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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American and women’s 10th seed Madison Keys cruised into the second round of the Australian Open, but former No. 1 Maria Sharapova was a 6-3, 6-4 loser to No. 19 Donna Vekic. No. 12 Johanna Konta suffered her earliest Australian Open exit with a first-round loss to Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 6-4, 6-2 at Melbourne Park. Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No. 6 Belinda Bencic (BEHN’-chihch) each won in straight sets, and men’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal had a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 win over Hugo Dellien.

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor earned a victory just hours after climbing to the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. MaCio Teague had 16 points and the Bears improved to 16-1 with their 15th consecutive win, 61-57 against Oklahoma. In last night’s other Top-25 game, No. 14 West Virginia reeled off a 20-0 run that gave them a 43-15 lead in a 97-59 trouncing of Texas.

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) and Nathan MacKinnon scored 1:54 apart early in the second period to put the Colorado Avalanche ahead to stay in a 6-3 win against the struggling Detroit Red Wings. Kadri tied it with a power-play goal 62 seconds into the period before MacKinnon netted his 27th goal of the season. Kadri and MacKinnon also tallied in Colorado’s four-goal third period. The Avalanche went 3-0-2 on their five-game homestand and are six points behind the division-leading Blues.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed six All-Star selection and the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp. Hernandez is coming off his worst major league season, going 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts for the Mariners. The right-hander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta's 40-man roster.

ATLANTA (AP) — Chandler Parsons' attorneys say the Atlanta Hawks forward sustained career-threatening injuries in a car wreck last week. The attorneys say the injuries in Wednesday's accident include a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum. Parsons was leaving practice when hit by a driver the attorneys say was charged with driving under the influence.




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Southwest Conference basketball tournament will start up on Monday, Jan. 27th. The higher seed will host the first round. Teams that fall in the first round will play a consolation game in Gothenburg on Thursday, Jan. 30th. The semi finals, third place, and championship games will be played on Friday & Saturday in North Platte at North Platte Community College. 

Girls First Round Matchups Include 
#8 Cozad @ #1 Broken Bow 
#5 Valentine @ #4 Ainsworth 
#6 McCook @ #3 Gothenburg 
#7 Minden @ #2 Ogallala 

Boys First Round Matchups Include 
#8 Broken Bow @ #1 Ogallala 
#5 Gothenburg @ #4 Ainsworth 
#6 Cozad @ #3 Minden 
#7 Valentine @ #2 Minden 

Southwest Conference Basketball Brackets




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The McCook Community College golf team has received commitments from a pair of international students in Sinokholo Thumani from South Africa and Adam Durband from England

Sinokholo Thumani is from Xolani Secondary in King William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

He has a scoring average of 77 with a two-under 70 as his low tournament score when he won the King William’s Wednesday Open stroke play. He also had first place medals from the King William’s Open, the Katberg Open, the Dordrecht Open and the King William’s Junior Open.

In his College Sports America on-line profile he said his best golfing memory representing his province at the South African IPT 19-and under tournament.

He said he likes to push himself over the limits in everything he does. His goal is to become a pro and give back to the community that he is from.

Adam Durband is from Birkenhead School in Heswall, England.

He has a 76 scoring average with a low tournament score of 72 in both the JD Simpson Cub and the Caldy Golf Club Open – both of which he won. He has four other tournament wins, a second and a third place.

Durband started playing golf relatively late, picking it up when he was 13.

“I improved very quickly and believe that I still have a lot of room to improve even further,” he said.

He wants to continue growing as a golfer and would love to turn professional and make a living.




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McCook Community College sophomore Malory Brown has signed her national letter of intent to continue playing college volleyball this fall at NCAA Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.

Brown, the 5-8 outside hitter from Colorado Springs, made it official Friday amid snow and freezing drizzle.

“I’m just tired of the cold weather and a lot of my friends are on the east coast and when I was looking at colleges, I really like the coach and his techniques, this seemed to be a good fit for me,” Brown said.

