Sports News-December 1, 2011

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 Valentine's Day in Boston...Angels get Ianetta...Sandusky, school
sued...Cutler not sure of return
     
     BOSTON (AP) - New Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine will be
introduced at a news conference at Fenway Park later today. The
61-year-old Valentine replaces Terry Francona, who led the Red Sox
to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 but oversaw one of the
greatest late-season collapses in big league history this year.
Valentine guided the New York Mets to wild-card berths in 1999 and
2000 before reaching the 2000 World Series.
     
     LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels have acquired catcher
Chris Iannetta (eye-uh-NET'-uh) from the Colorado Rockies for
right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Iannetta batted .238 with 14 homers,
55 RBIs and a .370 on-base percentage last season while Chatwood
was 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA as a rookie.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A lawsuit filed yesterday against Penn State
and former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky claims he abused
a boy more than 100 times and threatened to harm his family to keep
him quiet. The suit was filed by a new accuser who is not part of
the criminal case involving Sandusky. The latest accuser to come
forward says he didn't tell anyone about the abuse he claims he
suffered until Sandusky was charged this month with abusing other
boys.
     
     LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Jay Cutler isn't sure he'll throw
another pass for the Chicago Bears this year because of a broken
right thumb suffered against San Diego two weeks ago. Cutler had
three screws and two pins surgically inserted into his throwing
hand. The Bears initially hoped he could play again by the end of
this month.
     
     UNDATED (AP) - NBA players will be welcome to return to team
facilities today while general managers continue to negotiate
contracts. Teams may host voluntary player workouts and physicals
despite the fact training camps will not open until Dec. 9. NBA
officials are working to complete a two-game exhibition schedule
for each team that will lead to a 66-game regular season, starting
with a five-game slate on Christmas.

The Nebraska volleyball team is the second overall seed in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament and will open tonight against Jackson State at the NU Coliseum.  Kansas State and Wichita State play the first match at the Coliseum at 4:30.  The 24-4 Cornhuskers play the 26-9 Tigers at 7:00 or 30 minutes after the first match.  Tonight's winners move to the second round tomorrow at 7:00.  The winner of that match will go to the Honolulu Regional the following weekend.  Texas is the top seed.  Illinois is the third seed and Iowa State is number four.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released its high school boys basketball preseason rankings.  Norfolk High is ranked second in both polls behind two-time defending state champion Omaha Central.  The Panthers were 23-5 a season ago, finishing third in the state.  They were runner-up in 2009.  Class “C-1” Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic is ranked fourth in both polls in their criteria.  They were 26-2 last year, beating Minden 56-45 to earn the school’s first state championship in boys basketball.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked tenth in Class “C-2” in the Omaha World Herald.  They were 14-10 a year ago, falling to Stanton in a sub-district semifinal.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at South Sioux City (SW Dual-4:30); Emerson/Hubbard at LHNE (GBB-7:30); Battle Creek at LHNE (WR Dual-7:00); Creighton at Wyoming at Laramie, WY (WBB-8:00).

Friday Night:  The Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team is on the road in Council Bluffs, Iowa to play Iowa Western Community College at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 with Hawks coach Matt Svehla on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
    
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Saturday Night:  The Norfolk High boys basketball team visits either Omaha Creighton Prep or Lincoln Southeast at 6:30.  The destination is dependent on Friday’s game with Millard West.  We’ll have Saturday’s game starting with pregame coverage at 6:10 with Panther general Ben Ries on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  Creighton 85 San Diego St. 83 (MBB); Wake Forest 55 Nebraska 53 (MBB); Georgia Tech 73 Nebraska 57 (WBB). 

     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final      Boston      6  Toronto      3
     Final      Detroit     4  Tampa Bay    2
     Final 2OT  Minnesota   3  Edmonton     2 (SO Minnesota 4-3)
     Final      Colorado    6  New Jersey   1
     Final      Anaheim     4  Montreal     1
    
    
       TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final      ( 5) North Carolina   60  ( 9) Wisconsin          57
     Final      (15) Kansas           77       FAU                54
     Final      (17) Pittsburgh       80       Duquesne           69
     Final 2OT  (18) UNLV             94       UC Santa Barbara   88
     Final      (19) Gonzaga          73       Notre Dame         53
     Final      (25) Texas A&M        56       Alcorn St.         44
    
    
       TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final     ( 1) Baylor       91       Texas Southern   39
     Final     ( 2) UConn        92       Towson           31
     Final     ( 5) Stanford     93       UC Davis         44
     Final     ( 6) Maryland     74       Michigan         65
     Final     (11) Rutgers      71       Temple           50
     Final     (16) Penn St.    103  (14) North Carolina   84
     Final     (15) Georgia      85       SC State         48
     Final OT  (17) Ohio St.     78       Florida St.      75
     Final     (19) Texas Tech   85       Texas St.        40
     Final     (20) Georgetown   70       Coppin St.       54
     Final     (25) Vanderbilt   83       Austin Peay      51

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