Sports News-January 27, 2014

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Andray Blatche scored 17 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 85-79 last night as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned to their former home court for the first time since being traded last July.  The cornerstones of the Celtics' 2008 championship team received a standing ovation when they took the court for warmups before the game.  Fans in the packed TD Garden began chanting "Paul Pierce!" as soon as the national anthem ended, stopping only when the Brooklyn Nets were introduced.  After the rest of the Nets were booed, Pierce and Garnett received huge cheers.  Pierce spent 15 years in Boston and is the second leading scorer in the history of the NBA's most-decorated franchise.  Garnett joined him in 2008 and helped lead the Celtics to their 17th NBA title.  They were traded away last summer as the team began rebuilding.

Terran Petteway scored a career-high 35 points with six rebounds, Nebraska overcame Malik Smith's shooting exhibition in his first start for Minnesota, and the Cornhuskers bounced back from a crushing loss at Penn State to hang on for an 82-78 victory last night.  Walter Pitchford added 13 points and Shavon Shields had ten points and six boards for the Huskers. Nebraska hit a season-high eleven three-pointers, with Petteway making four and Pitchford hitting three.  Smith tied a Minnesota record with eight three-pointers and equaled his career high of 29 points.  The Huskers are now 10-9 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten while the Gophers drop to 15-6 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

Nia Coffey scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds as Northwestern avenged an earlier loss to the 21st ranked Nebraska women's basketball team with a 63-59 win yesterday.  The Wildcats lost to the Huskers 66-65 in its opening game of Big Ten play and were coming off a loss to 22nd ranked Purdue 90-65 on Thursday.  The game saw eight ties and 14 lead changes.  Tear'a Laudermill led Nebraska with 18 points and Emily Cady had twelve points and ten rebounds.  The Huskers drop to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten while Northwestern is now 13-7 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

The Nebraska football team has landed another recruit.  The 2014 recruiting class continued last night when Chicago De La Salle running back Mikale Wilbon committed to the Huskers according to the Omaha World Herald.  The 5'9, 195-pounder, rated four stars by 247 Sports and Rivals and three stars by Scout and ESPN, took his official visit to Nebraska Jan. 17 after decommitting from Vanderbilt once coach James Franklin left for Penn State.  Wilbon had offers from Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas and Georgia Tech, among other schools.  He gained more than 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons, but was sidelined late last fall by a minor knee injury.  Wilbon was part of the "special mention" list on the Chicago Tribune's All-State team.  Another NU pledge, Highland (Ill.) guard Tanner Farmer, was on the first team.  Wilbon's commitment comes on the heels of an official visit by another running back prospect, Dallas Carter High School athlete Corey Avery.  Avery left NU this weekend without having committed because he has one more official visit left to Kansas.  Nebraska now has eight offensive skill players, two backs, five wide receivers and quarterback Zack Darlington, enrolled or committed for the 2014 class.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings for the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Classes 'A' & 'B'.  In the boys rankings, Omaha Central remains number one and Norfolk High stays at number four in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'. The Panthers are 13-2 on the year after splitting two games over the weekend.  Norfolk dropped a  61-59 overtime decision last Friday at Lincoln Southeast and then beat Bellevue West at home on Saturday 65-51.  The Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average 64.8-50.9.  Elkhorn South stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In the girls rankings, Omaha Benson is the new number one and Crofton moves up from tenth to ninth in the 'Nebraska Top 10'.  Omaha Benson is the new number one in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest remains number one in Class 'B'.

