Sports News-October 11, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) - Raul Ibanez is the latest hero in New York. The 40-year-old veteran delivered a pinch-hit home run that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and then hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Yankees a 3-2 win over Baltimore and a 2-1 lead in the AL Division Series.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Coco Crisp delivered a walkoff RBI single to finish a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as the Oakland Athletics stunned Detroit 4-3 to tie that AL Division Series at two games apiece. Game 5 will be played Thursday night in Oakland.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chris Carpenter and three relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout and the St. Louis Cardinals blanked Washington 8-0 to take a 2-1 series lead over the Nationals. Game 4 is Thursday afternoon in Washington with 16-game winner Kyle Lohse starting for St. Louis against Ross Detwiler for Washington.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Facing elimination again, the San Francisco Giants came out swinging and evened their series at 2-2 with Cincinnati. Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 with Game 5 on Thursday -- Matt Cain for the Giants against Mat Latos of the Reds.
UNDATED (AP) - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong's former teammates served as witnesses against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." In more than 150 pages, USADA details cheating by Armstrong's teams. Among the former teammates named are Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis. The report accuses Armstrong of depending on performance-enhancing drugs to fuel his victories and "more ruthlessly, to expect and to require that his teammates" do the same. Armstrong did not fight the USADA charges, but insists he never cheated.
The Nebraska volleyball team picked up a commitment this week from Justine Wong-Orantes, a 5’6 setter from Los Alamitos, Calif., who will likely become a back-row specialist in college. The Omaha World Herald reports that she is the fifth known member of Nebraska’s class of 2013. Wong-Orantes, who had been a known quantity on the beach volleyball circuit since her pre-teen days, chose the Huskers over Hawaii after taking an official visit to Lincoln during the final weekend of September and attending Nebraska’s four-set win over Michigan. Wong-Orantes, a four-year starter at Los Alamitos High School, said her official visit to Nebraska was the only one she would take. She had visited Hawaii’s campus unofficially when her high school team played there in a tournament this summer, but made up her mind Tuesday to end her recruitment. Wong-Orantes played in the 2011 Junior Beach World Championships in Croatia, where she met and befriended current Husker Alexa Strange, another touted beach player from California. Wong-Orantes joins four recruits from the Midwest in what may end up as the nation’s top recruiting class in 2013. Outside hitters Amber and Kadie Rolfzen and setter Kelly Hunter from Papillion La Vista South have previously committed to Nebraska for next season along with middle blocker Kira Larson of Fargo, N.D. Each of those four are in the top 25 of PrepVolleyball.com’s 50 Senior Aces.
Junior outside hitter Cori Hobbs pounded out 18 kills with 20 digs to lead 19th ranked Wayne State in a four-set win over top ranked and previously unbeaten Nebraska-Kearney last night in non-conference college volleyball before a crowd of over 1,000 people in Wayne. Scores of the match had Wayne State winning 16-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-18. The crowd was the second largest in WSC volleyball history as the Wildcats improved to 14-5 on the season while the Lopers suffered their first loss in 19 games after entering the contest as the lone remaining unbeaten team in NCAA Division II volleyball. Wayne State hit .244 in the match compared to .122 for the Lopers. The ‘Cats had 54 kills compared to 46 for Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State forced the Lopers into 25 attack errors in the contest. The Wildcats outblocked the Lopers 8-2 and had five service aces in the match to just three by Nebraska-Kearney. Hobbs paced Wayne State with her eighth double-double of the season, 18 kills and 20 digs. Melanie Placke had a solid night attacking with twelve kills and a .455 hitting percentage. Redshirt freshman setter Leisa McClintock handed out 46 set assists. The Wildcats will be in action next on Friday as they host St. Cloud State at 7:00.
The Norfolk High boys tennis team is represented in today’s first day of the State Tennis Championships in Omaha. The Panthers will be represented by Mitch Dudley in #1 Singles and Jonathan Ingram is involved in #2 Singles. Nick Collins & Keaton Kreikemeier take part in #1 Doubles while Landon Marotz & Alex Busskohl are competing in #2 Doubles.
Local Schedule: Lincoln SE at Nfk High (VB-6:30); Nfk Cath at O’Neill (VB-7:00); Nfk High at A-2 Meet at Kearney (CC-4:00); Nfk Cath at C-3 Meet at Albion (CC-4:30); LHNE at D-2 Meet at Oakland (CC-5:00).
Friday Night: The top ranked in Class “C-1” 6-0 Norfolk Catholic football team hosts Omaha World Herald sixth ranked 5-1 Pierce at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
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