Sports News-August 27, 2013

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NCAA investigators spent a large chunk of Sunday with Johnny Manziel, questioning the Texas A&M quarterback about allegations from memorabilia dealers that he accepted payments for autographs, a source familiar with the investigation told ESPN.com last night.  The governing body's officials met Sunday with Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, for nearly six hours on the College Station, Texas, campus, the source said.  It was unclear whether the NCAA was satisfied with the initial meeting with Manziel or if it would require additional time with the redshirt sophomore.  Texas A&M's season begins Saturday, at home against Rice.  Earlier this month, ESPN reported that the NCAA was looking into whether Manziel was paid for signing autographs at several locations, including in South Florida around the BCS National Championship game.  Also, ESPN reported that a set of autograph dealers claimed that Manziel accepted payments to sign more than 4,000 items, including footballs and photographs, at an event in Connecticut in late January.

The New York Mets are hoping Matt Harvey can avoid Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.  A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.  Harvey is the key piece of the Mets' rebuilding project, going 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and a National League-leading 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini expects Wyoming's spread offense to offer a good test for the 18th-ranked Cornhuskers' young defense on Saturday night.  Wyoming third-year starting quarterback Brett Smith is one of the nation's top returning passers.  He averaged 308 yards in total offense and threw 27 touchdown passes against six interceptions last season.  Two years ago, Smith threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-14 loss to ninth-ranked Nebraska in Laramie.  The Huskers' biggest question marks are on the line and at linebacker.  Coaches plan to rotate players in and out.

Kelsey Robinson's scary tumble in Saturday's Nebraska Red-White volleyball scrimmage won't delay her official debut as a Husker according to the Omaha World Herald.  Coach John Cook said yesterday that Robinson, a senior outside hitter who left the intrasquad exhibition after falling on her left shoulder, did not receive a serious injury and is expected to play in the team's season-opening tournament in St. Louis this weekend.  Cook said Robinson suffered a subluxed shoulder, not a dislocation, after she landed hard on the court diving for a ball in Game two of Saturday's scrimmage.  Tenth ranked Nebraska opens the season with three matches this weekend at the Billiken Invitational.  The Huskers play Louisiana-Monroe Friday afternoon, then play two matches Saturday. NU will face Auburn Saturday morning and St. Louis Saturday night.  Nebraska's three seniors, former Ewing standout Hayley Thramer, Morgan Broekhuis and Robinson, were named captains for the season.  Ewing was named a captain, despite suffering a career-ending knee injury last April.

The Creighton volleyball team has been picked to win the BIG EAST Conference, according to a poll of league coaches announced yesterday.  In addition, three Bluejay women were named to the BIG EAST's Preseason All-Conference team, highlighted by Preseason Co-Player of the Year Kelli Browning.  It marks the first time a Creighton team has been picked to win a title in any BIG EAST sport, as well as the first time the Bluejay volleyball program has been picked to win any league.  Creighton received seven of a possible eight first-place votes in the poll, as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the prognostications, and led the way with 63 points.  Browning was one of three Bluejay players on the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad, joining Melanie Jereb and Leah McNary.  Ranked 25th nationally in the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason Poll, Creighton returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 29-4 and finished first in the MVC with a 17-1 mark.  The Bluejays opens their season this Friday with a contest versus 13th ranked BYU at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Bowling Green, Ohio, an event that also includes host Marquette and Bowling Green.

Nebraska soccer freshman forward Jaycie Johnson was named Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week.  She earned the honors after recording three goals and two assists after her first two collegiate matches.  Johnson also leads the conference with eight points after the opening weekend of play.  She is Nebraska's first Big Ten Freshman of the Week selection and the first Husker since Morgan Marlborough in 2009, to earn both offense and freshman conference awards in the same week.

The Midland University men's golf team won a triangular hosted by Northeast Community College yesterday at the Norfolk Country Club.  Midland shot a 323 followed by Northeast's 344.  Midland's Taylor Wheatley was the medalist with a 77.  He won by two strokes.  The Hawks' Trae Deeder led his team with an 82.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln NE (SB DH-5:00); McCook CC at NECC (VB-7:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa (Bsbl-6:35).

Thursday Night:  The Class 'C-1' Three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team hosts Columbus Lakeview in the opener of the season at 7:00.  Pregame coverage 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Iowa 2 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 (Bsbl). 

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Kansas  City      11    Tampa  Bay              1
      Final    Toronto                5    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final    Oakland                8    Detroit                  6
      Final    Houston              10    Chi  White  Sox      8
      Final    Texas                    8    Seattle                  3
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    St.  Louis            8    Cincinnati            6
      Final    Philadelphia      2    N-Y  Mets                1
      Final    Colorado              6    San  Francisco      1
      Final    Arizona                6    San  Diego              1
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers      6    Chi  Cubs                2

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