Sports News-November 13, 2013

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Freshman Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points and helped spark a closing 15-4 run that boosted fifth-ranked Kansas to a 94-83 win over fourth-ranked Duke.  Wiggins also added ten rebounds to help offset a 27 point, nine rebound performance by Duke freshman Jabari Parker.

Keith Appling had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help second ranked Michigan State hold off top-ranked Kentucky 78-74.  Brandon Dawson's tip-in with less than six seconds left helped preserve the win.  The Spartans had a 13-point lead midway through the second half, before the Wildcats rallied to make it a game.
 
Cleveland's Terry Francona beat out Boston's John Farrell by just 16 points in balloting for the American League Manager of the Year award.  Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle was a runaway winner of the National League Manager of the Year award for leading the Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992.

Walter Pitchford scored all 14 of his points in the first half to lead four Nebraska players in double figures, and the Cornhuskers defeated Western Illinois 62-47 last night to give Tim Miles his 300th coaching victory.  The 2-0 Huskers played their second game without the suspended Ray Gallegos.  They led by 23 points in the middle of the second half in a solid follow-up to their 24-point win over Florida Gulf Coast in last Friday's opener.  Terran Petteway had 13 points and nine rebounds, Shavon Shields added 13 points and reserve Leslee Smith had ten points, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.

The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Preseason Top 50 for the John R. Wooden Award yesterday on ESPN.com.  Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott, a Wooden Award All American in 2012 & 2013, looks to become the first three-time selection on the men's side since North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough.  McDermott set Creighton single-season records for points, field goals and three-point percentage a year ago, and spent this summer leading Team USA in scoring at the World University Games.  He averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds last season to lead Creighton to a 28-8 record.

Nebraska sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory is one of 18 players who have earned a spot on the mid-season watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award.  The Hendricks Award is given to the nation's premier defensive end and is named in honor of Ted Hendricks, a three-time All-American at the University of Miami who went on to an outstanding NFL career.  The 6'6, 255-pound Gregory has emerged as a dominant defender for the Nebraska defense.  Gregory leads the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks and has had a hand in 13 tackles for loss.  Gregory is third on the team with 39 overall tackles through nine games.  He also has a team-high eleven quarterback hurries, an interception return for a touchdown, a fumble caused and a fumble recovery.

Nebraska football great Johnny Rodgers will go to the state Board of Pardons tomorrow seeking a pardon for his role in a gas-station holdup 43 years ago.  Rodgers went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1972 but has always been dogged by the stigma of being an ex-felon.  He pleaded guilty to larceny and was put on two years of probation.  The holdup netted $90, split among Rodgers and two accomplices. Rodgers calls it "10 minutes of insanity."  The 62-year-old Rodgers said if he is granted a pardon, he'll seek one in California.  Two felonies remain on his record in that state stemming from a 1985 confrontation with a cable-television technician.  Rodgers says he's lived a good life and wants to put his crimes behind him.

The Norfolk Catholic football team's season has came to a close.  Boone Central/Newman Grove defeated the Knights in Albion in a Class 'C-1' quarterfinal game last night 34-16.  According to the Norfolk Daily News, the Cardinals Wyatt Mazour ran for 156 yards off 22 carries and three touchdowns in the win.  He also completed 11-18 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns.  If that wasn't enough, Mazour caught a 14-yard pass and intercepted two passes defensively.  Norfolk Catholic's Jackson Love ran for 81 yards off 24 carries and a touchdown.  Teammate David Engelhaupt had an interception return for a score and Edoardo Bernard booted a 26 yard field goal to account for the other Knights' scores.  Boone Central/Newman Grove led at halftime 20-0.  They improve to 11-0 while the Knights' season ends at 8-3.  Norfolk Catholic had their 17 game playoff win streak dating back to 2010 snapped with the loss.  The Cardinals will visit 11-0 Cozad in the 'West' semifinal next Tuesday.  The Haymakers routed Gothenburg 34-9 in their quarterfinal game last night.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team's season has reached the end of the road.  The Two-time Class 'C-2" Defending State Champion David City Aquinas Monarchs ended the Eagles' season for the third year in a row 24-13 last night in David City.  The Monarchs' Zach Krenk ran for 168 yards off 15 carries and two touchdowns as they advance to the semifinals with the win.  David City Aquinas ran for 328 yards as a team as part of their 350 yards of total offense.  Lutheran High Northeast's Shaka Taylor ran for 124 yards off 34 carries and a score in a losing effort.  He also threw for 101 yards.  Cody Boche also scored on a two-yard touchdown run to account for the Eagles' other score.  Lutheran High Northeast totaled 260 yards of offense.  The Monarchs led at halftime 14-0.  They improve to 9-2 while the Eagles' season concludes at 9-2.  David City Aquinas will visit Malcolm in the semifinals next Tuesday.

