Sports News-November 26, 2013

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The Chicago Bulls will spend the rest of the season without point guard Derrick Rose.  The Bulls say Rose has undergone successful surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.  He was hurt Friday night at Portland.  The 2011 NBA MVP missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Chicago's 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia.  He has played in just 50 NBA games, 49 in the regular season and that lone playoff game, since the Bulls' run to the Eastern Conference finals during his MVP season.
 
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has signed a two-year contract extension that runs through his 20th season with the franchise.  ESPN reported the deal is worth $48.5 million, keeping the five-time NBA champion among the league's highest-paid players but lower than his $30.45 million salary this season.  Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering from surgery on his torn Achilles tendon in April.  The NBA's fourth career scoring leader could have become a free agent next summer.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini says he's "not coaching to save my job" when his Cornhuskers host Iowa in Friday's regular-season finale at 11:00 in Lincoln.  The game is televised on ABC.  The Huskers are 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten while the Hawkeyes are 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference.  Despite having never won fewer than nine games in his previous five seasons, Pelini has come under fire as Nebraska's streak of not winning a conference championship stretches to 14 years.  Despite injury problems and youth on defense, the Huskers are in line for another nine-win season if they beat Iowa or win their bowl game.  Pelini said yesterday he likes the direction of the program.  Athletic director Shawn Eichorst has said his policy is to not comment on a coach's performance during the season.  Pelini said he can look himself in the mirror and feel good about what he's done for the program.  In other Husker football news, kicker Pat Smith has been honored as the Big Ten's special teams player of the week.  The conference named Smith the winner of the award today after he kicked the tying and winning field goals in Nebraska's 23-20 overtime victory at Penn State on Saturday.  

Doug McDermott repeated as BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week, and the unbeaten Creighton men's basketball continued to rise in the national polls.  One of 51 remaining unbeaten teams, the Bluejays are off to a 4-0 start for the third straight season after Saturday's 82-72 win vs. Tulsa.  McDermott had 33 points and 15 rebounds in the lone game last week. He made 9-17 shots, including 3-7 from downtown, and also drained 12-15 foul shots.  Creighton rose three spots in the Associated Press poll to a season-best 20th, and climbed a national-best five spots in the USA Today coaches poll to 18th.   The Associated Press Top 25 has Michigan State ranked first followed by Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, & Oklahoma State.  

Mike Rostampour scored 19 points, shooting 7-11 from the field, and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Nebraska-Omaha to an 83-67 win over South Carolina State last night.  CJ Carter added 17 points and John Karhoff, who has now scored 1008 points in his career, had 13 points and six rebounds.  Former Norfolk Panther Jalen Bradley had four points in eleven minutes for UNO.  The Mavericks are now 4-3.

The Nebraska volleyball team dropped from sixth to tenth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after falling to Purdue 3-0 and beating Indiana 3-0 last week.  The 22-5 Huskers return to action this week when they visit Iowa on Wednesday and host Penn State on Saturday.  Texas remains first followed by Penn State, Stanford, Missouri, & Washington.  

The Nebraska women's basketball team moved up from eleventh to tenth in the Associated Press poll after beating Arkansas Pine-Bluff 78-55 & Southern 87-64 in the last week.  The 5-0 Huskers return to action this week when they host UMass/Lowell & Washington State on Wednesday & Saturday respectively.  Connecticut remains first followed by Duke, Tennessee, Louisville, & Notre Dame.

Wayne State had 40 student-athletes named to the 2013 Northern Sun Conference Fall All-Academic Team.  Among the honorees included Lutheran High Northeast's Liz Gebhardt of the volleyball squad.  Winside's Nathan Janke Jr., Emerson's Taylor Jensen, and Osmond's Wyatt Schuettler were honored from the football team.

Local Schedule:  Ashland/Greenwood Vs. Cozad (Class 'C-1' State Championship FB Game at Lincoln-10:15); Doniphan/Trumbull Vs. David City Aquinas (Class 'C-2' State Championship FB Game-2:45); Omaha Westside Vs. Omaha North (Class 'A' State Championship Game-7:15); Northeastern JC, CO at NECC (WBB-5:30); South Dakota at Creighton (WBB-7:05).

Local Scores:  Nebraska-Omaha 83 South Carolina St. 67 (MBB); Augustana 70 WSC 45 (MBB); WSC 70 Augustana 65 (WBB).

State Championship Football Games Scores:  Exeter/Milligan 20 Hemingford 18 (D-1); Falls City Sacred Heart 63 Stuart 14 (D-2); Omaha Skutt 30 York 0 (B).

NFL Scoreboard:  San Francisco 27 Washington 6.

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