Brown played in 36 matches this past season and had 271 kills, 313 digs, 28 total blocks and 26 service aces

Her 271 kills (2.26 per set) which was seventh best among Region IX south division players and she ranked 11th in digs. She hit double-digits in kills 10 matches with a season high coming Sept. 28 at Trinidad State when she had 16.

“Mallory has been such an awesome player to work with,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza. “She has a great attitude, leadership skills, and a solid presence as a team player.”

Brown admits that she didn’t know if she even wanted to play volleyball after high school but is glad that she decided to come to McCook and said she is grateful to Coach Kobza, MCC and the community for making it an experience she wouldn’t trade for anything.

Along with co-captain Kiera Barr, Brown helped lead a group of sophomores that went 46-26 over the past two seasons including a 25-12 mark in 2019.

One of the highlights for her this year was when MCC upset Western Nebraska in Scottsbluff Halloween Night, snapping a 58-match losing streak to the Cougars. The Lady Indians also claimed wins over 20-ranked Northeastern Junior College and 17-ranked Cloud County Community (Division II).

“I remember in the locker room at Western, we were all so happy and also another highlight my freshmen year was when the crowd stormed the court on Pink-out Night against Otero when they were ranked and we beat them.”

Brown was an integral part of a team that claimed the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship for the second year in a row with a 6-0 mark against North Platte, Central and Southeast Community Colleges.

“I think she is going to bring a lot to the Shaw volleyball program and I can’t wait to hear about her successes when she does,” Kobza said. “I wish her nothing but the best of luck and I hope she remembers that it all started here at McCook.”

Brown said she will miss her teammates who have become her best friends and are like a second family to her. Although her new team will play one of her teammates from last year when Shaw takes on Coastal Carolina where MCC alum Ashley Carson is a setter on the team.




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Southwest Conference Tournament starts on Monday, January 27th.  View complete full brackets below.



The McCook Community College men picked up an 89-80 win over Southeast Community College Saturday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

After struggling from the opening tip, the Indians overcame an early 13-point lead, tied the game 36-36 at half, went up by 16 points in the first five minutes of the second half. But Southeast came back to cut the gap to 10 points with 3:26 to play.

“It’s something we have to work on -- and a weakness of this team -- is who is going to step up and lead us,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “We took some bad shots, quick shots at the end that led to them getting in transition and every time we did it, it just gave Southeast a little air, but we finished and I’m proud of these guys.”

Five Indians scored in double-figures. Sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) led the Indians with 18 points. Sophomore Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School) had 17. Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) scored 14. Freshman Boaz Quinlan (Beavertown, Ore.) scored 11 and sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago) scored 10 points.

“We’re headed in the right direction and the one thing I’m really proud of is 17 assists, that’s the most we’ve had all season,” Drennan said. “When we get moving, you saw tonight, it almost pings around, there’s no dribbling, and we’re wide open but we have to knock down shots. Our bigs have to step up and finish.”

The Indians shot 42.2 percent from the field, 38,5 percent on 23 3-pointers and made 17 of 18 free throws (94.4 percent).

The Storm shot 42.2 percent from the field, 27.8 percent on 18 3-pointers and made 19 of 28 free throws (67.9 percent).

Darthard led MCC in rebounds with nine, Singh had six and freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) had five. MCC held the rebound edge 46-42.

Southeast falls to 10-7 and 0-1 in Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference play.

MCC improves to 8-9 and will hit the road for five straight games starting Tuesday in North Platte with a critical NCCAC game.

Drennan said the team’s goal is to win the NCCAC and he believes these next five road games are critical for building momentum to take advantage of a home-heavy February schedule.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team picked up their second win of the weekend posting a 72-67 over Southeast Community College Saturday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“Southeast is a good team and shot the ball really well,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “I’m just excited to get out of this game with a win.”

Less than 24 hours after making 10 of 13 shots from the 3-point line in the second half in a win over Northeastern Junior College Friday, the Lady Indians came out and duplicated the long-distance magic in the first half, Saturday making 10 of 13 3-pointers (76.9 percent.)

MCC took an 18-13 first quarter lead and stretched the lead to 44-32 at the half.

Southeast pulled to within 54-43 just over mid-way through the third quarter and cooled of the Lady Indian offense enjoying a 23-15 advantage in the third period.

