Local Sports 12-3-2020

Nebraska basketball forward Derrick Walker has had his 16 game suspension reduced to 14 games by the NCAA. Walker was suspended for a violation of team and NCAA rules while he was playing for Tennessee in 2018-2019. Walker is now eligible to return for the January 16th game against Maryland.

Concordia scored the final nine points of the game to beat the Hastings College women’s basketball team 73-66 last night at Lynn Farrell Arena. Taylor Beacom and Kaitlyn Schmit scored 14 points apiece for the Broncos. Carley Lenners and Ali Smith pitched in with 12 points apiece. The Broncos were plagued by 25 turnovers. Hastings is now 2-3 on the season, 2-2 in the conference. They play at Northwestern on Saturday.

In the men’s game, Concordia beat Hastings 86-77. It’s the tenth straight win for the Bulldogs over the Broncos in the all time series. Hastings had a 43-41 lead early in the second half, before Concordia outscored the Broncos 29-11 to take a 70-54 lead with nine minutes remaining. Ben Juhl and Mason Hiemstra scored 19 points apiece for the Broncos. Karson Gansebom had 18 and Jared Mattley had 11. Hastings is now 3-5 on the season, 0-4 in the conference. They’ll play at Northwestern on Saturday.

The high school basketball season gets underway tonight. Hastings High will host Seward. The girls game is at 6:00pm with the boys to follow at 7:30pm. We’ll have the action on KHAS Radio and platteriverpreps.com beginning with the pre-game show at 5:45pm. In other action, The Adams Central boys and girls will host Aurora. The St. Cecilia boys and girls will play at Columbus Scotus. Tonight on The Breeze 94.5 and platteriverpreps.com, its Kenesaw at Blue Hill. Pre-game coverage begins at 5:45pm. On Power 99 and platteriverpreps.com, its Ravenna at Amherst. On ESPN Tri-Cities 1460 & 92.1 and platteriverpreps.com, its Axtell at Pleasanton.

NFL> In the NFL yesterday, Pittsburgh beat Baltimore 19-14. Ben Roethlisberger completed 36 of 51 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown. Pittsburgh is now 11-0 on the season. The Ravens falls to 6-5.

The Denver Broncos have fined all four quarterbacks for violations of COVID-19 protocols, including not wearing masks. Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were not eligible to play in Sunday’s 31-3 loss to New Orleans after being deemed high risk close contacts of quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for COVID 19 last Thursday. More discipline, including a fine and a loss of a draft pick, could come from the NFL in the days and weeks ahead. Lock and Rypien returned to practice on Wednesday.

The Chicago Bears are sticking with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions. Trubisky returned to the starting lineup at Green Bay last week after a hip injury to Nick Foles rendered the 31 year old inactive. Trubisky passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns, but committed three costly turnovers in Chicago’s 41-25 loss to the Packers.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association jointly announced last night that there were 48 positive tests for COVID 19 out of 546 players tested from November 24th to November 30th. That was the initial round of tests for players as they returned to their teams’ markets ahead of individual workouts on Tuesday. The regular season is scheduled to start on December 22nd. The NBA will be testing all of its players daily throughout the season.

Michigan has canceled their game against Maryland this weekend because of a rise in COVID-19 cases within the program. The Wolverines are scheduled to play Ohio State next weekend. The Buckeyes need to play this weekend against Michigan State and next weekend against Michigan to be eligible to play in the Big Ten Championship game. The earliest Michigan will be able to get back on the practice field is Monday.

The Las Vegas Bowl became the latest postseason bowl game to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Las Vegas Bowl was scheduled to match a PAC12 team against an opponent from the SEC and be played for the first time at Allegiant Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. Its the 10th bowl game to be canceled because of the pandemic.

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