Sports News-March 14, 2013
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The Miami Heat have become the fourth team in NBA history to win 20 straight games in a single season. LeBron James poured in 27 points and Dwyane Wade added 21 as the Heat rallied to beat the 76ers 98-94 in Philadelphia. The Heat blew a twelve-point halftime lead and trailed 83-82 with 5:26 remaining before winning the opener of a five-game road trip.
The Los Angeles Lakers' 96-92 loss in Atlanta was very costly. Kobe Bryant suffered a severely sprained left ankle after missing a potential game-tying shot in the closing seconds. Lakers spokesman John Black says Bryant is out indefinitely after he scored 31 points but missed 22 of 33 shots.
The Denver Broncos have signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker to a two-year contract. Welker is the premier slot receiver in the league, catching 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six TDs for New England last season. He spent his last six seasons with the Patriots, catching 672 passes for 7,459 yards and 37 touchdowns. New England moved quickly to replace Welker, agreeing to terms with wide receiver Danny Amendola on a five-year contract yesterday, league sources tell ESPN. Amendola's deal is worth $31 million, including $10 million guaranteed.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team hits the court this evening when they meet Purdue in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, Illinois. The Huskers are 14-17 overall and 5-13 in the Big Ten while the Boilermakers are 15-16 overall and 8-10 in the conference. The two teams met in Lincoln on January 16th with Purdue winning 65-56. Nebraska has lost three of their last four games after falling at Iowa last Saturday 74-60. The Boilermakers have won two of their last three contests after beating Minnesota last Saturday at home 89-73. Tonight’s game is televised on ESPN2.
Six Husker wrestlers qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships after the brackets were announced yesterday. 2012 All-American James Green will be making his second NCAA appearance at 157 pounds after a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday. Green is the four seed in his bracket. 174-pound Robert Kokesh also earned a four seed. Josh Ihnen will be making his fourth NCAA appearance after finishing eighth at 184 pounds last season as the eight seed. Jake Sueflohn will be the nine seed at 149 pounds after a 22-5 season. Two Huskers earned at-large berths to the NCAA Championships in Ridge Kiley (141) and Caleb Kolb (197). Last year at the NCAA Championships, Nebraska tied for 21st with 28 points. The 2013 NCAA Championships will take place March 21-23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star has announced its preseason high school boys & girls soccer rankings. In the boys rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Class “A” Two-time Defending State Champion Omaha Creighton Prep is ranked first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Class “B” Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is ranked first and Schuyler is third. In the boys rankings, in the Lincoln Journal Star, Class “A” Two-time Defending State Champion Omaha Creighton Prep is ranked first in the poll while Class “B” Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is ranked first in their. Elsewhere in Class “B”, Schuyler is second and Columbus Scotus is ranked ninth. In the girls rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Class “A” Defending State Champion Omaha Marian is ranked first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A”. In Class “B”, Omaha Skutt is ranked first, Columbus Scotus is fifth, and Columbus High is ranked seventh. In the girls rankings, in the Lincoln Journal Star, Class “A” Defending State Champion Omaha Marian is ranked first. In Class “B”, Omaha Skutt is ranked first and Columbus Scotus is fifth.
The Omaha World Herald has announced its preseason high school baseball rankings. Class “A” Defending State Champion Omaha Creighton Prep is ranked first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Norris is the preseason number one in Class “B”.
Local Schedule: Nebraska Vs. Purdue at Chicago, IL (Big Ten MBB Tourn.-5:30); North Dakota at Creighton (Bsbl-6:00); WSC Vs. Washburn Univ. At Topeka, KS (SB DH-2:00).
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East. Get the lowdown with the coaches.
Local Scores: Nebraska-Omaha 10 Minnesota 9 (11 Inn.) (Bsbl).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Miami 98 Philadelphia 94
Final Washington 106 Milwaukee 93
Final Indiana 107 Minnesota 91
Final Atlanta 96 L-A Lakers 92
Final Boston 112 Toronto 88
Final Houston 111 Phoenix 81
Final Oklahoma City 110 Utah 87
Final Sacramento 121 Chicago 79
Final Golden State 105 Detroit 97
Final Memphis 96 L-A Clippers 85
Final Denver 117 New York 94
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final 2OT Montreal 4 Ottawa 3 (SO Montreal 2-1)
Final New Jersey 5 Philadelphia 2
Final Calgary 5 Detroit 2
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (15) New Mexico 59 Wyoming 46
Final (19) Syracuse 75 Seton Hall 63
Final (24) Notre Dame 69 Rutgers 61
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (20) Green Bay 80 Valparaiso 59