Sports News-March 11, 2013

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Tiger Woods has won his 17th World Golf Championships title by capturing the Cadillac Championship for his 76th tour win.  Woods posted a final round 1-under 71 for a two shot win over Steve Stricker.  Woods began the day four strokes clear of second place and he is now 40-2 when he has the outright lead going into the final round.
The Miami Heat beat Indiana 105-91 last night to run their team-record winning streak to 18 games.  Mario Chalmers shot 5-6 from three-point range and finished with a team-high 26 points as the Heat tied the seventh-longest winning streak in NBA history.  Chris Bosh finished with 24 points and Dwyane Wade added 23 to help the Heat overcome LeBron James' season-low 13 points.

The upwardly-mobile Los Angeles Lakers have moved into the eighth and final playoff berth in the West,  The Lakers are a-half game ahead of slumping Utah following a 90-81 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls.  Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 19 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds while teammate Dwight Howard contributed 16 points and 21 rebounds to L.A.'s third straight win.  The Lakers climb two games over .500 for the first time this season.

Matt Kenseth celebrated his 41st birthday by winning the Kobalt 400, holding off Kasey Kahne for his third victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Kenseth earned his 25th career victory in just his third start in the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after leaving Roush Fenway in the offseason.  Pole sitter Brad Keselowski finished third, with hometown driver Kyle Busch in fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fifth.

Jahenns Manigat scored a season-best 16 points and hit a layup with eleven seconds to go that gave top-seeded Creighton just enough to beat Wichita State 68-65 for its second straight Missouri Valley Conference tournament title.  Reserve Ethan Wragge hit five three-pointers for 15 points to help the Bluejays overcome an off day from star Doug McDermott, who missed six of his first seven shots yesterday and was held to 14 points.  McDermott was still honored as the tournament MVP.  He had scored 41 points eight days earlier in Creighton's regular-season title clinching victory over the Shockers.  Grant Gibbs added eleven points, seven assists, and six rebounds.  Malcolm Armstead scored a season-high 28 points with nine rebounds for second-seeded Wichita State, which shot just 34% and has dropped three of five.  Teammate Cleanthony Early, who averages 14 points off the bench, was held to two points.  The Bluejays are now 27-7 while Wichita State drops to 26-8.  The NCAA Tournament selection show will take place Sunday at 5:00 on CBS.  Creighton will be making its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time, and second consecutive.

Jake Sueflohn and James Green fell in their championship matches and Robert Kokesh won his third-place match yesterday at the Big Ten Championships.  The Huskers finished seventh with 61 points.  Penn State won the team championship for the third consecutive year with 151 points.  Sueflohn was pinned by Minnesota's Dylan Ness, the three-seed, in the finals at 149 pounds in 3:37.  Green also took runner-up honors after being pinned in 6:38 by two-seed Jason Welch of Northwestern at 157 pounds.  Kokesh won two matches yesterday en route to a third-place finish at 174 pounds.  The Huskers conclude the 2012-13 season at the NCAA Championships, March 21-23, in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have posted their final high school basketball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Champion Omaha Central remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” after winning their fourth consecutive title while Class “B” Champion South Sioux City is the new number one in their class.  In Class “C-1”, Champion Wahoo stays at number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again second, and Wayne moves up from fourth to third.  In Class “C-2”, Champion Southern Valley is the new number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from eighth to third, and Lutheran High Northeast slips from sixth to seventh.  In Class “D-1”, Champion Howells/Dodge is the new number one after moving up from second, O’Neill St. Mary’s moves up from sixth to third, and Burwell improves up from fifth to fourth.  In Class “D-2”, Champion Wynot is the new number one after jumping from fifth to first, Wausa improves up from sixth to fourth, Bancroft/Rosalie stays at number eight, Lindsay Holy Family remains ninth, and Humphrey High is once again tenth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Champion Omaha Central remains first in Class “A” after winning their fourth consecutive title while Class “B” Champion South Sioux City is the new number one in their class.  In Class “C-1”, Champion Wahoo stays at number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove moves up from seventh to second, Wayne slips from second to third, and Columbus Lakeview drops from eighth to tenth.  In Class “C-2”, Champion Southern Valley is the new number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic stays at number three, Lutheran High Northeast moves up from ninth to seventh, and Twin River drops out of the top ten.  In Class “D-1”, Champion Howells/Dodge stays at number one, O’Neill St. Mary’s remains third, Burwell enters the rankings at number four, and West Point Guardian Angels is once again tenth.  In Class “D-2”, Champion Wynot is the new number one after jumping from eighth to first, Bancroft/Rosalie slips from sixth to seventh, Wausa falls from seventh to eighth, Lindsay Holy Family enters the rankings at number nine, and Humphrey St. Francis falls from the poll.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have posted their final high school boys basketball rankings.  Lutheran High Northeast moves up from ninth to seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star while slipping from sixth to seventh in the Omaha World Herald.  The Eagles finished the season at 21-6 after an opening round loss in the State Tournament to eventual champion Southern Valley 41-34.  

Local Scores:  Creighton 14 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 6 (Bsbl); Creighton 3 Butler 0; Eastern Illinois 5 Creighton 0 (SB); Nebraska-Omaha 2 Mississippi Valley 0 (SB).

      Final    Oklahoma  City      91    Boston                  79
      Final    L-A  Lakers            90    Chicago                81
      Final    Toronto                100    Cleveland            96
      Final    Miami                    105    Indiana                91
      Final    Orlando                  99    Philadelphia      91
      Final    Dallas                  100    Minnesota            77
      Final    New  Orleans          98    Portland              96
      Final    Milwaukee            115    Sacramento        113
      Final    L-A  Clippers      129    Detroit                97
      Final            N-Y  Rangers        4    Washington            1
      Final  2OT    Columbus              3    Detroit                  2  (SO  Columbus  2-1)
      Final            Montreal              5    Florida                  2
      Final            Edmonton              6    Chicago                  5
      Final            Pittsburgh          6    N-Y  Islanders      1
      Final  2OT    New  Jersey          3    Winnipeg                2  (SO  New  Jersey  1-0)
      Final            Philadelphia      3    Buffalo                  2
      Final  OT      Colorado              3    San  Jose                2
      Final            Anaheim                4    St.  Louis              2
      Final            Minnesota            4    Vancouver              2
      Final    (  2)  Indiana                72    (  7)  Michigan              71
      Final    (10)  Michigan  St.      71              Northwestern      61
      Final    (14)  Ohio  St.              68              Illinois              55
      Final              Temple                  84    (21)  VCU                        76
      Final    (22)  Wisconsin            63              Penn  St.              60
      Final    (  1)  Baylor                      77              Oklahoma  St.          69
      Final    (  2)  Notre  Dame              75              South  Florida        66
      Final    (  3)  UConn                        94              DePaul                      61
      Final    (  4)  Stanford                  51    (14)  UCLA                          49
      Final    (  6)  Duke                          92    (15)  North  Carolina      73
      Final    (19)  Texas  A&M                75    (  7)  Kentucky                  67
      Final              Saint  Joseph's      61    (11)  Dayton                      54
      Final    (13)  Louisville              62              St.  John's              55
      Final    (24)  Syracuse                  61              Villanova                56

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