Sports News-March 25, 2014
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A pair of streaks continued in San Antonio last night. The Spurs picked up their 14th consecutive win and sent the Philadelphia 76ers to their 25th straight loss. Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 as the Spurs crushed the Sixers 113-91. Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills each had 15 points for San Antonio, which took control with a 19-0 run in the first half. The Spurs won easily without starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green. They improved to an NBA-best 54-16, giving them a two-game lead over Oklahoma in the Western Conference. Philadelphia is just one away from tying the league record for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11. Philly doesn't play again until Thursday in Houston.
Mark Sanchez, who was released by the New York Jets on Friday, is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN. Sanchez is rehabbing from shoulder surgery, and the Eagles will have him undergo a medical evaluation as a condition of his signing. He would be the third quarterback on the Eagles' roster, joining starter Nick Foles and backup Matt Barkley. The Jets on Friday announced the signing of former Eagles starter Michael Vick.
Morgan Bailey tied her career high with 18 points, Jennifer Hamson had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and BYU held on to beat Nebraska 80-76 last night, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Tournament for the first time since 2002. The twelfth-seeded Cougars became just the third twelve seed to reach the final 16. They led by 17 points in the first half on the way to their second straight upset. BYU defeated five seed North Carolina State in the first round at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Next up is either Connecticut or St. Joseph's. Tear'a Laudermill scored 22 points and Big Ten player of the year Jordan Hooper added 20 points for fourth-seeded Nebraska, which now hosts a regional it won't be playing in. BYU is now 28-6 while Nebraska's season ends at 26-7.
The Nebraska-Omaha men's basketball team saw its 2013-14 season come to a close last night, falling 86-62 to Murray State in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Mavericks finish with a record of 17-15. Senior guard Justin Simmons led the way with 14 points for the night, followed by sophomore guard Devin Patterson with twelve and senior center John Karhoff with ten points. Junior forward Mike Rostampour paced UNO on the glass with twelve rebounds, eight of which were offensive boards. The 2013-14 season was highlighted by Nebraska-Omaha's first Division I postseason run in program history. The Mavericks were the first reclassifying team in CIT history to be offered an at-large bid en route to their first-round CIT win over North Dakota on March 19.
The Big Ten Conference announced the Big Ten opponents for the 2014 women's volleyball schedule yesterday. The new format, which was created for the 14-team league with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers for the 2014 season, features a schedule where teams will see seven opponents twice (home and away) and six opponents once (home or away) in a ten-week schedule. The Huskers will announce the rest of the non-conference schedule as well as conference dates and potential television designations at a later time. Nebraska's 2014 home Big Ten schedule includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, & Purdue. The Huskers' 2014 road Big Ten schedule includes dates with Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, & Wisconsin.
Several members of the women's and men's basketball teams at Northeast Community College have earned post season-honors. Three players from the women's team have been named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Association's Region XI All-Region Team. They are sophomore Emily Gamble, sophomore Alison Klostergaard, and freshmen Megan Trinder. Seven players were named to the National Junior College Athletic Association academic all-region teams. Those named to the Academic 1st Team All-Region include sophomore Emily Gamble, freshmen Yasmin Miller, and freshman Annie Szczepaniak. Student-athletes named to Academic 2nd Team All-Region include sophomore Lexi Murphy, sophomore Olivia Schneider, freshman Megan Trinder, and freshman Ena Viso. Northeast ended the 2014 season with a 26-4 record and was ranked during the season in the NCJAA Top 25 Division I poll.
Four players from the Northeast Hawks men's basketball team also earned academic honors. Freshman Jesse Brown, and freshman Chima Moneke were named to the NJCAA Academic 1st Team All-Region. Sophomore Dionte Smith and sophomore Jabbar Washington were named to the Academic 2nd Team All-Region. The Northeast men finished the 2013-14 season with a 14-17 record.
The Norfolk Catholic/Lutheran High Northeast boys soccer team gets their campaign underway this evening at 6:00 when they host Nebraska Lutheran. The squad returns six players with starting experience from last year's 4-8 team. The makeup of the squad has seven seniors, five juniors, two sophomores, and nine freshmen. Norfolk Catholic/Lutheran High Northeast has 23 boys out for soccer this year. The team's remaining schedule has them hosting Nebraska Lutheran, Columbus Lakeview, Columbus, and Columbus Scotus while visiting Schuyler, Grand Island Northwest, the Omaha Bryan Invitational, Grand Island Central Catholic, Kearney Catholic, and invites at Grand Island Central Catholic and Plattsmouth.
Local Schedule: Nebraska Lutheran at LHNE/Nfk Cath (G Socc.-4:30); Nebraska Lutheran at Nfk Cath/LHNE (B Socc.-6:00); South Sioux City at Nfk High (Bsbl-7:00); Nebraska at Wichita St. At Wichita, KS (Bsbl-6:30).
Local Scores: LHNE/Nfk Cath 1 Schuyler 0 (G Socc.); Murray St. 86 UNO 62 (MBB CIT Tourn.); Minnesota-Duluth at WSC (Bsbl-Ccd. Inclement Weather).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Houston 100 Charlotte 89
Final Phoenix 102 Atlanta 95
Final Miami 93 Portland 91
Final OT New Orleans 109 Brooklyn 104
Final Oklahoma City 117 Denver 96
Final Chicago 89 Indiana 77
Final Memphis 109 Minnesota 92
Final San Antonio 113 Philadelphia 91
Final Detroit 114 Utah 94
Final L-A Clippers 106 Milwaukee 98
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Los Angeles 3 Philadelphia 2
Final OT N-Y Rangers 4 Phoenix 3
Final 2OT Montreal 2 Boston 1
Final 2OT Ottawa 4 Tampa Bay 3
Final Dallas 2 Winnipeg 1
Final 2OT Calgary 2 San Jose 1
COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
at Fresno, Calif.
Final Fresno St. 72 Princeton 56
at Norfolk, Va.
Final Old Dominion 82 Radford 59
at Normal, Ill.
Final Illinois St. 62 ( 3) Texas A&M 55
at Times Union Center
Final Siena 54 Penn St. 52
at CFSB Center
Final Murray St. 86 Nebraska-Omaha 62
at Donald L. Tucker Center
Final Florida St. 101 ( 2) Georgetown 90
at Haas Pavilion
Final California 75 Arkansas 64
at Moody Coliseum
Final SMU 80 LSU 67
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
at Cameron Indoor Stadium
Final DePaul 74 Duke 65
at Ferrell Center
Final Baylor 75 California 56
at James H. Hilton Coliseum
Final Stanford 63 Florida St. 44
at Mackey Arena
Final Oklahoma St. 73 Purdue 66
at Memorial Coliseum
Final Kentucky 64 Syracuse 59
at Pauley Pavilion
Final BYU 80 Nebraska 76
at Savage Hall
Final Notre Dame 84 Arizona St. 67
at Thompson-Boling Arena
Final Tennessee 67 St. John's 51