Sports News-November 15, 2013

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An assistant state attorney says prosecutors in Tallahassee did not receive information about an eleven-month-old sexual assault allegation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston until Tuesday.  Tallahassee police investigated the Heisman Trophy contender in connection with a sexual assault that was reported nearly a year ago in an off-campus apartment.  FSU records show the first report was made to campus police on Dec. 7 by a student at a dormitory.  The investigation was handed over to Tallahassee police.  Coach Jimbo Fisher said Winston took every scheduled practice snap and performed as usual Wednesday and Thursday.  He also said nothing has changed Winston's status as a team leader.

Donald Brown had two touchdown runs and the Indianapolis Colts bounced back from Sunday's 38-8 loss to St. Louis by rallying for a 30-27 triumph against Tennessee.  The Titans led 17-6 until Brown and Andrew Luck ran for TDs 57 seconds apart midway through the third quarter.  Luck completed 23 of his 36 passes for 232 yards and no interceptions to help the 7-3 Colts move three games ahead of the second-place Titans in the AFC South.

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is the seventh American Leaguer to win back-to-back MVP awards after outdistancing Angels outfielder Mike Trout for this year's honor.  Outfielder Andrew McCutchen is the first Pittsburgh Pirate to be named National League MVP since Barry Bonds in 1992.

The Michigan State football team has defeated every Big Ten opponent it's faced since 2011 except Nebraska.  The Spartans, in fact, have never beaten the Cornhuskers.  Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium marks the eighth Michigan State/Nebraska meeting, and the stakes have never been higher for the BCS 16th-ranked Spartans.  If they win, they are all but assured of claiming the Legends Division.  If Michigan State loses, Nebraska gains the inside track to the Big Ten championship game.  The 8-1 Spartans are 5-0 in Big Ten play for the first time in coach Mark Dantonio's seven seasons.  The 7-2 Huskers, who are 4-1 in the Big Ten, have put themselves in contention to win the division despite the loss of quarterback Taylor Martinez, an injury-riddled offensive line and a road loss to Minnesota.

Nebraska junior running back Ameer Abdullah has been named one of ten semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back.  He enters Saturday's game with Michigan State with 1,213 rushing yards on the season.  The selection of Abdullah as a Doak Walker semifinalist marks the second time in three years Nebraska has had a semifinalist for the award.  Rex Burkhead was one of ten semifinalists during his junior season in 2011.  The three finalists for the Doak Walker Award will be named on Nov. 25, and the winner will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12 on ESPN.

Johnny Rodgers, the Heisman Trophy winner for Nebraska in 1972, has been granted a pardon for his role in the holdup of a Lincoln gas station in 1970.  The Nebraska Pardons Board voted 3-0 yesterday to pardon the 62-year-old Rodgers.  Rodgers has said he's long regretted what he called a drunken prank.  It was after the last day of his freshman year that he and two other men robbed the gas station. The holdup netted $90.  The crime was first investigated as an armed robbery.  Rodgers pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony larceny and was sentenced to two years of probation.  He has repeatedly denied that he had a gun during the holdup.  A pardon restores the civil rights Rodgers lost after his conviction.

The Creighton women's basketball team announced the signing of five players for the 2014-15 season yesterday to national letters-of-intent.  Creighton will add Kylie Brown, Bailey Nordby, and Sydney Lamberty of Minnesota, Myah Mellman of Iowa, and Jade Owens of Illinois.

The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team's season has come to a close.  The Lady Eagles dropped a five-set match to Hastings St. Cecilia in the opening round of the Class 'C-2' State Tournament at Northwest High School in Grand Island.  Scores of the match had the Hawkettes winning 24-26, 25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 15-7.  Lutheran High Northeast's Morgan Sunderman recorded 23 kills and four blocks.  Teammate Megan Gebhardt had nine kills, three blocks, and 29 set assists.  Samantha Wolff added ten digs and Sarah Meyer had 21 set assists.  The Lady Eagles final mark in 23-10 while Hastings St. Cecilia improves to 26-8.  In semifinal matches today regarding area teams, Columbus Scotus plays Minden in the 'C-1' bracket at the Heartland Events Center at 4:00.  In matches at Grand Island Senior High, in Class 'C-2', West Point Guardian Angels battles Freeman at 11:00.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's faces Friend at 6:30 and Howells/Dodge meets Bruning/Davenport/Shickley at 8:30.  In Class 'D-2', Stuart plays Bertrand at 4:00.

