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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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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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Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska's second-half comeback fell just short, as Indiana posted an 82-74 win over the Huskers Saturday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Indiana (14-4, 4-3) used a fast start to the second half, as a 16-2 Hoosier run turned a 46-41 halftime lead into a 19-point bulge only to see Nebraska rally in the final 15 minutes.

The Huskers (7-11, 2-5 Big Ten) slowed the Hoosiers on the defensive end and got to within six and had several chances to pull closer, but Indiana held on for a crucial road win.

Sophomore Cam Mack scored a game-high 20 points and dished out nine assists to lead the Husker offense against the Hoosiers. Mack was one of four Huskers in double digits, along with Thorir Thorbjarnarson (13 points), Dachon Burke Jr. (12) and Haanif Cheatham (10). Thorbjarnarson also added a season-high nine rebounds and three steals.

Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Hoosier offense with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 13 boards. IU saw double-digit scoring from Joey Brunk (16 points) and Justin Smith (15).

The Huskers seized the momentum early, using an 11-0 spurt to build their largest lead of the game at 23-14 after a Kevin Cross 3-pointer with 12:18 left in the half. Mack carried the Huskers in the opening 20 minutes as he scored 17 points and had five assists in the first half along.

Indiana, which entered the contest hitting just 25 percent from 3-point range, would rally as the Hoosiers hit six 3-pointers in the first half and used runs of 7-0 and 9-0 to build a 42-34 lead after a basket from Jackson-Davis.

Burke and Mack combined for NU's last 14 points of the half to keep NU within five points at the break.

For the game, Indiana shot 51 percent, while Nebraska shot 40 percent from the field. The Huskers managed an 8-2 edge in steals and also out-performed the Hoosiers in points off turnovers (13-10) and fast break points (11).

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday night, as they travel to Madison, Wis., for a matchup with the Badgers. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will be on BTN and on the Learfield IMG Husker Sports Network.



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(Kansas City) - Patrick Mahomes tip-toed down the sideline for a game-turning touchdown, added three TD passes, and the Kansas City Chiefs made their first Super Bowl in a half-century by beating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 for the AFC championship. In two weeks in Miami, they will play the winner of the NFC title game between Green Bay and San Francisco. Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half that gave the Chiefs their first lead. From there, they outran the run-oriented Titans and star back Derrick Henry. 



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The Nebraska football program announced today that Matt Lubick has been hired as Nebraska’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, pending the completion of a University background check.

Lubick brings more than two decades of coaching experience to Scott Frost’s staff, including 16 seasons at Power Five Conference schools. Lubick most recently served as Washington’s co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 2017 and 2018, and spent four years on the Oregon coaching staff from 2013 to 2016 where he served on the Ducks’ staff with Frost.

“Matt Lubick is a great addition to our coaching staff,” Frost said. “I have always wanted to work with Matt again since our days at Oregon together.  He is the only person I considered for this position.

“Matt has an innovate offensive mind, provides a veteran presence on our staff and brings a proven track record of success at the Power Five level.  Matt and I developed a great relationship working together previously, and I look forward to adding his expertise to our offensive staff.”

The son of long-time Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick, Matt Lubick began his college coaching career for his father in 1995. He has been part of teams that won six conference titles and played in 14 bowl games, including the 2014 College Football Playoff championship game at Oregon.

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to be part of Nebraska Football,” Lubick said. “Growing up I was in awe of Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney’s unmatched run of success. It is a special situation for me to be reunited with an elite staff and Coach Frost who is the best in the business. The University of Nebraska is a world-class institution with the best fan base in college football.”

In his two seasons at Washington, Lubick helped the Huskies to 20 victories, the 2018 Pac-12 Championship and appearances in the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl. The Husky offense completed better than 66 percent of its passes in each of Lubick’s two seasons on the Washington staff.

Lubick spent four seasons at Oregon from 2013 to 2016, working with Frost on the Duck staff for the first three of those seasons. Oregon ranked in the top five nationally in both scoring and total offense from 2013 to 2015.  Lubick took over as Oregon’s offensive coordinator after Frost left to become head coach at UCF.

While serving as Duke’s wide receivers coach from 2010 to 2012, he was named the 2012 Football Scoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year. An NAIA All-American defensive back, Lubick coached the secondary at Arizona State from 2007 to 2009, helping the Sun Devils to the 2007 Pac-10 Conference co-championship.

Lubick’s coaching career also included stints at Ole Miss (2005-06), Colorado State (1995, 2001-04), Oregon State (1999-2000), San Jose State (1997-98) and Cal State Northridge (1996). Lubick was part of two conference title teams at Colorado State and assisted Oregon State to the 2000 Pac-10 co-championship and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

Lubick Coaching Career

2017-18               Washington (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2016                     Oregon (Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2013-15               Oregon (Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2010-12               Duke (Wide Receivers)

2007-09               Arizona State (Defensive Backs)

2005-06               Ole Miss (Wide Receivers)

2001-04               Colorado State (Wide Receivers)

1999-2000           Oregon State (Defensive Backs)

1997-98               San Jose State (Wide Receivers)

1996                     Cal State Northridge (Defensive Backs)

1995                     Colorado State (Graduate Assistant)




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The Nebraska football program announced today that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Troy Walters and the Huskers have mutually agreed to part ways.

Walters has been on the Nebraska coaching staff for the past two seasons, and has served on Scott Frost’s coaching staffs for the past four years overall. Walters was a finalist for the 2017 Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

“Troy has been a valued member of our coaching staff for the past four years,” Frost said.  “Troy is a good mentor for his players, provides great energy on and off the field, and carries himself with a presence off the field that will be missed. I want to thank him for his work on our coaching staff, and wish him and his family all the best going forward.”

 




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WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin took a stick to the face and put three pucks in the net for a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin reached 31 goals this season with his 25th career hat trick. He has scored five in his past two games to reach 689, one back of Mario Lemieux (leh-MYOO') for 10th on the NHL's all-time list.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken (NAK’-ihn) has become the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history after being named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State and joined the Giants organization in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. The NBA has several female assistant coaches. The NFL's San Francisco 49ers have Katie Sowers as an offensive assistant.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros star outfielder George Springer and the tainted team have settled on a $21 million contract for next season. Springer led the Astros to their first title in 2017 and was the Most Valuable Player of the World Series that year. This week, Major League Baseball released a report that detailed a cheating scheme the Astros used during their championship season to steal signals from opposing catchers and relay them to hitters.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh) had 32 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 128-123 Thursday night. With the victory, the NBA-leading Bucks extended their winning streak to five games. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 40 points to lead the Celtics.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kuh) shot a 6-under 66 in his return to competition after a knee injury and was tied for third place after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. Koepka, ranked No. 1 in the world, missed three months after re-injuring his knee while competing at the CJ Cup in South Korea. Koepka is two shots behind co-leaders Shaun Norris, of South Africa, and Renato Paratore, of Italy.




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