Sports News-November 8, 2013

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Bowl Championship Series fifth-ranked Stanford and sixth-ranked Baylor scored impressive victories to remain in the Bowl Championship Series title picture.  Stanford opened a 26-0 lead and knocked off third-ranked and previously undefeated Oregon 26-20, holding off a furious fourth quarter rally by the Ducks.  Stanford controlled the ball for 42:34 with running back Tyler Gaffney carrying the ball 45 times for 157 yards and one touchdown.  It's the second straight year that Stanford has ruined Oregon's national championship hopes.  Both teams are 8-1.  The sixth-ranked Baylor Bears erupted in the second half for a 41-12 victory over tenth-ranked Oklahoma.  The 8-0 Bears beat a ranked team for the first time this season and improved to 5-0 in Big XII play.  Bryce Petty threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more.  Shock Linwood ran for 182 yards for Baylor, which is 8-0 for the first time.

Jonathan Martin's new attorney says the Miami Dolphins tackle endured harassment from teammates that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing, including a malicious physical attack and daily vulgar comments.  The allegations were made in a statement last night by David Cornwell, hired this week as Martin's attorney.  Cornwell said the facts aren't in dispute.  Martin, upset by treatment he considered abusive, left the team last week.  His agent then complained to the Dolphins, who suspended guard Richie Incognito.  The NFL is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin, and whether their teammates and the organization mishandled the matter.

The Minnesota Vikings rallied for a 34-27 victory over Washington, outscoring the Redskins 20-3 in the second half.  The Vikes improved to 2-7 while the Redskins fell to 3-6.  Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns.  Christian Ponder went 17-21 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before leaving late in the third quarter with an injured left shoulder.  Matt Cassel came on in relief of Ponder and secured the victory, completing four of six passes.  John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who stopped the Redskins on their final drive on the four-yard line.  Robert Griffin III threw three TD passes in the loss, but was sacked four times in the second half.

Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini is asking to be reinstated as Florida Atlantic's football coach, saying the school forced him to sign a resignation letter last week and that he denied using illegal drugs.  Athletic director Patrick Chun says the school has "ample evidence" to support allegations made against Pelini and the school's now-former defensive coordinator, who also resigned.  Pelini, the brother of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini, says he wants to be reinstated to continue building Florida Atlantic's program and to clear his name.  An assistant coach that Pelini hired was one of two people who filed affadavits saying he used drugs.  The assistant, Matt Edwards, says he saw Pelini use cocaine and marijuana.

Former Nebraska women's basketball star Kelsey Griffin will have her No. 23 jersey retired in January.  She was a first-team All-American, national player-of-the-year finalist and Big XII player of the year in 2010.  Griffin led the Cornhuskers to 30 straight wins before their first loss, the Big XII regular-season championship and Nebraska's first appearance in the NCAA regional semifinals.  She also led the Huskers to the NCAA tournament in 2007 and 2008.  Griffin and Karen Jennings are the only players in program history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.  Jennings' No. 51 and Maurtice Ivy's No. 30 are the other jerseys retired by Nebraska.  Nebraska announced Wednesday that Griffin, who plays in the WNBA and Australia, will be honored Jan. 29 when the Huskers host Michigan.

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook announced they have nabbed another recruit.  Setter Hunter Atherton called Cook yesterday and verbally committed to play for the Huskers according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Early commitments are more common in college volleyball, and Atherton is the second in the 2016 class, joining outside hitter Molly Haggerty of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, who Atherton knows from playing against her in club volleyball.  Atherton is 6'0 and plays high school volleyball at Pleasant High School in Marion, Ohio, a school with about 400 students where her mother, Kim, is the varsity coach.  Among the other schools she was considering were Penn State, Florida, Kentucky and Indiana.  Atherton also has played outside hitter, but plans on being a setter in college.

The NSAA has announced game times for the Class 'C' & 'D' quarterfinal playoff football games for Tuesday.  In Class 'C-1', Norfolk Catholic will visit Albion to play Boone Central/Newman Grove at 6:00 and Columbus Lakeview hosts Bishop Neumann at 6:00.  In Class 'C-2', in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Lutheran High Northeast is at David City Aquinas at 6:00 and in a game that can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com, Battle Creek visits Hastings St. Cecilia at Duncan Field at 5:30.  In Class 'D-1', in a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97-5 & Literock97.com, Creighton entertains Howells/Dodge at 6:00.  Also, Randolph is in Milligan to play Exeter/Milligan at 5:00.  In Class 'D-2', Stuart hosts Medicine Valley at 2:30, Humphrey St. Francis is at Brown Stadium to play Falls City Sacred Heart at 4:30, and Wynot goes to Giltner at 3:00.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath Vs. Wayne at Wisner/Pilger HS (C-1-4 Dist. Final-7:00); Iowa Lakes CC at NECC (W&M BB-6:00); Alcorn St. At Creighton (MBB-7:00); Florida Gulf Coast at Nebraska (MBB-8:00); UCLA at Nebraska (WBB-12:00); Creighton at Drake at Des Moines, IA (WBB-7:05); Nebraska at Wisconsin at Madison, WI (VB-7:00); Creighton at Villanova, PA (VB-5:00).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  This week:  Nfk Cath's Jeff Bellar & Travis Fisher; LHNE's Darin Suckstorf & Kathy Gebhardt; Nfk High's Sarah Klug; and NECC's Dan Anderson & Amanda Schultze.

Area District Final Volleyball Scores:  Howells/Dodge 3 Emerson/Hubbard 1; O'Neill St. Mary's 3 Twin Loup 0 (D-1); Mead 3 Lyons Decatur NE 0; Stuart 3 Wynot 1 (D-2).

     VOLLEYBALL
 D1-1 District Final
     Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Friend, 16-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-17, 15-12
 D1-2 District Final
     Howells/Dodge def. Emerson-Hubbard, 17-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21
 D1-3 District Final
     Cross County def. Red Cloud, 25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 25-16
 D1-4 District Final
     St. Mary's def. Twin Loup, 25-19, 25-17, 25-8
 D1-5 District Final
     Axtell def. Southwest, 16-25, 25-17, 11-25, 25-15, 15-11
 D1-6 District Final
     Brady def. Potter-Dix, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17
 D2-1 District Final
     Sterling def. Hampton, 25-20, 26-24, 25-21
 D2-2 District Final
     Mead def. Lyons-Decatur Northeast, 25-21, 25-11, 25-8
 D2-3 District Final
     Stuart def. Wynot, 19-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-17
 D2-4 District Final
     Bertrand def. Giltner, 25-22, 25-12, 25-17
 D2-5 District Final
     Wallace def. Paxton, 27-25, 25-21, 25-20
 D2-6 District Final
     Leyton def. Hay Springs, 25-14, 25-16, 25-21

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Miami              102    L-A  Clippers      97
      Final    Denver            109    Atlanta              107
      Final    L-A  Lakers      99    Houston                98
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Boston                4    Florida                  1
      Final  2OT    Washington        3    Minnesota              2  (SO  Washington  1-0)
      Final            Ottawa                4    Montreal                1
      Final            New  Jersey        3    Philadelphia        0
      Final            Carolina            1    N-Y  Islanders      0
      Final            N-Y  Rangers      4    Columbus                2
      Final  OT      Dallas                4    Detroit                  3
      Final            Tampa  Bay          4    Edmonton                2
      Final            St.  Louis          3    Calgary                  2
      Final            Los  Angeles      2    Buffalo                  0
      Final            Vancouver          4    San  Jose                2

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