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NEW YORK (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame will be adding Derek Jeter and Larry Walker during its induction ceremony this summer. Jeter fell just one vote shy of joining former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera as the only player to be unanimously selected to the Hall. Walker made it on his 10th appearance on the ballot, getting just over the required 75% of the vote.

DALLAS (AP) — Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard poured in 36 points and Landry Shamet (SHAM’-eht) hit two clutch 3-pointers late in the Los Angeles Clippers’ fourth straight win, 110-107 at Dallas. The Mavericks had a one-point lead until Shamet nailed a 3 with 2:48 remaining to put Los Angeles ahead to stay. Mavs forward Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) scored 10 points on 4-for-17 shooting in his return after missing 10 games with right knee soreness.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Third-ranked Kansas rolled to an 81-60 win over Kansas State in a game that was capped by a wild melee behind a basket. Kansas was trying to run out the clock when Silvio De Sousa was stripped by the Wildcats' DaJuan Gordon near midcourt. Gordon tried to go in for a layup, and De Sousa recovered and blocked his shot, sending Gordon to the floor. That triggered benches to empty and punches to be thrown in what amounted to a rugby scrum.

UNDATED (AP) — No. 8 Duke has followed back-to-back losses with an 89-59 rout of Miami. Freshman Matthew Hurt scored 15 of his 22 points while the Blue Devils were outscoring the Hurricanes, 48-24 in the opening half. And Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK bay) hit four 3-pointers while scoring 14 points in ninth-ranked Villanova’s 76-61 win against No. 13 Butler.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago hockey fans roared and bellowed “Q!” during a sustained standing ovation after the Blackhawks aired a tribute video to Florida coach Joel Quenneville (KWEHN’-vihl) during the first period of their game against the Panthers. The 61-year-old Quenneville was back at United Center for the first time since being dismissed by the Hawks last year following three Stanley Cup titles in 10-plus seasons behind their bench. Quenneville watched as Frank Vatrano recorded a hat trick in the Panthers’ sixth straight win, 4-3 over the Blackhawks.

NORTH PLATTE – The North Platte Knights nipped the McCook Community College men 81-80 Tuesday in overtime.

North Platte Sophomore Luke Christian (Anselmo) snagged an offensive rebound and scored the game-winner on a putback with 6.2 seconds left in overtime put the Knights in the lead for good. MCC had a chance with a shot by sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario/Moberly Area College) under the basket with 0.7 seconds left but the reverse layup didn’t fall.

“We missed layups at the end of regulation and at the end of overtime that would have won it and then we give up an offensive rebound at the end of overtime,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan.

“This group just needs to learn how to win and to do that they need to be able to execute at the end of games,” Drennan said. “In seven of our losses, we have had leads in the second half, we need to figure out how to close out games.”

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led MCC with 23 points and tied for the team lead with eight rebounds including four on the offensive end. Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago/Daytona State) both scored 11 points in the game.

Sullivan and sophomore transfer Bryton Bissanithe (North Miami, Fla.) Casper College, both had nine points. Sullivan had eight rebounds.

Freshman Denzel Cummins (Oshawa, Ontario) and Sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School/Nebraska) both scored eight points.

MCC shot 42.9 percent for the game, made seven of 25 3-point attempts (28 percent) and hit on 13 of 22 free throws (59.1 percent).

MCC shot 43.3 percent for the game, made seven of 26 3-point attempts (26.9 percent) and hit on 16 of 19 free throws (84.2 percent).

The Indians held the rebound advantage 46-36 and in points off turnovers 23-15. The North Platte bench out-scored MCC’s bench 51-35.

North Platte improves to 6-8 overall and 1-0 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference standings. MCC falls to 8-10 and 2-1 in the NCCAC. The two teams will meet again in McCook Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

The Indians now jump back in to Region IX south division play this weekend and travel to La Junta Friday to take on No. 10 Otero Junior College (17-1) followed by a game at Trinidad State (11-7) Saturday.

