Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, Jan 7, 2019
Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a two-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining to push the Philadelphia Eagles past the Bears, 16-15 at Chicago in the NFC wild-card game. Foles completed 25 of his 40 passes for 266 yards and two TDs to improve to 4-0 as a starter in Philadelphia postseason games. The Bears still had a chance to win it following Tate’s scoring grab, but Eagles kicker Cody Parkey hit the left upright and then the crossbar on a blocked field-goal attempt from 43 yards with ten seconds remaining.
Michael Badgley kicked five field goals and Melvin Gordon scored on a one-yard run that gave the Los Angeles Chargers a 20-3 lead in the fourth quarter of a 23-17 victory over the Ravens in the AFC wild-card game at Baltimore. Badgley set a franchise record for field goals in a playoff game. His final field goal put Los Angeles ahead 23-3 with 9:09 left. Philip Rivers was competent if unspectacular for the Chargers, completing 22 of 32 passes for 160 yards and no turnovers in the team’s third straight wild-card win.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired coach Tom Thibodeau, halfway into his third season with the team that began with turmoil surrounding All-Star Jimmy Butler. Thibodeau was also the president of basketball operations with full authority over the roster. He finished 97-107 with the Wolves, who returned to the NBA playoffs last spring after a 13-year absence. As Butler, Thibodeau’s prized acquisition, forced his way out of Minnesota, however, the season went off to a rocky start to put Thibodeau in a tenuous spot. The move was made about an hour after the team’s 108-86 victory yesterday over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jordan Bohannon scored a season-high 25 points with five assists to lead five players in double figures and 25th-ranked Iowa beat 24th ranked Nebraska 93-84 yesterday, snapping a three-game losing streak to open Big Ten play. The Huskers, which shot 38% on three-pointers entering Sunday, was a dismal 4-23 from beyond the arc. Isaac Copeland had 24 points, six rebounds, and two steals to lead NU. James Palmer Jr. scored 20 points, but the Hawkeyes held the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer without a point for the opening 18 minutes. Isaiah Roby added 17 points and nine boards for Nebraska. The Big Red drop to 11-4 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten while Iowa improves to 12-3 overall and 1-3 in the league.
The eleventh ranked Nebraska Cornhusker wrestling team got back to its winning ways yesterday at the Devaney Center. Northwestern led 14-4 after four matches, but NU took the final six bouts to earn their twelfth straight victory over the Wildcats 26-14. The Huskers won seven of the ten matches, with four victories coming by bonus points. There were four bouts (125, 157, 174, HWT) that featured wrestlers from both teams ranked in the top 20 of their weight class. NU earned victories in three of the four matches. They are now 6-2 in duals.
125: #2 Sebastian Rivera (NW) pinned Zeke Moisey (NEB) (2:36)
133: Collin Valdiviez (NW) major dec. Tucker Sjomeling (NEB), 13-4
141: Chad Red Jr. (NEB) major dec. Yahya Thomas (NW), 10-1
149: Shane Oster (NW) major dec. Jordan Shearer (NEB), 11-3
157: #4 Tyler Berger dec. #2 Ryan Deakin (NW), 6-3
165: #6 Isaiah White (NEB) major dec. Tyler Morland (NW), 17-5
174: #9 Mikey Labriola (NEB) major dec. #10 Johnny Sebastian (NW), 14-4
184: #5 Taylor Venz (NEB) tech. fall Brendan Devine (NW), 15-0 (5:13)
197:#12 Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. Zachary Chakonis (NW), 8-3
HWT: #14 David Jensen (NEB) dec. #18 Conan Jennings (NW), 7-6
The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys basketball rankings. Bellevue West is the new number one in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Lincoln Pius X remains first in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High is the new number one. In Class ‘C-2’, Freeman is the new number one, Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur jumps from third to second, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge moves up from fifth to third, Wakefield is up from tenth to seventh, Wisner/Pilger enters the rankings at number eight, Ponca drops from fourth to ninth, and Hartington Cedar Catholic drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, Archbishop Bergan stays at number one, Fullerton remains third, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is once again sixth. In Class ‘D-2’, Johnson/Brock remains first, Osmond stays at number four, Humphrey St. Francis is once again fifth, Wausa moves up from tenth to ninth, Wynot slips from eighth to tenth.
The Norfolk High wrestling team is coming off a 2-3 performance last Saturday at the Sioux City East Duals Tournament. They earned dual wins over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley of Iowa and Sioux City East of Iowa while falling to Jackson County Central of Minnesota, Sioux City Heelan of Iowa, and Storm Lake of Iowa. Conner Cowling (285) and Hunter Mangelsen (220) went 5-0 while Aaron Dittmer (126) & Brayden Splater (16) were 4-1. This year, the Panthers who are 14-10 in duals, have beaten Cozad, Malcolm, High Plains Community, O’Neill, Gothenburg, Blue Valley West of Kansas, Elkhorn South, the Grand Island JV, Bennington, Fairbury, Lincoln Southwest, Smith Center of Kansas, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley of Iowa, and Sioux City East of Iowa. Norfolk also won the Fremont Invite earlier this season. Norfolk now gets ready for a week in which they host Columbus in a Tuesday dual, visit Elkhorn for a road dual on Thursday, and compete in the Heartland Athletic Conference Championships at Lincoln Northeast on Saturday.
The sixth ranked in both polls in Class ‘D-1’ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family boys basketball squad is 8-2 on the season after a 45-41 loss to third ranked in Class ‘D-2’ Riverside last Friday night. This season the Bulldogs have beaten Clarkson/Leigh, Howells/Dodge, Shelby/Rising City, Nebraska Christian, Stanton, Pender, Battle Creek, and St. Paul while falling to Omaha Concordia and Riverside. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is outscoring their opponents on average through ten contests 57.6-47.8. The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday when they visit Omaha World Herald eighth ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Wisner/Pilger.
Local Schedule: Little Priest Tribal College at NECC (MBB-7:00).
Tuesday Evening: The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys basketball teams are on the road at Columbus Scotus starting with the girls’ game at 6:15. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Local Scores: Creighton 65 Georgetown 38 (WBB); Nebraska-Omaha 78 North Dakota St. 61 (WBB).
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Minnesota 108 L.A. Lakers 86
Final L.A. Clippers 106 Orlando 96
Final Brooklyn 117 Chicago 100
Final Atlanta 106 Miami 82
Final Washington 116 Oklahoma City 98
Final Toronto 121 Indiana 105
Final Charlotte 119 Phoenix 113
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Carolina 5 Ottawa 4
Final Arizona 5 N-Y Rangers 0
Final Vegas 3 New Jersey 2
Final Washington 3 Detroit 2
Final Winnipeg 5 Dallas 1
Final Edmonton 4 Anaheim 0
Final Chicago 5 Pittsburgh 3
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Final L.A. Chargers 23 Baltimore 17
Final Philadelphia 16 Chicago 15
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (2) Michigan 74 (21) Indiana 63
Final (16) Marquette 70 Xavier 52
Final (19) Houston 90 Memphis 77
Final (22) Wisconsin 71 Penn St. 52
Final (25) Iowa 93 (24) Nebraska 84