Sports News-March 6, 2012
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Saint Mary's, Virginia Commonwealth, Loyola of Maryland and Davidson are the latest teams to earn automatic berths in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Saint Mary's downed 24th-ranked Gonzaga 78-74 in overtime to win the West Coast Conference Tournament, VCU nipped Drexel 59-56 in the Colonial Athletic Association title game, Loyola captured the MAAC crown with a 48-44 triumph over Fairfield and Davidson needed double overtime to beat Western Carolina and take the Southern Conference.
A New Orleans Saints official familiar with club owner Tom Benson's reaction to the NFL's bounty investigation says general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton still have Benson's full support. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the investigation was still ongoing. An NFL report says between 22-27 defensive players on the Saints, as well as a former assistant coach, maintained a bounty program for inflicting injuries on targeted opposing players during the past three seasons. "The bond between Sean and Mickey and Mr. Benson could not be stronger," the team official said. The official says Benson is "110% behind his guys," and wants them focused on improving the club for the upcoming season.
Local Schedule: Kansas St. At Nebraska (Bsbl-2:05); Creighton at Univ. Of California at Berkeley, CA (Bsbl-4:30); WSC Vs. LeMoyne (NY)-10:30; Vs. Wayne State (MI)-2:30 (Bsbl at Savannah, GA).
Thursday: The boys state basketball tournament gets underway in Lincoln. We’ve got four games. In games on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Norfolk High battles Omaha South at 2:00, Norfolk Catholic faces Bishop Neumann at 3:45, and Lutheran High Northeast tangles with Twin River at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 1:40. In a game that can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com, Stanton goes head to head with Hartington Cedar Catholic at 3:45.
Local Scores: WSC 14 Urbana (OH) 4 (Bsbl); WSC 12 Concordia (NY) 2; WSC 3 St. Joseph’s (IN) 0 (SB).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Golden State 120 Washington 100
Final Orlando 92 Toronto 88
Final Utah 109 Cleveland 100
Final Oklahoma City 95 Dallas 91
Final Chicago 92 Indiana 72
Final Minnesota 95 L-A Clippers 94
Final Milwaukee 97 Philadelphia 93
Final OT Denver 119 Sacramento 116
Final Portland 86 New Orleans 74
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Pittsburgh 2 Phoenix 1
Final Winnipeg 3 Buffalo 1
Final Anaheim 4 Edmonton 2
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 3) Notre Dame 73 (25) West Virginia 45
Final ( 4) UConn 74 (13) St. John's 43
Final Dayton 56 (16) St. Bonaventure 53
Final BYU 78 (23) Gonzaga 66