Sports News-August 27, 2012

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Rookie Russell Wilson has earned the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback job.  That was the word from coach Pete Carroll last night after he announced that the third-round pick from Wisconsin will start when the regular season begins Sept. 9 at Arizona.  Carroll said he's been extremely impressed by Wilson's performance, not only during training camp and preseason games, but also during minicamp and the Seahawks offseason program.  Carroll says that Wilson does not seem like he's a first year player.  Matt Flynn will serve as Wilson's backup.  Carroll said Flynn is disappointed after signing a free-agent deal in the offseason with the Seahawks with the hopes of being Seattle's starter.

The Indianapolis Colts may have plugged their biggest hole on defense by trading two undisclosed draft picks to Miami for cornerback Vontae Davis.  The move ends a weekend full of speculation.  Team owner Jim Irsay started the discussion Thursday night when he posted several messages on Twitter indicating the Colts were in serious trade talks, perhaps for a high draft choice but the deal wasn't consummated until Sunday.  Indy has been desperately looking for a second cornerback to start opposite veteran Jerraud Powers, and Davis fits the bill.  The Dolphins took Davis with the No. 25 overall pick in 2009.  In 44 career games, he has 148 tackles and nine interceptions.   

Nick Watney shot a 2-under-par 69 in the final round to win The Barclays by three shots over Brandt Snedecker, who got to seven-under with a one-under 70.  Watney salvages a dismal season with the victory that assures him a shot at the $10 million top prize at next month's Tour Championship.  It also puts him in the conversation as a captain's pick for the United States Ryder Cup team.  Watney began the final day of the first FedEx Cup playoff tournament in second place, two shots behind Sergio Garcia but the Spaniard collapsed with a four-over 75 and finished in a tie for third with Dustin Johnson, four shots off the pace.  Johnson shot 68.  The top 100 in the standings move on to next week's playoff tournament outside of Boston.

The fourth ranked Nebraska volleyball team swept the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-0 in front of over 7,000 fans yesterday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.  The score of the match had N-U winning 25-19, 25-21, 25-13.  With the sweep, the Huskers closed out an impressive opening weekend that included a sweep of Saint Louis and a 3-2 victory over top ranked UCLA on Saturday night.  Gina Mancuso led Nebraska on the afternoon with 15 kills on 34 swings for a .353 hitting percentage.  She also posted twelve digs.  Hannah Werth had eleven kills on 22 swings and 13 digs.  Lauren Cook recorded 35 assists and twelve digs, while Morgan Broekhuis had nine kills, four aces and six digs.  The Huskers hit .365 for the match, holding Notre Dame to a .189 hitting percentage. Nebraska out-dug the Fighting Irish 49-35, while also out-blocking them 11-7.  N-U will now hit the road for the first time during the 2012 season as they travel to Irvine, Calif., to take on Colgate and UC-Irvine on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings for Classes “A” & “B”.  In the Omaha World Herald, Lincoln Southeast remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Beatrice is the new number one in Class “B”.   In the Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln Southeast remains first in Class “A” while Aurora is the new number one in Class “B”.

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

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 7 New Orleans 2 (Bsbl); Nebraska 2 New Mexico 0 (W. Socc.); Oklahoma St. 4 Creighton 1 (W. Socc.); Nebraska-Omaha 4 Bellevue 0 (M. Socc.); Utah St. 3 Nebraska-Omaha 1 (W. Socc.).

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Detroit                  5    L.A.  Angels          2
      Final    N-Y  Yankees          4    Cleveland              2
      Final    Boston                    8    Kansas  City          6
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      4    Seattle                  3,  6 1/2  Innings
      Final    Minnesota              6    Texas                      5
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    N-Y  Mets                2    Houston                  1
      Final    St.  Louis              8    Cincinnati            2
      Final    Milwaukee              7    Pittsburgh            0
      Final    Philadelphia        4    Washington            1
      Final    Chi  Cubs                5    Colorado                0,  7 1/2  Innings
      Final    Miami                      6    L.A.  Dodgers        2
      Final    San  Diego              5    Arizona                  4
      Final    Atlanta                  7    San  Francisco      1
    
    
          NATIONAL  FOOTBALL  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final    San  Francisco    29    Denver        24
      Final    Carolina              17    N-Y  Jets    12

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