Sports News-January 14, 2014
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The Tennessee Titans have found their next head coach, hiring San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to replace Mike Munchak. The 51-year-old Whisenhunt spent six years as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, leading them to a 45-51 record in the regular season, a 4-2 playoff mark and the team's lone Super Bowl in 2009. He takes over a team that went 7-9 this season.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its players' union, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence". Rodriguez used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation. As part of the lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Manhattan, Rodriguez made public the 33-page decision after his attorneys attempted to have some of it sealed.
The Creighton men's basketball team has appeared in the Associated Press poll at number 20 after beating DePaul last Tuesday 81-62 and Xavier on Sunday 95-89. The 14-2 Bluejays return to action this week when they host Butler on Tuesday and visit Providence on Saturday. Arizona remains first followed by Syracuse, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Wichita State.
Creighton forward Doug McDermott was named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the fifth time this season, and second consecutive week. The senior forward was also named National Player of the Week by NBCSports.com as well as by CBSSports.com. McDermott helped Creighton remain undefeated in BIG EAST play by averaging 27 points, six rebounds and 3.5 assists in wins over DePaul and Xavier last week.
The Nebraska women's basketball team has slipped from 16th to 18th in the Associated Press poll after falling to Michigan State 70-57 last Thursday and then beating Illinois 75-56 last Sunday. The 12-3 Huskers return to action this week when they host Minnesota & Purdue on Thursday and Sunday respectively. Connecticut remains first followed by Notre Dame, Duke, Stanford, & Louisville.
Peyton Manning can't quit shouting about Nebraska's largest city. The Denver Broncos quarterback used the word "Omaha" loudly and often during Sunday's NFL playoff win over the San Diego Chargers. Its meaning, if there is one, is known only to the Broncos. It provided unexpected publicity for the city of 427,000, which is perhaps best known as the home of billionaire Warren Buffett. Omaha was a trending topic on Twitter during the game. By one count, Manning uttered "Omaha" 44 times. Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce president and CEO David Brown says he wants to explore the possibility of hiring Manning to shoot a promotional ad for Omaha, though the quarterback's fee might be prohibitive.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school boys & girls basketball rankings for all classes. In the Omaha World Herald boys rankings, in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A', Omaha Central remains number one and Norfolk High stays at number four. Elkhorn South is once again number one in Class 'B'. In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus remains first, Wayne moves up from fifth to third, Boone Central/Newman Grove slips from ninth to tenth, and West Point-Beemer drops out of the rankings. In Class 'C-2', Hartington Cedar Catholic is the new number one after moving up from third, and Twin River & Winnebago stays at number nine & ten respectively. In Class 'D-1', Howells/Dodge remains at number one, O'Neill St. Mary's is once again fifth, Clearwater/Orchard & Humphrey St. Francis stay at numbers six & seven respectively, and Randolph remains eighth. In Class 'D-2', High Plains Community is once again first, Wynot remains third, and Bancroft/Rosalie stays at number seven. In the Lincoln Journal Star boys rankings, Omaha Central remains number one and Norfolk High stays at number four in Class 'A'. Elkhorn South is once again first in Class 'B'. In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus remains first, Wayne jumps from fifth to third, Columbus Lakeview moves up from eighth to sixth, Norfolk Catholic enters the rankings at number nine, and Boone Central/Newman Grove drops from seventh to tenth. In Class 'C-2', Hartington Cedar Catholic is the new number one after moving up from second, Twin River remains fifth, & Winnebago stays at number nine. In Class 'D-1', Howells/Dodge remains first, Clearwater/Orchard is once again fourth, Humphrey St. Francis slips from fifth to eighth, and Randolph enters the rankings at number nine. In Class 'D-2', High Plains Community stays at number one, Wynot remains fourth, Bancroft/Rosalie is once again sixth, and Wausa drops out of the rankings.
In the Omaha World Herald girls rankings, Bellevue West remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' and Norris is once again first in Class 'B'. In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Norfolk Catholic moves up from eighth to sixth, and Pierce jumps from eighth to seventh. In Class 'C-2', West Point Guardian Angels remains first, Crofton is once again second, Pender moves up from seventh to fourth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family drops from fourth to fifth, and Homer slips from sixth to seventh. In Class 'D-1', Friend is once again first, O'Neill St. Mary's stays at number two, Chambers/Wheeler Central remain fourth, Humphrey St. Francis is once again at number six, and Howells/Dodge drops out of the rankings. In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart remains first, Stuart stays at number five, Wynot moves up from eighth to seventh, and Bancroft/Rosalie enters the rankings at number eight. In the Lincoln Journal Star girls rankings, Bellevue West remains first and Norfolk High slips from seventh to tenth in Class 'A'. Norris is once again first in Class 'B'. In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Pierce remains fourth, Norfolk Catholic is once again at number eight, and Wayne drops out of the rankings. In Class 'C-2', West Point Guardian Angels stays at number one, Crofton remains second, Pender moves up from sixth to fourth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family slips from fourth to fifth, Homer stays at number seven, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge remains ninth, Creighton enters the rankings at number ten, and Ponca falls from the rankings. In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's stays at number one, Chambers/Wheeler Central moves up from fifth to fourth, Humphrey St. Francis jumps from sixth to fifth, Howells/Dodge slips from seventh to tenth, and Emerson/Hubbard falls out of the rankings. In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains second, Stuart stays at number five, and Bancroft/Rosalie moves up from eighth to seventh.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school boys & girls basketball rankings for all classes. In the boys rankings, 11-0 Norfolk High remains at number four in the Omaha World Herald & the Lincoln Journal Star. Norfolk Catholic (6-4) enters the Lincoln Journal Star Class 'C-1' rankings at number nine. In the girls rankings, Norfolk High (9-2) slips from seventh to tenth in the Lincoln Journal Star. Norfolk Catholic (7-3) moves up from eighth to sixth in Class 'C-1' in the Omaha World Herald and remains eighth in the Lincoln Journal Star.
