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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was awake and speaking with family and doctors yesterday, less than 24 hours after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway Racing released an update on its driver, whose car slammed into the wall at nearly 200 mph, flipped, got T-boned by another car, flipped several more times and skidded to a halt in flames. Everyone watching feared the worst Monday night and had to wait nearly two hours to learn that Newman's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Quarterback Drew Brees (breez) says he intends to play for the New Orleans Saints again next season. The 41-year-old Brees used a social media post to announce his intention to “make another run at it” in what would be his 20th NFL season. Brees is the NFL's all-time leader with 6,867 completions, 77,416 yards passing and 547 touchdown throws.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month after nine seasons with the team amid a rebuilding process under first-year coach Matt Rhule (rool). Olsen has caught 718 passes for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns during a 13-season NFL career that began with a four-year run with the Chicago Bears.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition. A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year. Currently, football, men's and women's basketball, men's hockey and baseball players must sit out one season after transferring.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (BOH’-mees-tur) is back in St. Louis after collapsing on the bench during a game in Anaheim last week. Bouwmeester issued a statement saying he’s “on the road to recovery” after going into cardiac arrest in the first period versus the Ducks. He had a cardioverter defibrillator implanted into his chest at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, California, where he had been hospitalized until returning to St. Louis on Sunday.




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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ty-Shon Alexander scored 22 points and Marcus Zegarowski added 17 to lead No. 15 Creighton to a 73-65 victory over No. 19 Marquette. Creighton won for the eighth time in nine games, including road victories over three ranked teams, and moved within a half-game of first-place Seton Hall in the Big East standings. Sacar Anim had 18 points for Marquette. Markus Howard, who entered as the nation’s leading scorer at 27.3 points per game, added 13 — all in the second half.



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The McCook Community College baseball team fought off Colby Tuesday to win the 2020 home opener at the Jaycees Sports Complex, 8-6.

“I felt like we made strides for the first eight innings, played a really nice game, we had a good practice yesterday and got a few things addressed,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen. “We carried ourselves a lot better on the field and it carried over for us to play a little cleaner on defense.”

The Indians overcame a 3-1 deficit and scored five runs in the fourth inning, added two more in the seventh and held off a late three-run rally by the Trojans in the ninth.

“I wasn’t extremely pleased with the ninth inning, we really need to learn how to close out games, it’s been a little bit of an issue, but it’s also the hardest inning in baseball to close out,” Olsen said. “We will keep working on getting it done, if we can put a complete game together we have a chance to be pretty tough.”

Trevor Pacheco (sophomore, Pueblo, Colo.) drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI-groundout to support starting pitcher Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) who went three innings allowing one run and three hits while striking out two.

Austin Mathews (sophomore Alvin, Texas) came on in the fourth when Colby scored twice on a Zach Olson home run to take a 3-1 lead. Mathews allowed two hits, a walk and a strikeout in his inning of work.

The Indians were able to regain the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth scoring five runs on three singles, a walk, a hit batter, a Colby error, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. Mark Zhang (sophomore, Nicholls, Australia) delivered a two-run pinch hit single to tie the game at 3-3. MCC added runs on the wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Pedro Perez (Cidra, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy).

Connor McGonigal (sophomore, Omaha Burke High School) came on to pitch in the Colby fifth and held the Trojans off the scoreboard in his four innings of work, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four.

Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) put the Indians up 8-3 with a two-run double in the eighth inning.

Troy Shepherd (freshman, McDowell, N.C.) pitched the ninth inning but was able to wiggle out of the inning with the tying runs on base. He gave up two hits and two earned runs while walking three.

Colby out-hit MCC 10-5, but the Indians made their hits count. Pacheco had two hits for the Indians. The other three came on the RBI pinch-hit single by Zhang, and a single by Kade Wroot (sophomore, North Platte) in front of the RBI double by Eiguren in the seventh inning.

MCC improves to 5-4 on the season. The Indians hit the road for the Empire League (Region IX) opener in Lamar, Colo. taking on the Runnin’ Lopes (2-5) in a three-game series with a single game Saturday and two games Sunday.

After that, the Indians are home for six straight games starting Feb. 26 against Garden City (3 p.m.), continuing with a three-game weekend series with Otero Feb. 29 and March 1, a mid-week game against Northeast Community College March 4 (2 p.m.) and a three-game weekend series with Lamar March 6-7.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/




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B7 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved McCook

C2-10 Sub-District BracketTeams involved Cambridge

C2-11 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Hitchcock County, DCS

D1-9 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Arapahoe

D1-11 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Maywood-Hayes Center

D1-12 Sub-District BracketTeams involved Wauneta-Palisade 

D2-9 Sub-District BracketTeams involved Southwest

D2-10 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Medicine Valley




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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.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Conestoga 73, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 45