“We have to go get these next two. We need to go to OJC and execute,” Drennan said.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at:

Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference


North Platte CC        1-0

McCook CC              2-1

Central CC                0-1

Southeast CC           0-1



Dec. 3: McCook CC 95, Central CC 83 (at Columbus)

Jan. 18: McCook CC 89, Southeast CC 80 (at McCook)

Jan. 21: North Platte 81, McCook CC 80 (OT) (at North Platte)



Jan. 31: Southeast CC at Central CC, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7 – Central CC at North Platte, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 – Central CC at McCook, 4 p.m.

            Southeast CC at North Platte, 1 p.m.

Feb. 11 – McCook CC at Southeast CC, 7 p.m.

Feb. 15 – Southeast CC at Central CC, 4 p.m.

Feb 21 – North Platte CC at Central CC 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 – North Platte CC at Southeast CC, 4 p.m.

Feb. 25 – North Platte at McCook, 7 p.m.

NORTH PLATTE – The McCook Community College Lady Indians took control of the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Tuesday with a 58-43 win at North Platte.

MCC improves to 13-4 overall and 3-0 in the NCCAC halfway through the Nebraska conference schedule.

Both teams traded punches in the first quarter and emerged tied at 13-13.

“I thought we were really passive in the first half,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “We didn't move the ball and attack their zone.”

The Lady Indians trailed 26-23 at the half and made just 10 of 30 shots from the field.

“When you don't play at game speed you can struggle to make shots and we shot horrible in the first half.” Pritchett said. “Makenna (Bodette) got in foul trouble again early and we had to play small.”

MCC took a 38-34 lead after three quarters, held the Kings to 17 second-half points and put the game away in the fourth period, outscoring North Platte 20-9.

“In the second half, we flipped a switch. We were aggressive and shot better because of that. And we started to lock in defensively,” Pritchett said. “Holding them to 17 points for those last two quarters showed what we are capable of on the defensive end.”

The Lady Indians shot 48.3 percent in the second 20 minutes including six of 12 from the 3-point-line. MCC out-scored North Platte 27-6 from beyond the arc making nine of 29 (31.0 percent) for the game.

Freshman Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) led MCC with 19 points, with eight coming in the final quarter.

Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) Miles Community College (Mont.) scored 14 points and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) had 13 points including a three-for-three showing from the 3-point line to go along with five rebounds.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) led the Lady Indians with 10 rebounds. MCC held a 41-37 edge in rebounding.

“Carla had a big second half going three-for-three from the 3-point line,” said Pritchett. “Paula and Amiya had really solid game for us as well. They made some plays and managed the game well I thought.”

The Knights fall to 8-11 and 0-3 in the NCCAC.

MCC heads to Colorado this weekend for a pair of Region IX South games. On Friday the Lady Indians take on Otero Junior College (12-3, 2-0 in Region IX South) in La Junta at 6 p.m. (MT). On Saturday it’s on to Trinidad State (2-11, 0-2) for a 3 p.m. (MT) game.

MCC returns home Jan. 29 for a home game against the Doane University JVs at 6 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at

If you can not make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at

Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference


McCook         3-0

Central           1-1

Southeast      1-1

North Platte   0-3



Dec. 3: McCook CC 89, Central CC 55 (at Columbus)

Jan. 11: Southeast CC 56, North Platte 32 (at North Platte)

Jan. 18: McCook CC 72, Southeast CC 67 (at McCook)

   Central CC 62, North Platte CC 57 (at Columbus)

Jan. 21: McCook CC 58, North Platte CC 43 (at North Platte)



Jan. 31: Southeast CC at Central CC, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 2 – Central CC at McCook, 2 p.m.

Feb. 7 – Central CC at North Platte, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 11 – McCook CC at Southeast CC, 5 p.m.

Feb. 15 – Southeast CC at Central CC, 2 p.m.