Local Schedule:  Missouri-Kansas City at Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:05).

Area Football Playoff Scores:  Boone Central/Newman Grove 34 Norfolk Catholic 16; Columbus Lakeview 55 Bishop Neumann 35 (C-1); David City Aquinas 24 LHNE 13; Battle Creek 21 Hastings St. Cecilia 14 (C-2); Creighton 48 Howells/Dodge 30; Exeter/Milligan 42 Randolph 22 (D-1); Falls City Sacred Heart 51 Humphrey St. Francis 30; Stuart 44 Medicine Valley 20; Wynot 52 Giltner 50 (D-2).

Local Scores:  NECC 81 Cloud County CC, KS 67 (WBB); Nebraska 62 Western Illinois 47 (MBB); Creighton 68 South Dakota St. 63 (WBB); Providence 2 Creighton 1 (MVC Men's Socc. Tourn.).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Shaka Taylor of the Lutheran High Northeast football team.

     PREP FOOTBALL
 Class C-1
 Quarterfinal
     Ashland-Greenwood 33, Lincoln Christian 13
     Boone Central/Newman Grove 34, Norfolk Catholic 16
     Columbus Lakeview 55, Bishop Neumann 35
     Cozad 34, Gothenburg 9
 Class C-2
 Quarterfinal
     Aquinas 24, Lutheran High Northeast 13
     Battle Creek 21, Hastings St. Cecilia 14
     Doniphan-Trumbull 42, North Platte St. Patrick's 20
     Malcolm 28, Centennial 21
 Class D-1
 Quarterfinal
     Creighton 48, Howells/Dodge 30
     Exeter/Milligan 42, Randolph 22
     Hemingford 20, Elm Creek 7
     Overton 42, Twin Loup 13
 Class D-2
 Quarterfinal
     Amherst 50, Wallace 44
     Falls City Sacred Heart 51, Humphrey St. Francis 30
     Stuart 44, Medicine Valley 20
     Wynot 52, Giltner 50

NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Miami                  118    Milwaukee          95
      Final    Dallas                105    Washington        95
      Final    Golden  State    113    Detroit              95
      Final    L-A  Lakers        116    New  Orleans      95
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Carolina                2    Colorado            1
      Final  OT      Washington            4    Columbus            3
      Final  2OT    Buffalo                  3    Los  Angeles      2
      Final            N-Y  Islanders      3    Nashville          1
      Final            New  Jersey            3    N-Y  Rangers      2
      Final            Florida                  3    Anaheim              2
      Final            Philadelphia        5    Ottawa                0
      Final  2OT    Tampa  Bay              2    Montreal            1
      Final  2OT    Winnipeg                3    Detroit              2
      Final  OT      Phoenix                  3    St.  Louis          2
      Final  OT      San  Jose                3    Calgary              2
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Michigan  St.      78    (  1)  Kentucky                  74
      Final    (  3)  Louisville          97              Hofstra                    69
      Final    (  5)  Kansas                  94    (  4)  Duke                          83
      Final    (  7)  Michigan              93              SC  State                  59
      Final    (  8)  Oklahoma  St.      93              Utah  Valley            40
      Final    (  9)  Syracuse              89              Fordham                    74
      Final    (10)  Ohio  St.              79              Ohio                          69
      Final    (20)  Wisconsin            59    (11)  Florida                    53
      Final    (14)  VCU                        59    (25)  Virginia                  56
      Final    (17)  Marquette          114              Grambling  St.        71
      Final    (23)  Baylor                  66              South  Carolina      64
      Final    (24)  UCLA                      91              Oakland                    60
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (17)  Colorado      63    Colorado  St.      59

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