“The second day of a back-to-back can be tough and there were times we played a little tired,” Pritchett said.

Southeast came back and tied the game at 59-59 at the 7:05 mark of the fourth quarter, before MCC responded.

“We got to the paint better in the latter stages of the game, executed down the stretch, and came up with some defensive stops in the final minutes when we needed it,” Pritchett said.

Five MCC players scored in double figures including sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) who scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

A trio of Lady Indians scored 13 points: sophomore Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain), who also had seven assists; freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.), who had five rebounds; and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) who had six boards.

Redshirt freshman transfer Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) hit on all three of her 3-point shots and finished with 11 points.

MCC shot 40.6 from the field, 57.9 percent on 19 shots from beyond the 3-point arc, and 56.3 percent on 16 foul shots.

Southeast shot 45 percent from the field, 32 percent on 25 3-point shots, and 71.4 percent on seven free throws. The Storm out-rebounded MCC 41-35.

“I’m proud of where we’re at right now and we need to just work and continue to get better,” said Pritchett.

MCC improves to 12-4 and 2-0 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference. The Lady Indians play their second straight NCCAC game when they travel to North Platte Tuesday against the 8-10 Knights. That game is set for 5 p.m.

The Lady Indians next home game is Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. against the Doane University JVs.

Southeast Community College falls to (6-13) and 1-1 in the NCCAC.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can not make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/




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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans, 35-24 to win the AFC title game and earn their first Super Bowl berth in 50 years. Mahomes put the Chiefs ahead with an acrobatic 27-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left in the first half. He also hit Sammy Watkins for a 60-yard TD midway through the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are in the Super Bowl after earning a 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game. Raheem Mostert ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries for the 49ers, with three TDs coming while San Francisco was building a 27-0 halftime lead. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of his 39 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns, but one of his two interceptions set up a Mostert TD just before halftime.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka won their opening-round matches at the Australian Open in straight sets. Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff beat Venus Williams. Roger Federer took another step toward a 21st Grand Slam singles title with a routine 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Steve Johnson. Defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) is taking on Jan-Lennard Struff.

QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Landry regrouped to win The American Express after blowing a six-stroke lead on the back nine. Landry broke a tie with Abraham Ancer with a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole and made a 6-footer on the par-4 18th for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory. The 32-year-old Texan has two PGA Tour victories, also winning the 2018 Texas Open.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The LPGA’s Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions has spilled into today after darkness halted the playoff. Nasa Hataoka and Gaby Lopez matched par five times in a playoff at the 197-yard 18th hole until it was too dark to continue. Inbee Park also was in the playoff before falling out on the third extra hole. Lopez earned a spot in the playoff with a 5-under 66 to catch Hataoka and Park.




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RPAC Basketball Tournament starts on Saturday, January 25th.  See Bracket below.



Lincoln Hannah Whitish tied her career high with six three-pointers to finish with 20 points and help the Nebraska women's basketball team rally from a 13-point third-quarter deficit for a 74-71 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 14-4 overall on the season and 4-3 in the Big Ten, while Michigan slipped to 12-6 overall and 3-4 in the conference. The Huskers, who matched their victory total from the 2018-19 season, improved to 11-1 at home.

While Whitish poured in a season-high 20 points, she got lots of help from long range, including a season-high three three-pointers from fellow senior Nicea Eliely in the second half. Eliely finished with 11 points, while sophomore Sam Haiby added 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc to finish with 18 points. Leigha Brown gave the four Huskers in double figures with 10 points, including five big free throws in the final three minutes to help Nebraska secure the win.

Nebraska trailed 32-26 after an action-packed first half. The Huskers jumped to a 9-5 lead in the first four minutes, before Nicea Eliely was called for her second foul. Michigan, which had to withstand an early blow at a similar position with a knee injury suffered by Kayla Robbins just 1:18 into the game, responded with a 9-1 surge to take a 14-10 lead.

