Sports News-October 23, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have won their 20th National League pennant with a 9-0 pounding of the Cardinals. Marco Scutaro went 3-4 with a run scored in the clincher and went 14-for-28 with six runs and four RBIs to earn Series MVP honors. The Giants will host the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series tomorrow night.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Detroit Lions lost wide receiver Nate Burleson to a season-ending broken leg while losing 13-7 to the Bears in Chicago. Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers and Zack Bowman each recovered fumbles as the Bears improved to 5-1 while dropping the Lions to 2-4. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler missed part of the second quarter with bruised ribs and finished with 150 passing yards and a touchdown.
GENEVA (AP) - The list of Tour de France champions from 1999-2005 will be left vacant after the International Cycling Union announced yesterday that it has formally stripped Lance Armstrong of those seven titles and given him a lifetime ban for doping. Tour director Christian Prudhomme said there will be no winner listed for that period, and he also wants Armstrong to pay back prize money from those victories. Armstrong's fiercely defended reputation as a clean athlete was shattered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency two weeks ago, when it detailed evidence of drug use and trafficking by his Tour-winning teams.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Coming off a 6-10 record in 2011, the Carolina Panthers have fired general manager Marty Hurney following the team's 1-5 start to the 2012 season. Hurney had served as the Panthers' GM since 2002. Carolina played in two NFC championship games and the 2003 Super Bowl during his watch. But the Panthers haven't been to the playoffs since 2008.
The Nebraska volleyball team remained fourth in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll released yesterday. The Huskers went 2-0 last week with wins over Iowa & Illinois and are now 17-2 overall and 9-1 in the Big Ten. Penn State remains number one. Stanford is second and Oregon is ranked third. Penn State is 20-1 on the year while Stanford is 18-2 and Oregon is 18-1. Nebraska will be in action next on Friday when they host 22nd ranked Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 15-7 overall and 6-4 in the Big Ten.
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah says he's ready to take over as the featured back in what could be his team's most important game of the season. Coach Bo Pelini said yesterday he was inclined to rest Rex Burkhead at least a week after the senior re-aggravated a knee injury against Northwestern. Pelini emphasized no decision has been made on Burkhead's status for Saturday's key Big Ten Legends Division game against BCS 22nd ranked Michigan. Burkhead left during Nebraska's second offensive series against Northwestern. He strained a ligament in his left knee in the opener against Southern Mississippi and missed the next two games. Burkhead first aggravated the injury in the third quarter of the Oct. 6 game against Ohio State. Kickoff for Michigan at Nebraska is at 7:00. The game is televised on ESPN2.
Wayne State held steady to the 18th spot in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released yesterday. The Wildcats are 18-6 overall and 10-4 in league play. The Wildcats went 3-0 last week, defeating Augustana, Northern State, and MSU Moorhead by scores of 3-1 in each match.
Wayne State athletics has announced three home exhibition basketball contests will be played at Rice Auditorium leading up to the start of the 2012-13 regular season for the Wildcat men’s and women’s basketball teams. The men’s team will host Midland University on Tuesday, October 30th in an 8:00 contest at Rice Auditorium followed by a Tuesday, November 6th game vs. Morningside College at 7:00. The women will host Simpson College in its lone home exhibition contest on Thursday, November 8th at Rice Auditorium starting at 7:00.
The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team has run their win streak to 20. The Lady Knights improved to 24-1 on the season with a three-set quarterfinal win over Boone Central/Newman Grove last night at the Mid States Conference Tournament at Pierce. Scores of the match had the Lady Knights winning 25-20, 25-19, 25-21. The Lady Cardinals had beaten O’Neill in the opening round match 3-0 to reach the quarterfinals. NC’s Michaela Barry had ten kills & 15 set assists, Amy Miller recorded ten kills, and Kristen Maguire netted eleven digs. The Lady Knights are ranked second in the Omaha World Herald and third in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class “C-1”. They will be in action next when they face 24-5 Hartington Cedar Catholic in the Mid States Conference Tournament semifinals tonight at 7:30 at Pierce. In other quarterfinal matches last night at the tournament, Hartington Cedar Catholic swept Wayne 3-0, Crofton defeated Pierce 3-0, and West Point Guardian Angels beat Battle Creek 3-0. Battle Creek swept Madison in three sets in the opening round match. Today’s schedule at Pierce, in semifinal matches, Crofton faces West Point Guardian Angels at 6:00 and Hartington Cedar Catholic meets Norfolk Catholic at 7:30. In consolation matches at Norfolk Catholic, Madison faces O’Neill at 4:30, Battle Creek tangles with Pierce at 6:00, and Wayne plays Boone Central/Newman Grove at 7:30.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school volleyball rankings. The Class "C-2" Two-time Defending State Champion Lutheran High Northeast Eagles slipped from second to fourth in the Omaha World Herald and dropped from second to third in the Lincoln Journal Star. The Lady Eagles are 24-5 on the season after beating Bancroft/Rosalie, Battle Creek, South Sioux City, and Hastings in the last week. Their lone loss came to the hands of Class “B” Blair. They will be in action next when they visit 16-11 Omaha Concordia on Friday night at 7:30. Norfolk Catholic moved up from third to second in the Omaha World Herald and remain third in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class “C-1”. The Lady Knights are 24-1 on the year and winners of 20 matches in a row after winning both their matches in the past week over West Point Guardian Angels & Boone Central/Newman Grove. N.C. will be in action next when they play Omaha World Herald third ranked in Class “C-2” 24-5 Hartington Cedar Catholic in the Mid States Conference Tournament semifinals at Pierce tonight at 7:45.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school volleyball rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista South remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Omaha Gross is once again first in Class “B”. In Class “C-1”, Kearney Catholic stays at number one, Norfolk Catholic moves up from third to second, and Columbus Scotus slips from second to fourth. In Class “C-2”, Hastings St. Cecilia stays at number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic jumps from fifth to third, Lutheran High Northeast drops from second to fourth, West Holt enters the rankings at number six, and Wakefield falls from seventh to eighth. In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels is once again first, Howells/Dodge stays at number two, O’Neill St. Mary’s moves up from seventh to sixth, and Chambers/Wheeler Central remains tenth. In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High stays at number one, Ewing slips from fifth to sixth, and Stuart remains ninth. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista South remains first in Class “A” while Omaha Gross is the new number one in Class “B”. In Class “C-1”, Kearney Catholic stays at number one, Columbus Scotus remains second, and Norfolk Catholic is once again third. In Class “C-2”, Hastings St. Cecilia stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast drops from second to third, Hartington Cedar Catholic slips from third to fourth, and West Holt enters the rankings at number five. In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels is once again first, Howells/Dodge stays at number two, and O’Neill St. Mary’s remains ninth. In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High stays at number one and Ewing is once again seventh.
Thursday: We’ve got two Class “C-1” high school football playoff games! Norfolk Catholic hosts Raymond Central at 3:00. Pregame coverage at 2:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com. Also, Pierce entertains Lincoln Lutheran at 6:00. Pregame coverage at 5:45 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.
Local Scores: South Dakota 25-23-25-25 Nebraska-Omaha 10-25-18-18 (VB).