Sports News-August 20, 2012

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An associate of San Francisco Giants All-Star Melky Cabrera purchased a website and attempted to create evidence to support a claim that the outfielder inadvertently took the substance that caused his positive drug test, according to a report in the New York Daily News.  Baseball officials uncovered the scheme as Cabrera prepared his case to challenge the test.  Cabrera dropped his grievance and Major League Baseball announced a 50-game suspension Wednesday.

Greg Biffle won NASCAR's Pure Michigan 400.  He held off Brad Keselowski by about a-half second after a green-white-checkered finish at Michigan International Speedway.  Biffle got to the front when leader Jimmie Johnson developed an engine problem with six laps left and was forced to take his car off the track.  Biffle took over the points lead, while Johnson dropped from first to fourth.  Kasey Kahne finished third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Marcos Ambrose.

LeBron James wants to step inside the Olympic rings a fourth time.  Fresh off winning a gold medal in London with the United States men's team, the NBA's reigning MVP said Sunday that if he's healthy and if the rules allow, he would like to play again at the Rio Games in 2016.  James said he's "done the math, and I'll be 31," but he'd love the opportunity to represent his country again.  James is one of just three players to be on three U.S. Olympic teams.  James was honored during the eighth inning of the minor league Akron Aeros' game for giving back to his hometown.  James was given a warm reception, there were a few boos and catcalls, when he walked on the field, but a malfunctioning microphone prevented him from addressing the crowd.

Nebraska's Taylor Martinez has worked to improve as a passer.  The 17th-ranked Cornhuskers also need him to be effective running the ball again.  Second-year offensive coordinator Tim Beck is planning a more balanced scheme for a team that ran two-thirds of the time but knows how dangerous Martinez can be if he's running well.  The junior is 17-8 as the starter, including 8-0 when he rushes for 100 yards.  The Huskers are 4-6 when he's held under 50 yards.  Martinez averaged 97 yards rushing as the N-U started 5-1 last season.  He ran for 41 yards a game during a 4-3 finish.  Nagging injuries have limited Martinez since the second half of the 2010 season.  He says he's 100% now.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have announced their high school football preseason rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Defending State Champion Lincoln Southeast is ranked first in Class “A” while Defending State Champion Elkhorn is ranked first in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic is ranked number one, Columbus Lakeview is fourth, Pierce is ranked sixth, and Boone Central/Newman Grove is seventh.  In Class “C-2”, Defending State Champion David City Aquinas is ranked first, Lutheran High Northeast is third, Crofton is ranked fifth, West Holt is seventh, Battle Creek is ranked ninth, and Hartington Cedar Catholic is number ten.  In “Eight Man-1”, Howells/Dodge is ranked first, Defending State Champion Elgin Public/Pope John is second, West Point Guardian Angels is ranked third, Creighton is number six, and Clarkson/Leigh is ranked ninth.  In “Eight Man-2”, Falls City Sacred Heart is ranked number one, Humphrey St. Francis is number two, Bancroft/Rosalie is ranked seventh, Osmond is eighth, and Humphrey High is number nine.  In “Six-Man”, Elkhorn Valley is ranked first and St. Edward is fourth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Defending State Champion Lincoln Southeast is ranked first in Class “A” while McCook is ranked first in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic is ranked number one, Columbus Lakeview is fourth, Pierce is ranked fifth, and Boone Central/Newman Grove is eighth.  In Class “C-2”, Defending State Champion David City Aquinas is ranked first, Crofton is third, Lutheran High Northeast is ranked fourth, Oakland/Craig is sixth, Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked seventh, and Battle Creek is number ten.  In “D-1”, Howells/Dodge is ranked first, West Point Guardian Angels is second, Creighton is ranked third, Defending State Champion Elgin Public/Pope John is fourth, Clarkson/Leigh is ranked fifth, and Bloomfield comes in tenth.  In “Eight Man-2”, Giltner is ranked number one, Humphrey St. Francis is number three, Osmond is ranked eighth, and Bancroft/Rosalie is ranked ninth.  ,In “Six-Man”, Defending State Champion Arthur County is ranked first, Elkhorn Valley is third and St. Edward is ranked fifth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have announced their high school football preseason rankings.  Two-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic is ranked first in both media in Class “C-1”.  They visit fourth ranked in both polls in Class “C-1” Columbus Lakeview at 7:00 on Friday night looking to extend their overall win streak to 27 games.  The Knights will also look to extend their win steak in season opening games to 16.  They return six players with starting experience on the offensive side of the ball including quarterback Jordan Bellar.  Defensively, Norfolk Catholic will have six players with starting experience.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked third in the Omaha World Herald & fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class “C-2”  They don’t open until Friday, August 31st when they host Archbishop Bergan.  The Eagles return nine players with starting experience from a year ago.  They won their first playoff game in school history last year and then played Class “C-2” eventual state champion David City Aquinas to a 14-7 loss in the second round.  Lutheran High Northeast finished 7-3 last season.

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

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Nashville 1 (Bsbl); Drake 1 Nebraska 0 (W. Socc.); Iowa St. 1 Creighton 0 (OT) (W. Socc.).

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      Final            Tampa  Bay            8    L.A.  Angels          3
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