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

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