Sports News-March 27, 2012

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     UNDATED (AP) - Sean Payton could be able to coach the New Orleans Saints well into next month. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday that should Payton appeal, he
"probably" would let him continue coaching after April 1, when
the suspension is to begin. Meanwhile, former NFL coach Bill
Parcells says he's spoken to the suspended head coach but adds that
no one from the team has talked to him about coaching the Saints
this year.
     
     FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Tim Tebow says he's willing
to do anything for the Jets if it will help them win, and he
doesn't expect there will be any friction between himself and
incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez. The two have known each other
for three years. The club introduced Tebow to the New York area
media at an afternoon news conference, less than a week after
acquiring the former first-round draft pick from Denver.
     
     UNDATED (AP) - Kansas junior Thomas Robinson is a unanimous
choice for the AP men's All-America basketball team after helping
lead the Jayhawks to the Final Four. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged
17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds this season. He's the first unanimous
pick since Blake Griffin in 2009. Joining Robinson on the First
Team are Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, Kentucky's Anthony Davis,
Draymond Green of Michigan State and Creighton's Doug McDermott.
     
     UNDATED (AP) - Top seeds Baylor and Stanford have reached the
Final Four of the NCAA women's basketball tournament and will
square off Sunday night in Denver. Brittany Griner had 23 points,
15 rebounds and nine blocks as the Bears knocked off Tennessee
77-58 in what may have been Pat Summitt's final game as head coach
of the Lady Vols. The Cardinal earned an 81-69 win over Duke as
Nnemkadi Ogwumike delivered 29
points and nine rebounds.
     
     ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has
undergone successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear in his
left knee and is expected to be out about three weeks. The Braves
hope he can return in time for their home opener, April 13 against
Milwaukee.


Creighton sophomore Doug McDermott has been named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, the first such player in program history.  He's also one of ten men on the John R. Wooden All-America Team, another program first.  McDermott was one of five men named first team All-America by the Associated Press, where he was joined by Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger.  McDermott is Creighton's first player honored by the AP on its first-team All-America squad.  When it comes to the John R. Wooden Award All-America squad, he is the first Bluejay  honored since its inception in 1977.  McDermott has previously been named a First Team All-American by the USBWA, NABC, ESPN.com and a Second Team All-America by The Sporting News and CBSSports.com. He is one of four finalists for the Naismith Award, and also a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award given to the nation's top player.  McDermott has previously been named the Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year, the first sophomore in the award's history to be honored.  He finished his season averaging 22.9 points per game, a figure that ranks third nationally.  McDermott’s 801 points, 307 field goals and 49% accuracy from three-point range all were school records for a single-season.  Creighton finished 29-6 and advanced to the third-round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tim Miles confirmed last night what many expected when he was hired as the Nebraska men's basketball coach:  Ron Coleman will be on his staff.  According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Coleman, who was Miles' recruiting coordinator last season at Colorado State, was in Lincoln yesterday and signed paperwork that made his move official.  Miles, speaking on the Husker Sports Network, said he also brought staff member Jayden Olson from Colorado State.  Olson served as Miles' director of operations.  That leaves two full-time assistant positions open, although Miles didn't shed light on how soon he'd fill those jobs, or who would fill them.  He said CSU assistants Craig Smith and Niko Medved are still "running the show" at Colorado State.  Miles, whose hiring was made official Saturday, said he met with the Husker players yesterday, and would travel today to visit signed recruits.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Kearney (G&B Socc.-4:30); LHNE at Northwest at Grand Island (G&B Socc.-5:00); Lincoln High at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-5:00); LHNE at Nfk Cath (T&F Dual-3:45); Nfk High at Columbus (G. Tenn. Dual-4:00); Kansas St. At Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Nebraska-Omaha at Creighton (Bsbl-6:00); Univ. Of Sioux Falls at WSC (SB DH-2:00).

Local Scores:  LHNE 196 Twin River 203 (B Golf Dual).

     COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
    
    
       CBI
    
       Championship
       at Pullman, Wash.
     Final  Washington St.   67  ( 3) Pittsburgh   66

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
     Final     Boston        102  Charlotte     95
     Final     Detroit        79  Washington    77
     Final     Indiana       105  Miami         90
     Final     Orlando       117  Toronto      101
     Final     New York       89  Milwaukee     80
     Final     Utah          105  New Jersey    84
     Final     Denver        108  Chicago       91
     Final OT  Houston       113  Sacramento   106
     Final     L-A Clippers   97  New Orleans   85
    
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final  Detroit     7  Columbus       2
     Final  Tampa Bay   5  Philadelphia   3
     Final  Ottawa      6  Winnipeg       4
     Final  Calgary     5  Dallas         4
     Final  Vancouver   1  Los Angeles    0
     Final  San Jose    5  Colorado       1

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