Sports News-August 22, 2012

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Stephen Strasburg struck out ten batters and allowed one run in six innings for his 15th win in one of his final starts of the season as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 last night.  For weeks, the impending shutdown of Strasburg has been the talk of baseball and though the Nationals haven't said exactly what their limit for the star right-hander is, it's thought to be between 160-180 innings.  After this start, his fourth straight win, when he allowed four hits and walked one, he has thrown 145 1/3 innings.  Talk of his innings limit overshadowed discussion of the National League East race.  Washington's win gave the Nationals a seven-game lead over second-place Atlanta, their largest of the season.  The Braves have lost four straight.

Roger Clemens says his return to baseball with the Sugar Land Skeeters is to have some fun and the "wouldn't even consider thinking that far ahead" to a possible return to the major leagues.  The 50-year-old right-hander was introduced as the newest member of the independent Atlantic League team yesterday and he is expected to start for the minor league club on Saturday at home against Bridgeport.  He isn't committing to playing more than one game for the Skeeters, saying he wants to see how Saturday goes first.  Clemens, acquitted in June of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs, hasn't played for a team since pitching for the New York Yankees in 2007 at age 45.

Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles secured a third oral commitment in the past eleven days yesterday in Tai Webster, a point guard on the New Zealand national team.  According to the Omaha World Herald, Webster is a recruit for the 2013 squad.  He is the youngest player ever to make his country's national team.  Webster turned 17 on May 29.  Other United States schools offering scholarships to Webster, according to Rivals.com, were Hawaii, LSU, Pitt, St. Mary's, SMU, Virginia and Wake Forest.  Webster's dad, Tony, was considered a legend in the New Zealand professional league.  His older brother, Corey, also has played on the national team.  Other Nebraska commitments for 2013-14 are Nick Fuller, a 6’7 wing from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Nate Hawkins, a 6’5 guard from Dallas, Texas.  NU also has two transfers who must sit out for a year and won't be eligible until 2013-14.  They are 6’10 Walter Pitchford from Florida and 6’6 Terran Petteway from Texas Tech.  Omaha point guard Deverell Biggs also is expected to redshirt this coming season.

The fourth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team is beginning its final season playing in the NU Coliseum.  The Cornhuskers have won 94% of their matches in the building since 1975, and the defending Big Ten champions have sold out 164 straight entering Friday's match against Saint Louis.  Defending National Champion UCLA visits Saturday.  The Huskers will move into a reconfigured Devaney Sports Center next season.  Capacity will increase from 4,500 at the Coliseum to 7,500 at Devaney.  Coach John Cook says he's confident the electric atmosphere and large fan base will follow the team to the Devaney.  Players and coaches plan to honor the history of the Coliseum throughout the season.

Creighton officials have announced plans to build a men's basketball practice facility on the east side of its downtown Omaha campus.  The university said in a statement yesterday that the proposed building would house men's basketball offices and practice courts, strength-and-conditioning facilities for all student-athletes and the Academic Learning Center.  The project will be paid for by a group of donors.  Officials are considering a new use for the Vinardi Center, the longtime headquarters for the basketball team.  Two site locations near the Ryan Center are being considered for the new facility.  Creighton's Board of Trustees must approve the proposal before the design and construction phases begin.

The Nebraska women's basketball team added the final piece of its non conference schedule yesterday with the announcement of Pittsburg State as the Huskers' first exhibition opponent according to the Omaha World Herald.  The Huskers will take on the Gorillas at 7:05 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Devaney Center.  The game will mark the earliest tip-off date for the Huskers in history.

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

Friday Night:  The Class “C-1” Two-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic football team opens their season at fourth ranked Columbus Lakeview at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Lincoln NE 3-2 Nfk High 2-9 (SB DH); Nashville 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 0 (Bsbl).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Lakyn McCarter of the Norfolk High softball team.

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