Elkhorn Mount Michael 58, Bennington 35

Mullen 50, Hershey 36

Ponca 76, Elk Point-Jefferson, S.D. 43

Waverly 41, Nebraska City 32

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class B=

Subdistrict B-1=

Omaha Duchesne Academy 53, Ralston 38

Subdistrict B-2=

Omaha Gross Catholic 54, Omaha Skutt Catholic 24

Subdistrict B-3=

Waverly 41, Nebraska City 32

Subdistrict B-4=

Blair 49, Schuyler 8

Subdistrict B-5=

Beatrice 42, Norris 30

Crete 49, Seward 22

Subdistrict B-6=

Grand Island Northwest 66, Aurora 45

York 51, Hastings 40

Subdistrict B-7=

Holdrege 38, Lexington 31

Subdistrict B-8=

Scottsbluff 57, Gering 43

Sidney 59, Alliance 23

Class C-1=

Subdistrict C1-4=

David City 56, Douglas County West 38

Subdistrict C1-5=

Lincoln Lutheran 56, Raymond Central 24

Subdistrict C1-6=

Falls City 50, Wilber-Clatonia 18

Subdistrict C1-8=

Columbus Lakeview 54, Central City 47

Subdistrict C1-9=

Valentine 37, Ainsworth 35

Subdistrict C1-10=

Minden 43, Gibbon 31

Class C-2=

Subdistrict C2-2=

Mead 56, Cedar Bluffs 30

Subdistrict C2-4=

Homer 76, Wisner-Pilger 59

Subdistrict C2-5=

Stanton 52, Madison 30

Subdistrict C2-6=

Bishop Neumann 48, Shelby/Rising City 32

Subdistrict C2-7=

Boyd County 54, West Holt 39

Subdistrict C2-8=

Thayer Central 51, Sandy Creek 24

Subdistrict C2-10=

Centura 47, Arcadia-Loup City 38

Class D-1=

Subdistrict D1-1=

Omaha Christian Academy 64, Walthill 47

Subdistrict D1-3=

Creighton 45, Wausa 29

Subdistrict D1-4=

Osmond 55, Plainview 48

Subdistrict D1-6=

Twin River 38, High Plains Community 24

Subdistrict D1-7=

Deshler 37, McCool Junction 24

Subdistrict D1-9=

Axtell 51, Harvard 27

Subdistrict D1-11=

Southwest 48, Arapahoe 45

Class D-2=

Subdistrict D2-3=

Osceola 27, Friend 19

Subdistrict D2-6=

Hampton 48, Giltner 42

Subdistrict D2-7=

Heartland Lutheran 45, Elba 31

Subdistrict D2-8=

Wilcox-Hildreth 44, Red Cloud 35

Subdistrict D2-10=

Medicine Valley 33, Paxton 30

Subdistrict D2-12=

Creek Valley 35, Potter-Dix 27





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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.




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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team completed an undefeated week knocking off previously ranked Otero Junior College Saturday, 78-69 in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. Otero fell out of the rankings Monday after being ranked 18th the previous week.

“I think it’s the most complete game we played all year,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “The buy-in from these guys is finally there.”

Saturday’s win followed a win Tuesday over Southeast Community College 88-77 and Friday’s win over Trinidad State 84-73.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) paced the Tribe with 22 points. Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago, sophomore transfer from Daytona State) scored 18 points and had six rebounds.

A pair of freshmen scored 10 points each: Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) and Boaz Quinlan (Beavertown, Ore.). Sophomore transfers Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario/Moberly Area CC) and Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School/University of Nebraska) each added eight.

“Raheim goes 1 for 11 from the field… we don’t win pretty much any game this year if he did that, but he’s playing at such an elite level as a true point-guard with his ball movement that everybody else just feeds off it,” Drennan said. “Justin’s three of seven with four rebounds, I mean you look down the stat sheet and everybody’s doing something.”

After not attempting a free throw in the first half, MCC responded making 10 of 12 in the second half (83.3 percent). The Indians shot 46.7 percent from the field and made 12 of 22 3-pointers (54.5 percent)

Otero shot 47.3 percent from the field, 45.8 percent from the 3-point line (11 of 24) and six of 11 from the line and held a slight rebounding edge 31-30

“I’m proud of them, they are getting confident, that’s three in a row, and I know the guys want another shot at both Lamar and North Platte. Ccome Region IX tournament time, I don’t think anybody is going to want to play us,” said Drennan.

The Indians improve to 12-15 overall and 3-7 in south sub-region play and will take on Lamar Friday at 7 p.m. and finish the season Feb. 25 against North Platte in a men’s only game.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team dropped a 76-69 decision to Otero Junior College Saturday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“We talked about it going into the game but we just were not consistent especially shooting the ball,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett.

The Lady Indians shot just 39 percent from the field, made five of 27 attempts from the 3-point line, and 19 of 17 free throws.

“I thought we fought hard and we battled, those things were good, the energy was there but we just weren’t consistent shooting the ball against Otero’s zone,” Pritchett. “Otero played really well on the road, they have a lot of different weapons that played well.”

