Joe's Morning Sports-Monday, January 8, 2018

Drew Brees threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints downed the Carolina Panthers 31-26 in yesterday's NFC wild-card playoff game.  Ted Ginn had an 80-yard scoring reception to open the scoring late in the first quarter, putting New Orleans ahead to stay.  Josh Hill added a nine-yard scoring reception, while Alvin Kamara and Zach Line added short TD runs.

Jacksonville limited the Buffalo Bills to a second-quarter field goal in a 10-3 victory that puts the Jaguars in the AFC divisional round for the first time since January 2008.  Jacksonville clinched the victory when Jalen Ramsey intercepted Nathan Peterman's pass in the final minute.  Blake Bortles ran for a team-high 88 yards and put the Jags ahead by hitting tight end Ben Koyack for a one-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue says Bills guard Richie Incognito used "weak racist slurs" during their playoff game Sunday. Ngakoue wrote on Twitter: "Great win today! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I'm proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin!" An NFL investigation found that Incognito and two Miami Dolphins teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin during the 2013 season.

The Los Angeles Lakers ended their nine-game losing streak as Brandon Ingram delivered 20 points and seven assists in a 132-113 rout of the Atlanta Hawks.  Julius Randle had 15 points and nine rebounds in this sixth straight start for Los Angeles, while Lonzo Ball finished with 13 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

Deajon Davis hit a desperation 50-foot three-pointer at the buzzer and Stanford shocked USC 77-76 last night.  Jordan McLaughlin had given the Trojans a 76-74 edge with 1.7 seconds left.  Davis took the inbound pass, dribbled twice and let it fly, hitting nothing but net as time expired.  The Cardinal is now 8-8 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-12 while USC falls to 11-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

The Omaha World Herald has updated their high school boys’ basketball rankings.  Lincoln East is the new number one in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while York is once again first in Class ‘B’.  In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High stays at number one, O’Neill remains second, Winnebago is once again third, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder moves up from tenth to ninth, and Boone Central/Newman Grove drops out of the rankings.  In Class ‘C-2’, Ponca stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast remains seventh, and Hartington Cedar Catholic is once again eighth.  In Class ‘D-1’, West Holt remains first, Osmond is once again seventh, Randolph stays at number ten, and Boyd County drops out of the rankings.  In Class ‘D-2’, Riverside stays at number one, Humphrey St. Francis moves up from eighth to seventh, Winside enters the rankings at number ten, and Wynot drops out of the rankings.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys’ basketball team remains seventh in the Omaha World Herald rankings in Class ‘C-2’.  The 9-3 Eagles recorded a 2-1 record last week.  They beat West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic 72-39 and Heartland Lutheran 61-19 while falling to Omaha Concordia 62-50.  Lutheran High Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average through twelve games 57.4-41.8.  They return to action on Thursday when they host 7-3 Battle Creek.  The Eagles beat the Braves 61-58 in double overtime at the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament in Wisner on December 30th.

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball team is 11-6 and have won four games in a row after the first stage of the season.  Steve Wooten, Melky Moreaux, Jeremiah Codden, and Allen Anderson are all averaging double figures on the season.  The Hawks are outscoring their opponents on average through 17 games 87.3-73.4.  Northeast return to action on Wednesday when they host 8-9 Little Priest Tribal College.

The Stanton girls’ basketball team is 11-1 on the season after splitting two games last week.  The Lady Mustangs dropped a 36-30 road game at Omaha World Herald ninth ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Oakland/Craig last Friday before routing Logan View/Scribner-Snyder last Saturday 48-26.  Stanton, who is ranked third in the Omaha World Herald and fifth in the Lincoln Journal Star, is outscoring their opponent on average through twelve games 50.2-37.2.  The Lady Mustangs return to action on Tuesday when they host 5-8 in Class ‘D-1’ Plainview.

Tuesday Night:  The Pierce girls & boys basketball teams are at Columbus Lakeview starting with the girls’ game at 6:15.  Pregame coverage at 5:55 on Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.

Local Scores:  Nebraska 69 Northwestern 59 (WBB); Marquette 92 Creighton 77 (WBB); Nebraska 48 Maryland 3 (WR Dual).

CBS Sports Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION

    

      Final    Miami                103    Utah                      102

      Final    N-Y  Knicks      100    Dallas                    96

      Final    Phoenix            114    Oklahoma  City    100

      Final    Portland          111    San  Antonio        110

      Final    L.A.  Lakers    132    Atlanta                113

    

    

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          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Philadelphia        4    Buffalo              1

      Final  SO    N-Y  Islanders      5    New  Jersey        4

      Final    Winnipeg                4    San  Jose            1

      Final    Chicago                  4    Edmonton            1

      Final  OT    Washington            4    St.  Louis          3

      Final  SO    Columbus                3    Florida              2

      Final    Tampa  Bay              5    Detroit              2

      Final    Montreal                5    Vancouver          2

      Final  OT    Pittsburgh            6    Boston                5

      Final    Vegas                      2    N-Y  Rangers      1

    

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          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL

    

      Final    Ohio  St.                    80    (1)  Michigan  St.      64

      Final    (4)  Arizona  St.      80    Utah                              77

      Final    (9)  Wichita  St.      95    South  Florida            57

      Final    (15)  Miami                80    (24)  Florida  St.      74

      Final    (19)  Cincinnati      76    SMU                                56

In other news

The 15th ranked Creighton volleyball team picked up its first home sweep of former Missouri Valley Conference rival Wichita State since 2001, breezing by the Shockers 3-0 last night in the opening match of the Creighton Classic. 

The Lincoln Journal Star ninth ranked in Class 'C-2' Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team surprised previously unbeaten Omaha World Herald second ranked in Class 'C-1' Wayne last night in three sets.

The New York Yankees are American League East champions for the first time in seven years following a 9-1 pounding of the Los Angeles Angels.  DJ LeMahieu belted a three-run homer and Brett Gardner provided a solo shot and a two-run double in New York's 100th win.  In other Yankees news, sta…

The Norfolk High girls golf team hosted their own invitational today at Norfolk Country Club.  Millard North was the champion with a score of 346.  They won by two strokes.  Norfolk finished eleventh with a 404.  Lincoln Southwest’s Kate Strickland was the medalist after carding a 73.  She w…