Sports News-November 6, 2013

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The NFL Players Association says it will insist on a fair investigation for all involved in the Miami Dolphins harassment case, including suspended guard Richie Incognito.  The league is investigating the relationship Incognito had with teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week because of emotional issues.  Incognito was suspended indefinitely Sunday by coach Joe Philbin for his treatment of Martin.  In a statement yesterday, the union said accountability rests with the Dolphins.  Incognito spoke publicly for the first time since his suspension when he was interviewed briefly by a reporter.  He said he's just trying to weather the storm right now, and this will pass.  The Dolphins practiced yesterday for their next game but had no media availability.

On their third try, the Miami Heat have scored their first road victory of the season.  LeBron James scored a season-high 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the two-time NBA champion Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95.  Ray Allen scored 14 points for Miami, who had lost at Philadelphia and at Brooklyn in their first two road games.  James became the fifth player in NBA history to score ten points or more in 500 consecutive games.  A four-time MVP, James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Moses Malone as the only players to accomplish the feat.

The United States Basketball Writers Association has named Creighton forward Doug McDermott to the 15-person preseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.  The Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA, which consists of more than 900 journalists.  McDermott has been named on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List each of the last two seasons as well.  He is the lone returning First Team All-American from the 2012-13 season and averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds last season to lead Creighton to a 28-8 season a year ago.  McDermott led the country with 284 field goals and 834 points while also shooting a school-record 49% from three-point range.

After dropping out of the poll last week for the first time since 2010, the Creighton men's soccer team returns at 25th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released yesterday, following home victories over Drake and DePaul.  The 9-6-2 Bluejays conclude the regular season on the road at Providence on Friday at 2:00.  A Creighton victory would set up a BIG EAST quarterfinal match at home on Tuesday.

A ball shown to fly farther will be used during the NCAA College World Series starting in 2015 in an attempt to increase offense.  The Division I baseball committee's decision yesterday allows conferences to adopt the new ball for regular-season play the same year.  The new ball will have flat seams and be similar to the kind used in professional baseball.  A raised-seam ball is now used in the college game.  Clemson's Jack Leggett and Rice's Wayne Graham led the call for a new ball after dialed-back bats put into play in 2011 led to a drop in offense to levels not seen since the pre-1974 wooden-bat era.  Washington State researchers found that the flat-seam ball travels farther, raising the possibility for more home runs.

Local Schedule:  Adams Central at Nfk Cath (Class 'C-1' Second Round Playoff FB Game-3:00); Hartington CC at LHNE (Class 'C-2' Second Round Playoff FB Game-7:00); Nfk High vs. Papillion La Vista South at Papillion La Vista HS (A-5 Dist. VB Semifinal-5:45); North Dakota State College of Science at NECC (W&M BB-6:00); Nebraska Vs. Minnesota at Champaign, IL (Big Ten Women's Soccer Tourn.-4:30).

This Afternoon:  The High School Football Playoffs continue.  In the Class 'C-1' bracket Pierce hosts Cozad at 3:00.  Pregame coverage at 2:35 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.  In the Class 'D-1' bracket, Creighton visits West Point Guardian Angels at 6:00.  Pregame coverage at 5:45 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.  Also, in the Class 'C-2' bracket, Battle Creek hosts Sutton at 5:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:05 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.  Lutheran High Northeast entertains Hartington Cedar Catholic at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Nfk Cath 25-25-19-10-16 Pierce 21-20-25-25-14 (C-1-8 Sub-Dist. VB Final); Southwestern CC, IA 25-25-25 NECC 9-15-17 (NJCAA Region XI Div. II VB Tourn.).  

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Megan Gebhardt of the Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team.

