Sports News-February 6, 2012

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     DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Miami's basketball team is enjoying its
first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium after upsetting
seventh-ranked Duke 78-74 in overtime. Reggie Johnson scored five
of his career-high 27 points in OT.
     
     MIAMI (AP) --The Miami Heat are creeping up on the Chicago Bulls
for best record in the NBA's Eastern Conference, trailing by just
one game. LeBron James scored 30 points, Dwyane Wade had 25
and the Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 95-89 for their 10th win in
12 games.
     
     WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The United States blanked Belarus 5-0 in
Fed Cup World Group II play. The Americans were bolstered by Venus
Williams' first competitive event in five months, teaming with
Liezel Huber for a 6-1, 6-2 doubles victory after sister Serena has
already secured the U.S. victory in singles play.


The New York Giants are sitting atop the NFL world, climaxing a season that began 7-7 and ended with their fourth Super Bowl title and second in four years.  Eli Manning outplayed Tom Brady, engineering a nine-play, 88-yard drive in the final minutes to make 65-year-old Giants coach Tom Coughlin the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl.  Manning, the Super Bowl MVP, says it was a wild way to end a wild season.  He became the first Super Bowl quarterback to complete his first nine passes, finishing 30-40 for 296 yards and no turnovers to win his second Super Bowl MVP award in four season, one more than older brother Peyton Manning.

Reserve guard Chip Armelin scored 15 points and Minnesota took advantage of Nebraska's poor shooting in the second half to pull away for a 69-61 victory yesterday.  Maverick Ahanmisi converted a three-point play and Andre Hollins made a three-pointer at the start of a 9-0 burst that broke a tie and put the Gophers up 48-39 with 7:22 left.  The Huskers led 33-32 at halftime, but went 2-16 to start the second half and had a stretch of 6 ½ minutes without a field goal.  Minnesota extended their lead to double digits when Armelin threaded an underhand pass along the baseline to Ahanmisi for a lay-up.  Nebraska, out of timeouts the last 3:52, got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.  Bo Spencer had 18 points and five assists to lead N-U.  Teammate Toney McCray 15 points, six rebounds, three blocked shots, and two steals, and Brandon Richardson had ten points and three steals for the Huskers.  Nebraska drops to 11-11 overall and 3-8 in the Big Ten while Minnesota improves to 17-7 overall and 5-6 in the conference.

The Omaha World Herald has updated it’s boys & girls basketball rankings.  The Norfolk High boys remain second in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” after a 75-54 home win over Fremont last Friday.  The 18-0 Panthers visit Bellevue West tonight at 7:15.  They will visit Lincoln East and host Columbus later in the week.  The Norfolk Catholic boys remain fifth in Class “C-1” after a 1-1 week.  They lost to Boone Central and beat Wayne last week.  The Defending Champions will host O’Neill tonight at 7:45 and will play Sutton at the Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island on Saturday.  The Lutheran High Northeast boys moved up from fifth to fourth in Class “C-2”.  They were 2-0 last week with wins over Columbus Scotus and Omaha Nation.  The Eagles will host Hartington Cedar Catholic on Saturday.  The Norfolk Catholic girls slip from fourth to fifth in Class “C-1” after a 1-1 week.  They beat Hartington Cedar Catholic and lost to Pierce last week.  The Lady Knights visit Wayne tonight, West Point Guardian Angels on Tuesday, and then host Crofton on Thursday.  The Lutheran High Northeast girls remain second in Class “C-2” after beating Columbus Scotus and Omaha Nation last week.  They visit Twin River on Thursday.

The final day of the Mid States Conference Basketball Tournament was postponed from last Saturday until today.  The fifth place games will be played at Norfolk Catholic High School.  At 6:15, the 13-6 West Point Guardian Angels girls take on 5-11 Hartington Cedar Catholic and then the 10-7 O’Neill boys battle 14-5 Norfolk Catholic at 7:45.  In the third place games at Wayne High School, the 14-4 Norfolk Catholic girls meet 14-7 Wayne at 6:15 and the 7-11 West Point Guardian Angels boys face 12-3 Hartington Cedar Catholic at 7:45.  In the championship games at Wayne State College, the 18-2 Boone Central girls play 11-6 Pierce at 6:15 and the 10-6 Pierce boys battle 10-8 Boone Central in the championship at 8:00.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Bellevue West (G&B BB-5:30).

Tonight: The Norfolk High boys basketball team is on the road at Bellevue West at approximately 7:15.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:55 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.  We’ll have reports on the girls game before hand at 5:30.

Tuesday Night:  The Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team visits West Point to play Guardian Angels Central Catholic at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at 7:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores: (4) Minnesota 26 (7) Nebraska 7 (WR Dual).  

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
     Final  Boston   98  Memphis   80   
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final  Boston        4  Washington     1
     Final  N-Y Rangers   5  Philadelphia   2
     Final  New Jersey    5  Pittsburgh     2
     Final  Montreal      3  Winnipeg       0
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final     ( 9) Michigan St.   64  (23) Michigan   54
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 2) Notre Dame   90       DePaul      70
     Final       LSU          61  ( 6) Kentucky    51
     Final  ( 7) Miami        68       Clemson     47
     Final  ( 8) Tennessee    82       Auburn      61
     Final  (12) Delaware     68       VCU         49
     Final  (15) Purdue       77       Illinois    66
     Final  (19) Penn St.     68       Minnesota   65
     Final  (21) Georgia      81       Alabama     66
     Final  (25) Texas Tech   76       Missouri    49

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