Sports News-October 23, 2013

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The Minnesota Vikings are reeling from another embarrassing performance. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he wouldn't change his decision to start Josh Freeman at quarterback against the New York Giants on Monday night.  Freeman struggled through a 20-53 passing night in the 23-7 loss.

The San Francisco Giants and pitcher Tim Lincecum have agreed to a two-year, $35 million contract through 2015, pending a physical.  Lincecum won the National League Cy Young Award in 2008 and 2009, but he's just 20-29 with a 4.76 ERA in 65 starts over the last two seasons.  General manager Brian Sabean said he wanted to lock up Lincecum's deal before he hit free agency next month.

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee is apologizing to Tiger Woods after insinuating the world's top ranked player cheated during his five-win season.  Chamblee saved Woods for last in his report card of 14 players in a column posted last week on Golf.com.  He told of getting caught cheating on a math test in the fourth grade, and how the teacher crossed a line through his "100" and gave him an "F."  Chamblee went on to write Woods "was a little cavalier with the rules."  Chamblee apologized in a post on his Twitter account last night.

Miami's football team will lose a total of nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three, as part of the penalties the school was handed by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal presumably drew to a close.  The scholarship losses will be stretched out over three years.  But for the first time since 2010, the football team will be permitted to appear in a postseason game.

Baseball America recently ranked Nebraska's latest recruiting class eleventh in the nation, the highest ranking for the Huskers in school history.  The 2013 class is the first full recruiting class under Head Coach Darin Erstad.  When Erstad, a former World Series champion and three-time Gold Glove winner, took over the team prior to the 2012 season, he was able to draw Ted Silva, the winning pitcher on Cal State Fullerton's 1995 national championship team, away from California to lead the Huskers' recruiting efforts.  The Huskers were the only Big Ten team on the list, while Florida took the top spot, followed by Texas and South Carolina.  The Huskers' 13-member recruiting class that signed in November 2012 included a talented group of twelve prep players and one junior-college transfer.  The Huskers also added a trio of junior-college transfers during the spring.

The Creighton men's soccer team is ranked 22nd in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released yesterday, following downfalls at Michigan and against Villanova last week.  As a result, the Bluejays slipped ten spots in the poll to 22nd  in the NSCAA rankings.  Creighton begins a two-match conference road trip on Wednesday at Butler.  They then travel to Seton Hall for a Saturday afternoon match.

The Nebraska women's soccer team is ranked 21st in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released yesterday.  The Huskers are 12-3-1 overall and 7-1 in Big Ten play.  They return to action on Friday when they host Ohio State.

The 17th ranked Wayne State volleyball team avenged a home sweep earlier this season at the hands of Augustana College by returning the favor to Vikings with a dominant sweep in Sioux Falls last night as the Wildcats rolled to a 28-26, 25-18 and 25-10 win. Wayne State improves to 16-6 overall and 7-5 in the NSIC while Augustana is now 16-4 and 8-4 in league play.  The Wildcats hit .267 for the match while holding Augustana to a .057 attack percentage.  Wayne State had 43 kills compared to 31 by Augustana and had a 62-58 edge in digs over the Vikings. WSC also had eight blocks in the win to six for Augustana.  Senior outside hitter Cori Hobbs led a balanced Wildcat effort with her 15th double-double of the season with eleven kills and 13 digs.

Local Schedule:  NECC at Iowa Lakes CC at Estherville, IA (VB-7:00); Iowa at Nebraska (VB-6:30); Creighton at Butler at Indianapolis, IN (M Socc.-6:00).

Thursday Night:  High school football action has Norfolk Catholic hosting Wayne at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Pierce visits West Point-Beemer at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:35 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  West Point Guardian Angels 25-25-25 Nfk Cath 18-18-21 (VB); WSC 28-25-25 Augustana 26-18-10 (VB).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Cameron Moes of the Osmond cross country team.

