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
    
    
          CIT
    
          Quarterfinals
          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
    
          NIT
    
          Quarterfinals
          at  Coleman  Coliseum
      Final    Maryland                58    Alabama                57
    
    
          WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL  TOURNAMENTS
    
    
          NCAA
    
          Second  Round
          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

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