Sports News-March 26, 2013

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The Miami Heat stretched their winning streak to 27 games as LeBron James contributed 24 points, eleven assists and nine rebounds to a 108-94 win at Orlando.  Mario Chalmers had 17 points for the Heat, who broke open a tie game by scoring 13 straight points bridging the third and fourth quarters.  Miami is within six games of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers league mark for longest winning streak.

Tiger Woods has regained the top ranking in the world with a win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Woods completed the final round yesterday at 2-under 70 to finish two shots in front of Justin Rose.  The last time Woods was ranked number one in the world was October 2010.  Woods' victory is his eighth in the Palmer tournament, tying the 48-year old PGA Tour record for most wins in one tournament.

Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith was dismissed yesterday, less than 24 hours after the Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament.  Smith held the job for six years and had a record of 124-81 overall with a Big Ten mark of 46-62.  Smith got the Gophers to the NCAA tournament three times and had five 20-win seasons.

Boston's Kevin Garnett is expected to miss at least a week with inflammation in his left ankle as the Celtics practice patience with their 36-year-old star.  Coach Doc Rivers says he doesn't think Garnett will be out for the long term.  Garnett sat out Saturday night's 110-106 loss at Memphis and will miss tonight's home game against the New York Knicks.  Boston general manager Danny Ainge thinks Garnett will be sidelined 1-3 weeks.

Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his lower spine during a last-lap crash while racing for the win against former teammate Joey Logano Sunday, and Joe Gibbs Racing has given no indication how long its driver could be sidelined.  Hamlin is expected to be released from the hospital and return to North Carolina for further evaluation.  NASCAR does not race this weekend, but returns to action April 7 at Martinsville Speedway, where Hamlin has four victories.

The Denver Nuggets' 15-game winning streak has ended with a 110-86 loss at New Orleans.  Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and Brian Roberts doubled his career high with 18 assists.  Danilo Gallinari had 24 points for the Nuggets, who were without starting point guard Ty Lawson for the third consecutive game because of a heel injury.

Jordan Hooper scored 21 points and Lindsey Moore had 20 points to help Nebraska to a 74-63 win over Texas A&M last night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.  Hooper also had eight rebounds and three steals while Moore also had ten assists and six boards.  Teammate Hailie Sample added ten points and eleven rebounds.  The sixth-seeded Cornhuskers used two big runs in the first half to build the lead and never trailed in the second half to earn their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2010.  Nebraska will face the winner of tonight's game between second-seeded Duke and seventh-seed Oklahoma State.  The Cornhuskers led by 16 before a 13-4 run pulled the Aggies within 64-57 with less than three minutes remaining but N-U was able to hold on.  Third-seeded Texas A&M, which won the national title in 2011, was led by Adrienne Pratcher's 17 points.  She led four players in double figures.  Nebraska improves to 25-8 while the Aggies’ season concludes at 25-10.

Kamiko Williams scored 15 points and Tennessee pulled away in the second half to beat Creighton 68-52 last night, advancing to the Oklahoma Regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.  The second-seeded 26-7 Lady Vols, who are 52-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor, will play Oklahoma on Sunday.  Tennessee is the only program to play in all 32 women's NCAA tournaments.  Alexis Akin-Otiko scored twelve points for ten seed Creighton, which was denied its first appearance in a regional semifinal and ended its season at 25-8.  The Lady Vols led 35-31 early in the second half before a 13-0 run broke the game open.  The Bluejays couldn't cut the margin below nine points the rest of the way.

Now that the season is over, the Creighton men’s basketball coaching staff is getting ready for the Bluejays' move to the Big East.  After Sunday's 65-53 loss to Duke in the third round of the NCAA tournament in Philadelphia, the coaches stayed in the East to recruit.  Whether Greg McDermott can successfully mine new recruiting areas for Big East-caliber players is only one question facing the Bluejays.  Also unknown is whether Doug McDermott will return for his senior season or enter the NBA draft.  His deadline for declaring is April 28.  Creighton will lose as many as three starters from the team that won 28 games and swept the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and postseason titles.

