Sports News-January 10, 2013

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The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press.  Kelly was the third college coach Philadelphia interviewed since firing Andy Reid on Dec. 31.  The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information, said the Eagles met with Kelly on Tuesday.  Penn State's Bill O'Brien and Oregon's Chip Kelly interviewed with the Eagles last week, but chose to stay at their schools.  The Eagles have interviewed six candidates and plan to meet with four others.  Kelly recently called coaching Notre Dame his dream job, but he wouldn't be the first to explore his options perhaps even to get a raise to stay put.

Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and second ranked Michigan equaled its best start to a season with a 62-47 victory over Nebraska last night.  Trey Burke led four players in double figures for the Wolverines with 15 points and eleven rebounds.  Michigan overcame their shakiest shooting performance in a while, holding the lead for the entire second half.  The only other Wolverine squad to start 16-0 was the 1985-86 edition that went on to win the Big Ten title.  Ray Gallegos scored 19 points and two steals for the Huskers, which held Michigan to 39% from the field.  N-U’s Dylan Talley added twelve points and five assists.  The Wolverines, which beat its first two conference opponents by 28 points apiece, went 3-17 from three-point range.  Michigan is now 16-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten while Nebraska falls to 9-7 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

The University of Nebraska announced yesterday that it will add sand volleyball as a women's intercollegiate sport, beginning with the spring 2013 competition season.  The addition of sand volleyball to Nebraska's list of sport offerings gives the Huskers 24 intercollegiate programs, 14 women's teams and ten men's teams.  Sand volleyball is the first sport Nebraska has added since women's rifle began competition in the 1998-99 season.  Current Husker volleyball players may participate.  Nebraska coach John Cook and assistant Dan Meske will coach the team.  Sand volleyball was approved as an NCAA Emerging Sport for women in 2009 and began play in the 2011-12 school year.  Fifteen schools sponsored varsity teams in the spring of 2012, the first season of competition for Division I schools.  Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said the majority of the groundwork for the addition of sand volleyball was completed before he took over his position last week.  The final steps to Nebraska's sponsorship of sand volleyball were approved by the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference over the past few days.

The Nebraska football team has added a topnotch recruit.  Running back Terrell Newby of California announced that he has picked Nebraska over UCLA according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Newby, who once scored eight touchdowns in a game is the top-rated running back in California.  The Huskers now have 20 pledges including commitments from arguably the best running backs in California and Texas.  Adam Taylor of Katy, Texas, committed to NU back in November.  Taylor rushed for 2,754 yards and 44 touchdowns this season while leading his team to the Texas Class 5A Division II State Championship.  Newby scored 45 touchdowns and rushed for 2,305 yards, including 360 in the game when he scored eight touchdowns.  During his prep career, the 5’10, 180-pound Newby visited the end zone 105 times.  Rated as a four-star recruit, Rivals.com ranks Newby the eighth-best running back nationally this year, with Fox Sports Next having him 17th, and 247Sports slotting him 23rd.  Certainly his commitment improves Nebraska's class in the recruiting ratings.  Their class jumped from 28th to 21st in Rivals' national rankings and from 22nd to 17th in the 247Sports composite team rankings.

Omaha native Amanda Foje will join the Creighton Volleyball program beginning in the fall of 2013.  Foje will serve as a defensive specialist or libero with the Bluejays.  She played at Omaha Duchesne and averaged nine assists per set for the Cardinals.  In other Bluejay Volleyball news, sophomore Leah McNary was named to the 2012 Cobra Magazine All-National Third Team.  She led Creighton with 376 kills and 3.03 kills per set last season.  Last but not least, coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth has been named as the CaptainU College Coach of the Year for Division I women's volleyball.  Booth led her team to a 29-4 mark, setting a school-record for wins during a breakthrough campaign that saw the team claim its first MVC regular-season and tournament titles.  Creighton reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and were ranked 24th by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in the year-end poll.

Retired Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne isn't getting drawn into arguments over how his 1990s teams that won three national championships in four years would fare against the Alabama teams that just accomplished the same feat.  Osborne said yesterday he admires what the Crimson Tide has done under Nick Saban.  The Cornhuskers' 60-3 record from 1993-97 is the greatest five-year stretch in college football history.  Alabama is 61-7 since 2008.  Grant Wistrom, who played defensive end on all three of Osborne's title teams, said the 1990s Huskers would be hard-pressed to beat the 21st-century Tide.  Ahman Green, who became the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading rusher after leaving Nebraska following the 1997 season, said "it would be a three-point or overtime win for one of us."

