Sports News-March 27, 2013
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Goalkeeper Brad Guzan allowed the United States men's soccer team to earn a scoreless draw against Mexico. The Americans earned only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium and moved into third place in the North And Central American region, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference.
Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil says he left the Denver Broncos for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens because he was looking to play for a winner in a different city. Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year contract with the Ravens yesterday. The addition of the big defensive end comes after the team lost free agents Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 33 points and had nine rebounds as Dallas outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 109-102 in overtime. The outcome drops the Clippers a half-game behind third-place Denver in the NBA's Western Conference and gets the Mavericks within one game of the Lakers for the final playoff berth. The Clippers wasted Chris Paul's 33 points on 12-15 shooting.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott has picked up two more individual accolades, just days after leading his team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. He was one of 21 players named to the Lute Olson All-America Team, and also earned a spot on the NABC Division I All-District 16 Team for the second year in a row. McDermott is second nationally in scoring at 23.2 points per game and also averaged 7.7 rebounds per game. He shot 55% from the field, 49% from three-point range and 88% at the free-throw line. McDermott became the eighth player in league history to win back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year accolades, and is the second to win the Most Outstanding Player honors at the MVC Tournament twice. Creighton finished the 2012-13 season with a 28-8 record, winning the MVC regular-season and tournament titles, before being eliminated in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday by Duke.
Harold Cliff told the Omaha World Herald that Omaha is moving ahead with “guarded optimism” as the field of candidates to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials has been trimmed from six to four. The Omaha Sports Commission president also said yesterday that USA Swimming still plans to announce a final decision during its board of directors meeting on April 27. Omaha, which hosted the U.S. Trials in 2008 and 2012, is now in the process of negotiating a contract with USA Swimming. Others still in the mix are San Antonio, St. Louis and Greensboro, North Carolina. The two cities eliminated from the initial list of hopefuls released by USA Swimming in January are Indianapolis and Jacksonville, Florida.
Mauro Bondi embraces the challenge of following two Nebraska kickers who combined to make 84% of their field goals over the past five seasons. He will go into his sophomore season with a lock on the job and will have it for three years unless someone beats him out. Bondi also is auditioning to punt. He says he's eager to show off the strong leg that made him a scholarship recruit out of Boca Raton, Florida. Special teams coach Ross Els said he hopes Bondi doesn't get caught up in trying to outdo predecessors Alex Henery and Brett Maher.
The Wayne State women’s outdoor track and field team is ranked 17th in the pre-season U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Team Computer rankings released yesterday. The Wildcats are one of five teams from the Northern Sun Conference that are listed in the pre-season rankings. The Wildcats are scheduled to open the 2013 outdoor season Saturday, hosting the Wayne State College Wildcat Classic at Cunningham Field in Wayne starting at 10:00.
Local Schedule: Nebraska-Omaha at Missouri at Columbia, MO (Bsbl-2:00); WSC at Augustana at Sioux Falls, SD (SB DH-3:00).
Local Scores: Kearney 1 Nfk High 0 (SO) (B Socc.); Grand Island NW 3 Nfk Cath/LHNE 0 (B Socc.); Kearney 5 Nfk High 1 (G Socc.); Grand Island NW 3 LHNE/Nfk Cath 1 (G Socc.); Nfk High 6 Columbus 3 (G Tenn. Dual); Kansas St. 10 Nebraska 8 (Bsbl); Nfk High at Lincoln High (Bsbl DH-Ppd.).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Chelsea Johnson of the Norfolk High Track & Field team.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final New York 100 Boston 85
Final Minnesota 105 Detroit 82
Final OT Dallas 109 L-A Clippers 102
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Toronto 3 Florida 2
Final Pittsburgh 1 Montreal 0
Final N-Y Islanders 3 Washington 2
Final Winnipeg 4 Carolina 1
Final Tampa Bay 2 Buffalo 1
Final N-Y Rangers 5 Philadelphia 2
Final Edmonton 3 St. Louis 0
Final Chicago 2 Calgary 0
Final 2OT Vancouver 1 Columbus 0 (SO Vancouver 1-0)
COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
at Buffalo, N.Y.
Final Evansville 84 Canisius 83
at Cedar Falls, Iowa
Final N. Iowa 90 Bradley 77
at Greenville, N.C.
Final East Carolina 70 Loyola (Md.) 58
at Coleman Coliseum
Final Maryland 58 Alabama 57
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
at Bob Carpenter Center Acierno Arena
Final Delaware 78 North Carolina 69
at Cameron Indoor Stadium
Final Duke 68 Oklahoma St. 59
at Carnesecca Arena
Final Kentucky 84 Dayton 70
at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Final Notre Dame 74 Iowa 57
at Ferrell Center
Final Baylor 85 Florida St. 47
at KFC Yum! Center
Final Louisville 76 Purdue 63
at Maples Pavilion
Final Stanford 73 Michigan 40
at Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Final LSU 71 Penn St. 66