     VOLLEYBALL
 Class B-1
 Semifinal
     Omaha Duchesne Academy def. Omaha Roncalli, 25-13, 25-21, 25-17
     Omaha Gross Catholic def. Omaha Mercy, 25-14, 20-25, 25-9, 25-21
 Championship
     Omaha Duchesne Academy def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19
 Class B-2
 Semifinal
     Elkhorn South def. Elkhorn, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18
     Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Ralston, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18
 Championship
     Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Elkhorn South, 25-19, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18
 Class B-3
 Semifinal
     Bennington def. Schuyler, 25-10, 25-9, 21-25, 25-22
     Columbus def. Blair, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-17
 Championship
     Bennington def. Columbus, 25-17, 25-22, 17-25, 11-25, 15-9
 Class B-4
 Semifinal
     Gretna def. Nebraska City, 25-8, 25-18, 25-10
     Waverly def. Plattsmouth, 25-18, 25-8, 25-7
 Championship
     Waverly def. Gretna, 19-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-17
 Class B-5
 Semifinal
     Lincoln Pius X def. Crete, 25-13, 25-13, 25-15
     Norris def. Beatrice, 25-18, 17-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-10
 Championship
     Norris def. Lincoln Pius X, 26-24, 19-25, 32-30, 25-23
 Class B-6
 Semifinals
     Aurora def. Seward, 25-10, 25-14, 25-16
     Grand Island Northwest def. York, 25-6, 25-8, 25-7
 Championship
     Grand Island Northwest def. Aurora, 25-10, 25-10, 27-25
 Class B-7
 Semifinal
     Hastings def. Lexington, 25-9, 25-7, 23-25, 25-9
     Holdrege def. McCook, 25-12, 25-21, 25-8
 Championship
     Hastings def. Holdrege, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16
 Class B-8
 Semifinal
     Sidney def. Alliance, 25-18, 25-23, 25-17
 Championship
     Gering def. Scottsbluff, 18-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-13
     Sidney def. Gering, 25-18, 26-24, 25-22
 Subdistrict C1-2
 Championship
     Lincoln Lutheran def. Lincoln Christian, 17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11
 Subdistrict C1-4
 Championship
     Wahoo def. Douglas County West, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20
 Subdistrict C1-5
 Championship
     Fillmore Central def. Milford, 25-14, 25-12, 26-24
 Subdistrict C1-7
 Championship
     Wayne def. Wisner-Pilger, 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19
 Subdistrict C1-8
 Championship
     Norfolk Catholic def. Pierce, 25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 10-25, 16-14
 Subdistrict C1-9
 Championship
     St. Paul def. Grand Island Central Catholic, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-10
 Subdistrict C1-10
 Championship
     Kearney Catholic def. Minden, 25-21, 25-17, 25-17
 Subdistrict C1-11
 Championship
     Ogallala def. Gothenburg, 25-9, 25-22, 25-14
 Subdistrict C2-1
 Championship
     Palmyra def. Freeman, 25-22, 15-25, 26-24, 25-21
 Subdistrict C2-2
 Championship
     Elmwood-Murdock def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 25-12, 25-15, 25-21
 Subdistrict C2-4
 Championship
     Wakefield def. Homer, 25-15, 22-25, 25-17, 25-13
 Subdistrict C2-5
 Championship
     Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. Stanton, 25-23, 25-15, 19-25, 25-14
 Subdistrict C2-6
 Championship
     Aquinas def. Shelby/Rising City, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21, 28-20, 14-16
 Subdistrict C2-8
 Championship
     Hastings St. Cecilia def. Blue Hill, 25-17, 25-11, 18-25, 25-17
 Subdistrict C2-9
 Championship
     Crofton def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-22, 25-20, 25-14
 Subdistrict C2-12
 Championship
     Dundy County-Stratton def. Bayard, 25-18, 25-18, 25-16
 Subdistrict D1-2
 Championship
     Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Deshler, 25-8, 25-19, 25-17
 Subdistrict D1-3
 Championship
     Howells/Dodge def. Scribner-Snyder, 25-18, 25-10, 20-25, 25-12
 Subdistrict D1-4
 Championship
     Emerson-Hubbard def. Allen, 25-18, 25-22, 10-25, 17-25, 15-11
 Subdistrict D1-5
 Championship
     Cross County def. Cedar Valley, 17-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11
 Subdistrict D1-7
 Championship
     St. Mary's def. CWC, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18
 Subdistrict D1-8
 Championship
     Twin Loup def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20
 Subdistrict D1-9
 Championship
     Axtell def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20
 Subdistrict D1-11
 Championship
     Brady def. Sutherland, 17-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-9
 Subdistrict D2-1
 Championship
     Sterling def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19
 Subdistrict D2-2
 Championship
     Hampton def. Exeter/Milligan, 27-25, 27-25, 23-25, 24-26, 16-14
 Subdistrict D2-5
 Championship
     Wynot def. Wausa, 25-20, 25-12, 25-12
 Subdistrict D2-6
 Championship
     Stuart def. Ewing, 19-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21, 15-10
 Subdistrict D2-7
 Championship
     Giltner def. Lawrence-Nelson, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19
 Subdistrict D2-8
 Championship
     Bertrand def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21
 Subdistrict D2-9
 Championship
     Wallace def. Wauneta-Palisade, 25-14, 21-25, 20-25, 25-13, 15-8
 Subdistrict D2-11
 Championship
     Leyton def. South Platte, 25-11, 25-14, 25-9
 Subdistrict D2-12
 Semifinal
     Crawford def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-13, 23-25, 25-16, 25-20
     Hay Springs def. Sioux County, 25-14, 25-16, 25-22
 Championship
     Hay Springs def. Crawford, 25-17, 19-25, 25-16, 19-25, 15-7

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Miami                104    Toronto              95
      Final    Charlotte        102    New  York            97
      Final    Indiana              99    Detroit              91
      Final    Brooklyn          104    Utah                    88
      Final    Phoenix            104    New  Orleans      98
      Final    Dallas              123    L-A  Lakers      104
      Final    San  Antonio    102    Denver                94
      Final    Atlanta            105    Sacramento      100
      Final    Houston            116    Portland          101
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final  2OT    Dallas              3    Boston                    2  (SO  Dallas  2-1)
      Final            Washington      6    N-Y  Islanders      2
      Final            Ottawa              4    Columbus                1
      Final  OT      Edmonton          4    Florida                  3
      Final  OT      Carolina          2    Philadelphia        1
      Final  2OT    St.  Louis        3    Montreal                2
      Final            Minnesota        5    Calgary                  1
      Final  2OT    Phoenix            3    Vancouver              2
      Final  2OT    Buffalo            5    San  Jose                4

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