Sports News-March 13, 2013

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The Miami Heat picked up their 19th straight win as Dwyane Wade scored 23 points in a wire-to-wire victory over Atlanta 98-81.  LeBron James chipped in 15 points, one more than Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers.  The winning streak ties the fifth-longest in NBA history.
 
Dwight Howard scored a season-high 39 points and had 16 rebounds against his former team to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-97 win over the Magic in Orlando.  Howard was booed throughout the evening as he tied his own NBA record by attempting 39 free-throws, making 25.  Kobe Bryant finished with just 11 points on 4-14 shooting, but the Lakers still picked up their fourth consecutive victory.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace has agreed to a multiyear contract with the Miami Dolphins.  In four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wallace caught 32 touchdown passes.  He gives the Dolphins the speedy deep threat they lacked last season, when their wideouts totaled three touchdowns.  The Dolphins' top priority at the start of free agency was to upgrade at receiver and provide another target for Ryan Tannehill, a rookie last year.  Miami also reached a deal with inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl last season.  

The Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent linebacker Paul Kruger to a five-year contract.  The 27-year old led the Baltimore Ravens with 13 ½ sacks and now gives the Browns a proven pass-rusher as they transition from a 4-3 defensive scheme to a 3-4 under new coordinator Ray Horton.  ESPN first reported Kruger's deal, which is worth $40 million.

Creighton forward Doug McDermott has been named a Second Team All-American by Sporting News for the second consecutive season.  A top contender for National Player of the Year honors, McDermott has led his team to a 27-7 record and Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles this season.  He leads the MVC with 23.1 points per game and ranks top-three in the league in rebounding at 7.5, three-point shooting at 50%, field goal percentage at 56%, and free throw shooting at 86%.  During Creighton's 5-0 run that helped the squad capture the MVC regular-season and tournament titles, McDermott averaged 27.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, shooting 67% from the field and 58% from three-point range.  Creighton clinched its 18th NCAA Tournament bid in school history on Sunday with a 68-65 victory over Wichita State in the finals of the MVC Tournament.  The Jays will learn their NCAA opponent and site on Sunday in a 5:00 selection show airing on CBS.

New Nebraska offensive line coach John Garrison says he's driven to help return the Cornhuskers to championship caliber.  Garrison was the freshman long snapper on the last Nebraska team to win a conference title.  That was in 1999.  The team dropped to 7-7 when he was a senior in 2002.  Garrison said he's thankful to have an opportunity to "help right the ship" as a coach.  Coach Bo Pelini hired Garrison as an intern in 2008. Garrison became assistant line coach in 2011 and was promoted to head line coach after last season.  He said his top priority this spring is to improve the line's pass protection.  The Huskers allowed 2.5 sacks a game to rank 90th in 2012.

Local Schedule:  Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota at Minneapolis, MN (Bsbl-3:05).

Local Scores:  Creighton 17 SE Missouri St. 2 (Bsbl); Minnesota 6 Nebraska-Omaha 1 (Bsbl).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Nathan Wieseler of the Class “D-2” State Champion Wynot boys basketball team.  

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Charlotte      100    Boston                74
      Final    L-A  Lakers    106    Orlando              97
      Final    Cleveland        95    Washington        90
      Final    Miami                98    Atlanta              81
      Final    Brooklyn        108    New  Orleans      98
      Final    Dallas            115    Milwaukee        108
      Final    Minnesota      107    San  Antonio      83
      Final    Memphis          102    Portland            97
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Carolina          4    Washington        0
      Final            Buffalo            3    N-Y  Rangers      1
      Final  2OT    Vancouver        2    Columbus            1  (SO  Vancouver  1-0)
      Final            Pittsburgh      3    Boston                2
      Final            Tampa  Bay        3    Florida              2
      Final            Anaheim            2    Minnesota          1
      Final            St.  Louis        4    San  Jose            2
      Final            Winnipeg          5    Toronto              2
      Final            Nashville        4    Dallas                0
      Final            Edmonton          4    Colorado            0
      Final            Phoenix            5    Los  Angeles      2
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Notre  Dame      61    (  3)  UConn      59

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