Sports News-March 26, 2012

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Next Saturday's NCAA men's semifinals are set.  Louisville plays Kentucky in the first game in New Orleans for ultimate bragging rights in the Bluegrass State, followed by Kansas versus Ohio State in the second game.  Kentucky opened a 20-point lead in the first half and cruised past Baylor 82-70 to get to the Final Four.  The Wildcats are seeking their eighth national title, but first since 1998.  Kansas posted an 80-67 win over North Carolina and former Jayhawks coach Roy Williams in yesterday's Midwest Regional final.  Tyshawn Taylor paced five Jayhawks in double figures with 22 and player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson added 18 points and nine rebounds.

Tiger Woods ended a 30-month victory drought on the PGA Tour with a dominant five-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  It's the seventh time Woods has won this event and gives him 72 PGA Tour victories, but his first since a public sex scandal and injuries derailed the former world number one.

New Nebraska coach Tim Miles says fans probably aren't familiar with him, but he asks them to give him a chance to turn around the long-struggling Cornhuskers men's basketball program.  Miles was introduced at a news conference in Lincoln on Saturday.  He resigned from Colorado State on Friday after leading the Rams to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2003.  This will be Miles' first job in a power conference like the Big Ten.  He coached at small colleges before taking the CSU job in 2007, and the Rams improved each season.  Miles will take over a program that hasn't won a share of a conference championship since 1950 or played in the NCAA tournament since 1998.  The Huskers have never won a game in six NCAA appearances.

The Omaha World Herald has announced it’s All-Nebraska Basketball Teams.  Concerning the boys teams, Norfolk High’s Jalen Bradley was named to the All-Nebraska First Team & Class “A” First Team while teammate Alex Starkel reached the All-Nebraska Second Team & Class “A” Second Team.  Norfolk Catholic’s Connor Ketter made the Class “C-1” Second Team & Lutheran High Northeast’s Mitch Knobbe was named to the Class “C-2” Second Team.  Lutheran High Northeast’s Kelsey Dinkel was named to the Class “C-2” Girls First Team.

Local Schedule:  LHNE Vs. Twin River at Fullerton (B. Golf Dual-4:30).

Local Scores:  Nebraska 13 Illinois 3 (Bsbl); Missouri St. 5 Creighton 3 (Bsbl); WSC 2-12 Univ. Of Mary 0-9 (Bsbl DH); Creighton 7 Southern Illinois 6 (SB); WSC 5-2 Northern St. 2-3 (SB DH).

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
     Final      Phoenix        108  Cleveland      83
     Final      Minnesota      117  Denver        100
     Final 4OT  Atlanta        139  Utah          133
     Final      Boston          88  Washington     76
     Final      San Antonio     93  Philadelphia   76
     Final      Oklahoma City  103  Miami          87
     Final      Portland        90  Golden State   87
     Final      Memphis        102  L-A Lakers     96
    
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final      Edmonton        6  Columbus     3
     Final      Washington      3  Minnesota    0
     Final 2OT  N-Y Islanders   3  Florida      2 (SO N.Y. Islanders 1-0)
     Final      Pittsburgh      5  New Jersey   2
     Final      Nashville       6  Chicago      1
     Final      Boston          3  Anaheim      2
     Final      St. Louis       4  Phoenix      0

     NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament
    
       Regional Semifinals
       at PNC Arena
     Final  Maryland     81  Texas A&M         74
     Final  Notre Dame   79  St. Bonaventure   35
    
       at Thomas M. Ryan Center
     Final  UConn        77  Penn St.          59
     Final  Kentucky     79  Gonzaga           62

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