Sports News-October 18, 2012
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Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for an injured Carlos Beltran and the St. Louis Cardinals beat San Francisco 3-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. The Cards chased Giants starter Matt Cain before a 3 ½ hour rain delay in the seventh inning. Kyle Lohse worked around a season-worst five walks in 5 2/3 innings and four Cardinals relievers hurled scoreless ball with closer Jason Motte earning the two-inning save.
After last night's rainout, the Detroit Tigers once again try to sweep the New York Yankees out of the American League Championship Series. The Tigers hold a 3-0 series lead and will send Max Scherzer to the mound against Yankee ace CC Sabathia in today's 3:05 game at Comerica Park.
Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love will miss the next six to eight weeks after breaking his right hand in a workout yesterday. The team made the announcement after practice, saying Love broke the third and fourth metacarpals on his shooting hand during a morning workout.
The fourth ranked Nebraska volleyball team made quick work of Iowa last night, sweeping the Hawkeyes 3-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Scores of the match were 25-22, 25-14, 25-9. After grinding out a first-set win, the Huskers won the final two sets by more than ten points with the help of a season-high seven service aces. Gina Mancuso led N-U on the night with twelve kills and .300 hitting percentage and Morgan Broekhuis recorded ten kills, behind a .375 hitting percentage and added five block assists. Lauren Cook notched 35 assists and Hannah Werth led Nebraska defensively with 16 digs. Hayley Thramer led the Husker block total with six, along with six kills on the night. N-U hit .316 in the match, while the Hawkeyes were held to a .094 hitting percentage. Nebraska out-blocked Iowa 10-5 and out-dug the Hawkeyes 50-40. The Huskers improve to 16-2 overall and 8-1 in the Big Ten while Iowa is now 10-12 overall and 2-7 in the conference. Nebraska will turn around to travel to Illinois for a showdown with the Fighting Illini on Sunday at 2:00.
The Creighton men's basketball team has earned a 15 ranking in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll. The Bluejays are the lone Missouri Valley Conference team represented. Indiana claimed the top spot in the poll, earning 21 of 31 first-place votes. Louisville is second, defending National Champion Kentucky is ranked third and Ohio State is fourth. Michigan, North Carolina State, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida round out the rest of the top-ten. Creighton finished last season ranked 21st in the final USA Today poll. This is CU's first preseason ranking from the coaches since the 2006-07 club was tabbed 23rd in the preseason poll. The Associated Press preseason poll is scheduled to be released in a few weeks. The Bluejays have advanced to 15 straight post seasons and will return ten lettermen and four starters from last season's 29-6 squad.
The Omaha Nighthawks football team dropped to 2-2 on the season after falling at home last night to Las Vegas 38-23. Both losses this year have occurred to the Locomotives. The Nighthawks have lost ten games in its three seasons of United Football League play. Six of the defeats have come against Las Vegas, including last night’s setback in front of over 2,200 fans at TD Ameritrade Park. Omaha trailed 35-16 at half-time. The Nighthawks’ Jason Boltus threw two touchdowns and kicker Brandon Coutu kicked three field goals. Omaha will be in action next Tuesday when they entertain Sacramento.
Former football coach Sandy Buda and five former athletes will be inducted into the University of Nebraska at Omaha Athletics Hall of Fame tonight. The ceremony will be held during the "A Night with the Mavs" celebration at the Ralston Arena. Former athletes to be inducted are volleyball player Nikki Mastny-Bails, wrestler Steve Costanzo, soccer player Beth McGill, swimmer Ali Petersen and football player Adam Wright. The keynote speaker will be ESPN pro basketball analyst Tim Legler.
The Northeast Hawks men’s golf team participated in the first day of yesterday’s Nebraska Intercollegiate Meet at the Fremont Country Club. Nebraska-Kearney holds the team lead with a 309. They are leading by two strokes. Northeast shot a 377 and are currently in ninth place in the nine-team tournament. Brady Vancura & Renen Sahr of Midland University are tied for first individually with a 75. They lead by one stroke. The Hawks are led by Kenny Kuchar’s 88 after one day. The final day of the competition is held today at the Elks Country Club in Columbus.
The Lincoln Journal Star has posted its final high school softball rankings. Class “A” State Champion Millard South is the new number one in Class “A”. Class “B” State Champion Lincoln Pius X is the new number one. In Class “C”, champion Arlington is the new number one, West Point Guardian Angels jumps from ninth to second, Wayne remains fifth, and Twin River slips from eighth to ninth.
Local Schedule: Nfk Cath at Wayne (FB-7:00); Battle Creek at LHNE (FB-7:00); Lexington at Nfk High-5:00; Hastings at Nfk High-7:00 (Nfk High VB Tri); NECC at Nebraska Intercollegiate at Elks CC, Columbus (MG).
Tonight: The Lutheran High Northeast football team hosts Battle Creek at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Friday Night: The 3-5 Norfolk Panther football team is home versus 2-6 Lincoln Northeast at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee West. Get the lowdown with the coaches.