Sports News-February 27, 2012

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     DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR officials hope to start the
Daytona 500 today following yesterday's postponement due to rain.
However, there's a possibility the race won't begin until tomorrow
because even more rain is in the forecast. The Daytona 500 has
never been run on a Monday.
     COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - In men's basketball, Wisconsin was able to
avenge a loss to Ohio State earlier this season while allowing
Michigan State to earn a share of the Big Ten title. Jared Berggren
drained a go-ahead three-pointer with 31 seconds left as the
16th-ranked Badgers edged Ohio State 63-60 at Columbus. Berggren
scored Wisconsin's final five points and finished with 18.
     UNDATED (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks have a two-point lead over
Detroit in the NHL's Western Conference standings following a 3-2
overtime loss at Dallas. Pittsburgh won for the ninth time in 10
home games as Evgeni Malkin notched his 37th goal and had an assist
in the Penguins' 4-2 win over Columbus. Martin St. Louis scored three goals and set up another as Tampa Bay
downed the Devils 4-3 in New Jersey.
     MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Hunter Mahan beat Rory McIlroy
2-and-1 to win the Match Play Championship. Mahan is the sixth
player to win multiple World Golf Championship titles, and he moves
into the top 10 for the first time in his career. McIlroy would
have become the world's No. 1 golfer had he won the event.

Kobe Bryant came away with an All-Star game record, Kevin Durant came away with MVP honors and the Western Conference came away with a victory Sunday at Orlando.  Bryant finished with 27 points and Durant had a team-high 36 as the West downed the East 152-149.  Bryant passed Michael Jordan as the game's career scoring leader, passing Michael Jordan with a dunk midway through the third quarter.  Bryant entered the game fourth all time with 244 points before passing Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jordan.  Bryant also suffered a nasal fracture during the win, the Lakers announced on its website.  Bryant was bloodied by a hard foul from Miami's Dwyane Wade and stayed in the game, but he left to be evaluated afterward.  A CT scan revealed a broken nose.  Durant shot 14-25 from the field and had seven rebounds, while Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook added 21 points.  Miami teammates LeBron James and Wade helped the Eastern Conference turn a 21-point deficit into a one-point game in the closing seconds.  James finished with a team-high 36 points and Wade added a triple-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school girls basketball rankings.  Lutheran High Northeast is the new number one in Class “C-2”.  They are 25-1 on the year and winners of twelve games in a row after beating Pender in their district final last Friday 44-40.  LHNE is outscoring their opponents on average 53.4-29.8.  The top seeded Lady Eagles will play 19-7 Weeping Water in the opening round of the State Tournament on Thursday at 7:00 at Lincoln Southeast High School.  Norfolk Catholic remains sixth in Class “C-1” after a 50-43 loss to second ranked Boone Central in their district final last Friday.  The Lady Knights missed out on the State Tournament completely after three upsets occurred in other district finals last Friday preventing a wild card.  Their final mark is 19-5.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath Vs. Boone Central at Columbus High (C-1-4 BBB Dist. Final-7:00).

Tuesday Night:  The Norfolk High boys basketball team hosts Omaha Creighton Prep in the A-2 District Final Game at 7:30.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM &

Local Scores:  Nebraska 8 UNLV 7 (Bsbl); Portland 5 Creighton 3 (Bsbl); (23) Nebraska 71 (8) Ohio St. 57 (WBB); Creighton 68 Bradley 59 (WBB); WSC 7-9 Augustana 3-1 (Bsbl DH). 

     Final     Pittsburgh   4  Columbus        2
     Final     Tampa Bay    4  New Jersey      3
     Final     Florida      4  Montreal        2
     Final     Ottawa       5  N-Y Islanders   2
     Final     Minnesota    4  San Jose        3
     Final     Anaheim      3  Chicago         1
     Final       Miami        78  (15) Florida St.   62
     Final  (17) Louisville   57       Pittsburgh    54
     Final  (23) Indiana      69       Minnesota     50
     Final  ( 5) Miami          88       Boston College    42
     Final  ( 6) Maryland       65       NC State          50
     Final  ( 7) Duke           69       North Carolina    63
     Final  ( 9) Delaware       89       Northeastern      71
     Final  (10) Tennessee      75       Florida           59
     Final  (11) Penn St.       74       Minnesota         51
     Final  (13) Kentucky       76       Mississippi St.   40
     Final  (17) Georgia Tech   62       Clemson           50
     Final  (18) Georgia        62       LSU               46
     Final  (22) Purdue         90       Indiana           58

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