Sports News-January 19, 2013

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Joe Flacco threw three second half touchdown passes to lead Baltimore to a 28-13 win over New England in the AFC title game.  The Ravens shutout Tom Brady and the Patriots offense in the second half to earn a trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
 
Frank Gore scored the second of his two touchdowns in the middle of the fourth quarter to give San Francisco a 28-24 comeback win over Atlanta in the NFC title game.  Gore's go ahead score capped an NFC championship game record comeback for the 49ers who trailed 17-0 early in the second quarter.
 
For the first time in Super Bowl history brothers will be the opposing head coaches in the NFL's title game.  Jim Harbaugh  led San Francisco to the NFC title in just his second year with the team, while John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens won the AFC title beating New England.

Two people familiar with the decision says the Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.  The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press yesterday because the deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors.  One person said the Maloofs are selling all 65 percent of their share for $525 million to Hansen, who will move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.  The Maloofs will still be allowed to look at other bids until the league approves the sale.  Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said last week he had received permission from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to league owners from buyers who would keep the Kings in Sacramento.  The deadline for teams to apply for a move for the next season is March 1.
 
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team, replacing San Francisco's Justin Smith.  The 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a win over Atlanta.  Suh was initially selected as an alternate.  He becomes the third Detroit player picked for the Pro Bowl, the team's most since also having three selected to the 2005 game.  Suh, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and long snapper Don Muhlbach are on this year's team.  Suh is the first Lion to earn a Pro Bowl trip in two of his first three seasons since Barry Sanders, who earned Pro Bowl nods in all ten of his NFL seasons.

The Nebraska football team has added two recruits according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The Huskers landed junior college offensive tackle Matt Finnin and four-star athlete Tre’Vell Dixon.  Finnin was one of five recruits to visit Lincoln this weekend and told Husker coaches he was on board before he left town.  Coaches talked to Finnin about the opportunity to be an impact player immediately this fall, with the 6’8, 330-pounder figuring to be an option at the ultra-important left tackle position.  A product of Crete, Illinois, Finnin played at the College of DuPage, where his play and size led to scholarship offers from more than 15 FBS schools, including Oklahoma and Florida State.  Finnin has at least two years of eligibility remaining, and potentially three.  He plans to apply for a hardship season after going home his freshman year to help his dad.  Finnin becomes the third offensive line recruit in the class, joining Zach Hannon and David Knevel.  Dixon chose the Huskers, picking them over Arizona State, TCU and Houston.  While many may project him as a defensive back in college, it is best to label him just as an “athlete” for the time being.  The 6-1, 195-pound Dixon of Louisiana has done it all, also starring at quarterback.  With the additions of Finnin and Dixon, Nebraska’s class now ranks 14th nationally according to Rivals.com, twelfth according to FoxSportsNext and 20th according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.  The Huskers have 23 commitments, though one, Orlando, Fla., wide receiver Dominic Walker, has been talking publicly about his interest in Auburn after visiting there.

The 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships are under way in Omaha.  The competition will help determine who will represent the United States at the Olympics next year.  The event will culminate next weekend but fans can see some of the best figure skaters in the world compete every day this week.  This is the first time Omaha has hosted the competition since 1967 when Peggy Fleming won the fourth of her five U.S. Titles.  Last year's U.S. championships were in San Jose.

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 remain ninth in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A”.  The 12-3 Lady Panthers swept two games last week with a 67-58 win at Omaha Burke on Thursday and a 42-36 home win over North Platte on Saturday.

Tuesday Evening:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams visits Midland Lutheran College in Fremont to take on Lourdes Central Catholic in a 6:00 doubleheader starting with the girls game.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  Nebraska 84 Minnesota 63 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          Toronto    108    L-A  Lakers          103
      Final          Dallas      111    Orlando                105
      Final          Detroit    103    Boston                    88
      Final  OT    Denver      121    Oklahoma  City    118
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Buffalo            5    Philadelphia      2
      Final            San  Jose          4    Calgary                1
      Final            Pittsburgh      6    N-Y  Rangers        3
      Final            Minnesota        1    Dallas                  0
      Final  2OT    Edmonton          3    Vancouver            2  (SO  Edmonton  2-0)
      Final            Chicago            6    Phoenix                4
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Indiana        67    Northwestern      59
      Final    (14)  NC  State      66    Clemson                62
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Notre  Dame              74              St.  John's          50
      Final    (  5)  Kentucky                  97              Auburn                  53
      Final    (  6)  Stanford                  75              Southern  Cal      66
      Final    (  7)  California              70    (14)  UCLA                      65
      Final    (  9)  Tennessee                96              Alabama                69
      Final    (10)  Maryland                  66              Georgia  Tech      57
      Final              Iowa                          62    (12)  Purdue                  46
      Final    (20)  Texas  A&M                64    (13)  Georgia                46
      Final    (17)  Oklahoma  St.          71    (24)  Iowa  St.              42
      Final    (18)  Dayton                      74              Rhode  Island      48
      Final    (19)  South  Carolina      52              Florida                44
      Final    (21)  Colorado                  79              Arizona                36
      Final    (22)  Florida  St.            82              NC  State              74

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