     VOLLEYBALL
     Allen def. Homer, 25-20, 17-25, 25-15, 25-19
     Alliance def. Scottsbluff, 25-20, 27-25, 25-21
     Aurora def. Grand Island Central Catholic, 25-20, 23-25, 14-25, 25-14, 15-7
     Bellevue East def. Omaha Benson, 25-13, 25-18, 25-18
     Bellevue West def. Millard North, 23-25, 14-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-12
     Bennington def. Plattsmouth, 25-15, 25-19, 25-18
     Blair def. Nebraska City, 25-19, 25-17, 25-10
     Boone Central/Newman Grove def. West Point-Beemer, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-11
     Boyd County def. Gregory, S.D., 25-21, 25-11, 25-15
     Burwell def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-13
     Central City def. Centennial, 25-19, 25-14, 25-15
     Centura def. Ravenna, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22
     Chase County def. Hershey, 25-27, 25-15, 25-23, 25-15
     Diller-Odell def. Southern, 25-21, 26-24, 25-22
     Douglas County West def. Louisville, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18
     East Butler def. David City, 25-21, 25-15, 15-25, 25-21
     Fairbury def. Crete, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22
     Grand Island Northwest def. York, 25-12, 25-14, 25-11
     Gretna def. Omaha Mercy, 25-10, 25-22, 25-16
     Guardian Angels def. Norfolk Catholic, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21
     Hastings def. Cozad, 25-11, 25-20, 25-12
     Holdrege def. Lexington, 25-16, 25-13, 25-14
     Howells/Dodge def. North Bend Central, 26-24, 25-15, 25-23
     Kearney def. Columbus, 17-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-14, 15-11
     Kearney Catholic def. St. Paul, 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21
     Kimball def. Perkins County, 25-17, 25-18, 25-21
     Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Ponca, 25-15, 25-23, 25-16
     Lincoln Christian def. Raymond Central, 25-14, 25-10, 25-17
     Lincoln Pius X def. Omaha Burke, 28-26, 22-25, 25-10, 25-11
     Maxwell def. Elwood, 25-13, 25-23, 25-19
     Milford def. Tri County, 25-9, 25-17, 25-20
     Millard West def. Omaha Marian, 25-21, 23-25, 12-25, 25-21, 15-11
     Minden def. Adams Central, 25-11, 25-14, 25-16
     Nebraska Christian def. Heartland, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21
     North Platte St. Patrick's def. Sutherland, 26-24, 25-17, 28-30, 20-25, 15-13
     O'Neill def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-21, 25-8, 25-15
     Oakland-Craig def. Clarkson/Leigh, 28-26, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18
     Ogallala def. North Platte, 28-30, 12-25, 25-13, 25-23, 15-10
     Omaha Central def. Omaha Northwest, 25-11, 25-9, 25-18
     Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 25-12, 25-14, 25-14
     Palmyra def. Yutan, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 16-14
     Papillion-LaVista South def. Omaha Westside, 25-20, 25-17, 18-25, 19-25, 15-12
     Pender def. Lyons-Decatur Northeast, 25-21, 16-25, 25-20, 25-20
     Sandy Creek def. Sutton, 15-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21
     Sidney def. Gering, 27-25, 21-25, 25-13, 20-25, 15-5
     Silver Lake def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-16, 16-25, 25-27, 25-10, 15-10
     South Sioux City def. Sioux City, West, Iowa, 25-16, 25-17, 25-18
     Stuart def. Ainsworth, 25-18, 25-18, 25-22
     Thayer Central def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-10, 25-15, 25-17
     Wahoo def. Beatrice, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22
     Wisner-Pilger def. Twin River, 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23
     Wynot def. Osmond, 25-13, 26-24, 25-20
 Ansley-Litchfield Tournament
 First Round
     Amherst def. South Loup, 25-15, 25-13
 Championship
     Ansley-Litchfield def. Amherst, 25-17, 25-21
 Banner County Triangular
     Potter-Dix def. Banner County, 25-11, 25-21, 25-9
 Bishop Neumann Triangular
     Bishop Neumann def. Omaha Concordia, 26-24, 25-23
     Columbus Lakeview def. Omaha Concordia, 25-16, 25-20
     Columbus Lakeview def. Bishop Neumann, 19-25, 25-14, 25-23
 Broken Bow Tournament
 First Round
     Gothenburg def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-22, 25-16
     Valentine def. Broken Bow, 25-13, 25-22
 Consolation
     Doniphan-Trumbull def. Broken Bow, 25-27, 25-11, 25-15
 Championship
