It will be Alabama against Oklahoma and Clemson versus Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 29 after the Sooners moved ahead of Georgia in the final rankings. The Alabama-Oklahoma Orange Bowl will be a matchup of Heisman Trophy-contending quarterbacks in Kyler Murray for the Sooners and the Tide's Tua Tagovailoa. The Tigers will take on the Irish in the Cotton Bowl, with the winner heading to the Jan. 7 championship game.
Head coach Mike McCarthy has been fired by the Green Bay Packers with the team in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year after a 20-17 home loss to Arizona yesterday. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has been promoted to interim head coach. The 2016 Packers opened 4-6 but won eight straight to reach the NFC championship game, but the team was 7-9 last year and has fallen to 4-7-1 this season.
James Palmer Jr. had 23 points and four assists to lead three players in double figures and Nebraska opened up an early eleven-point lead, then held off Illinois for a 75-60 win yesterday in the Big Ten conference opener for both teams. The Huskers came out hot, hitting its first three field goals and all six of its free throws to go up 13-2 just 2 ½ minutes into the game. They hit 25-30 from the free-throw line, including 12-14 by Palmer. The Illini made 8-13 free-throw attempts. Isaac Copeland had 16 points and five boards while Glynn Watson, Jr. had 14 points and six rebounds for Nebraska. They improve to 7-1 while Illinois falls to 2-6.
Creighton senior Audrey Faber led her team with a double-double that included game highs of 18 points, ten rebounds, and three blocked shots as the home-standing Bluejays defeated the Nebraska women's basketball team 74-65 at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha yesterday. Teammate Tatum Rembao added 18 points of her own, a team-high six assists and three steals and Olivia Elger had 16 points and seven boards in the win. The Huskers’ Sam Haiby scored 15 of her team-high 17 points in the second half but it was not enough. She also added five rebounds. Nebraska led at halftime 28-27 before being outscored 47-37 in the second half. Creighton is now 2-4 on the season while the Big Red falls to 2-5.
The Norfolk High bowling team is competing today in the NSAA Unified Sports Bowling State Championships. The event is held at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln starting with opening ceremonies at 10:30 AM and bowling at 11:00. The Panthers qualified by winning the District VI Championship last Monday at Norfolk’s Kings Lanes. They bowled a 991 and won the event by 193 pins. Norfolk’s squad is made up of Dawson Reiman, Kaden Sager, Tristan Severson, Daniel Thomson, & Brian Worrell. The field of competitors include Norfolk, Bellevue West, Millard North, Lincoln Northeast, Fremont, Lincoln High, Omaha Northwest, and Alliance.
The Norfolk High wrestling team claimed their first event of the year by winning the Fremont Invitational last Friday. They totaled 225.5 points while second place Fremont had 190. Josh Licking (152), Brayden Splater (160), Creighton Blain (182), & Conner Cowling (285) were champions with 4-0 records. Aaron Dittmer (126) & Laikon Ames (195) were second. Kaleb Van Driel (132); Blake Forsythe (170), & Hunter Mangelsen (220) finished third. Weston Godfrey (120) took fourth and Chase Jensen (113), & Jacob Bender (138) were fifth. The Panthers have 55 wrestlers out this season and return Cowling & Splater from last year’s State Championships. Norfolk’s remaining tournaments include the Northeast Nebraska Duals in Columbus, the Grand Island Flatwater Fracas, Sioux City East, the Heartland Athletic Conference Championships at Lincoln, Lexington, and Districts. The Panthers will host their own invite on January 26th. They will also host duals with Columbus & Fremont while visiting Papillion La Vista & Elkhorn.
The Norfolk High girls & boys swim team got their season underway last Thursday with a sweep of South Sioux City. The boys won their dual 143-26 while the girls claimed theirs’ as well 144-28. New state qualifiers for Norfolk in the dual all came from leadoffs on the 200 freestyle relay. Qualifying were Kellen Carney (50 freestyle); Annika Harthoorn (50 freestyle) & Caleb Harthoorn (50 & 100 freestyle). The Panthers, who had their tournament at Hastings cancelled last Saturday, have 18 boys and 30 girls out for the team this year. They return 13 swimmers that competed in the State Championships last year. Norfolk will participate in invitationals at Columbus, Lincoln Southeast, Millard South, Millard North, Ralston, and the Heartland Athletic Conference Meet at Lincoln North Star and Fremont. The Panthers will also host duals with Columbus, and Lincoln Southwest while visiting Fremont, Grand Island, Kearney, and Elkhorn. Norfolk returns to action on Tuesday when they visit Fremont for a dual.
The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team got their season underway last Thursday with a 39-28 home win over Wisner/Pilger. Morgan Holdorf scored twelve points. Becca Gebhardt had a double-double with ten points, ten rebounds, and two blocked shots. Chloe Spence added nine points, five boards, five steals, and four assists in the win. The Lady Eagles return two starters this season in Spence & Gebhardt and five other letter winners from last year’s 11-11 team. Two years ago, they were 5-16. Lutheran High Northeast’s remaining home schedule includes games with Twin River, Pender, Riverside, Howells/Dodge, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Clarkson/Leigh, Humphrey St. Francis, and David City Aquinas. The team will compete in the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament in Wisner December 27-29. The Lady Eagles game at West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic on Saturday was postponed until this evening at 6:00 due to weather.
Local Schedule: LHNE at West Point Guardian Angels CC (G&B BB-6:00).
Local Scores: Nebraska-Omaha 81 Graceland 39 (WBB).
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Final L.A. Lakers 120 Phoenix 96
Final New Orleans 119 Charlotte 109
Final Philadelphia 103 Memphis 95
Final Miami 102 Utah 100
Final Dallas 114 L.A. Clippers 110
Final San Antonio 131 Portland 118
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Final Anaheim 6 Washington 5
Final SO Winnipeg 4 N-Y Rangers 3
Final San Jose 3 Montreal 1
Final Colorado 2 Detroit 0
Final Calgary 3 Chicago 2
Final L.A. Kings 2 Carolina 0
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Final OT N-Y Giants 30 Chicago 27
Final Baltimore 26 Atlanta 16
Final Arizona 20 Green Bay 17
Final L.A. Rams 30 Detroit 16
Final Denver 24 Cincinnati 10
Final Miami 21 Buffalo 17
Final Houston 29 Cleveland 13
Final Tampa Bay 24 Carolina 17
Final Jacksonville 6 Indianapolis 0
Final Kansas City 40 Oakland 33
Final Tennessee 26 N-Y Jets 22
Final Seattle 43 San Francisco 16
Final New England 24 Minnesota 10
Final L.A. Chargers 33 Pittsburgh 30
Washington at Philadelphia 8:15 p.m.
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Final (6) Tennessee 79 Texas A&M-CC 51
Final (16) Ohio St. 79 Minnesota 59