Sports News-August 29, 2013

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Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will be sitting out the first half of this Saturday's Texas A&M game with Rice.  He has been suspended by A&M and the NCAA for his part in signing autographs.  It was determined that he did not receive compensation for the signings.

Seven Nebraska football players have been named "Blackshirts" and awarded the black practice jerseys that traditionally go to defensive starters.  Coach Bo Pelini usually waits until at least the middle of the season to name Blackshirts.  Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said yesterday that some of the veterans deserved the status because of their willingness to help young players, their effort on the practice field and their attitudes in the meeting room.  The Blackshirts are senior defensive lineman Jason Ankrah and Thad Randle, sophomore linebacker David Santos, senior cornerbacks Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans, junior cornerback Josh Mitchell and junior safety Corey Cooper.  Nebraska's defense is known nationally as the Blackshirts.  The tradition started in 1962, when Bob Devaney differentiated the defensive starters by putting them in the black practice tops.

The Nebraska men's basketball team will make five appearances on the ESPN family of networks during the Big Ten season, as the Big Ten Conference announced its 2013-14 Big Ten schedule yesterday.  Their Big Ten slate is highlighted by the conference home opener against NCAA runner-up Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 9, in a game which will be carried on either ESPN or ESPN2.  College basketball fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena will be treated to six games against NCAA Tournament qualifiers, as Nebraska will take on Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin during the Big Ten slate in their first season in the $179 million building.  The Huskers, under second-year Coach Tim Miles, return three starters from a team that went 15-18 in his first season, including guard Ray Gallegos and forwards David Rivers and Shavon Shields.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school softball rankings.  Millard South remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' while Omaha Skutt stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Arlington is once again first, West Point Guardian Angels remains third, Wayne slips from fifth to seventh, Twin River enters the rankings at number nine, and O'Neill falls out of the top ten.

Local Schedule:  Columbus Lakeview at Nfk Cath (FB-7:00); Nfk High at Kearney (SB DH-5:00); Pierce at LHNE (SB-6:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa (Bsbl-6:35).

Tonight:  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 &

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 &

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  

Local Scores:  NECC 25-25-25 North Iowa Area CC 15-20-23 (VB); Iowa 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl).

      Final    Atlanta                  3    Cleveland              2
      Final    Texas                    12    Seattle                  4
      Final    Toronto                  7    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final    Oakland                14    Detroit                  4
      Final    Boston                    4    Baltimore              3
      Final    Tampa  Bay              4    L.A.  Angels          1
      Final    Chi  White  Sox      6    Houston                  1
      Final    Kansas  City          8    Minnesota              1
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers        4    Chi  Cubs                0
      Final    Washington            4    Miami                      3
      Final    Pittsburgh            7    Milwaukee              1
      Final    Philadelphia        6    N-Y  Mets                2
      Final    Cincinnati          10    St.  Louis              0
      Final    Colorado                5    San  Francisco      4
      Final    San  Diego              5    Arizona                  1
      Final  OT    Washington      85    Atlanta      80

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