Sports News-August 29, 2012

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Police have arrested three suspects in the assault on Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.  Ball sustained a concussion when he was attacked by several men near campus in Madison on Aug. 1.  A police report says three 21-year-old Madison men were arrested yesterday.  All are facing battery charges but haven't been formally charged.  Police have said the attack may have been related to an altercation at a house party that Ball attended a few days earlier.  The police report says detectives have no evidence suggesting Ball was involved in the fight but that it's still being investigated.  Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, has denied any involvement in the fight.  The senior says he hopes to be ready for the season opener.

Andy Roddick served 20 aces to defeat 21-year-old American qualifier Rhyne Williams 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the second round of the U.S. Open.  The 20th-seeded Roddick won the last 16 points on his serve and closed things out wit a 127-mph ace.   On the women’s side, slowed by a right knee injury, eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki failed to make it out of the first round of her second straight Grand Slam tournament, falling 6-2, 6-2 to 96th-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.

Former Penn State faculty leaders blasted the NCAA and former FBI director Louis Freeh over their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.  The group says Freeh's report on the scandal and the NCAA's $60 million in fines unfairly punish the entire university community.  Freeh defended his work in an interview with The Associated Press.  Addressing specific criticism that his team did not interview key witnesses, Freeh said his team respected requests by state prosecutors to rely on their grand jury testimony.

Following a season opening 3-1 win over Northern Illinois, the Creighton men's soccer team climbed to number two in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll yesterday.  The Jays trail only the 2011 defending NCAA Champion North Carolina, who remained atop the rankings with a victory over Gardner-Webb.  The number two ranking equals the high from the 2011 season when the Jays made a run into the College Cup, finishing the season 21-2-1 with a tie in the national semifinal match.  The Bluejays finished last season ranked fourth in the NSCAA poll.  Creighton is in action next when they host seventh ranked Akron on Friday.

The Lincoln Journal Star has released their preseason volleyball rankings for Classes “C” & “D”.  In Class “C-1”, Kearney Catholic is ranked first, Columbus Scotus is second, and Norfolk Catholic comes in seventh.  In Class “C-2”, Hastings St. Cecilia is ranked first, Hartington Cedar Catholic is second, Lutheran High Northeast is ranked fifth, West Holt is seventh, and Wisner/Pilger is ranked tenth.  In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels is ranked first, Howells/Dodge is second, and O’Neill St. Mary’s comes in seventh.  In Class “D-2”, Giltner is ranked first, Humphrey High is second, Stuart is ranked sixth, Wynot comes in ninth, and Osmond is ranked tenth.

The Lincoln Journal Star has released their preseason volleyball rankings for Classes “C” & “D”.  In Class “C-1”, Norfolk Catholic is ranked seventh.  They were 27-6 last season reaching the State Tournament.  The Lady Knights lose three seniors to graduation but return ten players from last year’s squad.  The two-time Class “C-2” Defending State Champions Lutheran High Northeast Lady Eagles are ranked fifth in their criteria.  They return only one starter this year in Megan Gebhardt.  The Lady Eagles were 34-1 last year en route to the title and have recorded a 70-3 record over the last two years.

The Norfolk High girls golf team participated at yesterday’s Lincoln Pius X Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln featuring 15 teams.  Lincoln East was the team champion with a 353 while Norfolk and the host team tied for second with a 359.  Omaha Marian’s Sarah Pravacek was the individual champion with a 77.  She won by two strokes.  Norfolk’s Sydney Roenfeldt was eighth with an 86.

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

Friday Night:  The Norfolk High football team entertains Kearney at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at 7:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Wayne 10 LHNE 0 (SB); Nfk Cath 189 Stanton 281 (GG Dual); Memphis 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 0 (Bsbl); Creighton 3 South Dakota 1 (W. Socc.).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Dylan Rasmussen of the Chambers/Wheeler Central football team. 

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