Sports News-February 7, 2012

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     UNDATED (AP) - The NBA has suspended Timberwolves forward Kevin
Love for two games for stomping on the face of Rockets forward Luis
Scola during Sunday's game. The decision means the Wolves will be
without their leading scorer and rebounder for tonight's home game
against Sacramento and Wednesday night's outing at Memphis. Love
said after the game that the stomp was not intentional and he went
to Houston's locker room to apologize to Scola.
     
     UNDATED (AP) - Kentucky is on top of The Associated Press'
college basketball poll for a third straight week and fifth time
this season. Just as they did a week ago, the Wildcats received 63
first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Syracuse
got the other No. 1 votes and remains No. 2, followed by Ohio
State, Missouri, and North Carolina.
     
     NEW YORK (AP) - The Super Bowl-winning New York Giants will be
honored in a parade up the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan and head
to the steps of City Hall before holding another celebration at the
Meadowlands later today. The Giants won their fourth Super Bowl -
and second in five seasons - by downing the New England Patriots
21-17 Sunday at Indianapolis. Coach Tom Coughlin (KAWF'-lihn) said
at a news conference yesterday that he has every intention of
returning to the Giants next season.
     
     UNDATED (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots
have new offensive coordinators. ESPN says former Kansas City
Chiefs coach Todd Haley will run the Steelers' offense next year,
replacing Bruce Arians. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has confirmed
that Josh McDaniels will be the team's offensive coordinator next
season after being brought in during the playoffs as an offensive
assistant under Bill O'Brien, who has left to become Penn State's
head coach.
     
     MONTREAL (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
practiced with the team yesterday but says he is no closer to
returning from a concussion and neck injury that have caused him to
miss most of the NHL season. Coach Dan Bylsma (BYLZ'-mah) felt with
Jordan Staal (stahl) and Simon Despres (see-MOHN' duh-PRAY') ready
to resume skating after their injuries, it was better to include
Crosby in the main practice rather than have him skate on his own.


After Saturday's last-second loss at Northern Iowa, the Creighton men's basketball team moved down a few slots in both top-25 polls released yesterday.  The Bluejays are down three spots to 15th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and dropped four slots to 17th in the Associated Press poll.  In the NCAA's official RPI rankings, Creighton moved down two spots to an Missouri Valley Conference-best 16th.  The Bluejays, who are 21-3 overall and 11-2 in the MVC, returns to action tonight with a visit to Evansville.

The Lincoln Journal Star has updated it’s boys & girls basketball rankings.  The Norfolk High boys remain second in Class “A” after record a 2-0 mark in the last week.  The 19-0 Panthers visit Lincoln East on Friday and host Columbus on Saturday.  The Norfolk Catholic boys drop from fifth to seventh in Class “C-1” after a 2-1 week.  The Defending Champions will play Sutton at the Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island on Saturday at 2:15.  The Lutheran High Northeast boys remain third 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 third to fifth in Class “C-1” after a 2-1 week.  They visit West Point Guardian Angels tonight and host Crofton on Thursday.  The Lutheran High Northeast girls jump from third to second in Class “C-2” after beating Columbus Scotus and Omaha Nation last week.  The 21-1 Lady Eagles visit Twin River on Thursday.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at West Point Guardian Angels (GBB-8:00); Southeast CC at NECC (W&M BB-6:00); Creighton at Evansville at Evansville, IN (MBB-7:05).

Tonight:  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:  Nfk High 84 Bellevue West 74 (BBB); Bellevue West 65 Nfk High 48 (GBB).

Mid States Conference Tournament Scoreboard:  Pierce 46 Boone Central 40 (BBB Championship); Hartington CC 63 West Point Guardian Angels 37 (BBB 3rd Place); Nfk Cath 66 O’Neill 50 (BBB 5th Place); Boone Central 57 Pierce 37 (GBB Championship); Nfk Cath 51 Wayne 45 (GBB 3rd Place); West Point Guardian Angels 51 Hartington CC 31 (GBB 5th Place).

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
     Final OT  L-A Clippers   107  Orlando      102
     Final     Philadelphia    95  L-A Lakers    90
     Final OT  Washington     111  Toronto      108
     Final     Chicago        108  New Jersey    87
     Final     Phoenix         99  Atlanta       90
     Final     New York        99  Utah          88
     Final     Sacramento     100  New Orleans   92
     Final     San Antonio     89  Memphis       84
     Final     Houston         99  Denver        90
     Final OT  Oklahoma City  111  Portland     107
    
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final      Toronto   6  Edmonton   3
     Final      Phoenix   3  Detroit    1
     Final 2OT  Anaheim   3  Calgary    2 (SO Anaheim 3-2)
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 4) Missouri     71  Oklahoma   68
     Final  (18) Marquette    89  DePaul     76
     Final  (24) Louisville   80  UConn      59
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 1) Baylor     81       Oklahoma         54
     Final  ( 5) Duke       96  (22) North Carolina   56
     Final  ( 8) Maryland   64  (22) Georgia Tech     56
     Final  (10) Ohio St.   72       Wisconsin        58

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