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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been released from his contract to pursue other opportunities.  The team announced the move following its 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last night.  Guillen met with owner Jerry Reinsdorf for about 30 minutes earlier in the day.  Guillen said he told Reinsdorf he would like to return, but only for a contract extension for more money.  He had one year remaining on his current deal.  The White Sox said in a release they retain the right to compensation should Guillen accept a managerial position with another major league team for the 2012 season.


Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick should be available when the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers play at seventh ranked Wisconsin on Saturday night.  Coach Bo Pelini said yesterday that Crick will be "ready to go" after missing last week's win at Wyoming.  Pelini said Crick was hit in the head and "got dinged up" in the Sept. 17 game against Washington.  Pelini said he didn't know whether Crick had a concussion.  Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini said Crick was 100% in yesterday's practice.  Crick was a two-time first-team All-Big XII selection.  He has 14 tackles and a sack in three games.  The 4-0 Cornhuskers will play in their inaugural Big Ten game against the 4-0 Badgers.


The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team remains first in both polls in Class “C-2”.  The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated their rankings today.  The Lady Eagles earned victories last week over Howells, O’Neill, Crofton, & Norfolk Catholic.  They have lost only three sets this season.  The Defending State Champions are in action tonight when they visit 3-11 Crofton at 7:30.


Local Schedule:  Nfk High & Kearney at Lincoln East (VB Tri.-5:00); Nfk High at Columbus (SB DH-5:00); Nfk High at Columbus (B. Tenn. Dual-4:15); Nfk Cath at Boone Central Inv. (GG-1:00); Nfk High, Nfk Cath, & LHNE at Skyview Lake (CC Tri.-4:30); Augustana at WSC (VB-7:00).


Local Scores:  Nfk High 6 Fremont 3 (B. Tenn. Dual); Nfk High 181 Columbus 222 (GG Dual); West Point Guardian Angels 8 LHNE 1; Boone Central 12 LHNE 6 (SB Tri. At Albion.).


NFL Scoreboard:  Dallas 18 Washington 16.



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After a largely amicable first round of public hearings into a proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, U.S. State Department officials could encounter fierce resistance during a listening session in Nebraska. Environmentalists argue the Keystone XL pipeline would carry dirty oil through the Sandhills and Ogallala Aquifer. During the opening round of hearings Monday, Texans praised the project while Kansas residents were concerned about its potential dangers.


The Coast Guard has granted South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's request to end boating bans on the lower portions of the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers in South Dakota. Both rivers flooded this summer but have since receded. Boaters are still urged to use caution even though river flows have decreased. The Missouri River in the southeastern corner of South Dakota was reopened Monday, from Ponca State Park on the Nebraska side of the river downstream to the Iowa-Nebraska border.


Funeral services will be held Thursday for a long-time Norfolk funeral director. Ronald Fillmer died Sunday at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. He was 66. He had operated the Howser-Fillmer Mortuary - now Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home - for many years. Funeral services for Ronald Fillmer will be held at 10:30 Thursday morning at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Norfolk.


A candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Nebraska does not favor eliminating tax deductions for some corporations to pay for President Obama's proposed jobs plan. Don Stenberg tells WJAG NEWS he would like to lift the "heavy hand of the federal government's regulatory burden" so businesses can get back to hiring people.


Two family practice physicians with Northeast Nebraska roots are opening a medical clinic in the former Sunny Meadow School on the west edge of Norfolk. Drs. Jim and Kari Galyen have been practicing at the Atkinson hospital. He is from Atkinson, while she is a native of Pierce.


A free seminar on youth violence prevention will be held Friday in Norfolk, sponsored by the Norfolk Community Health Care Clinic. Lela McNinch, senior consultant for School Security Services, says electronic devices and social media have made the problem of bullying more serious.


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