Sports News-January 28, 2013

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The Boston Celtics beat the visiting Miami Heat 100-98 in double overtime yesterday to snap a six-game losing streak.  Paul Pierce hit a go-ahead jumper with 31 seconds left and finished with a triple-double of 17 points, 13 rebounds and ten assists.  Kevin Garnett had 24 points and eleven rebounds for the winners.  LeBron James scored 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Heat, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.  Afterwards, Boston players were told that All-Star guard Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season due to a severe injury to his right knee.  He was injured in Friday's double-overtime loss to Atlanta.

The struggling Los Angeles Lakers knocked off the league leading Oklahoma City Thunder 105-96 in Los Angeles.  Kobe Bryant had 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds and Steve Nash had seven of his 17 points in the final 5 ½ minutes.  Pau Gasol scored 16 points in a reserve role as the Lakers won for just the third time against the Thunder in their last twelve meetings.  Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the road-weary Thunder, who finished their longest trip of the season at 3-3.
 
Carmelo Anthony tied a franchise record with nine three-pointers, then converted a go-ahead, three-point play with twelve seconds left to cap a 42-point night and lead the New York Knicks to a 106-104 victory over Atlanta.  The Hawks shot a season-high 60% from the field but had their three-game winning streak snapped when Josh Smith, burned on Anthony's basket, missed a three-pointer on Atlanta's final possession.

Doug McDermott had 21 points and ten rebounds and the 17th ranked Creighton men’s basketball team shot 63% from the field, bouncing back from a pair of road losses with an easy 81-51 victory at struggling Southern Illinois last night.  McDermott led five players in double figures.  Teammate Gregory Echenique added twelve points and eleven rebounds and the Bluejays were 12-20 from three-point range with Ethan Wragge hitting his first four attempts and Jahenns Manigat going 4-4.  Creighton also dominated on the boards with a 39-19 cushion and has won ten straight in the series while shaking off setbacks at Wichita State and Drake.  Bluejay coach Greg McDermott won his 350th of his coaching career.  The Salukis have lost nine of their last ten games.  They fall to 8-12 overall and 1-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference while Creighton improves to 18-3 overall and 7-2 in the conference.

Jake Sueflohn and Robert Kokesh got wins over wrestlers ranked in the top three nationally, but those were 13th ranked Nebraska’s only victories yesterday as top-ranked Penn State earned a 33-9 dual win over the Huskers.  Nebraska, which is 9-4 in duals this season, returns to action Friday against Michigan State in its final home dual this season.

Max Aaron sure knows how to shake things up, jumping from fourth to first at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships yesterday in Omaha.  It was the first title for the 20-year-old, who has done very little of note since winning the U.S. junior title two years ago.  But if he keeps this up, there's sure to be more success in store.  Aaron finished with 255 points, almost four better than Ross Miner.  When Aaron saw his marks, his mouth dropped open and he let out a roar.  Jeremy Abbott, who had won three of the last four U.S. titles, dropped to third with a flawed free skate.

The Mid States Conference Basketball Tournament continues today with girls quarterfinal action.  At Northeast Community College, 16-1 Pierce takes on 6-13 O’Neill at 6:15 and 11-5 Norfolk Catholic battles 10-7 Hartington Cedar Catholic at 7:45.  In games at Norfolk Catholic High School, 17-1 West Point Guardian Angels faces 10-9 Boone Central/Newman Grove at 6:15 and 16-0 Crofton plays 10-9 Wayne at 7:45.  Boys quarterfinal action continues on Tuesday.

The Omaha World Herald had updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings for Classes “A” & “B”.  In the boys rankings, Omaha South is the new number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Elkhorn South is the new number one in Class “B”.  In the girls rankings, Bellevue West remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Beatrice is once again first in Class “B”.  The 12-5 Norfolk Lady Panthers dropped out of the rankings after suffering losses to Lincoln Southwest & Kearney over the weekend.
 
Local Scores:  Creighton 54 Northern Iowa 40 (WBB); (1) Penn St. 33 (13) Nebraska 9 (WR).

NFL Pro Bowl:  NFC 62 AFC 35. 

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final  2OT    Boston                100    Miami                      98
      Final            L-A  Lakers        105    Oklahoma  City      96
      Final            Detroit              104    Orlando                102
      Final            New  Orleans        91    Memphis                  83
      Final            New  York            106    Atlanta                104
      Final            Dallas                110    Phoenix                  95
      Final            L-A  Clippers      96    Portland                83
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Washington      3    Buffalo                  2
      Final  2OT    Pittsburgh      2    Ottawa                    1  (SO  Pittsburgh  3-2)
      Final  OT      St.  Louis        5    Minnesota              4
      Final  OT      Montreal          4    New  Jersey            3
      Final            Tampa  Bay        5    Philadelphia        1
      Final  OT      Chicago            2    Detroit                  1
      Final  OT      Winnipeg          5    N-Y  Islanders      4
      Final            San  Jose          4    Vancouver              1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Michigan        74              Illinois              60
      Final    (  7)  Indiana          75    (13)  Michigan  St.      70
      Final    (17)  Creighton      81              S.  Illinois        51
      Final    (25)  Miami              71              Florida  St.        47
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  4)  Duke                          80              Boston  College      56
      Final          (  5)  Kentucky                  73              LSU                            60
      Final          (  6)  Stanford                  69    (20)  Colorado                  56
      Final          (  7)  California              71              Utah                          54
      Final          (  8)  Penn  St.                  71              Ohio  St.                  56
      Final          (10)  Maryland                  80              Clemson                    40
      Final          (11)  North  Carolina      64              Miami                        62
      Final          (13)  Louisville              57              St.  John's              54
      Final          (14)  Georgia                    69              Florida                    52
      Final  OT    (15)  Purdue                      67    (25)  Michigan  St.          62
      Final          (16)  Texas  A&M                77              Missouri                  58
      Final          (17)  Dayton                      83              UMass                        44
      Final          (18)  South  Carolina      43              Arkansas                  40
      Final          (19)  UCLA                          54              Arizona  St.            50
      Final          (22)  Florida  St.            70              Virginia  Tech        56
      Final                    Iowa                          63    (23)  Michigan                  57

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