Sports News-October 17, 2013

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Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and Zack Greinke gave the Dodgers the clutch pitching performance they needed in a 6-4 victory over St. Louis.  That trimmed the Cardinals' lead to 3-2 in the National League Championship Series, which now moves to St. Louis for Game Six tomorrow night.
 
The Detroit Tigers touched Jake Peavy for five runs in the second inning and beat Boston 7-3 to square the American League Championship Series at two games a piece.  Game Five is this evening in the Motor City with Jon Lester going for the Red Sox against Anibal Sanchez, a matchup of 15-game winners in the regular season.

Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay is backing down a bit after Broncos coach John Fox and former Colts general manager Bill Polian chided him for comments critical of Peyton Manning.  Irsay at first sounded ungrateful for what Manning accomplished with the Colts, but later tweeted that really wasn't the case.

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the NFL has fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.  Earlier in the day, Suh insisted he was unaware the NFL was reviewing his hit on Weeden on Sunday.  The former Nebraska Cornhusker, Suh, wasn't penalized for the play, but it was shown on a video posted on NFL.com as vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said he wanted to look at it more for "potential helmet to the body."  Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on Minnesota center John Sullivan in Week One.

Nebraska has released its Big Ten football schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.  In 2018 Nebraska will open conference play on Sept. 22 with a game at Michigan.  The Huskers also will travel to Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Iowa.  Nebraska will have home games with Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan State.  The Huskers' 2019 conference schedule includes a Sept. 28 visit from Ohio State.  Nebraska also will play home games with Northwestern, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa.  The Huskers' 2019 conference road games will be at Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, and Maryland.

The Creighton men's basketball team has been picked to finish in third place during its first season in the BIG EAST Conference in a preseason poll of league coaches.  In addition, two-time First Team All-American Doug McDermott was named the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year.  It's the third straight season the Creighton senior has been honored as Preseason Player of the Year by a conference after earning the honor as both a sophomore and junior in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Marquette, which shared the 2012-13 BIG EAST regular-season crown, was picked to win the 2013-14 title.  Georgetown finished a close second in the poll.

North Dakota State is the favorite to win the Summit League men's basketball title this year.  All five starters return from last year's team that finished 24-10 overall and 12-4 in the league.  League newcomer Denver finished second in the poll, followed by South Dakota State, Western Illinois, Nebraska-Omaha, Fort Wayne, South Dakota and Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis.

DePaul is the women's basketball coaches' pick to win the first season of the new Big East.  Conference newcomer Creighton is second.  The Bluejays went 25-8 last season making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Former Nebraska and Pro Bowl receiver Irving Fryar and his mother were charged with conspiring to use fraudulent home equity loans to steal $690,000, according to the Omaha World Herald.  The 51-year old Fryar, now a high school football coach, and his mother, Allene McGhee, 72, were indicted by a Trenton grand jury on charges of conspiracy and theft by deception.  They allegedly deceived five banks in obtaining loans in December 2009, each of which was secured by McGhee's house.  Fryar was in Omaha yesterday signing autographs for two hours.  He played 17 seasons in the NFL, from 1984 to 2000, after being selected by the New England Patriots with the first pick in the 1984 draft.

The 15th ranked Wayne State volleyball team hit a sizzling .446 for the match with just three attack errors to sweep Peru State College 25-4, 25-11 and 25-12 in non-conference action last night in Wayne.  The crowd of 1,086 fans was the seventh-largest in school history for a home match as Wayne State improved to 14-5 on the season while Peru State is 17-10.  The Wildcats hit .446 for the match while forcing Peru State into 21 attack errors and a -.081 hitting percentage. The Wildcats had 44 kills in the win to 13 by Peru State while out-blocking the Bobcats 8-2.  Senior Cori Hobbs recorded her 12th double-double of the season for Wayne State with twelve kills and 13 digs.

The Wayne State men's basketball team was picked to finish 13th in the Northern Sun Conference Preseason Coaches Poll released yesterday.  Senior guard Adol Aluong was listed as Wayne State's Player to Watch in the NSIC this season.  Defending regular season and NSIC Tournament champion Minnesota State was the unanimous choice to win the league this year.  The Wildcats open the regular season on Sunday, November 10th at Nebraska-Kearney in a 2:00 contest.

The Boys State Tennis Championships get underway today.  Class 'A' will hold their competition in Omaha while Class 'B' will commence in Lincoln.  Representing Norfolk High will be Mitch Dudley (#1 Singles), Keaton Kreikemeier (#2 Singles), Landon Marotz & Dexter Renter (#1 Doubles), and Alex Busskohl & Luke Prauner (#2 Doubles).

