Sports News-November 22, 2013

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The Florida state attorney investigating allegations that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sexually assaulted a woman interviewed the accuser yesterday, according to people familiar with the investigation.  The woman, who says Winston sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012, was a fellow FSU student but withdrew from classes after details of the incident were released to media by Tallahassee police last week.  Yesterday, Winston's attorney said his client had sex with the woman but that it was "absolutely" consensual.  If Winston is charged with a felony, he will be subject to immediate suspension from the team.  Winston, a redshirt freshman, is a leading Heisman Trophy candidate and has guided the second ranked Seminoles to a 10-0 record in his first season as a starter.  He is expected to start Saturday's home game against Idaho.

The New Orleans Saints continued the Atlanta's miserably season by handing the Falcons their fifth straight loss, 17-13 behind a pair of touchdown passes by Drew Brees.  The NFC South-leading Saints improved to 9-2 while the Falcons fell to 2-9, officially eliminated from the division race with five weeks left in the NFL season.
Michael Weiner, the plain-speaking labor attorney who led the baseball players union the last four years, has died at age 51, just 15 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  Former big league All-Star Tony Clark will be taking over Weiner's role as executive director.

Derrick Gordon had 20 points to lead five Massachusetts players in double figures and the Minutemen held on in the final minute to open the Charleston Classic with a 96-90 victory over Nebraska today.  Gordon scored twelve of his points in the second half as Massachusetts built a 13-point lead with just under ten minutes to play.  The Cornhuskers rallied down the stretch, closing to 89-87 with 1:39 left on Tai Webster's foul shots.  Nebraska was down 91-88 moments later, but Gordon stood firm on defense and drew a charging call on Deverell Biggs.  Texas Tech transfer Terran Pettaway led the Cornhuskers with a career-high 28 points and three steals.  The Minutemen started 4-0 for the third time in the past four seasons.  Nebraska, who is now 3-1, will take on the University of Alabama-Birmingham at 11:00 today in the eight-team tournament.
The Atlanta Tip-Off Club has named Creighton forward Doug McDermott to the 50-person preseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy.  He has been one of four finalists for the award each of the last two seasons.  The Naismith Men's College Player of the Year will be awarded during the Final Four.  Being named to the watch list is the latest in a long line of preseason acclaim for the Bluejay senior.  In addition to being named the Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, McDermott has also been named a Preseason First Team All-American by the Associated Press, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook,, and Sporting News.  He is also one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award and one of 15 on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List.  McDermott has been named on the Naismith Trophy Watch List each of the last two seasons as well.

Jordan Hooper scored 23 points, including 17 in the first half, as the eleventh ranked Nebraska women's basketball team cruised by Arkansas-Pine Bluff 78-55 last night.  The Huskers opened the game on a 14-0 run, as Hooper scored the first twelve points of the game herself.  The Lions could not recover as the Cornhuskers built a 42-17 lead at halftime.  N-U was 41% from three-point range, their best performance of the season.  They also had a 42-28 rebounding advantage, including a 13-5 advantage on the offensive boards.  Hooper finished 9-13 from the field, and 3-6 from three-point range.  Sadie Murren scored twelve points for the Cornhuskers and Emily Cady added eleven.  Nebraska is now 4-0 while Arkansas Pine-Bluff falls to 1-4.

Senior offensive guard Spencer Long of the Nebraska football team has been named one of ten semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy.  This marks the second straight season Long has been a semifinalist for the national award.  Named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, the trophy is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding football player that began his career as a walk-on.  Nebraska has a semifinalist for the trophy for the third straight season, as center Mike Caputo was a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy as a senior in 2011, before Long's recognition the past two years.  Long's senior season was cut short after he suffered a knee injury against Purdue in October.  Early in the season he helped lead a Nebraska offense that rushed for better than 300 yards three times in non-conference play.  From the list of ten semifinalists, three finalists will be announced later this month.

The Creighton Men's Soccer season came to an abrupt end last night as Seattle stunned the host Bluejays, 2-1, in first round action of the NCAA Tournament.  Miguel Gonzalez scored twice for the host Redhawks, who were making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.  Seattle improves to 11-8-4 while Creighton's season ends at 9-9-2.

Two members of the Northeast Hawks volleyball team have earned post season honors.  Nazya Thies has been named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference First Team All Region, ICCAA Second Team, and Region XI All Tournament 11B Team.  Thies, of Winside, played 119 sets for the Hawks this season and recorded 525 kills.  That put her at 4.41 kills per set, ranking her second in the conference in total kills and kills per set.  She also recorded 30 ace serves and 457 digs and 15 solo blocks.  Brittany Sullivan was named to the Second Team All Region.  Sullivan, of Allen, also played 119 sets for Northeast this season.  She recorded 266 kills, 60 ace serves and 496 digs, which puts her at 4.17 digs per set.  The Northeast volleyball team concluded its season with a 15-21 record.  This was the first season of volleyball at Northeast since the sport was reinstated after a ten-year absence.

