Sports News-January 6th, 2014
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Phil Dawson's third field goal of the day was a 33-yard kick as time expired to give the San Francisco 49ers a 23-20 win over the Packers in Green Bay. Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed seven times for a team-high 98 yards and completed 16 of his 30 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown. Michael Crabtree had eight receptions for 125 yards as the 49ers advanced to the NFC division playoffs against the Panthers in Carolina next Sunday.
The San Diego Chargers took advantage of three Andy Dalton turnovers while outscoring the Bengals 20-0 in the second half of a 27-10 comeback win at Cincinnati. Ronnie Brown put the game out of reach by running 58 yards for a touchdown with 2:17 to play. Philip Rivers was 12 of 16 for 128 yards and no interceptions as the Chargers earned the right to meet the Broncos in Denver next Sunday.
Charlie Strong will be introduced as the new head football coach at Texas during a news conference today. It's a historic move for Strong, who becomes the first black head coach of a men's program at Texas. He leaves a growing Louisville program to take over a team that has gone 30-21 over the last four years, including an 18-17 mark in Big XII play.
Versatile Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Thomas announced the decision yesterday via GoDucks.com, the school's athletic website. Known for his speed, Thomas finishes his college career with 5,345 career all-purpose yards, trailing only LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner on Oregon's career list. Thomas holds Duck records for kickoff return yards with 1,885 and a 17.1-yard punt return average. This season he was sidelined for nearly four games because of a right ankle injury.
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 is the new number one and Norfolk High jumps from seventh to fourth. The Panthers are 9-0 on the year after claiming the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament over the weekend. They beat Columbus 76-58 last Thursday, Kearney on Friday 68-57, and defeated North Platte in the championship game on Saturday 49-45. It is just the second time in the Ben Ries era dating back to 2002-03, that Norfolk has started off 9-0. They won their first 22 games in 2011-12. The Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average 65-49.3. Elkhorn South stays at number one in Class 'B'. In the girls rankings, Bellevue West is once again first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' while Norris is the new number one in Class 'B'.
The Omaha World Herald fourth ranked & Lincoln Journal Star sixth ranked Norfolk High boys basketball team is 9-0 on the year after claiming the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament over the weekend. They beat Columbus 76-58 last Thursday, Kearney on Friday 68-57, and defeated North Platte in the championship game on Saturday 49-45. Tyler Hagedorn scored 17 points, had six rebounds, and blocked two shots in the win on Saturday while Brandon Villalpando added ten points. It is just the second time in the Ben Ries era dating back to 2002-03, that the Panthers have started off 9-0. They won their first 22 games in 2011-12. Norfolk has beaten Bellevue East, Lincoln High, Lincoln Southwest, Omaha Burke, Lincoln East, Columbus twice, Kearney, and North Platte on average score 65-49.3. Norfolk will be in action next in a road game at 3-6 Grand Island on Friday at 7:30. The game can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
The Omaha World Herald eighth ranked in Class 'C-1' Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team is 6-3 on the year after splitting two games last week at the Aurora Holiday Tournament. They beat the host team 48-27 last Monday and dropped a 57-51 overtime decision to Hastings St. Cecilia on Tuesday. Geena Piper combined for 37 points and 28 rebounds in the two games for the Lady Knights. Norfolk Catholic has beaten Centura, Pierce, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Lutheran High Northeast, Winnebago, & Aurora while falling to Kearney Catholic, Bishop Neumann, & Hastings St. Cecilia. The Lady Knights are outscoring their opponents on average through nine games 48.3-44.3. They started 2-2 and have now won four of their last five games. Norfolk Catholic returns to action on Friday night then they visit 4-4 Battle Creek.
Tuesday Night: The Creighton girls & boys basketball teams visit Bloomfield in a doubleheader starting with the girls game at 6:30 with the boys game to follow at approximately 8:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 6:10 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.
Local Scores: Milwaukee 68 Nebraska-Omaha 48 (WBB).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Memphis 112 Detroit 84
Final Golden State 112 Washington 96
Final Indiana 82 Cleveland 78
Final Miami 102 Toronto 97
Final Oklahoma City 119 Boston 96
Final New York 92 Dallas 80
Final Denver 137 L-A Lakers 115
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Pittsburgh 6 Winnipeg 5
Final Carolina 2 Nashville 1
Final 2OT San Jose 3 Chicago 2 (SO San Jose 2-0)
Final Edmonton 5 Tampa Bay 3
Final OT Anaheim 4 Vancouver 3
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 4) Wisconsin 75 (22) Iowa 71
Final ( 8) Wichita St. 67 N. Iowa 53
Final (20) Colorado 100 (10) Oregon 91
Final (11) Villanova 91 Providence 61
Final (21) San Diego St. 61 (16) Kansas 57
Final Wake Forest 73 (19) North Carolina 67
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 2) Notre Dame 71 Clemson 51
Final ( 3) Duke 64 Georgia Tech 47
Final ( 4) Stanford 89 Oregon St. 67
Final ( 5) Tennessee 85 (19) Georgia 70
Final Florida 83 ( 6) Kentucky 73
Final ( 8) Maryland 79 (10) North Carolina 70
Final ( 9) Baylor 75 Kansas 55
Final (12) Colorado 61 UCLA 59
Final (13) South Carolina 76 Vanderbilt 66
Final OT (14) Iowa St. 82 (25) Oklahoma 75
Final (15) Penn St. 87 (22) Iowa 71
Final (16) LSU 63 Tulane 35
Final NC State 67 (20) Syracuse 61
Final OT (23) California 101 Oregon 98
Final (24) Arizona St. 78 Washington 60