Sports News-October 10, 2013

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The St. Louis Cardinals have advanced to the National League Championship Series by downing the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.  David Freese and Matt Adams hit two-run homers to support Adam Wainwright, who went the distance on an eight-hitter.  Next up for the Cardinals are the Los Angeles Dodgers, beginning Friday in St. Louis.
 
The Atlanta Falcons say star wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury.  Jones injured his right foot in Monday night's loss to the New York Jets.  The severity of Jones' injury was confirmed yesterday when he was examined by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.  Anderson repaired Jones' broken right foot before his 2011 rookie season.  The loss of Jones, the NFL's leading receiver, is a devastating blow to the Falcons, who are 1-4 and entering their bye week.  Receiver Roddy White hurt his hamstring in the loss and missed Wednesday's practice.

Manager Joe Girardi has accepted a four-year contract that keeps him in the New York Yankees' dugout.  Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had said he wanted to retain Girardi, an Illinois native whose name was mentioned for the Cubs opening.  The Yankees have gone a major league-best 564-408 with four postseason appearances in six years under Girardi, but they come off their worst season since 1992 and missed the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years.

Creighton University officials formally unveiled the new logo at a public ceremony last night at the CenturyLink Center.  The public reaction at the official unveiling of the new-look Bluejay on the arena's center court seemed generally favorable among the 3,000 people in attendance according to the Omaha World Herald.  So did the initial response on one of Creighton's unofficial message boards on the Internet.  The new center-court logo features a multicolored Bluejay, with a huge letter C in the background.  Sport-specific logos also were unveiled on the arena's new video board that featured a Bluejay's head on top of the word Creighton, with the name of the specific sport underneath.  The new logos are part of a university-wide rebranding that the school decided to embark on after Creighton became a member of the new Big East in mid-March.

Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Louisville will host the NCAA tournament women's basketball regionals this season.  The women's basketball committee decided over the summer to allow schools to host the regionals for the first time in nearly a decade, with the thought it could increase attendance.  All four schools have had incredible success at home, with Stanford boasting a 92-2 mark at Maples Pavilion since the start of the 2007-08 season.  Notre Dame is 85-11 at home during that same span.  Louisville and Nebraska each have won 81% of their home games over the past six years.

The United States women's under-23 national team rallied to defeat Brazil in five sets in its final pool-play match of the FIVB World Championships yesterday in Mexico according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The United States claimed the first set, dropped the next two, but came back for the 25-20, 16-25, 10-25, 25-22, 15-9 victory to move into Friday's gold-medal semifinal round.  They are now 4-1.  Former Husker and U.S. captain Gina Mancuso had a team-high 14 kills and added a service ace to lead the way while Lauren Cook added one kill.  The United States' lone loss in pool play came to undefeated China in five sets on Tuesday.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school softball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A" while Omaha Skutt stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Bishop Neumann is once again first, Wayne remains third, Twin River stays at number five, and West Point Guardian Angels is once again sixth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista remains first in Class 'A" while York stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Wahoo High is the new number one, West Point Guardian Angels remains fourth, Wayne is once again fifth, and Twin River stays at number six.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High Vs. Omaha Benson at Grand Island (A-6 Dist. SB Tourn.-4:00); LHNE Vs. Wisner/Pilger at Blair (B-3 Dist. SB Tourn.-12:00); LHNE Vs. Wisner/Pilger-4:30; Vs. Wakefield-6:00; Vs. West Point Guardian Angels-7:30 (West Point Guardian Angels VB Tourn.); Battle Creek at Nfk Cath (VB-7:30).

Friday:  We've got two high school football games.  Lutheran High Northeast entertains Crofton at 4:30.  Pregame coverage at 4:00 on 106KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Wayne visits Pierce at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:35 on Lite Rock 97-5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  Clinton CC, IA 9-18-25-25-16 NECC 25-25-20-14-14 (VB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Minnesota        101    Toronto        89
      Final    New  Orleans      99    Orlando        95
      Final    New  York          103    Boston        102
      Final    Dallas                95    Memphis        90
      Final    Phoenix            104    Portland      98
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final          St.  Louis          3    Chicago        2
      Final          Calgary              3    Montreal      2
      Final  OT    Los  Angeles      4    Ottawa          3

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