Norfolk Catholic football coach Jeff Bellar & Joe Anderson of Oakland/Craig have been named head coaches for the second Annual Red vs. White Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic.  Both Anderson, who will be the head coach for the White Team, and Bellar, who will be the head coach for the Red Team, served as assistant coaches on last summer's inaugural game at Veteran's Memorial Field in Norfolk.  Anderson's assistant coaches will be Tom Olson of Norfolk High, Battle Creek's Andrew Carlson, Oakland/Craig's Rusty Droescher, Bancroft/Rosalie's Jon Cerny, and Plainview's Dean Boyer.  Bellar's assistant coaches include Norfolk Catholic's Mike Bivens, Mark Brahmer of Pierce, Crofton's Tony Hoffman, Hartington High's Blair Kalin, and Hartington Cedar Catholic's Terry Kathol.  The Board of Directors voted to have four head coaches and two assistant coaches represent each team.  Head coaches from a pool of 59 high school football teams from throughout Northeast Nebraska have until Nov. 30 to nominate their own players for consideration.  Both teams will have 35 players on their rosters.  The annual All-Star Game will be played on Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 at Veteran's Memorial Field in Norfolk.  Faith Regional Health Services will be the Title Sponsor for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 All-Star Games.

The Class 'C-1' District Four Football team has been announced.  Norfolk Catholic's Jackson Love, David Engelhaupt, Seth Montag, Joe Braithwait, and Zach Pospisil were named to the first team while Nate Flaherty, Riley McCarthy, Jordan Cattau, and Austin Becker were honored on the second team.  Charles Krueger, Lane Rohrich, Collin Freeman, Chance Larsen, Austin Druyor, and Johnnie Huff of Pierce reached the first team while Matt Penne, Michael Fleer, Mason Buckendahl, and Dillon Dickey reached the second team.  Wayne's Jalen Barry, Trevor Pecena, Jared Anderson, and Austin Keiser were named to the first team while Mike Cliff, Demetrius Alexander, Payton Janke, and Brook Bowers reached the second team.  West Point/Beemer's Jake Hansen, Jared Shakespeare, and Joe Berg were honored on the first team while Justin Anderson, Chris Watterman, Ty Haase, and Mitchell Zobel were named to the second team.

Local Schedule:  Nebraska Vs. Alabama-Birmingham at Charleston, SC (MBB-11:00); Nebraska at Purdue at West Lafayette, IN (VB-6:00); Georgetown at Creighton (VB-7:00); Boston College at Nebraska (NCAA Women's Socc. Tourn.-2:00).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  This week:  Nfk High's Bruce Shively; Nfk Cath's Shane Anderson & Jason Konicek; LHNE's Darin Suckstorf; NECC's Dan Anderson, & O'Neill St. Mary state championship volleyball coach Nicole Renshaw.

Local Scores:  Massachusetts 96 Nebraska 90 (MBB); (11) Nebraska 78 Arkansas Pine-Bluff 55 (WBB); Seattle 2 Creighton 1 (NCAA Men's Socc. Tourn.).

NFL Scoreboard:  New Orleans 17 Atlanta 13.

      Final    Oklahoma  City    105    L-A  Clippers      91
      Final    Denver                    97    Chicago                87
      Final            Philadelphia      4    Buffalo              1
      Final            Nashville            4    Toronto              2
      Final  2OT    St.  Louis            3    Boston                2  (SO  St.  Louis  2-1)
      Final            Detroit                4    Carolina            3
      Final            Chicago                6    Winnipeg            3
      Final            N-Y  Rangers        3    Dallas                2
      Final  OT      Colorado              4    Phoenix              3
      Final            Edmonton              4    Florida              1
      Final  OT      New  Jersey          2    Los  Angeles      1
      Final            San  Jose              5    Tampa  Bay          1
      Final    (17)  Central  Florida    41    Rutgers    17
      Final                      Florida  St.      85    (10)  VCU                                67
      Final            (12)  Wisconsin          88              Bowling  Green            64
      Final            (13)  Gonzaga              90              Washington  St.          74
      Final            (14)  Michigan            85              Long  Beach  St.          61
      Final            (16)  Florida              79              Middle  Tennessee      59
      Final            (18)  UConn                  72              Boston  College          70
      Final  2OT    (19)  New  Mexico        97              UAB                                94
      Final            (25)  Marquette          58              New  Hampshire            53
      Final    (  2)  Duke                          88    Vanderbilt                  69
      Final    (  4)  Louisville              90    Ohio                              33
      Final    (  7)  Kentucky                116    Lipscomb                      49
      Final    (  9)  Baylor                      99    Savannah  St.              31
      Final    (11)  Nebraska                  78    Ark.-Pine  Bluff        55
      Final    (12)  North  Carolina    106    Coastal  Carolina      52
      Final    (22)  Iowa  St.                  78    Cincinnati                  42

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