Wayne State senior punter Randy Weich and senior defensive lineman Jeff Pokorny have been selected to the 2012 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Three squad released yesterday by the Don Hansen Football Committee.  Weich was named First Team punter while Pokorny was a Third Team selection on defense.  Weich has earned four different All-American honors this post season after leading the Northern Sun Conference in punting for the third straight season averaging 44.8 yards per punt.  Pokorny, a 6’3 280 pound senior from Howells, Nebraska, was an All-NSIC South Division First Team selection this season after leading all linemen in the NSIC with 74 total tackles.  Wayne State finished the 2012 season with a 6-5 record.

Coaches have been selected for the first Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic, which will be played on June 8 at Norfolk’s Veterans Memorial Field.  Retired National Hall of Fame football coach Bob Schnitzler of Battle Creek will coach the ‘White’ team and long-time Northeast Nebraska area football coach Rich Rethwisch of Wayne will coach the ‘Red’ team.  Mike Fuehrer, Sports Development Manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council, said the All-Star Classic Board of Directors unanimously approved both head coaches at a recent meeting.  Neither Schnitzler nor Rethwisch are active football coaches.  Schnitzler, who is now a commentator for football broadcasts on 106 KIX, will be assisted by Lindsay Holy Family’s Bill Mimick, Elgin Public/Pope John’s Carlie Wells, Oakland/Craig’s Joe Anderson, Osmond’s Rod Brummels and Norfolk High’s Steve Porter.  Rethwisch will be assisted by Norfolk Catholic’s Jeff Bellar & Tim Kassmeier, Creighton’s Jeff Jensen, Greg Warneke of Pierce and Niobrara/Verdigre’s Doug Konopasek.  The Classic will include players from 59 Northeast Nebraska High School teams.  The game will feature athletes from eleven-man, eight-man, and six-man competition.  Coaches and players will be determined at a later date for the inaugural game.  Faith Regional Health Services is the Title sponsor.

The Northeast Hawks basketball teams earned a sweep of Southeast Community College last night at the Cox Activities Center.  The Northeast men routed the Storm 81-56.  KJ Bluford led three players in double figures with 22 points, Kyle Kilgore had 15, and Sean Scott added twelve points.  Kilgore also collected 14 rebounds.  The Hawks led 48-19 at halftime and were 11-23 from three-point range.  Northeast improves to 12-5 overall and have won four in a row and six of their last seven games.  The Northeast women ripped Southeast in their game 76-49.  Lexi Murphy led four players in double figures with 17 points, Jaylan Spencer had 14, A.J. Johnson added twelve points, and Emily Gamble had ten.  The Hawks led 53-25 at halftime.  They improve to 14-2 overall and have won three games in a row and four of their last five.

Local Schedule:  LHNE at Battle Creek (BBB-7:45); Nfk Cath at Creighton (WR Dual-6:30); Indiana-Purdue at Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:00).

Tonight:  The Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team visits Battle Creek at 7:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:25 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Friday Night:  The Norfolk High boys basketball team goes to Lincoln High at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.  
    
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Local Scores:  NECC 81 Southeast CC 56 (MBB); NECC 76 Southeast CC 49 (WBB); (2) Michigan 62 Nebraska 47 (MBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Cleveland              99    Atlanta                83
      Final    Toronto                  90    Philadelphia      72
      Final    Utah                      112    Charlotte          102
      Final    Boston                    87    Phoenix                79
      Final    New  Orleans          88    Houston                79
      Final    San  Antonio        108    L-A  Lakers        105
      Final    Milwaukee            104    Chicago                96
      Final    Oklahoma  City    106    Minnesota            84
      Final    Denver                  108    Orlando              105
      Final    L-A  Clippers        99    Dallas                  93
      Final    Memphis                  94    Golden  State      87
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  2)  Michigan                62              Nebraska                  47
      Final          (  3)  Louisville            73              Seton  Hall              58
      Final  OT    (  6)  Kansas                    97              Iowa  St.                  89
      Final          (  7)  Syracuse                72              Providence              66
      Final          (  8)  Minnesota              84    (12)  Illinois                  67
      Final          (11)  Florida                  77              Georgia                    44
      Final          (14)  Butler                    72              Saint  Joseph's      66
      Final          (16)  San  Diego  St.      65              Fresno  St.              62
      Final          (20)  NC  State                83              Georgia  Tech          70
      Final          (23)  Wichita  St.          82              S.  Illinois            76
      Final          (25)  New  Mexico            65    (24)  UNLV                          60
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Baylor          67    (25)  Iowa  St.          39
      Final    (  3)  UConn            75              Georgetown      48
      Final    (16)  Oklahoma      85              TCU                    79

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