Sports News-March 28, 2013

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It's over in the most improbable way!  Miami's quest to break the NBA record for consecutive wins was ended by a Chicago Bulls team that was without four key players.  The final of 101-97 ended the Heat's winning streak at 27, six short of the mark set by the 1971-72 Lakers.  Luol Deng paced the undermanned Bulls with 28 points in 44 minutes and Carlos Boozer chipped in with 21 and 17 rebounds in a bruising game that had playoff intensity.  LeBron James did his best to keep the streak going with 32 points.  He even picked up a flagrant foul in the physical final few minutes.  Chicago was without star guard Derrick Rose, who's been out all season, as well as Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton.  It was Miami's first loss since February 1.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott has been named a First Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for the second consecutive year.  He is just the 55th man to earn first team accolades twice.  McDermott is joined on the First Team by Michigan’s Trey Burke, Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr., Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk.  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.

The Nebraska women's basketball team's journey to the NCAA Sweet 16 has been bumpier this time but star point guard Lindsey Moore says this season has been a bigger thrill for her than 2010, when Nebraska was a top seed after winning its first 30 games.  The Huskers started this season with barely enough healthy players to conduct meaningful practices.  The team was so inexperienced and lacking in depth that coach Connie Yori junked her freewheeling motion offense and replaced it with the more structured Princeton system.  She also scrapped her favored full-court man-to-man defense for zone.  The sixth-seeded 25-8 Huskers have won 13 of 15 going into Sunday's game against second-seeded 32-2 Duke in the Norfolk Regional.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha hockey team, in conjunction with the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, released its 2013-14 schedule yesterday.  The upcoming season is the inaugural season for the NCHC and the Mavericks as they embark as a charter member.  Nebraska-Omaha's 24-game NCHC schedule will feature four games, home and away, each against league members Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota.  The Mavericks also will play a home series with St. Cloud State and a road series at Western Michigan.  The Mavericks begin play in “The National” at Denver on Nov. 1-2.  They play their NCHC home opener the following weekend when they welcome North Dakota on Nov. 8-9.  Following the regular season, the NCHC Playoffs begin with best-of-three quarterfinal series at campus sites on March 14-16.

Sam O’Brien went 4-7 at the plate while Sara Scheffert pitched six strong innings to earn the win in the second game to lead Wayne State in a Northern Sun Conference softball split at Augustana yesterday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The host Vikings won the first game 7-3 while the Wildcats came back to win the second game by an identical 7-3 margin.  WSC is now 10-6 overall and 1-1 in the NSIC while Augustana College is now 12-5 and 1-1 in league play.

A former Norfolkan is going to be playing for the Wayne State men’s basketball team.  Jaron Denn, the son of Steve & Dawn Denn,  has made a verbal commitment to attend the school according to the Mankato Free Press.  Last season, Denn averaged 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and four assists, finishing his career with 1,429 points, second in Maple River history.  He also made 211 three-pointers, second most at Maple River, and had 471 rebounds and 288 assists.  Denn missed most of his junior season with a knee injury.  Denn might redshirt his first year for the Wildcats, which finished 17-12 overall & 11-11 in the NSIC.  He’ll play either point guard or shooting guard, a decision that will be made once he gets there.  The first day of the spring signing period is April 17.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school soccer rankings.  In the boys ratings, Omaha Creighton Prep remains number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A”.  In Class “B”, Omaha Skutt stays at number one, Schuyler slips from third to fourth, and Columbus enters the rankings at number seven.  In the girls rankings, Omaha Marian is once again first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A”.  In Class “B”, Omaha Skutt is once again first, Columbus Scotus jumps from fifth to fourth, and Columbus High remains seventh.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln SW (Bsbl DH-5:00); Nfk Cath & LHNE at Plainview Inv. (T&F-9:30 AM); Nfk High at Grand Island Inv. At Jackrabbit Run (BG-9:30 AM); Sioux City East at Nfk High (G Tenn. Dual-4:00).

Local Scores:  Missouri 10 Nebraska-Omaha 4 (Bsbl); Nebraska 4 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (SB); Augustana 7-3 WSC 3-7 (SB DH). 

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Atlanta                107    Toronto                88
      Final    Boston                    93    Cleveland            92
      Final    Philadelphia      100    Milwaukee            92
      Final    Charlotte            114    Orlando              108
      Final    New  York              108    Memphis              101
      Final    Indiana                100    Houston                91
      Final    L-A  Lakers          120    Minnesota          117
      Final    L-A  Clippers      105    New  Orleans        91
      Final    Chicago                101    Miami                    97
      Final    Oklahoma  City    103    Washington          80
      Final    San  Antonio        100    Denver                  99
      Final    Utah                      103    Phoenix                88
      Final    Brooklyn              111    Portland              93
      Final    Sacramento          105    Golden  State      98
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final  2OT    Montreal        6    Boston          5  (SO  Montreal  1-0)
      Final  OT      Minnesota      4    Phoenix        3
      Final            Calgary          4    Colorado      3
      Final            San  Jose        4    Anaheim        0

     COLLEGE  BASKETBALL  TOURNAMENTS
    
    
          CBI
    
          TOURNAMENT
          Semifinals
          at  Dayton,  Ohio
      Final    Santa  Clara        81    Wright  St.              69
    
          at  Fairfax,  Va.
      Final    George  Mason      62    W.  Michigan            52
    
          CIT
    
          Quarterfinals
          at  Dee  Events  Center
      Final    Weber  St.            83    Oral  Roberts          74
    
          NIT
    
          Quarterfinals
          at  Ferrell  Center
      Final    Baylor                  79    Providence              68
    
          at  John  Paul  Jones  Arena
      Final    Iowa                      75    Virginia                  64
    
          TOURNAMENT
          Quarterfinals
          at  Hattiesburg,  Miss.
      Final    BYU                        79    Southern  Miss.      62

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