Sports News-January 14, 2013

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The Atlanta Falcons joined the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game.  The Falcons advanced with a 30-28 win over Seattle.  Matt Bryant kicked the game winning 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give the Falcons the win.  They will host the Niners next Sunday at 2:00 for the right to advance to the Super Bowl.
 
The New England Patriots are back in the AFC title game for the second year in a row.  Last year they beat the Ravens to advance to the Super Bowl and this year they will face Baltimore once again in the conference's top game at 5:30 next Sunday.  The Pats advanced with a 41-28 win Sunday over Houston as Tom Brady passed for three scores.

Derrick Nix made two free throws with a minute left and finished with 17 points to help 22nd ranked Michigan State pull away for a 66-56 victory over Nebraska yesterday.  The Spartans have won three straight and kept the Cornhuskers from winning their first conference game this season.  Nebraska's David Rivers had 18 points and six rebounds, Dylan Talley scored 17 and Ray Gallegos added 12 points.  Talley also had eight rebounds and two steals while Gallegos added five rebounds, three steals, and two blocked shots.  Michigan State reserve Adreian Payne scored 14 points and Branden Dawson had twelve points.  The Spartans are now 14-3 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten while the Huskers drop to 9-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

Alex Bentley scored 19 points and led a swift back court trio that created havoc all over the floor to help the eighth ranked Penn State women’s basketball team beat Nebraska 80-58 yesterday.  Maggie Lucas had 19 points and while Ariel Edwards added 15 of the bench for the Lady Lions, who won their seventh straight.  Emily Cady scored 17 to lead the Huskers, who shot just 31% from the field.  Penn State improves to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten while Nebraska drops to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team dropped a 79-78 overtime loss yesterday afternoon at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.  KJ Bluford poured in a game-high 27 points for the Hawks on 8-19 shooting, including 7-15 from three point range.  Teammate Khapri Alston added 15 points while Sean Scott scored 14.  Northeast finished 11-36 from three-point range.  The Hawks led 32-30 at halftime.  They are now 13-6 on the year and the loss snapped a five game win streak.  Northeast had beaten 25th ranked Marshalltown Community College of Iowa on the road on Saturday night 108-101 in overtime.

The Omaha World Herald updated their high school boys & girls basketball rankings for Classes “A” & “B”.  In the boys rankings, Omaha Central remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while McCook is once again first in Class “B”.  In the girls rankings, Bellevue West stays at number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Beatrice remains first in Class “B”.  The Norfolk Lady Panthers enter the “Nebraska Top 10” at number nine and move up from tenth to ninth in Class “A”.  The 10-3 Lady Panthers went 1-1 over the weekend with a 56-39 win over Lincoln High on Friday and a 52-47 loss to second ranked Bellevue East on Saturday.

Tuesday Evening:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball team visits Pierce in a 6:15 doubleheader starting with the girls game.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Iowa Central CC 79 NECC 78 (OT) (MBB); (22) Michigan St. 66 Nebraska 56 (MBB); (8) Penn St. 80 Nebraska 58 (WBB); Creighton 69 Indiana St. 50 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    New  York              100    New  Orleans        87
      Final    Milwaukee            107    Toronto                96
      Final    Brooklyn                97    Indiana                86
      Final    San  Antonio        106    Minnesota            88
      Final    Denver                  116    Golden  State    105
      Final    Oklahoma  City      87    Portland              83
      Final    L-A  Lakers          113    Cleveland            93
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (15)  Ohio  St.              56    (  2)  Michigan            53
      Final    (22)  Michigan  St.      66              Nebraska            56
      Final              Evansville          71    (23)  Wichita  St.      67
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  1)  Baylor                      82    (17)  Kansas                      60
      Final          (  2)  Notre  Dame              71              Rutgers                    46
      Final          (  4)  Duke                          73              Wake  Forest            44
      Final          (  7)  California              67    (  5)  Stanford                  55
      Final          (  6)  Kentucky                  69              Missouri                  43
      Final          (  8)  Penn  St.                  80              Nebraska                  58
      Final  OT    (  9)  Tennessee                78              Florida                    75
      Final          (10)  Maryland                  74              Virginia  Tech        45
      Final          (11)  North  Carolina      79              Georgia  Tech          58
      Final          (13)  Georgia                    42    (18)  South  Carolina      40
      Final          (14)  UCLA                          85              Washington              68
      Final          (18)  Florida  St.            86    (24)  Miami                        65
      Final          (20)  Texas  A&M                78              Auburn                      56
      Final          (21)  Oklahoma  St.          64              Texas                        52
      Final          (23)  Colorado                  56              Utah                          43

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