Wayne State has released the 2013 football schedule.  The Wildcats have six home games and five road games to make eleven conference games for the season.  The season opener will be played in Aberdeen, South Dakota as Wayne State will face Northern State at 6:00 on Saturday, September 7th.  The Wildcat home opener will be the following weekend as the ‘Cats welcome the University of Mary to Bob Cunningham Field for a 1:00 contest on September 14th. Wayne State will also host games with Minnesota-Duluth, Southwest Minnesota State, Concordia St. Paul, Upper Iowa, and the University of Sioux Falls.  The Wildcats will also visit Minnesota-Crookston, Augustana, Winona State, and Minnesota State.  Wayne State posted a 6-5 record in 2012, marking the sixth straight winning season for the squad under head coach Dan McLaughlin.

The Norfolk High girls & boys soccer doubleheader versus Columbus yesterday was postponed and will be made up on Friday at 1:00 at Wilderness Park in Columbus.  The Norfolk Catholic Vs. Lutheran High Northeast track & field dual scheduled for today will be rescheduled for two separate days.  The field events will be made up on April 8th starting at 4:00 with track events occurring on April 15th at 4:00.  Poor weather and lingering snow showers have forced the cancellation of today's Southwest Minnesota State vs. Wayne State baseball doubleheader that was scheduled to be played in Omaha.  The four-game NSIC series was originally scheduled to be played in Wayne on Saturday and Sunday, but the cold/snowy weather forced the two teams to try and play some games in Omaha and weather there did not allow for any games to be played.  Also, Nebraska-Omaha baseball at Missouri has been postponed until Wednesday.

Local Schedule:  Kearney at Nfk High (G&B Socc.-4:30); Grand Island NW at LHNE/Nfk Cath (G Socc.-4:30); Grand Island NW at Nfk Cath/LHNE (B Socc.-6:30); Nfk High at Lincoln High (Bsbl DH-5:00); Columbus at Nfk High (G Tenn. Dual-4:00); Nebraska at Kansas St. At Manhattan, KS (Bsbl-6:30).

Local Scores:  Nebraska 74 Texas A&M 63; Tennessee 68 Creighton 52 (NCAA WBB Tourn.).

      Final    Indiana              100    Atlanta                94
      Final    Washington        107    Memphis                94
      Final    Miami                  108    Orlando                94
      Final    New  Orleans      110    Denver                  86
      Final    Utah                    107    Philadelphia      91
      Final    Golden  State    109    L-A  Lakers        103
      Final  2OT    Boston                3    Toronto            2  (SO  Boston  2-1)
      Final  2OT    Ottawa                3    New  Jersey      2  (SO  Ottawa  2-1)
      Final            Nashville          3    Edmonton          2
      Final            Los  Angeles      5    Chicago            4
      Final            Minnesota          7    Dallas              4
      Final            Detroit              3    Phoenix            2
      Final            San  Jose            5    Anaheim            3

          at  Dayton,  Ohio
      Final          Wright  St.              57    Richmond                  51
          at  Fairfax,  Va.
      Final  OT    George  Mason          88    Houston                    84
          at  Laramie,  Wyo.
      Final  OT    W.  Michigan            75    Wyoming                    67
          at  West  Lafayette,  Ind.
      Final          Santa  Clara            86    Purdue                      83
          Second  Round
          at  Tulsa,  Okla.
      Final          Oral  Roberts          76    UC  Irvine                62
          Second  Round
          at  Providence,  R.I.
      Final          Providence              77    Robert  Morris        68
          at  Provo,  Utah
      Final          BYU                            90    Mercer                      71
          at  Reed  Green  Coliseum
      Final          Southern  Miss.      63    Louisiana  Tech      52
          Second  Round
          at  College  Park,  Md.
      Final          Maryland          74    Michigan  St.          49
          at  Coors  Events  Center
      Final          Kansas              75    South  Carolina      69
          at  McCarthey  Athletic  Center
      Final          Georgia            65    Iowa  St.                  60
          at  Reed  Arena
      Final          Nebraska          74    Texas  A&M                63
          at  St.  John  Arena
      Final          Oklahoma          85    UCLA                          72
          at  Storrs,  Conn.
      Final          UConn                77    Vanderbilt              44
          at  Thompson-Boling  Arena
      Final          Tennessee        68    Creighton                52
          at  United  Spirit  Arena
      Final  OT    California      82    South  Florida        78

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