Sports News-August 15, 2013

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The New England Patriots got a scare yesterday when quarterback Tom Brady limped off the practice field after appearing to hurt his left knee when he was hit after throwing a pass.  ESPN reports Brady sprained his left knee in a practice but may play in tomorrow's preseason game against Tampa Bay.  He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a game in 2008 and missed most of that season.

Alfonso Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him a staggering 13 RBIs in two games while powering the suddenly potent New York Yankees to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels yesterday.  Soriano hit an early grand slam and became the third player to knock in at least six runs in back-to-back games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, according to STATS.

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has decided to retire at age 28, saying she could no longer deal with the continuous pain on the court.  Bartoli was seeded 15th when she beat Sabine Lisicki for the title at the All England Club in June.

If the schedule is an indication, the Nebraska football team's initiation to the Big Ten is over and the Cornhuskers are set up to make hay.  Coach Bo Pelini starts his sixth season in Lincoln with one of the nation's most dynamic offenses and a young defense that will benefit from playing its first five games at home.  UCLA is the only real non-conference test.  Big Ten favorite Ohio State and three-time defending champion Wisconsin drop off the regular-season schedule and are replaced by Illinois and Purdue.  It probably will be November before anyone knows how good the Huskers are, after they play Northwestern at home and Michigan and Penn State on the road.  The Huskers open the season Aug. 31 at home against Wyoming.

The Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers Award will be presented at the Ralston Arena for the next ten years.  The Jet Award has been given to the top return specialist in college football the past two years.  Organizers announced the move to the Ralston Arena at a news conference yesterday.  The award is presented each April and is named in honor of the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner from Nebraska.  Arkansas' Joe Adams won the inaugural Jet Award, and West Virginia's Tavon Austin was last year's winner.

The Nebraska women's soccer team has been picked to finish ninth in the Big Ten this season.  Defending champion Penn State earned top honors.  The Nittany Lions won their 15th straight league title last year.  Husker forwards Mayme Conroy and Jordan Jackson and defender Ari Romero were chosen as preseason players to watch.  Nebraska will open the regular season next weekend with the Husker Classic.  They will face Southeast Missouri State at 6:00 on August 23rd and Cincinnati at 12:00 on August 25th.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney has selected a Wisconsin administrator as its new athletic director.  UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen said yesterday that Paul Plinske will take over September 1.  The post was vacated by Jon McBride, who stepped down for health reasons.  McBride has been athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater since 2004.  The Division III school has a 20-sport NCAA program that includes 700 students and 50 coaches and staff members.  Among the four UNK finalists was Jean Berger, who has been senior associate athletic director/senior woman administrator at the University of Northern Iowa since 2008.

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team will take part in a preseason scrimmage this afternoon at Morningside College.  The Hawks will scrimmage members of the Lady Mustangs volleyball teams in Sioux City at 4:30.  After a ten year absence from campus, volleyball has returned to Northeast.  Head coach Amanda Schultze has twelve players on the roster this year.  The Hawks have 28 dates on its regular season schedule, including ten home games, four tournaments and today's scrimmage.  The team will open the regular season at the Southeast Community College Tournament in Beatrice, August 23 and 24.  Northeast's first home match will be against McCook Community College on Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00.

Local Schedule:  Fresno at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 1 Fresno 0 (Bsbl).

      Final            Miami                    5    Kansas  City          2
      Final            Arizona                5    Baltimore              4,  14  Innings
      Final            Texas                    5    Milwaukee              4
      Final            Cleveland            9    Minnesota              8,  12  Innings
      Final            Detroit                6    Chi  White  Sox      4
      Final            N-Y  Yankees      11    L.A.  Angels          3
      Final            Toronto                4    Boston                    3,  10  Innings
      Final            Tampa  Bay            5    Seattle                  4
      Final            Houston                2    Oakland                  1,  11  Innings
      Final            Cincinnati          5    Chi  Cubs                0
      Final            Colorado              4    San  Diego              2
      Final            Washington          6    San  Francisco      5
      Final            Atlanta                6    Philadelphia        3
      Final            Pittsburgh          5    St.  Louis              1
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers      5    N-Y  Mets                4,  12  Innings
      Final    Connecticut      88    Atlanta      86
      Final    Phoenix              75    Indiana      58

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