Sports News-March 6, 2013

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Russell Westbrook had 37 points and ten rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Lakers 122-105.  Kevin Durant had 27 points for the Thunder, who tied a league record with no turnovers and moved within 2 ½ games of the West-leading San Antonio Spurs.

Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area during Sunday's game.  The league also upgraded the Flagrant Foul 1 Ibaka was given for hitting Griffin as the two battled for position in the paint to a Flagrant Foul 2, meaning Ibaka should have been ejected from the game.

The Chicago Blackhawks broke a club mark with their tenth consecutive victory and extended their point streak to 29 games with a 5-3 win against the Minnesota.  Bryan Bickell scored twice in the first period and Patrick Kane added an insurance tally after the Wild got within 4-3.  Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who improved to 20-0-3 and extended their season-opening record for points in consecutive games.
Doug McDermott became the eighth player in Missouri Valley Conference history to repeat as Larry Bird Player of the Year and teammate Ethan Wragge earned Sixth Man of the Year honors to highlight Creighton's awards haul announced.  McDermott was also named First Team All-MVC for the third time, while senior teammates Gregory Echenique and Grant Gibbs were Honorable-Mention All-Valley honorees for the first time.  Echenique also landed a spot on the MVC's All-Defensive Team for the third straight campaign.  McDermott ranks second nationally in scoring average at 23.4 and points scored with 724 and is first with 252 field goals.  He was named MVC Player of the Week a record eight times in 2012-13 and National Player of the Week twice.  Top-seeded 24-7 Creighton opens MVC Tournament play on Friday at 12:05 and will play the winner of Thursday night's Bradley/Drake contest.

The Devaney Sports Center's time as home for Nebraska basketball ends tonight when Minnesota visits.  The Cornhuskers will move to Pinnacle Bank Arena just west of campus next season after 37 years in the Devaney.  The building will become the Nebraska volleyball team's arena next fall after a $20 million facelift.  The Huskers have won 75% of its games overall at the Devaney and 60% of its conferences games.  The building was named for Nebraska Hall of Fame football coach Bob Devaney.  Devaney, who also was the school's athletic director, in 1971 pushed for a new multi-sports facility to replace the Nebraska Coliseum.

Tommie Frazier and fellow former Nebraska stars Trev Alberts and Eric Crouch return to the 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame according to the Omaha World Herald.  The class will be announced May 7 in New York.  Frazier will be on the ballot for the third time, and being denied selection has drawn strong reaction each of the past two years, both locally and nationally.  The quarterback was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and Johnny Unitas Award winner in 1995, and helped lead Nebraska to national championships in 1994 and '95.  Crouch won the 2001 Heisman and still holds the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 59.  Alberts was the recipient of the Butkus Award in 1993 and an NFF National Scholar-Athlete.  A total of 77 players and five coaches make up the ballot for the 2013 class, and the ballot was recently mailed to more than 12,000 National Football Foundation members and current hall of famers.  Those selected will be inducted during a Dec. 10 dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.  Will Shields was the last former Husker to go into the College Football Hall of Fame, inducted in 2011.

Jordan Spencer of Wayne State was named to the 2012-13 NSIC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team announced yesterday.  She earned Second Team All-NSIC honors and was the lone Wildcat player named to the All-Conference Team.  Spencer, a 5’11 sophomore forward from Omaha, led Wayne State in scoring this season averaging 15.5 points to go along with 6.5 rebounds per game.  Wayne State finished the 2012-13 season with a 17-10 record, tied for fourth in the NSIC South with a 13-9 league mark, and did not have one senior on this year’s team.

Local Schedule:  Minnesota at Nebraska (MBB-8:00); Northern Colorado at Nebraska (Bsbl DH-12:05); Nebraska-Omaha at Wichita St. At Wichita, KS (Bsbl-3:00); WSC Vs. Wheeling Jesuit at Davenport, FL (Bsbl-11:00).

Thursday:  We’ve three games from the Boys State Basketball Tournament in Lincoln.  On Lite Rock 97-5 &, 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, 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:  Wheeling Jesuit (WV) 10 WSC 9 (11 Inn.) (Bsbl); WSC 7 Assumption College (MA) 6; WSC 7 Lewis Univ. (IL) 5 (SB DH).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Laurel Krohn of the Osmond girls basketball team.  

      Final    Boston                  109    Philadelphia    101
      Final    Oklahoma  City    122    L-A  Lakers        105
      Final    Denver                  120    Sacramento        113
      Final  OT      Washington            4    Boston                  3
      Final            Carolina                4    Buffalo                3
      Final  2OT    Columbus                4    Edmonton              3
      Final            N-Y  Islanders      6    Montreal              3
      Final            Tampa  Bay              5    New  Jersey          2
      Final            Detroit                  2    Colorado              1
      Final            N-Y  Rangers          4    Philadelphia      2
      Final            Florida                  4    Winnipeg              1
      Final            Chicago                  5    Minnesota            3
      Final  2OT    San  Jose                3    Vancouver            2
      Final            Los  Angeles          6    St.  Louis            4
      Final    (14)  Ohio  St.          67    (  2)  Indiana                  58
      Final    (  3)  Duke                  85              Virginia  Tech      57
      Final    (  9)  Kansas  St.      79              TCU                          68
      Final    (15)  Marquette        60              Rutgers                  54
      Final    (24)  Notre  Dame      66              St.  John's            40
      Final    (25)  Memphis            56              UTEP                        54

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