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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin captured his second straight Daytona 500 on a day Ryan Newman was taken to a hospital following a fiery wreck at the finish line. Hamlin joined six Hall of Fame drivers as winners of three or more Daytona 500s, but his celebration was muted as his team and others waited to learn the condition of Newman, whose car flipped several times after being bumped and slammed into. Two hours after the race, NASCAR read a statement from Roush Fenway Racing that said Newman is in “serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening.”

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas and San Diego remain the top 4 teams in the newest Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The top-ranked Bears claimed 48 of 63 first-place votes, the No. 2 Bulldogs picked up 14 and the third-rated Jayhawks claimed the other No. 1 vote. Kansas and Baylor will square off Saturday in Waco. Dayton, Duke, Maryland, Florida State, Penn State and Kentucky round out the top 10, with Louisville dropping from fifth to 11th with Saturday’s 15-point loss at Clemson.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns new general manager Andrew Berry cleared $13 million in salary-cap space Monday by releasing veteran cornerback T.J. Carrie and three others signed by former GM John Dorsey. The 29-year-old Carrie played in all 32 games over the past two seasons after being signed as a free agent. He had 125 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks. Cleveland also terminated the contracts of tight end Demetrius Harris, guard Eric Kush and linebacker Adarius Taylor.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have shipped forward Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH’-lee) to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Tim Schaller and prospect Tyler Madden. The Kings also receiver a second-round selection in this year’s draft and a fourth-rounder in 2022. Toffoli has 18 goals and 34 points in 58 games this season. The deal comes after he became the first player in NHL history to record a hat trick in an outdoor game, leading Los Angeles to a 3-1 win over Colorado on Saturday.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright died yesterday of a heart attack at the age of 85, according to her attorney. She had been hospitalized in recent weeks because of a fall. Wright won 82 LPGA tournaments, including 13 majors from 1955 until foot issues led to her retirement in 1969. Her 82 wins place her second on the all-time list behind Kathy Whitworth, who won 88.

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Davis capped his 20-point performance in the NBA All-Star game last night by hitting the game-ending free throw to complete Team LeBron’s 157-155 victory over Team Giannis (YAH’-nihs). Kawhi Leonard captured the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP trophy by hitting eight 3-pointers and scoring 30 points. LeBron James had 23 points for his team, which shut out Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-tah-KOON’-poh) after he poured in 25 points over the first three periods.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR will try to complete the Daytona 500 today after the season-opening race was stopped by rain after 20 laps yesterday. The first delay lasted 50 minutes and came moments after the presidential motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. The second stoppage was prompted by heavier rain, further soaking a racing surface that takes hours to dry.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Scott survived a calamitous final round with just enough clutch putts to take the PGA’s Genesis Invitational. He closed with a 1-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur), Scott Brown and Sung Kang. The victory comes 15 years after Scott won a playoff at Riviera that didn't count as official because rain shortened the tournament to 36 holes. He earned every bit of this victory, his 14th on the PGA Tour and 29th worldwide.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Yu Darvish has chimed in on Houston’s sign-stealing scheme, just over two years after getting rocked by the Houston Astros in the World Series. The Chicago Cubs pitcher says the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 championship, comparing them to an Olympian who loses a gold medal because of cheating. He acknowledged that he didn’t pitch his best during the 2017 Fall Classic, lasting just 1 ½ innings in his two starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Islanders have solidified their defense for the playoff push by acquiring Devils captain Andy Greene for blueline prospect David Quenneville (KWEHN’-vihl) and a second-round pick in the 2021 draft. The Islanders have been searching for a quality defenseman since losing Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) to an Achilles tendon injury on Jan. 2. Greene also gives them a lefty-shooting defender on a team filled with right-handed defensemen.

