Sports News-January 9, 2014

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Three greats will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer as slugger Frank Thomas and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux all were elected by more than the 75% vote by the baseball writers association.  Houston's Craig Biggio was a near miss, while steroids-era players such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire all saw their support drop.

Penn State has offered Vanderbilt's James Franklin its head coaching position yesterday after a long meeting with the search committee in Florida, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.  Franklin is expected to either accept or reject the job today, according to the report.  There have been many conflicting reports regarding the Nittany Lions' coaching position.  The Penn State beat writer for the Centre Daily Times tweeted after the Times-Tribune story that a high-ranking PSU official said nobody had been offered the job yet.  Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, has become one of the hottest coaching names with his success with the Commodores, winning 24 games over the past three seasons.  He led the Vanderbilt program to bowl games during all three seasons and posted back-to-back bowl victories, both firsts in school history.

Sophomore Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is declaring for the NFL draft and will leave college after becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.  NFL scouts have Manziel ranked as high as third among quarterbacks expected to be available in the draft.

Creighton star Doug McDermott says an MRI shows he has a sprained and bruised left shoulder.  He said the injury won't keep him out of Sunday's game against Xavier.  The two-time All-American and preseason Big East player of the year went to practice yesterday in street clothes and with an ice pack on his shoulder.  McDermott said he originally was hurt Saturday against Seton Hall.  He aggravated the injury in the first half of Tuesday's 81-62 win over DePaul when he was involved in a collision.  The news was worse for guard Grant Gibbs, who will miss at least four weeks with a dislocated kneecap.  The 13-2 Bluejays have won their first three Big East games by an average of almost 17 points.

The Nebraska-Omaha women's basketball program announced the addition of Albion native and former Indiana State guard Bobbi Beckwith to its roster yesterday.  A 5'10 guard, Beckwith starred at Iowa Western Community College from 2011-13 and signed with Indiana State last May.  Beckwith spent the summer and the fall semester with the Sycamores before transferring closer to home for the start of the spring semester.  She did not appear in any games at ISU and will be eligible to practice immediately with the Mavs.

The Northeast Hawks women's basketball team dropped their first game of the year last night to NJCAA Div II 12th ranked Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, Iowa 105-95.  Alison Klostergaard led four players in double figures with 23 points for the Hawks before fouling out.  Teammate Lexi Murphy scored 21 points.  Lydia Harvey led four players in double figures for the Tritons with 32 points and was 5-11 from three-point range.  Along with the 200 total points, the game featured 71 fouls and 101 free throw attempts.  Iowa Central hit 41-52 at the free-throw line, compared to the 30-49 for Northeast.  The 14-1 Hawks reappeared in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I rankings coming in at 23rd yesterday.  

The NSAA has announced Academic All-State honorees regarding fall sports.  Norfolk High's Taylor Reedy & Landen Thieman were recognized from the football team.  Chelsea Johnson & Michaela Heimes were honored from the volleyball squad.  Emma Kwapnioski & Lakyn McCarter were recognized from the softball team.  Morgan Heimes, Abby Protzman, Timothy Carlson, & Austin Warren were honored from the cross country teams.  Mitchell Dudley & Landon Marotz were recognized from the boys tennis team and Samantha Bruening was honored from the girls golf squad.

Local Schedule:  Wayne at Nfk Cath (BBB-8:00); Michigan at Nebraska (MBB-8:00); Nebraska at Michigan St. At East Lansing, MI (WBB-6:00).

Friday Night:  The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams are at Grand Island in a doubleheader starting with the girls game at 5:45 with the boys game to follow at approximately 7:30.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:25 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  Creighton 67 St. John's 48 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    San  Antonio      112    Dallas                  90
      Final    Toronto              112    Detroit                91
      Final    Brooklyn            102    Golden  State      98
      Final    Atlanta                97    Indiana                87
      Final    Houston              113    L-A  Lakers          99
      Final    Washington        102    New  Orleans        96
      Final    Phoenix              104    Minnesota          103
      Final    Portland            110    Orlando                94
      Final    L-A  Clippers    111    Boston                105
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Philadelphia      3    Montreal      1
      Final          N-Y  Rangers        3    Chicago        2
      Final  OT    Colorado              4    Ottawa          3
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  4)  Wisconsin              95    (23)  Illinois                    70
      Final          (  6)  Wichita  St.          66              Illinois  St.            47
      Final          (  8)  Villanova              83              Seton  Hall                67
      Final          (10)  Florida                  74              South  Carolina        58
      Final          (11)  Oklahoma  St.        87              Texas                          74
      Final          (13)  San  Diego  St.      69              Boise  St.                  66
      Final          (14)  Kentucky                85              Mississippi  St.      63
      Final  OT    (15)  Colorado                71              Washington  St.        70
      Final          (18)  Kansas                    90              Oklahoma                    83
      Final          (19)  UMass                      66              Saint  Joseph's        62
      Final  OT              Georgia                  70    (21)  Missouri                    64
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  7)  Baylor                  78              West  Virginia      62
      Final    (11)  Iowa  St.              74              Texas  Tech            48
      Final    (15)  Oklahoma  St.      58              Kansas  St.            51
      Final              Portland              72    (24)  San  Diego              51

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