Sports News-November 20, 2013

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Bill Belichick isn't wasting time dwelling on the disputed call that ended the Patriots' loss to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.  New England's coach is too busy preparing for the Denver Broncos on Monday night.  Belichick said yesterday he had no further comment about the officiating in Monday night's 24-20 defeat at Carolina.  On the final play, officials waved off a penalty that was called when Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly wrapped up tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone.  Belichick said after the game he received no explanation for the decision.  Referee Clete Blakeman told pool reporters that officials conferred and decided Tom Brady's pass was underthrown and wasn't catchable.  NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino put his stamp of approval on the referees' decision to pick up a pass interference flag, saying they used "proper mechanics" to make a "tight judgment call."

A person familiar with the situation says the NFL Players Association will conduct its own investigation into the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal.  The person confirmed the investigation to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity today because the union hadn't announced its plans.  Richard Smith, outside counsel for the union in the New Orleans Saints bounty case, will investigate tackle Jonathan Martin's allegations that he was harassed by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who has been suspended.  Smith will examine the roles of coach Joe Philbin, his staff and Miami management.  NFL special investigator Ted Wells has been questioning players, coaches and staff at the Dolphins' complex this week.

Marcus Tyus led Nebraska-Omaha with 24 points in an impressive 91-59 victory over South Carolina State last night.  The 3-2 Mavericks took much better care of the ball with only six turnovers compared to 21 by the South Carolina State.  Former Norfolk Panther Jalen Bradley added 15 points on 6-6 shooting from the field, including two three pointers.  Nebraska-Omaha held a 46-25 advantage at the half and never led by less than 20 points for the rest of the game.
 
Senior forward Ryan Rolfzen scorched the nets for a career-high 31 points to power Wayne State in an 80-52 non-conference men's basketball win last night over Crown College of Minnesota at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  The Wildcats improve to 2-1 on the season while the visiting Storm fall to 0-3.  Wayne State opens Northern Sun Conference play Monday evening at home entertaining Augustana College in an 8:00 contest at Rice Auditorium.

Five Wayne State players were selected to the 2013 NSIC All-Conference Football Team released yesterday.  The Wildcats had three players receive South Division Second Team All-NSIC honors while two others were tabbed honorable mention.  Senior running back Charlie Davidson and junior wide receiver Adam Stark were named South Division Second Team Offense, junior defensive end Jeff Van Den Top received South Division Second Team Defense honors while senior offensive lineman Brent Schlote and senior strong safety Austan Pomajzl were both named South Division honorable mention.  Wayne State finished the 2013 campaign with a 2-9 record, going 1-6 in the NSIC South Division.  They lost five games this season by seven points or less and lose eleven seniors to graduation.

Local Schedule:  ABCD Prep at NECC (MBB-7:00); WSC Vs. SW Minnesota St. At Marshall, MN (NSIC VB Tourn.-7:00); York at WSC (WBB-7:00).

High School Playoff Football Games:  Ashland/Greenwood 33 Columbus Lakeview 28; Cozad 35 Boone Central/Newman Grove 7 (C-1); Doniphan/Trumbull 49 Battle Creek 20; David City Aquinas 37 Malcolm 14 (C-2).

Local Scores:  NECC 68 North Platte CC 47 (WBB); Nebraska-Omaha 91 South Carolina St. 59 (MBB); WSC 80 Crown College 52 (MBB).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Monique Schafer of the Stuart volleyball team.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Washington    104    Minnesota    100
      Final    Miami              104    Atlanta          88
      Final    Detroit            92    New  York        86
      Final    Houston          109    Boston            85
      Final    Sacramento    107    Phoenix        104
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Toronto                5    N-Y  Islanders      2
      Final            Philadelphia      5    Ottawa                    2
      Final            St.  Louis            4    Buffalo                  1
      Final            Boston                  2    N-Y  Rangers          1
      Final            Montreal              6    Minnesota              2
      Final            Nashville            2    Detroit                  0
      Final            Colorado              5    Chicago                  1
      Final            Edmonton              7    Columbus                0
      Final  2OT    Florida                3    Vancouver              2  (SO  Florida  1-0)
      Final            Los  Angeles        5    Tampa  Bay              2
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Kansas                  86              Iona                            66
      Final    (  3)  Louisville          87              Hartford                    48
      Final    (  4)  Kentucky            105              Texas-Arlington      76
      Final    (  5)  Arizona                87              Rhode  Island            59
      Final    (  6)  Duke                      83              East  Carolina          74
      Final    (  7)  Oklahoma  St.    101    (11)  Memphis                      80
      Final    (12)  Wisconsin          103              North  Dakota            85
      Final    (17)  Oregon                  69              Utah  Valley              54
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  8)  Maryland      87    George  Washington      51
      Final    (23)  Georgia        72    Furman                            48

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