Evanston, Ill. - Nebraska took No. 19 Northwestern to the brink leading 56-51 with under three minutes left, but the Wildcats scored the game's final nine points to escape with a 60-56 women's basketball win over the Huskers at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Leigha Brown led Nebraska with 14 points off the bench, including the Huskers' final two points on a turnaround jumper with 3:05 left, while Kate Cain added a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks and a career-high four steals.

Nebraska slipped to 16-10 overall and 6-9 in the Big Ten, while Northwestern improved to 22-3 overall and 12-2 in the conference with its fifth consecutive victory. Veronica Burton led Northwestern with 21 points, while Jordan Hamilton added 10 points and four assists off the bench for the Wildcats. Abi Scheid added nine points as well for the Cats.

Lindsey Pulliam, the No. 3 scorer in the Big Ten, also played a major role by putting up the final four points for the Wildcats in the game's final 25 seconds to finish with nine points and 10 rebounds. However, Pulliam scored seven of her nine points at the line and went just 1-for-13 from the field. Her one field goal came with 24.8 seconds left to end an 0-for-12 shooting drought on the day and give the Cats the victory.

Nebraska's defense was outstanding for four quarters, holding the Cats to just 28.8 percent (19-66) shooting for the game. Northwestern did hit 5-of-16 threes (.313) and 17-of-19 free throws. The Cats out-rebounded Nebraska, 36-34. In the game's most telling stat, the Cats won the turnover battle, 15-7, and outscored Nebraska 21-9 off those turnovers.

The Huskers hit 43.1 percent (22-51) of their shots from the floor, including 4-of-14 threes (.286) and 8-of-11 free throws.

In an entertaining and evenly played first half, Nebraska took a 33-29 lead to the locker room. The Huskers trailed 16-15 at the end of the first quarter, but closed the period on a 4-0 run in the final minute. Nebraska extended the surge to 9-0 by scoring the first five points of the second quarter to take a 20-16 lead. The Huskers did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the half.

Brown led Nebraska with nine first-half points. Cain powered the Huskers at both ends in the half, producing eight points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the half, while Ashtyn Veerbeek contributed seven points, including the three-pointer that gave Nebraska the lead to open the second quarter.

In the half, the Huskers hit 51.9 percent (14-27) of their shots from the field, including 2-of-5 threes. Nebraska also went 3-for-4 at the line. The Huskers held Northwestern to just 33.3 percent (11-33) from the floor, including 1-for-6 (.167) from long range. The Cats did hit 6-of-8 free throws. Both teams grabbed 17 first-half rebounds, but Northwestern won the first-half turnover battle, 6-3.

Scheid led Northwestern with nine points and five rebounds in the half, while Burton added six points on a pair of traditional three-point plays.

Nebraska extended the biggest lead for either team in the game to nine points at 38-29 after a three-point play with 8:20 left in the third quarter to start the second half on a 5-0 run. Northwestern cut the lead to 44-42 at the end of three quarters before the Huskers pushed the edge back to six at 48-42 to open the third quarter after Cain's final basket with 8:15 left.

The Wildcats then erupted on a 7-0 spurt in 1:50 to take a brief 49-48 lead on Burton's three-pointer with 6:07 left. Nebraska then answered with a 6-0 run of its own that started with a free throw from Isabelle Bourne, followed by a bucket from Veerbeek and capped by a three-pointer from Sam Haiby with 3:52 left. Haiby finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action against Ohio State on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Tip-off against the Buckeyes in Columbus is set for 6 p.m. (CT).

Waco, Texas – The Nebraska baseball team (1-2) led Baylor, 2-0, after the top of the third, but the Bears responded with seven unanswered runs on its way to a 7-2 win at Baylor Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore lefty Cade Povich, making his Husker debut, threw 4.0 innings and allowed four runs (no earned runs) while recording seven strikeouts and no walks. Bo Blessie (1.1 innings) and Trey Kissack (0.1) came out of the bullpen before Kyle Perry pitched 2.1 no-hit scoreless innings.