The Lady Rattlers improve to (19-4, 7-1 in the south sub-region).

Makenna Bodette (sophomore, Colorado Springs) scored 22 points to lead the Indians and also had a team-high 10 rebounds.

“Makenna was consistent for us, pretty proficient from the field 10 of 18. She’s really been the most consistent all year and we as a team have to be consistent to play well,” said Pritchett.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) scored 10 points and brought down seven rebounds.

Gail Whiting (freshman, Montgomery, Ala.) scored nine points. Guards Paula Rosello Mateu, (sophomore, Barcelona, Spain) and Amiya Dartest (freshman, Jennings, La.) both scored eight points and freshman Niamh Kelshaw (Manchester, England) scored seven.

The Lady Rattlers shot 46.7 from the floor, made seven of 13 3-pointers and were 12 of 17 from the free-throw line. OJC outrebounded MCC 51-30.

MCC falls to 19-8, and 4-5 in the south division of Region IX. The Lady Indians wrap up the regular season this week with three home games starting with North Platte (5 p.m.) in a “women’s-only” game Wednesday; followed by Lamar Community College Friday (5 p.m.) to wrap up the south sub-region play and the home finale Saturday against Iowa Western at 4 p.m.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can’t make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/




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DODGE CITY, Kan. – It took a two-out, three run rally in the seventh inning, but the McCook Community College softball team sent the game to extra-innings and scored four times in the ninth inning to reach the win column for the first time this season in a 19-16 win over Dodge City in the second game of a Sunday double-header.

The Lady Indians held 6-5 lead in the sixth inning of the first game but lost 7-6 with a walk-off Conquistador hit in the seventh inning.

“I am so proud of these kids,” said MCC Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “They continue to work and push forward and tonight down three runs with two outs and nobody on in the seventh, they showed how much fight they have.”

MCC got a six-hit afternoon from Kaitlyn Lord, (Colorado Springs, Colo.) including a home run and six RBIs, with the biggest a go-ahead RBI-single in the ninth inning.

Sidney Sansregret, (Surrey, British Columbia) had three hits in both games and the Lady Indians got home runs on the afternoon from Lord, Kristen Mogan, (Richfield, Utah), Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.) and Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia).

After pitching the first game, sophomore Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) came on to pitch the final 5.1 innings of the second game to pick up the win, striking out eight, and allowing six hits and three earned runs.

The Conquistadors are 2-2 on the season.

MCC goes to 1-9 on the year.

The Lady Indians will have a 10-day break in the schedule before returning home Feb. 26 to take on Colby (1 p.m.) followed with the opening of Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference play Feb. 29 against Central Community College (1 p.m.) and Southeast Community College (1 p.m.) on March 1.

GAME 1 -- Dodge City 8, McCook CC 7: After a scoreless first, the Lady Indians took a 1-0 lead on a two-out double by Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (freshman, Cozad/Gothenburg High School) to bring home Alice Midiri, (freshman, Condove, Italy) who doubled earlier in the inning.

Dodge City scored three runs in the bottom of the second by the Lady Indians responded with three runs in the third to take a 4-3 lead. A double by freshman Sidney Sansregret and a two-run home run from freshman Kristen Mogan tied the game then a Conquistador error and an RBI-single from freshman Kaitlyn Lord gave MCC the 4-3 lead.

The Lady Indians added another run in the fourth with singles by Kleniknecht and Sansregret and an RBI groundout from sophomore Jade Hollands, (Effingham, Kan.). Dodge City scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game 5-5.

MCC came back with a run in the fifth to lead 6-5 but the Conquistadors scored a run in the sixth to knot the game at 6-6 and won it on in the seventh inning on a hit batter and a double.

MCC had 12 hits in the game with three each by Sandsregret and Lord. Kleinknecht had a pair of hits.

Sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) went the distance in the pitching circle allowing 11 hits, three walks and striking out seven.

GAME 2 – McCook CC 19, Dodge City 16 (9 innings): After starting the game with a four-run first, MCC gave up five in the bottom of the inning, The Lady Indians took a 6-5 lead in the second then added three runs in the third and two more in the fourth to lead 11-5 but Dodge City posed a six-spot in the fourth inning to tie the game at 11 and added a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a three-run lead into the seventh inning.

With two outs the Lady Indians rallied for three runs on five straight hits to tie the game at 14-14. Both teams scored runs in the eighth inning to send the game to the ninth 15-15.

With bases loaded, Kaitlyn Lord singled, Kassandra Orr delivered an RBI groundout, and Alice Midri delivered a two-run single to put the Lady Indians up 19-15.

Sansregret, Orr, Lord and Megan Bloodsmyth all had three hit games. Lord drive in five runs, Orr four, and Bloodsmyth three.

Freshmen pitchers Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) and Melanie Fye, (Ault, Colo.) went the first 3.2 innings and combined to give up 11 runs on eight hits.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball




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