Local Schedule:  Doane JV at NECC (WBB-6:00); Nebraska-Omaha at UNLV (MBB-9:00); Mt. Marty at WSC (MBB-7:00); Nebraska at Utah at Salt Lake City, UT (WBB-6:30); Michigan St. At Nebraska (VB-7:00); Creighton at St. John's at Queens, NY (VB-4:00); WSC at Univ. Of Mary at Bismarck, ND (VB-7:00).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  This week:  Nfk Cath's Jeff Bellar; LHNE's Darin Suckstorf & Kathy Gebhardt; NECC's Matt Svehla; Columbus Lakeview football coach Kurt Frenzen, & Wayne volleyball coach Traci Krusemark.

State Tournament Area Volleyball Scores:  Columbus Scotus 3 Syracuse 1; Ogallala 3 Wayne 0 (C-1); Hastings St. Cecilia 3 LHNE 2; West Point Guardian Angels 3 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 2; Palmyra 3 Crofton 0 (C-2); Friend 3 Chambers/Wheeler Central 1; Howells/Dodge 3 Axtell 2; O'Neill St. Mary's 3 Cross County 0 (D-1); Stuart 3 Falls City Sacred Heart 0 (D-2).

Local Scores:  Nebraska-Omaha 109 Graceland 52 (WBB); WSC 78 Chadron St. 59 (WBB).

NFL Scoreboard:  Indianapolis 30 Tennessee 27.

 Class A State Tournament
     Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln North Star, 25-13, 25-21, 25-20
     Millard West def. Grand Island, 25-10, 25-16, 25-18
     Omaha Marian def. Lincoln Southwest, 25-20, 25-23, 17-25, 25-14
     Papillion-LaVista def. Millard North, 25-20, 16-25, 25-16, 25-23
 Class B State Tournament
     Elkhorn South def. Lincoln Pius X, 25-19, 24-26, 23-25, 25-20, 15-10
     Norris def. Waverly, 18-25, 25-18, 25-22, 18-25, 15-12
     Omaha Northwest def. Beatrice, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21
     Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Aurora, 26-28, 25-20, 25-15, 25-23
 Class C-1 State Tournament
     Columbus Scotus def. Syracuse, 25-16, 25-21, 27-29, 25-18
     Kearney Catholic def. Chadron, 25-15, 25-14, 25-10
     Minden def. Wahoo, 26-24, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21
     Ogallala def. Wayne, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21
 Class C-2 State Tournament
     Freeman def. Ord, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22
     Guardian Angels def. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 10-25, 16-14
     Hastings St. Cecilia def. Lutheran High Northeast, 24-26, 25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 15-7
     Palmyra def. Crofton, 25-15, 27-25, 25-15
 Class D-1 State Tournament
     Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Brady, 16-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-16
     Friend def. CWC, 25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 25-22
     Howells/Dodge def. Axtell, 27-25, 26-28, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10
     St. Mary's def. Cross County, 25-18, 25-11, 25-21
 Class D-2 State Tournament
     Bertrand def. Wallace, 25-8, 25-17, 25-15
     Giltner def. Leyton, 25-15, 25-13, 25-17
     Sterling def. Mead, 27-29, 25-23, 26-24, 25-17
     Stuart def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 25-23, 25-18, 25-22

      Final    Houston              109    New  York              106
      Final    Golden  State    116    Oklahoma  City    115
      Final  OT      Boston                3    Columbus                2
      Final            Los  Angeles      3    N-Y  Islanders      2
      Final            Tampa  Bay          5    Anaheim                  1
      Final            St.  Louis          7    Colorado                3
      Final  2OT    Chicago              5    Phoenix                  4
      Final            Dallas                7    Calgary                  3
      Final  OT      San  Jose            2    Vancouver              1
      Final    (  8)  Clemson    55    Georgia  Tech    31
      Final    (  6)  Arizona              69    San  Diego  St.        60
      Final    (13)  Memphis              95    Austin  Peay            69
      Final    (16)  Wichita  St.      79    William  &  Mary      62
      Final    (19)  UConn                101    Detroit                    55
      Final    (  2)  Duke                        123              SC-Upstate                        40
      Final    (  4)  Tennessee                80              Chattanooga                      56
      Final    (  5)  Louisville              88    (14)  LSU                                      67
      Final    (  9)  Baylor                    111              Nicholls  St.                    58
      Final    (11)  Oklahoma                  82    (25)  Gonzaga                              78
      Final    (19)  Michigan  St.        102              Canisius                            54
      Final    (21)  South  Carolina      81              Coll.  of  Charleston      54
      Final    (24)  Georgia                    72              Mercer                                41

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