Sports News-March 28, 2014

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The eleventh-seeded Dayton Flyers are still alive in the NCAA men's basketball tournament and will take on top seed Florida in Saturday's South Regional final.  Jordan Sibert hit four three-pointers while scoring a team-high 18 points in the Flyers' 82-72 win against ten seed Stanford.  The Gators ran their team-record winning streak to 29 games and advanced to the Elite Eight for the fourth straight year as Michael Frazier's 19 points led them to a 79-68 triumph over UCLA.
 
It will be number one versus number two in the West Regional final of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Saturday following wins by Arizona and Wisconsin.  Nick Johnson missed his first ten shots before scoring all of his 15 points in the last 2:45 to push the Wildcats past four seed San Diego State 70-64.  The Badgers were a 69-52 winner against Baylor behind Frank Kaminsky's 19 points.
 
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Tigers have agreed to pay Miguel Cabrera a baseball-record $292 million over the next ten years.  Cabrera is due $44 million over the final two years from his $152.3 million, eight-year contract, and the person says Cabrera will make $248 million over eight seasons in the new deal that begins in 2016.  Cabrera has been voted AL MVP in each of the last two seasons and won the Triple Crown in 2012.

Creighton University forward Ethan Wragge will participate in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championships.  The 26th annual event, which will airs live on ESPN next Thursday night from Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus, features 24 of college basketball's top dunkers and long-range shooters.  Wragge, who will compete in the Quicken Loans Men's Three-Point Championship, was one of the most prolific three-point shooters in Creighton history and this season converted 47% of his attempts from beyond the arc to help the Bluejays to a 27-8 record.  A career 44% shooter from long range, the 6'7 Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST selection ranks fifth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage.

Nebraska senior Jordan Hooper was named one of twelve finalists for the Wade Trophy by the award's committee, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and SHAPE America.  The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the WBCA National Player of the Year.  Hooper becomes the third Husker Wade Trophy finalist in history, joining 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 2010 first-team WBCA All-American Kelsey Griffin.  Hooper, a 6'2 forward from Alliance, closed her Nebraska career ranked second in career points (2,357) and rebounds (1,110) in Husker history, while also setting the school three-point record with 295 in her career.  As a senior, Hooper averaged 20.4 points and 9.1 rebounds while leading Nebraska to a 26-7 overall record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

A former tennis player, volleyball player and women's basketball player will be inducted into the Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame next month.  A banquet will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Omaha on April 9.  The inductees are Rusty T. Komori II, Korie Lebeda and Laura Spanheimer Dechant.  Komori played his entire career in the top two singles positions and no lower than No. 2 doubles during his career, which ended in 1991.  Lebeda played volleyball from 2005-2008, was named all-conference three times and holds the school record with more than 5,200 set assists.  Spanheimer made a school-record 369 steals in a career that ended in 2005, and she was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference defensive player of the year.

The Wayne State women are picked seventh while the men are selected eighth in the 2014 Preseason NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Coaches' Polls.  Senior thrower Carly Fehringer was also named the NSIC Women's Preseason Field Athlete of the Year.  Listed as WSC athletes to watch on the women's side are senior thrower Carly Fehringer and senior hurdler Alexis Guhl.  Junior hurdler/middle distance runner Jared Balady and freshman jumper Derek Lahm were selected as Wayne State's athletes to watch this season.  Wayne State is scheduled to open the 2014 outdoor season on Saturday hosting the Wildcat Classic at LeRoy Simpson Track in Wayne.

The Norfolk High boys golf team opened their season with a second place finish.  The Panthers placed second behind Kearney at yesterday's Lincoln High Invite at Highlands Golf Course.  The event was shortened to nine holes due to weather.  The Bearcats totaled a 153 while Norfolk shot a 160.  Matt Clark of Kearney was the medalist with a 36.  Norfolk's Alex Strom finished second with a 37, Devan Maas finished eighth with a 41, and Ross Gerber was ninth with a 41.

After a one-year hiatus, Tom Tvrdy is back as the girls basketball coach at Seward High School, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Tvrdy, who guided the Bluejays to four straight Class 'B' state championships from 2009-12, takes over from Mark Rogge, who stepped down after one season because his family will be moving to Oklahoma.  Tvrdy resigned after the 2013 season to free time to watch his son, Titus, play basketball at Doane and his daughter, Hannah, a former Seward all-stater, play at Nebraska.  Tvrdy has a 381-134 career coaching record.  He guided Seward to 104 straight wins, the second-longest win streak in girls state history, during the Bluejays' string of state titles and a 124-5 record in his final five seasons.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath/LHNE at Schuyler (B Socc.-4:30); UNLV at Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Kansas St. At Creighton (Bsbl-6:30).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106 KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee West.  In the final week, Joe Tjaden will talk high school boys basketball with Wayne's Rob Sweetland, Battle Creek's Trevor Anderson, Mike Sjuts of Bancroft/Rosalie, & Cole Fischer of Howells/Dodge.  Girls hoops will be a topic with Aaron Losing of Crofton and Emerson/Hubbard's Lindsey Burback.

Local Scores:  Columbus at Nfk High (G&B Socc.-Ppd to Saturday at 2:00); Nfk High at Lincoln North Star (Bsbl-Ppd).

     COLLEGE  BASKETBALL  TOURNAMENTS
    
    
          CIT
    
          Quarterfinals
          at  CFSB  Center
      Final              Murray  St.      85              Towson                    73
    
          NCAA
    
          Regional  Semifinals
          at  FedExForum
      Final              Dayton              82              Stanford                72
      Final    (  1)  Florida            79    (  2)  UCLA                        68
    
          at  Honda  Center
      Final              Wisconsin        69              Baylor                    52
      Final              Arizona            70              San  Diego  St.      64

      NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Portland            100    Atlanta                85
      Final    Milwaukee          108    L-A  Lakers        105
      Final    Houston              120    Philadelphia      98
      Final    L-A  Clippers    109    Dallas                103
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Boston                3    Chicago                  0
      Final            Los  Angeles      3    Pittsburgh            2
      Final  2OT    Phoenix              3    New  Jersey            2  (SO  Phoenix  1-0)
      Final            Carolina            3    Florida                  0
      Final            Montreal            5    Detroit                  4
      Final  2OT    Tampa  Bay          3    N-Y  Islanders      2  (SO  Tampa  Bay  5-4)
      Final            Nashville          6    Buffalo                  1
      Final            St.  Louis          5    Minnesota              1
      Final  OT      Colorado            3    Vancouver              2
      Final            Winnipeg            4    San  Jose                3

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