Sports News-August 15, 2012

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Evelyn Lozada is ending her 41-day-old marriage to Chad Johnson after the football star was arrested for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend.  Danika Berry, a rep for the VH1 reality star, confirmed reports that Lozada filed for divorce on Tuesday.  Earlier, Lozada issued a statement saying Johnson, who was cut by the Miami Dolphins after the Saturday arrest, "needs help."  She also said that he was lying when he told police she head-butted him.  The two were wed July 4 after their courtship was detailed on VH1's "Basketball Wives."  Their nuptials were to be part of the VH1 reality show "Ev & Ocho," but it's now been shelved.  

Boston Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia says he believes none of the team's problems this season should be attributed to first-year manager Bobby Valentine.  Pedroia addressed a report from Yahoo! Sports that he complained about Valentine's performance at a meeting with team owner John Henry and team president Larry Lucchino last month.  Pedroia says has a "great" relationship with Valentine and will go out there and play for him any day of the week.  Yahoo! Sports said Pedroia and teammate Adrian Gonzalez were "the most vocal" at a July 27 meeting in New York.

The Nebraska men's basketball team will face a 13-game non-conference schedule that features match ups against teams from the Pac-12 and ACC, along with both of the state's other Division I programs, first-year coach Tim Miles announced yesterday.  The Huskers will play nine home games in their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, including the previously announced Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic, which features Valparaiso, Nebraska-Omaha, Tulane and Kent State.  The Huskers will also face Southern, USC, Creighton, Jacksonville State, and Nicholls State at the Devaney Center.  In addition, N-U will make trips to Wake Forest, Oregon, as well as participate in the Sun Bowl Invitational.

Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori will be paid a bonus of $31,250 if her team makes the NCAA tournament and an additional $100,000 if they win the National Championship.  Yori's bonus structure is outlined in her new contract, which was announced in June and made public yesterday.  The contract, which runs through June 2017, calls for her to be paid $673,200 a year, up from $660,000.  Yori will earn $15,000 for winning either a Big Ten regular-season or tournament championship.  The more she wins in the NCAA tournament, the more she'll earn.  The scale is $15,000 for a first-round win, $30,000 for a second-round win, $45,000 for a third-round win and $75,000 for reaching the Final Four.  Nebraska made it to the Big Ten tournament title game last season and finished 24-9 overall and 10-6 in the conference.

The Missouri Valley Conference men's soccer coaches have selected Creighton as the favorite to defend its 2011 MVC title as the 2012 preseason poll and preseason all-MVC team were announced yesterday.  They garnered four of the seven first-place votes and four Bluejays were voted to the preseason all-conference team.  Last season, Creighton posted a 21-2-1 record, falling to Charlotte in a shootout at the NCAA College Cup.  The Bluejays shared the MVC regular-season title with Missouri State as both teams finished with a 5-1-0 mark.  After falling to Missouri State in the regular-season, the Jays exacted a measure of revenge by defeating the Bears in MVC tournament final.  Creighton leads all Valley teams with four representatives on the 2012 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team.  Seniors Jose Gomez and Andrew Ribeiro are joined by junior Bruno Castro and sophomore Eric Miller on the preseason team.

Wayne State men’s basketball coach Paul Combs announced yesterday that the Wildcats will journey north of the border for three games with colleges in Canada over Labor Day weekend.  They will play the University of Winnipeg on Saturday, September 1st, the University of Manitoba on Sunday, September 2nd and will complete the trip with another contest against the University of Winnipeg on Monday, September 3rd.  This trip allows the Wildcats to have ten practice days under NCAA rules leading up to the trip.  Wayne State returns four starters from a team that was 10-17 last season, finishing eighth in the Northern Sun Conference with a 9-13 league mark.  The Wildcats open the regular season on November 9th against Southwest Baptist in the Southwest Baptist Tip-off Classic in Bolivar, Missouri.

Wayne State is ranked twelfth in the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll released yesterday.  The Wildcats finished the 2011 season with a 23-8 record, placing fourth in the Northern Sun Conference with a 16-4 league mark.  They return four starters and five letter winners from last season after advancing to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for a seventh straight season.  Wayne State is scheduled to open the 2012 season on Friday, August 31st at the Oredigger Classic in Golden, Colorado facing Dallas Baptist in a 2:00 match.

The second round of the 2012 Senior Stroke Play Championship has concluded at North Bend Golf Course.  Leading the stroke play portion is two-time Defending Champion Susan Marchese of Omaha with a 146.  Following Marchese is Pat Linson of Omaha with a 150 and Jane Pohlman of Omaha is third with a 153.  In the 49er's Eclectic Event, there was a tie for first place between the team of Pat Linson and Tracey Linson and the team of Ruth Zbylut and Karen See.  Each team shot a 59 for the two days.  The final round for both events will take place today.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Las Vegas (Bsbl-9:05).

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Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Las Vegas 0 (Bsbl).

      Final    Baltimore              7    Boston              1
      Final    N-Y  Yankees          3    Texas                0
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      3    Toronto            2
      Final    Detroit                  8    Minnesota        4
      Final    Kansas  City          5    Oakland            0
      Final    L.A.  Angels          9    Cleveland        6
      Final    Seattle                  3    Tampa  Bay        2
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers      11    Pittsburgh      0
      Final    Cincinnati            3    N-Y  Mets          0
      Final    Philadelphia        1    Miami                0
      Final    Atlanta                  6    San  Diego        0
      Final    Houston                10    Chi  Cubs          1
      Final    St.  Louis              8    Arizona            2
      Final    Colorado                8    Milwaukee        6
      Final    San  Francisco      6    Washington      1

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