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Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 8, 2018 GMT

Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis’ Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring. The Colts confirmed McDaniels’ decision after reports emerged that the Patriots’ offensive coordinator had opted to stay in New England with Coach Bill Belichick.

James Palmer Jr. had 19 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds to lead five players in double figures for Nebraska as they won for the sixth time in seven games beating Minnesota on the road 91-85. The Big Red who had been idle since January 29th, trailed 7-0 out of the gate before getting things together. Nate Mason poured in a career-high 34 points and added six assists for the Golden Gophers, who have lost six in a row. Teammate Jordan Murphy scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Nebraska, who led 44-37 at halftime, improves to 18-8 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten. Minnesota falls to 14-12 overall and 3-10 in the conference. Palmer has now averaged 25.2 points over his last six games.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that former Norfolk High standout Lane McCallum is coming back to Nebraska. McCallum, who signed with Air Force in December 2016 and spent his first year of college there, announced yesterday that he has transferred to Nebraska. McCallum was a Super-State selection by the Journal Star as a senior at Norfolk, rushing for 1,149 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a kicker, he made 120 of 123 extra points and 20 of 31 field goals in his career. Before choosing Air Force, he also had interest from the Huskers, Northwest Missouri State, South Dakota, Wyoming, Wayne State and Northern Iowa. He is the second Division I transfer to choose to return to the state and walk on to Scott Frost’s program, joining former Central Florida quarterback and Wahoo native Noah Vedral, who did the same in early January.

Nebraska will send five players to the NFL combine, including two who left the Husker program after their junior seasons. Officially receiving combine invites, according to the list posted today on NFL.com were kicker Drew Brown, quarterback Tanner Lee, offensive lineman Nick Gates and defensive backs Chris Jones and Joshua Kalu. NU sent just two players to Indianapolis a year ago in safety Nate Gerry and tight end Cethan Carter. Gerry then was the only Husker drafted.

Nebraska football player Chris Weber is a winner of the Wayne Duke Award, which is given to one male and one female Big Ten senior pursuing a postgraduate degree. The Big Ten announced today that Weber will receive a $10,000 scholarship. He originally was a walk-on linebacker at Nebraska. The Elkhorn High graduate earned a scholarship in January 2016 and was a captain last season. Weber majored in nutrition science with minors in mathematics and business. He has a 3.96 grade-point average and plans to enroll at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in August. Weber was president of the Nebraska Uplifting Athletes program the last four years and was involved in the Team Jack Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research.

Creighton men’s basketball guard Marcus Foster is one of ten finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced yesterday. The annual honor in its fourth year recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. The winner will be announced on April 6. The Texas native leads Creighton with 19.9 points per game and 67 three-pointers made, while also contributing 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. Foster is shooting 51% from the floor, 44% from three-point range and 80% at the freethrow line. He was also named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list on Monday. Foster was a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection this year and last year was a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST choice.

Jordan Hooper is staying with the Chicago Sky. The Omaha World Herald reports that the WNBA team has re-signed the former Nebraska star, who was an unrestricted free agent. Hooper was acquired as part of a 2017 midseason trade between the Sky and Atlanta Dream. The 6’2 forward averaged six points in ten games with Chicago. Hooper is a former Big Ten player of the year who was the 13th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA draft. She also previously played with Tulsa and Dallas.

This week’s Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Sam Mailloux of the Pender boys’ basketball team. Last Saturday, in a 65-53 loss to Twin River, he had 20 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocked shots, and three steals. On Saturday, in a 63-39 victory over Spalding Academy, Mailloux recorded a line of 21 points, 17 blocked shots, and 10 rebounds. He was nominated by coach Sean King. Congratulations to Sam Mailloux of the Pender boys basketball team, he is this week’s Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.

Local Schedule: Creighton at DePaul at Chicago, IL (MBB-8:15); Nebraska-Omaha at Western Illinois at Macomb, IL (WBB-7:00).

Thursday Evening: The Battle Creek girls & boys basketball teams visit Hartington Cedar Catholic starting with the girls’ game at 6:15. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on Lite Rock 97.5 & KEXL.com.

Local Scores: LHNE 59 Creighton 46 (BBB); NC 75 West Point GACC 49 (BBB); LHNE 55 Creighton 18 (GBB); Southwestern CC, IA 79 NECC 78 (MBB); Nebraska 91 Minnesota 85 (MBB).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Sam Mailloux of the Pender boys’ basketball team.

CBS Sports Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Orlando 116 Cleveland 98

Final Toronto 111 Boston 91

Final Milwaukee 103 N-Y Knicks 89

Final Atlanta 108 Memphis 82

Final Houston 123 Brooklyn 113

Final Philadelphia 115 Washington 102

Final Oklahoma City 125 Golden State 105

Final L.A. Lakers 112 Phoenix 93

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh 5 Vegas 4

Final OT Anaheim 4 Buffalo 3

Final Washington 3 Columbus 2

Final OT Philadelphia 2 Carolina 1

Final Ottawa 5 New Jersey 3

Final Boston 3 Detroit 2

Final Florida 3 Vancouver 1

Final Minnesota 6 St. Louis 2

Final Winnipeg 4 Arizona 3

Final Calgary 3 Chicago 2

Final Colorado 3 San Jose 1

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (4) Michigan St. 96 Iowa 93

Final OT (5) Xavier 98 Butler 93

Final (6) Cincinnati 77 UCF 40

Final (10) Kansas 71 TCU 64

Final (15) Tennessee 61 (24) Kentucky 59

Final Northwestern 61 (20) Michigan 52

Final (22) Wichita St. 85 Memphis 65