Sports News-August 16, 2013

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Major League Baseball is proposing instant replay changes for next season, giving managers challenges on calls they disagree with.  They'll be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the completion of the game.  Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make a final ruling.

If Johnny Manziel did violate NCAA rules by receiving money for signing autographs, a Texas law could put the people who allegedly paid him at risk of being sued by Texas A&M.  Christian Dennie, an attorney with Barlow Garsek & Simon in Fort Worth, Texas, writes the state of Texas passed legislation in 1987 to make "a person who violates a rule of a national collegiate athletic association liable for damages in an action brought by an institution."  To be liable, the person must have known or reasonably should have known a rule was violated and the violation must lead to disciplinary action against the student or institution."  Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA. ESPN has reported its for receiving payment from memorabilia brokers for signing autographs.  Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson told yesterday that Manziel and other players should be allowed to make money off their own name.  "I think so," Peterson told "The universities are making a lot of money off of student-athletes in general.  So, yeah, he should be able to make money.  I think so.  They make millions off of these college athletes and they made millions off of the guys I played with as well. Yeah, he should be getting paid."

Members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's inner circle leaked the names of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and his own teammate Francisco Cervelli to the media in the Biogenesis scandal, according to a report by "60 Minutes."  The leak came days after the Miami New Times published redacted documents from Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch which revealed comprehensive doping regimens for professional athletes including Rodriguez.  Members of Rodriguez's camp obtained unredacted versions of the documents that contained Braun and Cervelli's names and sent them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. Yahoo! first reported Braun's and Cervelli's involvement with Biogenesis.  Rodriguez's lead attorney, David Cornwell, released a statement Friday morning denying the latest allegations.

The Nebraska Athletic Department and the Big Ten Conference announced a total of eleven Husker volleyball matches will be televised or streamed online this fall.  The Big Ten Network, which has been assigned all of Nebraska's television rights for all sports from the Big Ten Conference, will televise five conference matches during the 2013 season.  In addition, at least six home matches will be webcast on  In their first Big Ten Network televised match of the season, the Huskers will take on Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Champaign, Illinois.

Three Nebraska-Omaha Maverick hockey players face disorderly conduct allegations after they allegedly spouted racial slurs and got into a fight in the Old Market according to the Omaha World Herald.  Matt White, Alex Simonson, and Preston Hodge, all members of the hockey team, were each ticketed Aug. 3 on suspicion of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.  Lamar Triplett, of Omaha, who got into a confrontation with the players, was ticketed on suspicion of misdemeanor assault.  City Prosecutor David Smallheiser said the men have not been formally charged and have court appearances scheduled in September.  Omaha police were called to a parking lot at 10th and Harney Streets about 2:00 AM to investigate a disturbance.  Witnesses told police that the hockey players had been harassing a small group of African-Americans with racial slurs and epithets.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha women's soccer team came in sixth in the Summit League Preseason Poll released today.  Denver was picked as the league favorite.  The Mavs went 3-15 overall last season and 3-5 in The Summit League but lost just one player from that squad, forward Danielle Archuleta. Nebraska-Omaha returns All-Summit Freshman Team member Hannah Wampler, who put up three goals and one assist in her first year last season.

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

Local Scores:  Fresno 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 (Bsbl). 

      Final            L.A.  Angels          8    N-Y  Yankees          4
      Final            Oakland                  5    Houston                  0
      Final            Toronto                  2    Boston                    1
      Final            Detroit                  4    Kansas  City          1
      Final            Tampa  Bay              7    Seattle                  1
      Final            Minnesota              4    Chi  White  Sox      3
      Final            St.  Louis              6    Pittsburgh            5,  12  Innings
      Final            San  Francisco      4    Washington            3
      Final            Cincinnati            2    Milwaukee              1
      Final            N-Y  Mets                4    San  Diego              1
      Final    Baltimore          27    Atlanta        23
      Final    Philadelphia    14    Carolina        9
      Final    Cleveland          24    Detroit          6
      Final    Chicago              33    San  Diego    28
      Final    Chicago      79    Seattle      66

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