The Lincoln Journal Star tenth ranked in Class 'C-1' Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is 8-6 on the year after splitting two games over the weekend.  They beat Wahoo High at home 63-56 on Friday and then dropped a road game at Bennington on Saturday 67-50.  The win for the Knights on Friday was their third win over a top ranked team in Class 'C-1' this year.  Norfolk Catholic has beaten Winnebago, Battle Creek, Lutheran High Northeast, Boone Central/Newman Grove, West Point Guardian Angels, Pierce, Columbus Scotus, and Wahoo while falling to Bishop Neumann, Aurora, Hastings St. Cecilia, Wayne, Crofton, and Bennington.  The Knights are outscoring their opponents on average 58.2-55.5.  Their opponents have a record of 142-70 for a win percentage of .670.  Norfolk Catholic returns to action on Tuesday when they visit 10-5 in Class 'C-1' O'Neill, host Omaha World Herald eighth ranked in Class 'D-1' 12-4 Humphrey St. Francis on Friday, and then compete in the Mid States Conference Tournament which starts Saturday.  Tuesday's game between Norfolk Catholic & O'Neill can be heard on 106 KIX starting at approximately 7:40.

The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team is 3-12 on the year after a 45-42 win against Clarkson/Leigh at Clarkson last Friday.  The Lady Eagles have beaten Battle Creek, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and Clarkson/Leigh while dropping games to Emerson/Hubbard, Wisner/Pilger, Twin River, Concordia Lutheran twice, Norfolk Catholic, Homer, Ponca, Winnebago, Heartland Lutheran, Crofton, and Pierce.  Lutheran High Northeast is being outscored on average through 15 games 49.8-35.5.  Their opponents have a record of 132-98 for a win percentage of .574.   

The Battle Creek wrestling team is coming off a sixth place finish at the David City Invite last Friday.  Nate Gray was the champion at 170 pounds, Louis DeJager got second at 285, Jaden Ziemba & Shane Hawthorne placed fourth, Tyler Frederick & Chase Osborne took fifth, and Jan-Louw DeJager was sixth.  This season, the Braves were champions at the North Bend Central & Battle Creek Invites, took second at the Creighton Invitationals, was fourth at the High Plains Invite, and sixth at David City.  Battle Creek also went undefeated at the Boone Central/Newman Grove Duals Tournament.  The Braves are 8-1 in duals this season.  Battle Creek returns to the mat when they compete in the Plainview Invitational.

Tuesday Night:  The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is at O'Neill at approximately at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:40 on 106 KIX &  We'll have reports on the girls game before hand at 6:00.

Local Scores:  Northwestern 63 (21) Nebraska 59 (WBB); (10) Nebraska 28 (21) Purdue 9 (WR Dual). 

      Final    NFC    22    AFC    21
      Final    Miami                  113    San  Antonio    101
      Final    New  York            110    L-A  Lakers      103
      Final    New  Orleans      100    Orlando              92
      Final    Phoenix                99    Cleveland          90
      Final    Brooklyn              85    Boston                79
      Final    Dallas                116    Detroit            106
      Final    Denver                125    Sacramento      117
      Final    Golden  State    103    Portland            88
      Final            N-Y  Rangers      7    New  Jersey      3
      Final  2OT    Florida              5    Detroit            4  (SO  Florida  1-0)
      Final            Winnipeg            3    Chicago            1
      Final            Edmonton            5    Nashville        1
      Final  OT      Vancouver          5    Phoenix            4
      Final    (  1)  Arizona            65    Utah                        56
      Final    (13)  UMass                90    Fordham                  52
      Final    (15)  Cincinnati      80    Temple                    76
      Final    (23)  Memphis            80    South  Florida      58
      Final          (  1)  UConn                        81              South  Florida      53
      Final          (  3)  Duke                        111              Pittsburgh            67
      Final          (  5)  Louisville              88              Memphis                  61
      Final  OT    (12)  Baylor                      69    (  8)  Oklahoma  St.        66
      Final          (  9)  Kentucky                  68              Arkansas                58
      Final          (10)  South  Carolina      61    (16)  Vanderbilt            57
      Final          (11)  Tennessee                76    (17)  Texas  A&M              55
      Final          (13)  Penn  St.                  83              Minnesota              53
      Final          (14)  Arizona  St.            68              Colorado                66
      Final          (15)  LSU                            66              Mississippi          56
      Final          (19)  California              69              UCLA                        53
      Final                    Northwestern          63    (21)  Nebraska                59
      Final          (23)  NC  State                  80              Georgia  Tech        73
      Final          (24)  Florida  St.            70              Virginia  Tech      54

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