Sports News-October 21, 2013

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Alabama and Florida State hold the top two spots in the first Bowl Championship Series standings of the season.  Oregon was a close third behind second-place Florida State.  The Seminoles are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 51-14 victory at previously unbeaten Clemson.  The Ducks have only played one team that was ranked at the time, but could get a boost in the next two weeks with games against UCLA and at Stanford.  Ohio State is a more distant fourth, followed by Missouri in the standings released last night.  The top two teams in the final standings after the end of the regular season play in the Rose Bowl for the national title in January.  Nebraska is ranked 24th and will visit Minnesota on Saturday at 11:00.  The game will be televised on ESPN.  The Huskers are ranked 25th in the Associated Press poll and 21st in the USA Today Coaches poll.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is out for the season after an MRI last night showed he tore the ACL in his left knee, a league source told ESPN.  The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of the team's 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers.  Bradford suffered the injury as he scrambled toward the sideline on a second-down play with 5:27 to play.  Carolina safety Mike Mitchell converged on Bradford before he stepped out of bounds, but the QB landed awkwardly on the knee as he fell to the ground.

Peyton Manning was warmly received in his return to Indianapolis, but the Indianapolis Colts were rude hosts in pinning the Denver Broncos with their first loss of the season, 39-33.  Manning passed for 386 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw a fourth-quarter interception after losing a fumble out of bounds for a safety.  Andrew Luck had three scoring passes as the Colts improved to 5-2 while dropping the Broncos to 6-1.

Jamie McMurray took the checkered flag under caution at Talladega Superspeedway yesterday, his first Sprint Cup victory since 2010. Dale Earnhardt Jr. settled for second, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was third, Paul Menard fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.  Jimmie Johnson's 13th-place finish allowed him to move atop the Sprint Cup standings with four races remaining, four points ahead of Matt Kenseth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Millard West is the new number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Norfolk Catholic falls from second to sixth, Columbus Scotus jumps from tenth to eighth, Pierce enters the rankings at number nine, and Columbus Lakeview falls from the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast is once again second, Battle Creek moves up from eighth to seventh, and Hartington Cedar Catholic remains ninth.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton is once again third, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number six, and Randolph enters the rankings at number nine.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains third, Fullerton jumps from sixth to fifth, Humphrey St. Francis improves from seventh to sixth, Lyons Decatur Northeast is up from tenth to ninth, and Stuart enter the rankings at number ten.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one and Elkhorn Valley falls from the rankings.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard West is the new number one in Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Pierce jumps from tenth to sixth, Norfolk Catholic drops from second to seventh, and Columbus Lakeview slips from seventh to tenth.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull is once again first, Lutheran High Northeast remains second, Battle Creek remains eighth, and Crofton slips out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton is once again third, and West Point Guardian Angels stays at number seven.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains second, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number four, Fullerton falls from eighth to ninth, and Lyons Decatur Northeast drops out of the rankings.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings today.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights drop from second to sixth in the Omaha World Herald and fall from second to seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star after falling to Pierce 22-21 on the road last Friday.  The loss for Norfolk Catholic, snapped a 23 game win streak in games away from Norfolk dating back to 2010.  The 5-2 Knights will host 5-3 Wayne on Thursday.  The game can be heard on 106 KIX.  Lutheran High Northeast is once again second in Class 'C-2'.  The 7-0 Eagles defeated Ponca 21-6 at home last Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast will visits 7-0 Omaha World Herald seventh ranked Battle Creek on Thursday.

