Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, December 31, 2018
The Baltimore Ravens captured the AFC North title with a 26-24 victory over Cleveland, and the Indianapolis Colts knocked both Pittsburgh and Tennessee out of the postseason by beating the Titans, 33-17. In a game heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM, the Kansas City Chiefs clobbered the Raiders, 35-3 to win the AFC West and a first-round bye, New England rolled to a 38-3 win over the New York Jets to take the two seed, and Houston clinched the AFC South with a 20-3 victory against Jacksonville. The AFC wild-card matchups have the Texans hosting the Colts and the Chargers visiting Baltimore.
The Philadelphia Eagles grabbed the final NFC playoff berth with a 24-0 shutout of Washington and Minnesota’s 24-10 loss to Chicago. The Los Angeles Rams beat San Francisco, 48-32 to take the two seed in the NFC postseason and a first-round bye. The NFC wild-card round will have the Eagles taking on the Bears in Chicago and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Seattle Seahawks.
The New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making head coaching changes after finishing last in their respective divisions. The Jets have dismissed Todd Bowles after a 3-3 start turned into a 4-12 disaster. Bowles was head coach for four years, guiding the team to a 10-6 record in his first season before going 14-34 the rest of the way. Dirk Koetter was let go by the Buccaneers following a three-year run. The Bucs have posted back-to-back 5-11 seasons after going 9-7 in Koetter’s first year at the helm.
Emmanuel Nzekwesi had 28 points on 12-19 shooting and 14 rebounds and D.J. Weaver made seven three-pointers and scored 21 points and Oral Roberts beat home-team Nebraska-Omaha 87-84 yesterday. JT Gibson led four players in double figures for the Mavericks with 21 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. UNO falls to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in the Summit League while the Golden Eagles are now 5-11 overall and 1-0 in the league.
The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys basketball rankings. Omaha Creighton Prep remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Lincoln Pius X stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Adams Central is the new number one. In Class ‘C-2’, Sutton is the new number one, Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur jumps from tenth to third, Ponca slips from first to fourth, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge moves up from ninth to fifth, Hartington Cedar Catholic falls from fifth to sixth, Wakefield enters the rankings at number ten, and Lutheran High Northeast drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, Archbishop Bergan remains first, Fullerton stays at number three, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is once again sixth, and Boyd County drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘D-2’, Johnson/Brock remains first, Osmond stays at number four, Humphrey St. Francis jumps from sixth to fifth, Wynot moves up from ninth to eighth, Wausa enters the rankings at number ten, and Stuart falls from the rankings.
Checking out the local schedule for today, high school holiday basketball tournaments continue across the state. At the Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament, the Norfolk High boys take on Lincoln Pius X at Lincoln High School at 2:45 and the Norfolk girls play Lincoln High at Lincoln Southeast High School at 9:30 AM. At the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout at Wayne State College, the Norfolk Catholic boys face West Point-Beemer in the White Division Championship at 2:00 while the Lady Knights meet Laurel/Concord/Coleridge in the ‘White’ Division Championship at 12:30. At the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament at Wisner, in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, the Lutheran High Northeast boys face Pierce at 2:30. Pregame coverage at 2:10. In another contest at the tournament, the Lutheran High Northeast girls play Wakefield at 11:30. In other basketball games, the Creighton men battle Providence in Rhode Island at 3:00, the Nebraska women are in Columbus, Ohio to play Ohio State at 12:00, and the Creighton women visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin to meet Marquette at 2:00. To round out the docket, the Norfolk Catholic wrestling team competes in the Pierce Invitational at 10:00.
Local Scores: Oral Roberts 71 Nebraska-Omaha 56 (WBB); Augustana 72 WSC 71 (MBB); (23) Augustana 88 WSC 74 (WBB).
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Orlando 109 Detroit 107
Final Minnesota 113 Miami 104
Final Toronto 95 Chicago 89
Final Dallas 105 Oklahoma City 103
Final Portland 129 Philadelphia 95
Final L.A. Lakers 121 Sacramento 114
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Vegas 5 Arizona 1
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final New England 38 N-Y Jets 3
Final Detroit 31 Green Bay 0
Final Atlanta 34 Tampa Bay 32
Final Houston 20 Jacksonville 3
Final Dallas 36 N-Y Giants 35
Final Buffalo 42 Miami 17
Final Carolina 33 New Orleans 14
Final Chicago 24 Minnesota 10
Final Baltimore 26 Cleveland 24
Final Seattle 27 Arizona 24
Final L.A. Chargers 23 Denver 9
Final L.A. Rams 48 San Francisco 32
Final Philadelphia 24 Washington 0
Final Kansas City 35 Oakland 3
Final Pittsburgh 16 Cincinnati 13
Final Indianapolis 33 Tennessee 17
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (2) Michigan 74 Binghamton 52