Sports News-August 28, 2013

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets for a minor leaguer and player to be named later.  Byrd is hitting .285 with 21 home runs and 71 RBIs this season and will give the Pirates needed depth in the outfield while leadoff hitter Starling Marte recovers from a wrist injury.  Buck is batting .215 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs.  He is expected to back up Russell Martin.

Texas A&M is remaining mum on whether quarterback Johnny Manziel will play on Saturday against Rice amid allegations that he received payment for autographs.  Coach Kevin Sumlin would only say that the school was not discussing Manziel's situation when he was asked about the Heisman Trophy winner at his weekly news conference.  ESPN, citing an anonymous source, is reporting that Manziel met with NCAA investigators over the weekend.  CBSSports.com, also citing anonymous sources, is reporting that Manziel told the investigators he didn't take money for his autographs, which could violate amateurism rules and put his eligibility in question.

Despite losing Robinson Cano to an injury in the first inning, the New York Yankees beat-up on the Blue Jays 7-1.  Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs and Alex Rodriguez smacked the 651st of his career in the win.  Andy Pettitte earned the victory by pitching seven shutout innings.  Cano sustained a bruised left hand after being struck by a pitch. Rodriguez, who has four home runs this season, is nine away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list.  Reaching the milestone would secure a $6 million bonus for the third baseman.

Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori has announced a 20-game schedule for this coming season at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena.  The Cornhuskers will play exhibitions Oct. 27 against Pittsburg State and Nov. 3 against Nebraska-Kearney before opening the regular season Nov. 8 against UCLA.  Following a home game against Alabama on Nov. 11, Nebraska will play Utah on the road Nov. 15.  The Huskers plays at least 18 games against teams that appeared in postseason tournaments, including at least twelve games against NCAA tournament teams.  The UCLA game is the opener of a doubleheader.  The Nebraska men will play 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Florida Gulf Coast later that evening.  The Husker women were 25-9 and made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season.

Local Schedule:  NECC at NIACC at Mason City, IA (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.

Friday Night:  The Class 'D-1' Two-time defending state champion Elgin Public/Pope John football team entertains Randolph in the opener of the season at 7:00.  Pregame coverage 6:45 on Literock 97.5 & literock97.com.

Local Scores:  NECC 25-25-25 McCook CC 9-23-18 (VB); Nfk High 11-8 Lincoln NE 5-9 (SB DH); Battle Creek 223 Nfk Cath 244 (GG Dual); Iowa 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 6 (Bsbl).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Emma Kwapnioski of the Norfolk High softball team.

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final          Atlanta                  2    Cleveland            0
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final          N-Y  Yankees          7    Toronto                1
      Final          Oakland                  6    Detroit                3,  5  Innings
      Final          Boston                  13    Baltimore            2
      Final          L.A.  Angels          6    Tampa  Bay            5
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      4    Houston                3
      Final          Kansas  City          6    Minnesota            1
      Final          Texas                      4    Seattle                3,  10  Innings
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Washington            2    Miami                    1
      Final          Milwaukee              7    Pittsburgh          6
      Final          N-Y  Mets                5    Philadelphia      0
      Final          St.  Louis              6    Cincinnati          1
      Final          San  Francisco      5    Colorado              3
      Final          Arizona                10    San  Diego            9,  10  Innings
      Final          Chi  Cubs                3    L.A.  Dodgers      2
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Minnesota          73    New  York            47
      Final    Seattle              72    San  Antonio      71
      Final    Los  Angeles      91    Connecticut      78

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