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team dropped a 22-21 decision to Pierce on the road last Friday to fall to 5-2 on the season.  The Bluejays' Lane Rohrich threw a 17 yard touchdown pass to Mason Buckendahl with 1:02 left.  Rohrich then hit Buckendahl on a two-point conversion pass play to take the lead at 22-21.  The Knights' Chase Farlee was wide right on a 45 yard field goal attempt at the final gun and Pierce held on.  Norfolk Catholic's Jackson Love ran for 177 yards off 33 carries and three touchdowns in the loss.  The loss for the Knights, snapped a 23 game win streak in games away from Norfolk dating back to 2010.  They are ranked sixth in the Omaha World Herald & seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-1'.  Norfolk Catholic has beaten Columbus Lakeview, Bishop Neumann, Madison, Wahoo, and West Point-Beemer while falling to Boone Central/Newman Grove and Pierce.  The Knights are outscoring their opponents on average 36.1-15.  They will now host 5-3 Wayne on Thursday at 7:00.  The Blue Devils beat David City 20-17 last Friday.  Norfolk Catholic's meeting with Wayne on Thursday night can be heard on 106 KIX.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team defeated Ponca 21-6 at home last Friday to improve to 7-0 on the season.  Shaka Taylor ran for 157 yards off 14 carries and two touchdowns while teammate Nick Stolze ran for 112 yards off twelve carries and a score.  Ethan Rockwell & Cody Bowe each had ten tackles in the win.  The Eagles are ranked second in the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  They have beaten Archbishop Bergan, Wisner/Pilger, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, West Holt, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Crofton, and Ponca by an average score of 34.3-14.6.  With the win, Lutheran High Northeast extended their home win streak to 15 games dating back to 2010.  They've also won 16 regular season games in a row dating back to 2011.  The Eagles will now visit 7-0 Omaha World Herald seventh ranked Battle Creek on Thursday at 7:00.  The Braves defeated Crofton last Friday 30-21.  

The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team is 6-17 on the season after sporting a 1-1 record last week.  They beat O'Neill in three sets and lost to Bishop Neumann in four sets.  Norfolk Catholic's six wins have come at the expense of Pierce twice, Centura, Battle Creek, Allen, and O'Neill.  The Lady Knights' remaining schedule has them visiting West Point Guardian Angels on Tuesday and then competing in the Mid States Conference Tournament later in the week.  

The Creighton football team defeated Neligh/Oakdale on the road last Friday 58-6 to improve to 7-0 on the season.  Seth Wilmes had two offensive and one defensive touchdown in the victory and teammate Jacob Morrill had seven carries for 140 yards an a score.  The Bulldogs led 50-0 at halftime.  They are ranked third in the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'D-1'.  Creighton has beaten Clearwater/Orchard, Emerson/Hubbard, Pender, Elgin Public/Pope John, Bloomfield, Plainview, and Neligh/Oakdale by an average score of 69.4-7.3.  Creighton will now host 5-2 Niobrara/Verdigre on Thursday night.  The Cougars outlasted Bloomfield in two overtimes last Friday 32-26.

Local Schedule:  Wayne at LHNE (VB-8:00).

Local Scores:  Creighton 25-25-20-25 Butler 22-14-25-19 (VB); South Dakota 25-28-25 Nebraska-Omaha 19-26-15 (VB); (22) Nebraska 1 Minnesota 0 (W. Socc.); Georgetown 4 Creighton 0 (W Socc.); Minot St. 1 WSC 0 (W. Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  Buffalo 23 Miami 21; Washington 45 Chicago 41; Cincinnati 27 Detroit 24; Dallas 17 Philadelphia 3; N.Y. Jets 30 New England 27 (OT); San Diego 24 Jacksonville 6; Carolina 30 St. Louis 15; Atlanta 31 Tampa Bay 23; San Francisco 31 Tennessee 17; Pittsburgh 19 Baltimore 16; Green Bay 31 Cleveland 13; Kansas City 17 Houston 16; Indianapolis 39 Denver 33.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Memphis                  90    Atlanta            82
      Final    Minnesota            104    Boston              89
      Final    Orlando                  87    Detroit            86
      Final    Oklahoma  City      88    Utah                  82
      Final    Portland              109    Sacramento    105
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Columbus        3    Vancouver      1
      Final    Anaheim          6    Dallas            3
      Final    Nashville      3    Winnipeg        1

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