Feb. 19 – North Platte CC at McCook CC, 5 p.m.

Feb. 22 – North Platte CC at Southeast CC, 2 p.m.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American and women’s 10th seed Madison Keys cruised into the second round of the Australian Open, but former No. 1 Maria Sharapova was a 6-3, 6-4 loser to No. 19 Donna Vekic. No. 12 Johanna Konta suffered her earliest Australian Open exit with a first-round loss to Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 6-4, 6-2 at Melbourne Park. Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No. 6 Belinda Bencic (BEHN’-chihch) each won in straight sets, and men’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal had a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 win over Hugo Dellien.

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor earned a victory just hours after climbing to the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. MaCio Teague had 16 points and the Bears improved to 16-1 with their 15th consecutive win, 61-57 against Oklahoma. In last night’s other Top-25 game, No. 14 West Virginia reeled off a 20-0 run that gave them a 43-15 lead in a 97-59 trouncing of Texas.

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) and Nathan MacKinnon scored 1:54 apart early in the second period to put the Colorado Avalanche ahead to stay in a 6-3 win against the struggling Detroit Red Wings. Kadri tied it with a power-play goal 62 seconds into the period before MacKinnon netted his 27th goal of the season. Kadri and MacKinnon also tallied in Colorado’s four-goal third period. The Avalanche went 3-0-2 on their five-game homestand and are six points behind the division-leading Blues.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed six All-Star selection and the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp. Hernandez is coming off his worst major league season, going 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts for the Mariners. The right-hander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta's 40-man roster.

ATLANTA (AP) — Chandler Parsons' attorneys say the Atlanta Hawks forward sustained career-threatening injuries in a car wreck last week. The attorneys say the injuries in Wednesday's accident include a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum. Parsons was leaving practice when hit by a driver the attorneys say was charged with driving under the influence.

Southwest Conference basketball tournament will start up on Monday, Jan. 27th. The higher seed will host the first round. Teams that fall in the first round will play a consolation game in Gothenburg on Thursday, Jan. 30th. The semi finals, third place, and championship games will be played on Friday & Saturday in North Platte at North Platte Community College. 

Girls First Round Matchups Include 
#8 Cozad @ #1 Broken Bow 
#5 Valentine @ #4 Ainsworth 
#6 McCook @ #3 Gothenburg 
#7 Minden @ #2 Ogallala 

Boys First Round Matchups Include 
#8 Broken Bow @ #1 Ogallala 
#5 Gothenburg @ #4 Ainsworth 
#6 Cozad @ #3 Minden 
#7 Valentine @ #2 Minden 

Southwest Conference Basketball Brackets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans, 35-24 to win the AFC title game and earn their first Super Bowl berth in 50 years. Mahomes put the Chiefs ahead with an acrobatic 27-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left in the first half. He also hit Sammy Watkins for a 60-yard TD midway through the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are in the Super Bowl after earning a 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game. Raheem Mostert ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries for the 49ers, with three TDs coming while San Francisco was building a 27-0 halftime lead. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of his 39 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns, but one of his two interceptions set up a Mostert TD just before halftime.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka won their opening-round matches at the Australian Open in straight sets. Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff beat Venus Williams. Roger Federer took another step toward a 21st Grand Slam singles title with a routine 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Steve Johnson. Defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) is taking on Jan-Lennard Struff.

QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Landry regrouped to win The American Express after blowing a six-stroke lead on the back nine. Landry broke a tie with Abraham Ancer with a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole and made a 6-footer on the par-4 18th for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory. The 32-year-old Texan has two PGA Tour victories, also winning the 2018 Texas Open.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The LPGA’s Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions has spilled into today after darkness halted the playoff. Nasa Hataoka and Gaby Lopez matched par five times in a playoff at the 197-yard 18th hole until it was too dark to continue. Inbee Park also was in the playoff before falling out on the third extra hole. Lopez earned a spot in the playoff with a 5-under 66 to catch Hataoka and Park.

