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
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