Jefferson beat Bell City 65-50 in the semifinals of the Class 1 boys’ basketball championships Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Jefferson used a 26-11 fourth quarter to break a tie at 39. Kody Schieber led Jefferson with 16 points.
Jefferson advances to today’s championship against North Shelby, which beat St. Elizabeth 69-64 in overtime in the other semifinal. Trailing most of the first half, North Shelby outscored St. Elizabeth by 14 in the second half to force overtime. It then made 10 free throws to win.
Boys’ Class 3 semifinals
Charleston 57, Hogan Prep 41
Jamarcus Williams scored 20 points for Charleston, which dominated from the start and forced 19 Hogan Prep turnovers.
Lutheran North 47, Versailles 42
Lutheran North led by 11 after the third quarter then held off Versailles to advance to Saturday’s championship. Lutheran North caused 15 turnovers, including 13 steals.
Girls’ Class 1 semifinals
Chadwick 56, DeKalb 39
Chadwick’s stingy second-half defense held DeKalb to 7 percent shooting, to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit. Jessi Peirce led Chadwick with 15 points.
New Franklin 32, Leeton 24
Lindsay Pollack scored 10 points for New Franklin which led most of the way to reach today’s championship.
Girls’ Class 3 semifinals
Pembroke Hill 44, Hancock 38
Pembroke Hill shot 1-for-10 from 3-point range and was outrebounded 33-26, but got 21 points from Kristina Mingos.
Lutheran 48, Springfield Catholic 38
Katie Kirby scored 19 for Lutheran, which jumped out to a 16-3 lead in the first quarter then held off Springfield Catholic to reach Saturday’s title game.
NFL: Plaxico Burress will play with the New York Giants after all.
The free-agent wide receiver reached an agreement with the team he spurned last week on a six-year, $25 million contract Thursday, a football source said.
The deal includes an $8 million signing bonus, the source said on condition of anonymity.
The agreement comes a week after the Giants said they were no longer interested in signing the speedy former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver, and just days after Burress switched agents.
Burress met with the Giants eight days ago and rejected an offer that was almost the same as the one he agreed to Thursday. He then fired agent Michael Harrison and signed with Drew Rosenhaus.
Rosenhaus was not immediately available for comment Thursday.
Also Thursday, NFL leading rusher Emmitt Smith signed a one-year contract with Dallas so he can retire as a Cowboy, and the Browns signed running back Chester Taylor to a one-year, $3 million offer sheet. The Seahawks also said they have signed Broncos cornerback Kelly Herndon to an offer sheet.
Denver has one week to match the offer to Herndon, a restricted free agent. If the Broncos decide not to match the offer, the Seahawks won’t give up a draft choice because Herndon joined the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2001.
The Seahawks are in need of a starting cornerback after Ken Lucas signed a six-year deal with the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago. Herndon started every game last season, leading the Broncos with 20 passes defensed while finishing fifth with 77 tackles. He added two interceptions.