RPAC Basketball Tournament starts on Saturday, January 25th.  See Bracket below.

Lincoln Hannah Whitish tied her career high with six three-pointers to finish with 20 points and help the Nebraska women's basketball team rally from a 13-point third-quarter deficit for a 74-71 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 14-4 overall on the season and 4-3 in the Big Ten, while Michigan slipped to 12-6 overall and 3-4 in the conference. The Huskers, who matched their victory total from the 2018-19 season, improved to 11-1 at home.

While Whitish poured in a season-high 20 points, she got lots of help from long range, including a season-high three three-pointers from fellow senior Nicea Eliely in the second half. Eliely finished with 11 points, while sophomore Sam Haiby added 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc to finish with 18 points. Leigha Brown gave the four Huskers in double figures with 10 points, including five big free throws in the final three minutes to help Nebraska secure the win.

Nebraska trailed 32-26 after an action-packed first half. The Huskers jumped to a 9-5 lead in the first four minutes, before Nicea Eliely was called for her second foul. Michigan, which had to withstand an early blow at a similar position with a knee injury suffered by Kayla Robbins just 1:18 into the game, responded with a 9-1 surge to take a 14-10 lead.

Akienrah Johnson fueled Michigan's first quarter with eight points. Nebraska rallied to tie the score at 16, and Michigan point guard Amy Dilk was whistled for her second foul with 29 seconds left in the first quarter. But the Wolverines went to the second quarter with a 19-16 edge after a last-second three-pointer by Maddie Nolan - the first of her career.

Michigan pushed its biggest first-half lead to 28-19 early in the second quarter, sparked by eight consecutive points from Izabel Varejao, but Whitish answered with back-to-back threes against a Wolverine zone to cut the margin to 30-28 with 5:03 left in the half. Then Husker center Kate Cain was whistled for her second foul.

Nebraska did not score in the final 5:03 of the half, but held Michigan to just four points in the final 6:15, as the Wolverines went to the locker room with a 34-28 halftime lead.

The Huskers hit just 38.5 percent (10-26) of their first-half shots, including 5-of-13 threes (.385), while knocking down 3-of-4 free throws. Michigan hit 44.8 percent (13-29) of its shots, including 2-of-3 threes, while going 2-for-3 at the line. The Wolverines out-rebounded the Big Red, 18-16, and won the first-half turnover battle, 6-3.

The action heated up even more in the third quarter, as the Wolverines gut-punched the Huskers out of the locker room to start the half with seven straight points in 1:36, beginning with a three-pointer from Hailey Brown and ending with a layup by Naz Hillmon to take their biggest lead of the day at 41-28.

After a timeout by Coach Amy Williams, Nebraska answered the bell beginning with a three-pointer from Whitish. Brown added a pair of free throws, before a three-pointer by Eliely after an Dilk bucket for Michigan.

A layup by Haiby and a bucket inside for Cain narrowed the Michigan margin to 43-40 with 3:16 left in the third stretching a 12-2 surge by the Big Red. Cain finished with eight points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Hillmon slowed the Husker rally with a free throw, but Brown answered with a traditional three-point play to pull Nebraska within 44-43. Michigan's Hailey Brown then answered with her second of five second-half three-pointers before two Dilk free throws put Michigan back in front 49-43 with 49 seconds left in the quarter. 

Hailey Brown led Michigan with 17 points on the afternoon, including 5-of-6 three-point shooting, while Dilk pitched in nine and Hillmon added 13 points and eight rebounds. Hillmon was involved in a crucial sequence late in the third. After Isabelle Bourne made a pair of free throws for NU, Hillmon was fouled with 7.6 seconds left but missed both free throws. Nebraska stormed the other way and Whitish buried a buzzer-beating three from the right wing to send the Huskers to the fourth quarter down just one at 49-48.