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln NE (VB-6:30); O'Neill at Nfk Cath (VB-7:00); Nfk High hosts A-1 Dist. Meet at Skyview Lake (CC-4:30); Nfk Cath hosts C-3 Dist. Meet at Skyview Lake (CC-1:30); LHNE at D-3 Dist. Meet at Oakland Golf Club (CC-5:00).

Friday:  We've got three high school football games.  Lutheran High Northeast hosts Ponca at 3:00 with pregame coverage starting at 2:30 and Norfolk High entertains Lincoln East at 7:00 with pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Osmond visits Wausa at 4:00.  Pregame coverage at 3:35 on Lite Rock 97-5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  NECC 30-25-25 Marshalltown CC, IA 28-20-19 (VB); WSC 25-25-25 Peru St. 4-11-12 (VB).

American League Championship Series:  Detroit 7 Boston 3 (2-2).

National League Championship Series:  Los Angeles 6 St. Louis 4 (2-3).

STATE TOURNAMENT

At Smith Complex, Hastings

(Double-elimination; x-eliminated)

 

Class A

WEDNESDAY'S  RESULTS

Papillion-La Vista 10, Millard West 2

Lincoln North Star 3, Lincoln Southwest 0

Lincoln Southeast 9, Grand Island 8, 8 innings

Millard South 12, Papillion-La Vista South 4

Millard West 7, x-Lincoln Southwest 3

Grand Island 4, x-Papillion-La Vista South 2

THURSDAY'S GAMES

Game 7--Papillion-La Vista (31-1) vs. Lincoln North Star (28-7), 11:30 a.m.

Game 8--Lincoln Southeast (30-5) vs. Millard South (29-3), 11:30 a.m.

Game 9--Lincoln Southeast-Millard South loser vs. Millard West (16-12), 2 p.m.

Game 10--Grand Island (31-10) vs. Papillion-LV-Lincoln North Star loser, 2 p.m.

Game 11--Winner 7 vs. Winner 8, 7 p.m.

Game 12--Winner 9 vs. Winner 10, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Game 13--Winner 12 vs. Loser 11, 11:30 a.m.

Championship--Winner 11 vs. Winner 13, 2 p.m. (Second game, if necessary, to follow)

 

Class B

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

York 8, Beatrice 7

Blair 6, Northwest 4

Elkhorn South 11, Norris 6

Omaha Skutt 5, North Platte 0

Northwest 13, x-Beatrice 10

Norris 5, x-North Platte 0

THURSDAY'S GAMES

Game 7--York (33-1) vs. Blair (23-6), 9 a.m.

Game 8--Elkhorn South (26-5) vs. Omaha Skutt (25-4), 9 a.m.

Game 9--Elkhorn South-Omaha Skutt loser vs. Northwest (30-4), 11:30 a.m.

Game 10--Norris (23-7) vs. York-Blair loser, 11:30 a.m.

Game 11--York-Blair winner vs. Elkhorn South-Omaha Skutt winner, 4:30 p.m.

Game 12--Winner 9 vs. Winner 10, 4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Game 13--Winner 12 vs. Loser 11, 11:30 a.m.

Championship--Winner 11 vs. Winner 13, 2 p.m. (Second game, if necessary, to follow)

 

Class C

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

Wahoo 9, Gothenburg 5

Wayne 3, Fillmore Central/E-M 0

Southern 8, Guardian Angels CC 3

Bishop Neumann 5, O'Neill 0

Fillmore Central/E-M 8, x-Gothenburg 0

Guardian Angels CC 4, x-O'Neill 3

THURSDAY'S GAMES

Game 7--Wahoo (26-6) vs. Wayne (26-7), 9 a.m.

Game 8--Southern (24-4) vs. Bishop Neumann (26-6), 9 a.m.

Game 9--Southern-Bishop Neumann loser vs. Fillmore Central/E-M (24-11), 2 p.m.

Game 10--Guardian Angels CC (26-6) vs. Wahoo-Wayne loser, 2 p.m.

Game 11--Wahoo-Wayne winner vs. Southern-Bishop Neumann winner, 4:30 p.m.

Game 12--Winner 9 vs. Winner 10, 4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Game 13--Winner 12 vs. Loser 11, 11:30 a.m.

Championship--Winner 11 vs. Winner 13, 2 p.m. (Second game, if necessary, to follow)

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Toronto        99    Boston        97
      Final    Dallas          92    Indiana      85
      Final    Chicago        96    Detroit      81
      Final    Houston      108    Orlando    104
      Final    Portland      99    Utah            92
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    N-Y  Rangers      2    Washington      0
      Final    Anaheim              3    Calgary            2

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