Joe's Morning Sports-Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Urban Meyer will retire from coaching after Ohio State's appearance in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, according to ESPN.  Ryan Day, who currently is Ohio State's offensive coordinator, will take over as the Buckeyes' head coach on Jan. 2.  Meyer, Day and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will discuss the decision at a news conference today at 1:00.  Meyer owns a career record of 186-32 and has coached the Buckeyes to an 82-9 record in seven seasons at the school.

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg in the second quarter of last night's 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.  Washington, now 6-6 on the season, know a thing or two about serious injuries to quarterbacks as McCoy got his chance because Alex Smith suffered a broken right leg just weeks ago that has threatened his career.  Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for a score and Philadelphia stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title.  The 6-6 Eagles won consecutive games for the first time since Nick Foles led them to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.

The Nebraska men’s basketball team has entered the Associated Press Top 25 rankings at number 24.  The 7-1 Huskers, who are ranked for the first time since November of 2014, won two games in the last week by beating Clemson on the road eight days ago 68-66 and then topping Illinois at home Sunday 75-60.  Nebraska returns to action on Wednesday when they visit Minnesota.  Gonzaga remains first followed by Kansas, Duke, Virginia, and Michigan.

Former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill, who spent the last seven seasons as head coach of Liberty, has retired from coaching according to the Omaha World Herald.  The 56-year-old Gill, who finished fourth for the Heisman in 1983, was previously the head coach at Kansas (2010-11) and Buffalo (2006-09), where he won MAC coach of the year after leading the Bulls to a conference championship in 2008.  He has a 72-84 career record as a head coach, including a 47-35 mark with Liberty.  Following his time as a Husker and a two-year professional career in Canada, Gill began coaching at his alma mater as a grad assistant in 1989. After one-year stints at North Texas and SMU, he returned to Nebraska in 1992 as quarterbacks coach. He held that position until he became assistant head coach in 2003. Gill then coached Husker wide receivers in 2004.  He threw for 3,317 yards and 34 touchdowns in three seasons as Nebraska's starting quarterback from 1981-83.  Gill also ran for 1,317 and 18 more scores.  He went 28-2 as a starter and helped lead Nebraska to three straight Big Eight championships.

The Norfolk High bowling team is the runner-up at the NSAA Unified Sports Bowling State Championships.  The event was held at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln.  The Panthers lost to Fremont in the championship yesterday in a sudden-death set 9-7 after the teams had split the first four games at 2-2.  Earlier in the day, Norfolk beat Alliance 3-0 in the first round and Lincoln High 3-1 in the semifinals.  The Panthers’ team was made up of Dawson Reiman, Kaden Sager, Tristan Severson, Daniel Thomson, & Brian Worrell.  

Checking out the local schedule for today, in basketball, the Norfolk High boys host Millard North at 7:15, the Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys entertain Twin River starting with the girls game at 6:00, the Norfolk Catholic girls are home versus Pierce at 7:45, and the Northeast Hawks men visit Yankton, South Dakota to play the Mt. Marty JV at 7:00.  Also, the Norfolk High swim team are in Fremont for a 5:00 dual.

The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball squad split their opening games of the 2018-19 campaign.  They won their opener by beating Omaha Gross at home last Thursday 47-38 to give Coach Kevin Manzer his first win as a head coach.  On Friday, the Knights dropped a 47-37 decision to Lincoln Lutheran in Grand Island.  Norfolk Catholic’s Ethan Piper totaled 24 points and 27 rebounds over the two contests.  The team returns five starters with starting experience from last year’s 9-15 season.  The Knights’ remaining home schedule includes games with Bishop Neumann, Battle Creek, Pierce, Crofton, O’Neill, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic, and Hartington Cedar Catholic.  They will compete in the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout in Wayne December 27-29.  The Knights return to action on Friday when they host third ranked in both polls in Class ‘C-1’ 0-1 Bishop Neumann.

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball team is 6-5 on the season after a 105-71 loss to North Iowa Area Community College in Ft. Dodge, Iowa last Friday.  Moses Byekwaso led five players in double figures for the Hawks with 19 points and five rebounds in the loss.  This year, they’ve beaten the Tabor JV of Kansas, the York JV twice, Iowa Central, Southeast of Nebraska, and Quakerdale Prep of Iowa.  Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average through eleven games 83.9-83.  The Hawks return to action tonight when they visit Yankton, South Dakota to play the Mt. Marty JV at 7:00.

The Norfolk High girls basketball team have started off their season with an 0-2 record.  They dropped games at Omaha Marian last Thursday 46-30 and a home contest on Friday to third ranked in both polls Lincoln Southwest 56-37.  The Lady Panthers return only one starter in Gabby Ruth as part of the four returning letter winners from last year’s 14-10 squad.  This year marks the team’s first year in the Heartland Athletic Conference.  They will play in the four-day conference tournament December 27-31.  Norfolk’s remaining home schedule includes games with Omaha Westside, North Platte, Kearney, South Sioux City, Lincoln North Star, Lincoln Pius X, Fremont, Papillion La Vista South, Millard South, and Lincoln East.  Norfolk returns to action on Saturday when they host 2-0 Omaha World Herald fifth ranked Omaha Westside.  

The Class ‘C-2’ Two-time Defending State Champion Ponca boys basketball team got their season underway last Thursday with a 60-40 road win over Hartington/Newcastle.  Carter Kingsbury had 20 points and teammate Gage McGill scored ten in the win.  The Indians are ranked first in the Lincoln Journal Star and second in the Omaha World Herald in Class ‘C-2’.  They had their road game at Wayne last Saturday postponed due to weather.  Ponca’s home schedule includes dates with Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Emerson/Hubbard, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Westwood, IA, Winnebago, Walthill, Wynot, and Creighton.  The team will compete in the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament in Wisner December 27-29.  Ponca returns to action on Thursday when they visit 0-1 Randolph.

Local Schedule:  Millard North at Nfk High (BBB-7:15); Twin River at LHNE (G&B BB-6:00); Pierce at NC (GBB-7:45); NECC at Mt. Marty JV at Yankton, SD (MBB-7:00); Nfk High at Fremont (G&B SW Dual-5:00).

Local Scores:  LHNE 46 West Point GACC 38 (BBB); West Point GACC 81 LHNE 44 (GBB).

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      Final    Oklahoma  City    110    Detroit              83

      Final    Denver                  106    Toronto            103

      Final    Washington          110    N-Y  Knicks      107

      Final    Golden  State      128    Atlanta            111

      Final    Cleveland              99    Brooklyn            97

      Final    L.A.  Clippers    129    New  Orleans    126

      Final    Minnesota            103    Houston              91

    

    

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      Final    Tampa  Bay      5    New  Jersey      1

      Final    Nashville      2    Buffalo            1

      Final    Dallas            4    Edmonton          1

    

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      Final    Philadelphia      28    Washington      13

    

    

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      Final    (10)  Michigan  St.      90    (18)  Iowa        68

      Final    (11)  Florida  St.        83    Troy                  67

      Final    (12)  Wisconsin            69    Rutgers            64