Sports News-August 28, 2012

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The New England Patriots have given Pro Bowl tight end Aaron Hernandez a new, five-year contract.  The deal is worth $40 million and comes just months after the team locked up another All-Pro tight end, Rob Gronkowski, through 2019.  Hernandez had 910 yards receiving last season and seven touchdowns.  In two seasons, he has 124 catches, 1,473 yards and 13 scores.  He's also carried the ball eight times for 92 yards.

Vince Young is out as a quarterback with the Buffalo Bills, while Tarvaris Jackson is in.  The Bills reached an agreement with Jackson to restructure the final year of his contract and complete a trade to acquire the quarterback from the Seattle Seahawks.  A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press that a deal between the Bills and Jackson was reached early yesterday.
The New York Jets have acquired Jason Smith from the St. Louis Rams for Wayne Hunter in a swap of disappointing right tackles.  Smith was the second overall pick by the Rams in the 2009 draft, but failed to live up to lofty expectations.  Barry Richardson has started at right tackle all preseason ahead of Smith, who has been plagued by concussion problems throughout his career.  Hunter was demoted by the Jets and replaced by Austin Howard last week after struggling in the first two games of the preseason while coming off a rough first year as the Jets' starter at right tackle.

The Nebraska volleyball team moved up to the top spot in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll released yesterday.  The Huskers, who improved to 3-0 over the weekend and upset defending NCAA Champion UCLA, had a total of 1,488 points and earned 32 of 60 first-place votes.  The ranking represented the 83rd week that Nebraska has been ranked first in the poll.  Texas holds the second spot with 1,481 total points and 24 first-place votes.  UCLA dropped to third while Penn State is fourth and Southern California rounded out the top-five.  Senior Lauren Cook was honored by the Big Ten Conference yesterday after being selected as the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week and the Big Ten Setter of the Week.  The awards mark her first career Big Ten weekly honor.  She notched double-doubles in all three matches, including 56 assists and 22 digs against the Bruins.  The Huskers will hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Irvine, Calif., where they will take on Colgate and UC-Irvine on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead says he is able to accept that he probably won't get as many carries this season.  Coaches say they plan to reduce Burkhead's workload to keep him fresher and give the ball more to backups Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard and freshman Imani Cross.  A year ago, Burkhead averaged 22 carries a game and had 26 or more attempts in four.  He finished with 1,357 yards, and his career total stands at 2,654.  He'll join the school's top-ten rushing list with 90 yards in Saturday's opener against Southern Mississippi.  He needs 1,227 to take over the second spot from Ahman Green, who left in 1997 and became the Green Bay Packers' all-time leader.

The Missouri Valley Conference has recognized two Creighton Volleyball players with Player of the Week honors after helping the Bluejays to the University of South Florida Invitational title last weekend in Tampa.  Megan Bober has been named Player of the Week, while Kate Elman has been named Freshman of the Week.  This is Bober's fourth career Player of the Week award, one behind the school-record set by Melissa Walsh.  This is Elman's first award.  A senior from Murdock, Nebraska, Bober had three consecutive double-doubles to lead the Jays to the USF Invitational title, the program’s first since 2006.  Elman led all MVC freshmen with 56 digs last weekend, averaging 5.09 per set in wins over UCF, USF and Wisconsin.  Elman set a school-record vs. UCF, as her 22 digs versus the Knights made her the first player with 20 or more digs in her debut.  The 3-0 Bluejays host their own Invitational this weekend, beginning with a 6:00 match vs. Syracuse.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln Pius X Inv. At Wilderness Ridge GC (GG-8:30 AM); Nfk Cath at Stanton (GG Dual-4:00); LHNE at Wayne (SB-6:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Memphis (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 11 Memphis 7 (Bsbl).

      Final            Boston              5    Kansas  City          1
      Final            Baltimore        4    Chi  White  Sox      3
      Final            Oakland            3    Cleveland              0
      Final            Toronto            8    N-Y  Yankees          7,  11  Innings
      Final            Texas                6    Tampa  Bay              5
      Final            Seattle            1    Minnesota              0
      Final            St.  Louis        4    Pittsburgh            3
      Final            Milwaukee      15    Chi  Cubs                4
      Final            Colorado        10    L.A.  Dodgers        0
      Final            Cincinnati      3    Arizona                  2
      Final            San  Diego        3    Atlanta                  0

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