Sports News-March 26, 2014
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Buffalo Bills owner and American Football League co-founder Ralph Wilson has died at 95. He was instrumental in the AFL/NFL merger and watched his team win four consecutive AFC championships from 1990-93 without winning the Super Bowl. Wilson had been in failing health for several years after hip surgery in 2011, two years after he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Xavier Henry scored 22 points, Nick Young hit five three-pointers while scoring 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers dropped a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter of their 127-96 victory over the New York Knicks last night. Knicks President Phil Jackson watched his new team and his former club from a luxury suite high above the court. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks, who couldn't stop the Lakers' patchwork roster from hitting 18 three-pointers in the opener of New York's five-game West Coast road trip.
South Florida has rescinded a five-year offer to Manhattan's Steve Masiello to become its next coach after a search firm found a previously undetected discrepancy in his background check, The Tampa Tribune reported, citing a source close to the search. Masiello, 36, regarded by many as one of the top young coaches in the country, had agreed to the deal, leaving only financial details to be worked out, according to the Tribune. The newspaper reported the contract was believed to be worth more than $1 million per season. Masiello and Manhattan were coming off a close loss to defending national champion Louisville and Rick Pitino in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Oklahoma City Thunder had Russell Westbrook back in the lineup last night, but they failed to gain ground on the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs now lead the NBA's Western Conference by 2 ½ games over the Thunder following Oklahoma City's 128-119 overtime loss at Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime and finished with ten rebounds and six assists. Jose Calderon went 6-8 from three-point range and finished with 22 points. Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City, none in overtime. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 43 points and has scored at least 25 in 36 consecutive games. That's the longest such streak since Michael Jordan's 40-game run during the 1986-87 season.
Eric Browning of Wayne State was announced as the Northern Sun Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week following his performance over the weekend against Minnesota Duluth. It's the first time that Browning has received the honor. Browning, a sophomore right-hander from Lyons, Nebraska, struck out a season-high ten batters in six innings of work Sunday while allowing just two hits in a 2-0 win over Minnesota Duluth to open NSIC play. He improved to 2-2 on the season with the win and now has a 1.80 earned run average. For the season, Browning has recorded 27 strikeouts in just 20 innings pitched. WSC is 8-7 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC.
Local Schedule: Nebraska at Wichita St. At Wichita, KS (Bsbl-6:30); Kansas at Creighton (Bsbl-6:30); WSC at Morningside at Sioux City, IA (Bsbl-5:00); Augustana at WSC (SB DH-2:00).
Local Scores: Nfk Cath/LHNE 10 Nebraska Lutheran 0 (B. Socc.); LHNE/Nfk Cath 4 Nebraska Lutheran 0 (G. Socc.); Nebraska 7 Wichita St. 3 (Bsbl); South Sioux City at Nfk High (Bsbl-Ppd. Inclement Weather).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Bethanie Buckels of the Norfolk High girls soccer team.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Orlando 95 Portland 85
Final Cleveland 102 Toronto 100
Final OT Dallas 128 Oklahoma City 119
Final L-A Lakers 127 New York 96
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final 2OT Los Angeles 5 Washington 4 (SO Los Angeles 2-0)
Final N-Y Islanders 5 Carolina 4
Final Phoenix 3 Pittsburgh 2
Final St. Louis 5 Toronto 3
Final Montreal 2 Buffalo 0
Final Columbus 4 Detroit 2
Final 2OT Florida 3 Ottawa 2 (SO Florida 2-1)
Final 2OT Colorado 5 Nashville 4 (SO Colorado 2-1)
Final Chicago 4 Dallas 2
Final San Jose 5 Edmonton 2
COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
at Littlejohn Coliseum
Final Clemson 73 Belmont 68
at Williams Arena
Final Minnesota 81 Southern Miss. 73
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
at Alaska Airlines Arena
Final South Carolina 78 Oregon St. 69
at Bryce Jordan Center
Final Penn St. 83 Florida 61
at Carmichael Arena
Final North Carolina 62 Michigan St. 53
at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Final Louisville 83 Iowa 53
at Comcast Center
Final Maryland 69 Texas 64
at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Final UConn 91 Saint Joseph's 52
at Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Final LSU 76 West Virginia 67
at Reed Arena
Final Texas A&M 85 James Madison 69