Eliely then shot the Huskers to the their first lead since midway through the first quarter with her second three of the half, before Haiby added two free throws with 8:46 left to cap a 10-0 Big Red run at 53-49.

After threes by Whitish and Haiby pushed NU's lead to 63-58, two free throws from Cain and two more from Brown gave Nebraska its biggest lead of the day at 67-60. Brown was fouled on a three-pointer by Dilk as the shot clock wound down, and it was Dilk's fifth foul of the game with 2:54 left.

The Wolverines refused to quit fighting though, as Danielle Rauch buried a three, before Eliely answered with Nebraska's season-high-tying 12th three-pointer of the game to make it 70-63 Huskers with 1:14 left.

Michigan's Hailey Brown kept the Wolverines in it with two heroic threes late, including a long bank from the left wing and a catch-and-shoot three from the deep right wing with 9.1 seconds left, before she fouled out with 8.2 seconds left. Michigan had possession trailing 74-71 in the final eight seconds but was unable to get close on a desperation three.

Nebraska finished at 42.9 percent (21-49) shooting for the game, including 12-for-24 from long range against primarily zone defense from the Wolverines. The Huskers came through at the line, knocking down 20-of-24 free throws (.833). The Wolverines out-rebounded the Huskers, 36-29, and won the turnover battle, 9-8, but Nebraska outscored Michigan in points off turnovers, 10-2 in the second half. The Wolverines hit 44.3 percent (27-61) of their shots from the floor, including 8-of-14 threes, but just 9-of-14 free throws.

Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night to complete a two-game home stand by battling Purdue. Tip-off between the Huskers and Boilermakers is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now at

Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska's second-half comeback fell just short, as Indiana posted an 82-74 win over the Huskers Saturday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Indiana (14-4, 4-3) used a fast start to the second half, as a 16-2 Hoosier run turned a 46-41 halftime lead into a 19-point bulge only to see Nebraska rally in the final 15 minutes.

The Huskers (7-11, 2-5 Big Ten) slowed the Hoosiers on the defensive end and got to within six and had several chances to pull closer, but Indiana held on for a crucial road win.

Sophomore Cam Mack scored a game-high 20 points and dished out nine assists to lead the Husker offense against the Hoosiers. Mack was one of four Huskers in double digits, along with Thorir Thorbjarnarson (13 points), Dachon Burke Jr. (12) and Haanif Cheatham (10). Thorbjarnarson also added a season-high nine rebounds and three steals.

Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Hoosier offense with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 13 boards. IU saw double-digit scoring from Joey Brunk (16 points) and Justin Smith (15).

The Huskers seized the momentum early, using an 11-0 spurt to build their largest lead of the game at 23-14 after a Kevin Cross 3-pointer with 12:18 left in the half. Mack carried the Huskers in the opening 20 minutes as he scored 17 points and had five assists in the first half along.

Indiana, which entered the contest hitting just 25 percent from 3-point range, would rally as the Hoosiers hit six 3-pointers in the first half and used runs of 7-0 and 9-0 to build a 42-34 lead after a basket from Jackson-Davis.

Burke and Mack combined for NU's last 14 points of the half to keep NU within five points at the break.

For the game, Indiana shot 51 percent, while Nebraska shot 40 percent from the field. The Huskers managed an 8-2 edge in steals and also out-performed the Hoosiers in points off turnovers (13-10) and fast break points (11).

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday night, as they travel to Madison, Wis., for a matchup with the Badgers. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will be on BTN and on the Learfield IMG Husker Sports Network.

(Kansas City) - Patrick Mahomes tip-toed down the sideline for a game-turning touchdown, added three TD passes, and the Kansas City Chiefs made their first Super Bowl in a half-century by beating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 for the AFC championship. In two weeks in Miami, they will play the winner of the NFC title game between Green Bay and San Francisco. Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half that gave the Chiefs their first lead. From there, they outran the run-oriented Titans and star back Derrick Henry. 

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