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

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