The Northeast Hawks men's basketball team is 13-6 on the season after falling to Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa last Saturday 135-92. Jabbar Washington led four players in double figures for the Hawks with 25 points and five rebounds in the defeat. Through 19 games, Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average 88.2-81.7. The upcoming week includes a game at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs on Wednesday night and a home date with Marshalltown Community College on Saturday. Wednesday's game between Northeast & Iowa Western can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 & WJAG.com.
The Lincoln Journal Star tenth ranked in Class 'A' Norfolk High girls basketball team is 9-2 on the season after beating Grand Island 63-48 on Friday and South Sioux City 69-61 on Saturday. Jaycee Bradley recorded a triple double on Friday in the win over Grand Island with 15 points, ten rebounds, and ten assists. She recently became the all-time leading scorer in Norfolk High girls basketball history and is currently at 824 points. Bradley surpassed Shelly Poppe's 723 point total on December 28th in a home win over Columbus. The Lady Panthers have beaten Lincoln High, Omaha Burke, Lincoln East, Columbus twice, Scottsbluff, North Platte, Grand Island, & South Sioux City while falling to Bellevue East & Lincoln Southwest. Norfolk is outscoring their opponents on average 55-46.6. They have a tough stretch of four games they host seventh ranked in both polls in Class 'A' 7-3 Omaha Westside on Friday, visit 8-3 North Platte on Saturday, go to 4-7 Lincoln Southeast, and host top ranked in both polls in Class 'A' 11-1 Bellevue West.
The Norfolk Catholic wrestling team is coming off a fifth place finish at the David City Aquinas Invite last Saturday. Jonah Heng, Nathan Brtek, Logan Hale, & Aaron Hoff took third while Nic Beed, Christian Primm, Matthew Brtek, & Noah Wilcox placed fourth. This season, the Knights have also placed fifth at the O'Neill Invite, defeated Wayne in a dual, took seventh at the Stanton Invitational, beat Wisner/Pilger in a dual, lost to Tekemah/Herman in a dual, and was 2-3 at the Boone Central/Newman Grove duals tournament. Norfolk Catholic is 4-4 in duals this season. They return to action on Thursday when they host Creighton and then take part in the Lutheran High Northeast duals tournament on Friday.
Local Schedule: Columbus Scotus at Nfk Cath (G&B BB-6:15); LHNE at Crofton (G&B BB-6:30); Nfk High at Columbus (WR Dual-7:00); Nfk High at Columbus (G&B SW Dual-4:30); Butler at Creighton (MBB-8:05).
Tonight: The Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team visits Crofton at 8:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 7:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com. We'll have reports on the girls game beforehand.
Wednesday Night: The Northeast Hawks women & men basketball teams are at Iowa Western Community College at Council Bluffs in a doubleheader starting with the women's game at 5:00 with the men's game to follow at approximately 7:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 4:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Banner County 52, Hyannis 47
Randolph 59, Allen 11
South Sioux City 68, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Iowa 64
Friend 71, Cross County 49
Hyannis 73, Banner County 18
Randolph 59, Allen 43
MUDECAS Conference Tournament
Exeter/Milligan 71, Parkview Christian 11
Johnson County Central 48, Lewiston 26
Southern 37, Nebraska City Lourdes 24
Sterling 41, Palmyra 35
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Toronto 116 Milwaukee 94
Final Houston 104 Boston 92
Final OT New York 98 Phoenix 96
Final San Antonio 101 New Orleans 95
Final Washington 102 Chicago 88
Final Dallas 107 Orlando 88
Final Utah 118 Denver 103
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Calgary 2 Carolina 0
Final Columbus 3 Tampa Bay 2
Final Winnipeg 5 Phoenix 1
Final Los Angeles 1 Vancouver 0
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 2) Syracuse 69 Boston College 59
Final (15) Kansas 77 ( 8) Iowa St. 70
Final (23) Duke 69 Virginia 65
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 1) UConn 66 ( 7) Baylor 55