Akienrah Johnson fueled Michigan's first quarter with eight points. Nebraska rallied to tie the score at 16, and Michigan point guard Amy Dilk was whistled for her second foul with 29 seconds left in the first quarter. But the Wolverines went to the second quarter with a 19-16 edge after a last-second three-pointer by Maddie Nolan - the first of her career.

Michigan pushed its biggest first-half lead to 28-19 early in the second quarter, sparked by eight consecutive points from Izabel Varejao, but Whitish answered with back-to-back threes against a Wolverine zone to cut the margin to 30-28 with 5:03 left in the half. Then Husker center Kate Cain was whistled for her second foul.

Nebraska did not score in the final 5:03 of the half, but held Michigan to just four points in the final 6:15, as the Wolverines went to the locker room with a 34-28 halftime lead.

The Huskers hit just 38.5 percent (10-26) of their first-half shots, including 5-of-13 threes (.385), while knocking down 3-of-4 free throws. Michigan hit 44.8 percent (13-29) of its shots, including 2-of-3 threes, while going 2-for-3 at the line. The Wolverines out-rebounded the Big Red, 18-16, and won the first-half turnover battle, 6-3.

The action heated up even more in the third quarter, as the Wolverines gut-punched the Huskers out of the locker room to start the half with seven straight points in 1:36, beginning with a three-pointer from Hailey Brown and ending with a layup by Naz Hillmon to take their biggest lead of the day at 41-28.

After a timeout by Coach Amy Williams, Nebraska answered the bell beginning with a three-pointer from Whitish. Brown added a pair of free throws, before a three-pointer by Eliely after an Dilk bucket for Michigan.

A layup by Haiby and a bucket inside for Cain narrowed the Michigan margin to 43-40 with 3:16 left in the third stretching a 12-2 surge by the Big Red. Cain finished with eight points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Hillmon slowed the Husker rally with a free throw, but Brown answered with a traditional three-point play to pull Nebraska within 44-43. Michigan's Hailey Brown then answered with her second of five second-half three-pointers before two Dilk free throws put Michigan back in front 49-43 with 49 seconds left in the quarter. 

Hailey Brown led Michigan with 17 points on the afternoon, including 5-of-6 three-point shooting, while Dilk pitched in nine and Hillmon added 13 points and eight rebounds. Hillmon was involved in a crucial sequence late in the third. After Isabelle Bourne made a pair of free throws for NU, Hillmon was fouled with 7.6 seconds left but missed both free throws. Nebraska stormed the other way and Whitish buried a buzzer-beating three from the right wing to send the Huskers to the fourth quarter down just one at 49-48.

Eliely then shot the Huskers to the their first lead since midway through the first quarter with her second three of the half, before Haiby added two free throws with 8:46 left to cap a 10-0 Big Red run at 53-49.

After threes by Whitish and Haiby pushed NU's lead to 63-58, two free throws from Cain and two more from Brown gave Nebraska its biggest lead of the day at 67-60. Brown was fouled on a three-pointer by Dilk as the shot clock wound down, and it was Dilk's fifth foul of the game with 2:54 left.

The Wolverines refused to quit fighting though, as Danielle Rauch buried a three, before Eliely answered with Nebraska's season-high-tying 12th three-pointer of the game to make it 70-63 Huskers with 1:14 left.

Michigan's Hailey Brown kept the Wolverines in it with two heroic threes late, including a long bank from the left wing and a catch-and-shoot three from the deep right wing with 9.1 seconds left, before she fouled out with 8.2 seconds left. Michigan had possession trailing 74-71 in the final eight seconds but was unable to get close on a desperation three.

Nebraska finished at 42.9 percent (21-49) shooting for the game, including 12-for-24 from long range against primarily zone defense from the Wolverines. The Huskers came through at the line, knocking down 20-of-24 free throws (.833). The Wolverines out-rebounded the Huskers, 36-29, and won the turnover battle, 9-8, but Nebraska outscored Michigan in points off turnovers, 10-2 in the second half. The Wolverines hit 44.3 percent (27-61) of their shots from the floor, including 8-of-14 threes, but just 9-of-14 free throws.

Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night to complete a two-game home stand by battling Purdue. Tip-off between the Huskers and Boilermakers is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com.



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