Sports News-March 12, 2013

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A couple of big-play wide receivers are changing teams.  The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a deal that will send wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle's first-round selection next month.  The trade won't be official until the league's new year begins today and Harvin passes a physical.  The four-year veteran caught 62 passes for 677 yards and three touchdowns last season before missing the final seven games with a severely sprained left ankle.  The Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens are shipping wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick in this year's draft, pending a physical.  Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.  The ten-year veteran grabbed four touchdown passes for the Ravens last season while leading the team with 65 catches for 921 receiving yards.

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah might miss the rest of spring practice because of a knee injury.  Coach Bo Pelini said after practice yesterday that Abdullah "tweaked" a knee and would be out at least a couple weeks.  Pelini added it's possible the rising junior won't return this spring.  Abdullah was the Cornhuskers' top rusher in 2012, running for 1,137 yards as the replacement for the injured Rex Burkhead.  Burkhead was a senior last season, and the Huskers are without Braylon Heard, who is transferring.  That leaves sophomore Imani Cross as the only experienced I-back.  Pelini also said sophomore offensive linemen Ryne Reeves would miss the rest of spring practice because of an ankle injury.  Reeves appeared in four games last season as a backup guard.

The Creighton men’s basketball team has re-entered the rankings.  They are 23rd in the Associated Press Top 25 and 24th in the USA Today Coaches Poll after a two-week absence.  The 27-7 Bluejays won their second straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament this past week with wins over Drake, Indiana State, and Wichita State.  Creighton also won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title.  Gonzaga remains number one in the AP Top 25.  Duke, Indiana, Louisville, and Georgetown round out the top five.  The NCAA Tournament selection show will take place Sunday at 5:00 on CBS.  The Bluejays will be making its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time, and second consecutive.

A pair of Nebraska basketball players were honored yesterday, as the Big Ten announced the All-Big Ten Team last night.  Senior Dylan Talley was an honorable-mention selection becoming the first Husker to earn Big Ten honors in Nebraska's two seasons in the conference.  The 6’5 senior from New Jersey, leads the Huskers in scoring at 14.2 points per game entering the Big Ten Tournament, while also averaging 4.9 rebounds per game.  Senior Brandon Ubel represented the Huskers, as the program's Sportsmanship Award recipient.  The Huskers, who are 14-17 on the season and the ten seed, will open Big Ten Tournament action Thursday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. against seventh-seeded 15-16 Purdue.

The 22nd-ranked Nebraska softball team picked up another Big Ten weekly honor yesterday, when the conference selected Dawna Tyson as its freshman of the week.  Tyson's selection marked the second straight week and third time this season that a Husker earned Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors.  A native of California, Tyson was honored following an outstanding performance in game two of a doubleheader at Wichita State on Saturday.  Tyson reached base in all three of her plate appearances against the Shockers, finishing 2-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch.  She homered for her third consecutive game and produced three RBIs and two runs scored.  Tyson and her Husker teammates will open their home season on Friday against New Mexico State.  Nebraska was scheduled to travel to UNO today, but that game has been rescheduled for March 26.

The Nebraska-Omaha hockey team dropped from 16th to 20th in the latest poll from the website USCHO.com.  UNO was swept last weekend by Minnesota-Duluth and return to play this week when they visit Minnesota State on Friday in the opening round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs.  Nebraska-Omaha is 18-16-2 overall and 14-12-2 in the WCHA.

Brandon Lalk of Wayne State was announced yesterday as the Northern Sun Conference Baseball Player of the Week following his play last week on the Wildcats’ spring break trip to Florida.  The 5’11 180 pound sophomore outfielder from Wisconsin, hit .500 for the Wildcats last week going 12-24 at the plate on Wayne State’s six-game swing in Florida.  He had one double, three triples, one home run and five RBI’s while hitting safely in all six games with four multi-hit games.  Wayne State is 7-5 on the season after going 4-2 in Florida last week.  The Wildcats are scheduled to host Morningside College Saturday in a 2 p.m. contest at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne for the 2013 home opener.

Former Wayne State baseball standout Nick Schumacher was a member of Spain’s team that completed play over the weekend in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  Spain was eliminated from pool play over the weekend going 0-3 in Pool C of the 16-team tournament.  Schumacher made one appearance for Spain, working 1 2/3 innings of relief in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Dominican Republic.  He did not allow a run while giving up three hits and two walks in his one appearance.  Schumacher earned All-American honors at Wayne State as a senior in 2008 after posting a 13-2 record that also garnered him NSIC and Central Region Pitcher of the Year honors.

The Missouri Western at Wayne State softball doubleheader scheduled for today at 2:00 in Wayne has been postponed until a later date due to this weekend's snowstorm.  The 7-3 Wildcats are scheduled to visit Washburn in Topeka, Kansas on Thursday at 2:00 and then return to Wayne on Saturday hosting Northern State in a non-conference doubleheader Saturday beginning at 12:00 at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex.

The NJCAA 15th ranked Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team will take on 16th ranked Weatherford College of Texas in the opening round of the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kansas on Monday, March 18th at 10:00.  The Hawks are 28-4 on the season while the Lady Coyotes at 24-5.  Both teams enter the tournament coming off losses.  Northeast dropped a 75-70 decision to Crowder College of Missouri in the District ‘K’ Championship last Saturday in Neosho, Missouri.  Weatherford lost their most recent game to Midland College of Texas at the Region 5 Tournament last Saturday 79-74.  The winner will play top ranked 32-1 Trinity Valley of Athens, Texas in the second round on Tuesday, March 19th at 2:00.  It’s the first time that the Hawks have ever qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in women’s basketball.

Cali Bellar of the Doane women’s basketball team was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete list for the 2012-13 season.  To be nominated, a student-athlete must hold a 3.50 cumulative grade point average and be of at least junior academic standing.  Bellar, a Norfolk Catholic graduate, led the team this year in three-point baskets made with 35 which ranked 19th in the conference.  She averaged 7.5 points per game and shot 34% from three-point range.  Bellar added 42 rebounds, 32 assists and 30 steals for the Tigers.  In a game against York College in November, she posted a career-high 18 points to go with three steals in a 65-56 win over the Panthers.

Local Schedule:  Creighton at Missouri St. At Cape Girardeau, MO (Bsbl-2:00); Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota at Minneapolis, MN (Bsbl-6:35).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Philadelphia    106    Brooklyn                97
      Final    San  Antonio      105    Oklahoma  City      93
      Final    Utah                    103    Detroit                  90
      Final    Denver                108    Phoenix                  93
      Final    Golden  State      92    New  York                63
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final  2OT    Boston                3    Ottawa        2  (SO  Boston  2-1)
      Final            Los  Angeles      3    Calgary      1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Gonzaga      65    Saint  Mary's  (Cal)      51
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Baylor              75    (23)  Iowa  St.          47
      Final    (  2)  Notre  Dame      83    (16)  Louisville      59
      Final    (  3)  UConn                64    (22)  Syracuse          51

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