Sports News-February 28, 2012

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     DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Matt Kenseth was the winner of a
Daytona 500 that featured 10 cautions and a red-flag that halted
the rain-delayed race for more than two hours. Kenseth held off
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the season-opening event for the second
time in four years. The race was red-flagged on lap 160 when Juan
Pablo Montoya lost control of his car and slammed into one of the
jet dryers brought out during the seventh caution.
     
     LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers say Kobe Bryant has a
"nasal fracture" from the whack to the head he took from Dwyane
(dwayn) Wade during Sunday night's NBA All-Star game in Orlando.
The team says on its website that a CT scan revealed the extent of
the injury, and their star guard will be re-evaluated by an ear,
nose and throat specialist when he returns to Los Angeles.
     
     NEW YORK (AP) - Kentucky and Syracuse are 1-2 in the men's AP
basketball poll again. The 28-1 Wildcats got 63 first-place votes
while the 29-1 Orange picked up the other two. Third-ranked Kansas
is followed in the poll by Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina,
Missouri, Marquette, Baylor and Ohio State.
     
     FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Boston Red Sox catcher and captain Jason
Varitek has decided to retire and is expected to announce his
decision Thursday. Varitek spent his entire major league career
with the Bosox, catching four no-hitters, winning two World Series,
capturing a Gold Glove and being named to three All-Star games.
     
     CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Browns have signed linebacker
D'Qwell Jackson to an extension that ESPN says is worth $42.5
million over five years. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted
free agent next month. Jackson's 158 tackles were second most in
the NFL last season.


On the heels of a four-game winning streak, the Creighton men's basketball team has returned to both top 25 polls released on Monday.  The 25-5 Bluejays are ranked 24th by the coaches in the USA Today/ESPN poll and are 25th in the Associated Press poll.  Their ranking of 24th in the coaches poll marks the 13th time in the last 15 weeks that the Bluejays have been recognized among the nation's elite.  Creighton's season-high rank was twelfth on Jan. 30th.  In the Associated Press poll, they are ranked for the tenth time in the past 13 weeks, coming in at 25th.  The Bluejays had previously been ranked as high as 13th on Jan. 30th.  The only prior time that Creighton was ranked entering the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, the 19th-ranked Bluejays won the 2003 event.

The Defending Champs are heading back to the dance.  The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is heading back to the State Tournament next week after knocking off Boone Central in the C-1-4 District Final last night at Columbus High 64-50.  The Knights, who trailed 39-37 going into the fourth quarter, outscored the Cardinals in the fourth quarter 27-11 to record the win.  Riley Knake led four players in double figures for his team with 15 points, eight rebounds, and two steals.  Teammate Connor Ketter had a double-double with eleven points, ten rebounds, and two steals.  The 19-6 Knights have won four games in a row and six of their last seven.  A report has Norfolk Catholic earning the three seed in the Tournament where they would play Milford in the opening round on March 8th at 10:45 at Pershing Center.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Creighton Prep at Nfk High (BBB A-2 Dist. Final-7:00); NECC at McCook CC (W&M BB-5:30).

Tonight:  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 & WJAG.com.

Thursday:  The girls state basketball tournament gets underway in Lincoln.  The second seeded Boone Central Lady Cardinals meet the seventh seeded Columbus Scotus Lady Shamrocks in the opening round of the “C-1” bracket at Pershing Center at 9:00 AM.  Pregame coverage at 8:40 AM on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Later, the top seeded Lutheran High Northeast Lady Eagles face eight seed Weeping Water in the opening round of the “C-2” bracket at Lincoln Southeast High School at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

High School Boys Basketball District Finals:  Bishop Neumann 68 Columbus Lakeview 49; Boys Town 80 Wisner/Pilger 43 (C-1); Twin River 41 Malcolm 39; Ponca 46 Oakland/Craig 42; Hartington CC 56 Burwell 45 (C-2).  

     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final  N-Y Rangers   2  New Jersey    0
     Final  Nashville     2  Los Angeles   1
     Final  Edmonton      5  Winnipeg      3
     Final  Colorado      4  Anaheim       1
     Final  St. Louis     3  Calgary       1
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 3) Kansas       70       Oklahoma St.   58
     Final  ( 9) Baylor       77       Texas Tech     48
     Final  (11) Georgetown   59  (20) Notre Dame     41
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 1) Baylor       69  (17) Texas A&M    62
     Final  ( 3) Notre Dame   72  ( 4) UConn        59
     Final  (18) St. John's   54  (12) Georgetown   45
     Final  (20) Louisville   63       Seton Hall   53
     Final  (23) Rutgers      69       Marquette    58

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