Sports News-March 5, 2013

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Dwyane Wade had 32 points, ten rebounds and seven assists as the Miami Heat beat Minnesota 97-81 for their team-record 15th consecutive win.  LeBron James chipped in 20 points and ten boards in 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with a twisted left knee.  The winning streak has allowed the Heat to open a seven-game lead over Indiana in the Eastern Conference.
 
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says his new contract isn't really about the money, it's about the respect.  The Ravens respect the Super Bowl MVP enough to sign him today to a six year package worth $120.6, making him the highest paid player in NFL history.  The deal which will pay him a $29 million signing bonus and $52 million in guaranteed money.  The 28-year-old threw eleven touchdown passes and no interceptions during the postseason and led the Ravens to a Super Bowl win over San Francisco.
 
Averaging 36.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two wins that propelled Creighton to its first outright Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title since 2001 have helped Bluejay forward Doug McDermott earn various honors from the league and nation.  McDermott was named MVC Player of the Week yesterday.  It's his record eighth such honor this season, and his 13 career accolades are one behind Hersey Hawkins for most in league history.  McDermott was named National Player of the Week by NBCSports.com while also sharing ESPN.com's National Player of the Week honors with Duke's Ryan Kelly.  McDermott had 32 points and eleven rebounds in Wednesday’s 80-62 win at Bradley.  On Saturday, he electrified the second-largest crowd in Creighton history with 41 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 91-79 win over Wichita State.  Creighton will be the top seed in this week's MVC Tournament and open play at 12:05 on Friday against either Bradley or Drake.  The Bluejays are 24-7 are overall and 13-5 in the conference.

Nebraska women’s basketball coach Connie Yori is the Big Ten's coach of the year and junior forward Jordan Hooper has been named to the All-Big Ten first team.  Yori was honored by the league's coaches after leading the Cornhuskers to second place behind Penn State after a sixth-place finish last season.  Nebraska had a ten-game winning streak in conference play and had a Big Ten-best 7-1 record in conference road games.  Hooper led the Huskers with 17.9 points and 8.7 rebounds a game.  She was fifth in the Big Ten in scoring and fourth in rebounding.  Lindsey Moore was named to the All-Big Ten second team for the second straight year.  Rachel Theriot was a unanimous choice on the Big Ten all-freshman team.

Nebraska is ranked ninth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association's preseason top ten sand volleyball rankings which was released yesterday.  The Huskers will face the top six teams in the country during its first beach season from March 14-22 at sites in southern California.  Nebraska opens beach play with a single match against fourth ranked Florida State in Chula Vista, California, on March 14.

The Nebraska-Omaha hockey team dropped from 13th to 16th in the latest poll from the website USCHO.com and fall out of the rankings in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.  UNO was swept last weekend by Wisconsin and return to play this week when they visit Minnesota-Duluth on Friday.  Nebraska-Omaha is 18-14-2 overall and 14-10-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Wayne State head track and field/cross country coach Marlon Brink announced that three student athletes have signed national letters of intent.  Signing with the Wildcats were Mary Alderson of Fremont, Emily Kaup of Stuart and Aryn Smidt of West Point who join Michaela Dendinger of Coleridge and Andrea DeSimone of Plattsmouth as members of the 2013 WSC women’s track and field/cross country recruiting class.  Kaup has qualified for the State Track Meet in Class ‘D’ the past two seasons and placed in the 800 meter run both times.  Smidt is a two time Class ‘C’ State Cross Country medalist from West Point-Beemer High School where she ran cross country for two seasons and will compete in both cross country and track at Wayne State.

Local Schedule:  WSC Vs. Wheeling Jesuit (WV) at Davenport, FL (Bsbl-9:00 AM); WSC Vs. Assumption College (MA)-9:00 AM; Vs. Lewis College (IL)-11:00 (NTC SB Spring Games at Clermont, FL).

Thursday:  We’ve three games from the Boys State Basketball Tournament in Lincoln.  On Lite Rock 97-5 & Literock97.com, Wausa takes on Spalding/Spalding Academy at 10:25 at Lincoln North Star High School in the Class “D-2” bracket.  On 106 KIX & 106 KIX.com, Lutheran High Northeast faces Southern Valley in the “C-2” bracket at 3:25 at Lincoln High School.  Also, Boone Central/Newman Grove battles Kearney Catholic at 6:40 in the “C-1” bracket from Pershing Center.

Local Scores:  Notre Dame (OH) 16 WSC 6 (Bsbl); WSC 9 Felician College (N.J.) 1; Gannon Univ. (Pa.) 5 WSC 2 (SB DH). 

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          New  York            102    Cleveland          97
      Final          Miami                    97    Minnesota          81
      Final          Orlando              105    New  Orleans    102
      Final  OT    Milwaukee          109    Utah                  108
      Final          Denver                104    Atlanta              88
      Final          Portland            122    Charlotte        105
      Final          Golden  State    125    Toronto            118
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Toronto              4    New  Jersey      2
      Final            Pittsburgh        4    Tampa  Bay        3
      Final  2OT    Phoenix              5    Anaheim            4  (SO  Phoenix  2-1)
      Final            Los  Angeles      5    Nashville        1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  4)  Kansas              79    Texas  Tech      42
      Final    (  8)  Louisville      67    Cincinnati      51
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final            (  1)  Baylor              90              Kansas  St.      68
      Final  3OT    (  2)  Notre  Dame      96    (  3)  UConn                87
      Final            (24)  Syracuse          68    (13)  Louisville      57

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