In the opening frame, the Huskers went down 1-2-3. Povich struck out the side in the bottom half.

NU scored first with one run in the top of the second. After Ty Roseberry delivered a one-out single, Mojo Hagge singled to advance him to third. After a strikeout, Drew Gilin drove in Roseberry with an RBI single up the middle. A flyout left two runners stranded. All three Bears were retired in the bottom of the second as Povich added a pair of strikeouts.

Nebraska added a run in the top of the third to build a 2-0 advantage. Spencer Schwellenbach drew a one-out walk before advancing to third on Aaron Palensky's double. Luke Roskam drove in Schwellenbach with an RBI groundout. Roseberry walked, but a flyout left two runners on. In the bottom of the third, Baylor plated three runs to take a 3-2 lead. With two outs and one runner on, each of the next three Baylor hitters reached base on a single, error and triple.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the fourth. In the bottom half, the Bears produced back-to-back two-out hits, but left both runners stranded.

Cam Chick hit a leadoff single in the top of the fifth before being thrown out on a fielder's choice. Palensky singled to put two runners on, but a double play ended the frame. Baylor added a run in the bottom of the fifth to extend its lead to 4-2. Each of the first two Bears batters singled during the frame before a passed ball brought in the run.

In the top of the sixth, NU loaded the bases with one out, but a double play kept the Huskers from scoring. Baylor tacked on three runs in the bottom of the sixth to build a 7-2 lead. The Bears managed four baserunners during the frame on two base hits and two walks.

Schwellenbach laced a one-out single in the top of the seventh, but a double play kept NU from adding to its score. Perry retired all three Bears in the bottom of the seventh.

Roskam drew a leadoff walk, but three consecutive outs left him stranded in the top of the eighth. The Bears went down in order in the bottom of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, the Huskers were retired in order.

The Huskers return to action next weekend at the Tony Gwynn Legacy in San Diego, Calif. NU faces San Diego (Friday), San Diego State (Saturday) and Arizona (Sunday, Feb. 23) at the event.

Lincoln – University of Nebraska guard Matej Kavas (pronounced MAH-tey KAH-vahs) will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season, as he suffered an injury in the first half of Nebraska’s loss to Wisconsin Saturday afternoon.

Medical test showed that Kavas, a 6-foot-8 senior guard from Ljubljana, Slovenia, has an injury to his left hand. Further testing and evaluation by a hand specialist are planned for Monday to determine the further course of action. That examination will determine his prognosis, but the injury results on Saturday have ruled Kavas out for the remainder of the season.

“It is disappointing to see Matej’s college career end because of an injury,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Matej was one of the first players to commit to Nebraska when we started last spring. He believed he could help set the foundation for our program even though he had one season to play. Everyone in our program appreciates Matej, and we look forward to him having a full recovery and getting the opportunity to continue playing after college.”

Kavas played in 22 games at Nebraska this season as a graduate transfer, averaging 5.3 points per game, as one of the Huskers’ top scorers off the bench. He had seven double-figure performances in 2019-20, including a season-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, against North Dakota.

Kavas had been playing some of his best basketball in recent games, averaging 8.3 ppg on 50 percent shooting in the three games prior to the Wisconsin game, including an 11-point effort off the bench against No. 9 Maryland in a 72-70 loss on Feb. 11.

Kavas, who played his first three seasons at Seattle University, totaled 1,096 career points, including 200 3-pointers, in his collegiate career. He was 11th nationally among active players in 3-point percentage (.431). His best season was in 2017-18 at Seattle, when he averaged 15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game to earn second-team All-WAC honors. That year, he led the conference in both 3-pointers per game (2.8) and 3-point percentage (.464).

The Huskers return to action on Thursday. Feb. 20, when Nebraska hosts Michigan State. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by FS1 and carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.

