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Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017

Chris Boswell booted a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left to complete the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fourth-quarter comeback in a 39-38 triumph over the Baltimore Ravens. Pittsburgh trailed by eleven points in the fourth quarter and by nine with 3 ½ minutes left until Le’Veon Bell ran eleven yards for a touchdown. Bell had 125 yards rushing, and Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback with three games of at least 500 passing yards. Roethlisberger finished with 506 and two touchdown throws as the Steelers improved to 11-2. Javorius Allen scored two touchdowns for the 7-6 Ravens.

Two sources familiar with the injury tell The Associated Press that doctors believe Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tore his left ACL in yesterday’s 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams and will miss the rest of the season and playoffs. Wentz threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles clinched the NFC East title. Wentz needs an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury.

Nebraska football landed a recruit. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Jaron Woodyard verbally committed to the program last night. The Arizona Western Community College receiver is the second verbal commit of the day and the second of Scott Frost’s tenure here, joining four-star safety C.J. Smith of Oxbridge Academy, West Palm Beach, Florida. Woodyard played in ten games for the Matadors in 2017 and hauled in 36 catches for 522 yards and six touchdowns. He is expected to be a winter graduate, meaning he can enroll at NU for spring semester and participate in spring practice, maximizing his time to learn the offense and push for playing time. Based on 247Sports’ composite rankings, Woodyard is the fourth-rated junior college receiver in the country and the 47th juco prospect overall. Nebraska, who’s 2018 class currently stands at nine, lost four-star wide receiver Joshua Moore.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released its All-State football teams. In the Omaha World Herald, Norfolk Catholic offensive lineman Ethan Piper was honored on the All-Nebraska First Team while teammate running back Dylan Kautz reached the Second Team. Kautz, Piper, offensive lineman Joe Teten, and defensive back Chase Clausen were named to the Class ‘C-1’ First Team. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Piper was named to the Super-State First Team while Kautz and Teten were honored on the Second Team. Kautz & Piper were named honorary captains of the Class ‘C-1’ First Team. Teten, Clausen, linebacker Kelby Schaefer, punter Evan Smith reached the Second Team. Lutheran High Northeast offensive lineman Seth Knapp was honored on the Omaha World Herald Class ‘C-2’ First Team.

The Norfolk High wrestling team is coming off a third place finish by going 8-2 at the Northeast Nebraska Duals Tournament at Central Community College in Columbus last Friday & Saturday. MJ Montgomery and Conner Cowling went 10-0, Josh Licking was 8-0, while Ethan Behmer had a 9-1 record. The Panthers earned wins over O’Neill, Malcolm, Gothenburg, Columbus Scotus, Twin River, Cozad, Blue Valley West of Kansas, and Shelby/Rising City. This year, Norfolk has a first place finish at the Fremont Invitational, the third place finish last weekend, and a 9-2 record in duals this season. The Panthers return to action on Friday & Saturday when they compete in the Grand Island Flatwater Fracas at the Heartland Events Center. 32 teams will be in competition.

The Norfolk Catholic girls’ basketball team is 1-3 on the season after splitting two games last week. They beat Pierce 52-43 on the road last Tuesday and then dropped a 70-33 road decision at third ranked in both polls in Class ‘C-1’ Bishop Neumann last Thursday. This year the Lady Knights are being outscored on average through the four contests 49.3-39.8. Norfolk Catholic returns to action this evening at 7:45 when they host Omaha World Herald eighth ranked in Class ‘C-2’ 3-1 Hartington Cedar Catholic.

Local Schedule: Hartington CC at NC (GBB-7:45); Mt. Marty at WSC (MBB-7:00).

Tuesday Evening: The Pierce girls & boys basketball teams visit O’Neill starting at 6:15. Pregame coverage at 5:55 on Lite Rock 97.5 & KEXL.com.

Local Scores: Creighton 72 Nebraska-Omaha 51 (WBB).

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Toronto 102 Sacramento 87

Final Boston 91 Detroit 81

Final OT Indiana 126 Denver 116

Final New Orleans 131 Philadelphia 124

Final Minnesota 97 Dallas 92

Final N-Y Knicks 111 Atlanta 107

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Chicago 3 Arizona 1

Final OT St. Louis 3 Buffalo 2

Final Toronto 1 Edmonton 0

Final OT Minnesota 4 San Jose 3

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Detroit 24 Tampa Bay 21

Final OT Buffalo 13 Indianapolis 7

Final Kansas City 26 Oakland 15

Final Chicago 33 Cincinnati 7

Final Dallas 30 N-Y Giants 10

Final Carolina 31 Minnesota 24

Final OT Green Bay 27 Cleveland 21

Final San Francisco 26 Houston 16

Final Arizona 12 Tennessee 7

Final Denver 23 N-Y Jets 0

Final L.A. Chargers 30 Washington 13

Final Philadelphia 43 L.A. Rams 35

Final Jacksonville 30 Seattle 24

Final Pittsburgh 39 Baltimore 38

New England at Miami 8:30 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (16) Arizona St. 95 (2) Kansas 85

Final (4) Villanova 77 La Salle 68

Final (12) Gonzaga 97 Washington 70

Final (21) Purdue 86 IUPUI 61