00); LHNE Vs. Stanton at Nfk Cath (BBB C-2-6 Final-7:00); WSC Vs. Bemidji St. At Minneapolis, MN (Bsbl DH-9:15 PM).
Tonight: The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team meets Boone Central/Newman Grove in the C-1-8 Sub-District Final from Norfolk High at 7:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Friday Night: The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team plays North Bend Central for the right to the State Tournament at Central Community College in Columbus in the C-2-3 District Final at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Local Scores: Lincoln SE 59 Nfk High 36 (GBB A-4 Dist. Final).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Garrett Bowder of the Pender wrestling team.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Detroit 105 Charlotte 99
Final Memphis 88 Toronto 82
Final Indiana 125 New York 91
Final Brooklyn 97 Milwaukee 94
Final Miami 103 Atlanta 90
Final Cleveland 105 New Orleans 100
Final Houston 122 Oklahoma City 119
Final Minnesota 94 Philadelphia 87
Final Dallas 111 Orlando 96
Final L-A Lakers 113 Boston 99
Final Golden State 108 Phoenix 98
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 5
Final Los Angeles 3 Calgary 1
Final OT Colorado 1 St. Louis 0
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 3) Gonzaga 85 Santa Clara 42
Final ( 8) Syracuse 84 Providence 59
Final 2OT ( 9) Kansas 68 (14) Oklahoma St. 67
Final (11) Georgetown 90 DePaul 66
Final (12) Arizona 70 Washington 52
Final (18) Ohio St. 71 Minnesota 45
Final (19) Wisconsin 69 Northwestern 41
Final (21) Memphis 81 Houston 74
Final UNLV 61 (22) Colorado St. 59
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 7) Penn St. 95 Illinois 62
Final South Florida 73 (12) Louisville 62
Final Indiana 62 (22) Purdue 61
Final TCU 64 (23) Oklahoma St. 63
C1-3 Subdistrict Tournament
Boys Town 69, Fort Calhoun 52
C1-4 Subdistrict Tournament
Wahoo 51, Bishop Neumann 45
C1-7 Subdistrict Tournament
Wayne 39, West Point-Beemer 26
C1-10 Subdistrict Tournament
O'Neill 61, Valentine 58, 2OT
C1-11 Subdistrict Tournament
Gothenburg 52, Cozad 49
C2-3 Subdistrict Tournament
Archbishop Bergan 61, Yutan 44
C2-4 Subdistrict Tournament
Malcolm 52, Twin River 49, OT
C2-5 Subdistrict Tournament
Oakland-Craig 53, Clarkson/Leigh 52
D1-1 Subdistrict Tournament
Johnson-Brock 53, Pawnee City 46
D1-5 Subdistrict Tournament
Howells/Dodge 53, Guardian Angels 52
D1-6 Subdistrict Tournament
Randolph 45, Hartington 34
D2-3 Subdistrict Tournament
Humphrey 62, Humphrey St. Francis 49
D2-4 Subdistrict Tournament
Spalding/Spalding Academy 72, Lindsay Holy Family 55
D2-6 Subdistrict Tournament
Wausa 56, Ewing 40
Bellevue West 76, Omaha Westside 44
Bellevue East 65, Papillion-LaVista 53
Lincoln Southeast 59, Norfolk 36
Millard North 55, Lincoln Pius X 52
Lincoln Northeast 42, Lincoln Southwest 41
Beatrice 50, Platteview 34
Norris 37, Waverly 31
Gretna 55, Omaha Skutt Catholic 44
Omaha Gross Catholic 56, Elkhorn South 44
Elkhorn 40, Omaha Duchesne Academy 31
South Sioux City 67, Bennington 57
Seward 51, Columbus 43
York 48, Crete 43
Grand Island Northwest 66, Aurora 25
Holdrege 57, Lexington 43