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Grand Island wrestlers finished in second place hosting the A-2 district tournament on Friday & Saturday. GI on the top spot with a score of 189.5. Omaha Burke with a score at 179.0 was in second place and Gretna finished third with a score of 141.0. North Platte fourth, Omaha North 5th, Lincoln Southwest 6th, South Sioux City 7th, and Lincoln Northstar 8th. 


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Lincoln, Neb. - A decisive 21-5 second half run lifted Wisconsin to a 81-64 victory over Nebraska Saturday afternoon  

The Huskers trailed 39-38 at halftime and led 43-41 after Kevin Cross' 3-pointer with 18:28 remaining. From there, Wisconsin took control, as D'Mitirk Trice hit three of his five 3-pointers in the spurt, pushing the Badger lead to 17 before Thorir Thorbjarnarson's 3-pointer ended the Badger run . 

Nebraska chipped away at the deficit, pulling to within 10 with just under eight minutes remaining. The Huskers had two open looks on the next two possessions, but could not pull any closer before Wisconsin ran off eight straight points, including a pair of 3-point from Brad Davision to push the lead back to 18 with just over five minutes remaining.

  Senior guard Haanif Cheatham reached double figures for the 17th time this season leading the Huskers with 17 points. Dachon Burke would add 10 for the Huskers, while Cam Mack flirted with a triple double, finishing with  eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Yvan Ouedraego would have a solid game coming off the bench for the Huskers with eight points and 10 rebounds.
For the Badgers, Davison tied his career high of 30 points and also tied a school record for the three-pointers made in a game with eight. Davison is the only Big Ten player to have made eight three-pointers in a conference game this year. Micah Potter added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Badgers (15-10, 8-6) off the bench.  

The Huskers (7-18, 2-12) will return to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday night when they host Michigan State. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the will be carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.

Kearney, Neb. – Junior guard Jake Walker tallied 25 points, tying a season-high, and senior forward Morgan Soucie scored 24 to help Nebraska-Kearney beat Central Missouri, 78-74, Saturday evening in Warrensburg.  

The Lopers (15-9, 9-6) won its fourth road game of the year despite the loss of Bellevue senior forward AJ Jackson (14.3 points & 4.2 rebounds per game) who was injured in Thursday's loss at Lincoln. He had scored 20 points in three of the last four games.

"I'm extremely proud of them. We were obviously short-handed without AJ … he's kind of our emotional leader and to not have him out there was tough," UNK head coach Kevin Lofton said. "We needed to find a way to get it done and we did."

In a back and forth game that featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes, UNK erased a six-point second half deficit thanks to a 12-4 run. Walker (Centerville, Utah) hit two threes in this stretch with a layup by Soucie (Osawatomie, Kan.) making it 63-61 with 5:26 remaining.

The Lopers didn't trail again but the Mules, who went 10 of 19 from behind arc, hung around and forced UNK to make some free throws. Texas senior lefty Chase Winchester did just that, going 4 of 4 at the line in the final 23 seconds. He also made a layup at the 1:59 mark to push the Kearney lead to three at 72-69.

"We had to be gritty, play hard, play smart and play together. No one guy was going to do it … everyone had to find a way to pitch in," Lofton said.  "We had one true big on the floor and they didn't beat us on the boards. We played winning basketball for the most part."

Having seven fewer turnovers than the Mules (9-15, 4-11), UNK went 9 of 11 at the line in the second half and won despite UCM shooting 54% (26 of 48) from the field.


Walker went 6 of 10 from three-point land and also made five of six free throws. His fifth 20-point game of the year, he had 25 in last Saturday's win over Newman. Next Soucie made 9 of 16 shots and fell a rebound shy of a double double with Winchester going all 40 minutes and providing 11 points, two boards, one assist and no turnovers.
UCM had three starters and reserve in double figures including Omaha redshirt freshman Shae Wyatt (10). He also is a standout wide receiver in on the Mule football team.

The Lopers host Rogers State and Northeastern State next weekend.

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