     Gothenburg def. Valentine, 25-11, 25-21
 Cedar Valley Triangular
     CWC def. Ewing, 15-25, 25-20, 25-20
     CWC def. Cedar Valley, 25-10, 22-25, 25-18
     Ewing def. Cedar Valley, 25-15, 22-25, 25-21
 CRC Tournament
 Semifinal
     Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18
     Giltner def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 15-13
 Creek Valley Triangular
     Creek Valley def. Bayard, 25-23, 25-14
     Mitchell def. Bayard, 25-10, 25-16
     Mitchell def. Creek Valley, 25-19, 25-22
 Elmwood-Murdock Tournament
     Freeman def. Malcolm, 25-21, 25-16
     Freeman def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 25-13, 25-12
     Mead def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-9, 25-20
     Mead def. Malcolm, 25-15, 25-16
 Gayville-Volin Triangular
     Gayville-Volin, S.D. def. Omaha Nation, 25-5, 25-10, 25-9
 Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament
 First Round
     Grand Island def. Lincoln East, 25-23, 27-29, 20-25, 25-22, 15-8
     Lincoln North Star def. Fremont, 25-22, 25-17
     Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln Northeast, 16-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21
     Lincoln Southwest def. Lincoln High, 25-12, 25-10, 25-16
 Consolation Semifinal
     Lincoln East def. Lincoln High, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20
     Lincoln Northeast def. Fremont, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22
 Semifinal
     Lincoln North Star def. Lincoln Southeast, 25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 25-19
     Lincoln Southwest def. Grand Island, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-14
 Knox County Tournament
 Fifth Place
     Bloomfield def. Santee, 25-15, 25-12
 Third Place
     Niobrara/Verdigre def. Wausa, 25-16, 25-19
 Championship
     Crofton def. Creighton, 25-18, 25-20
 Lincoln Lutheran Triangular
     Columbus Scotus def. Lincoln Lutheran, 25-22, 25-21
     Hastings St. Cecilia def. Columbus Scotus, 25-20, 25-21
     Lincoln Lutheran def. Hastings St. Cecilia, 25-19, 25-21
 Nebraska Frontier Conference Tournament
 Consolation Semifinal
     Boys Town def. College View Academy, 25-16, 26-24
 Fifth Place
     Boys Town def. Parkview Christian, 25-16, 26-24
 Palmer Triangular
     Neligh-Oakdale def. Spalding/Spalding Academy, 25-22, 12-25, 25-19
     Palmer def. Neligh-Oakdale, 25-13, 25-23
     Palmer def. Spalding/Spalding Academy, 25-21, 19-25, 25-17
 Pawnee City Triangular
     Johnson County Central def. Lewiston, 25-17, 25-14
     Pawnee City def. Johnson County Central, 25-17, 25-14
     Pawnee City def. Lewiston, 25-18, 25-12
 Republican Plains Athletic Conference Tournament
 Semifinal
     Bertrand def. Southwest, 25-20, 25-13, 25-23
     Dundy County-Stratton def. Paxton, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22
 Third Place
     Southwest def. Paxton, 25-22, 26-24, 25-17
 Championship
     Bertrand def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 25-12
 Sandhills Conference Tournament
 First Round
     Hyannis def. SMC, 25-17, 25-20
     Sandhills/Thedford def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-18, 25-15
 Semifinal
     Brady def. Mullen, 25-21, 25-14, 25-23
     Sandhills/Thedford def. Hyannis, 25-19, 25-20, 27-25
 Scribner-Snyder Triangular
     Scribner-Snyder def. Archbishop Bergan, 25-19, 25-22
     Tekamah-Herman def. Scribner-Snyder, 25-13, 25-15
     Tekamah-Herman def. Archbishop Bergan, 25-12, 25-13
 St. Mary's Triangular
     Clearwater/Orchard def. Plainview, 25-18, 25-11
     St. Mary's def. Plainview, 25-7, 25-7
     St. Mary's def. Clearwater/Orchard, 25-20, 25-20
 Stanton Triangular
     Randolph def. Pierce, 25-22, 25-20
     Stanton def. Pierce, 25-12, 25-27, 25-18
     Stanton def. Randolph, 25-13, 25-23
 Sterling Triangular
     Falls City Sacred Heart def. Sterling, 24-26, 18-2
     Falls City Sacred Heart def. Nebraska City Lourdes, 25-18, 25-16
     Sterling def. Nebraska City Lourdes, 25-16, 25-20
 Sumner-Eddyville-Miller Triangular
     Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Twin Loup, 25-18, 25-21
     Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Arcadia-Loup City, 25-7, 25-21
     Twin Loup def. Arcadia-Loup City, 18-25, 25-21, 25-15
 Winside Triangular
     Emerson-Hubbard def. Winside, 25-12, 27-25
     Emerson-Hubbard def. Hartington, 25-23, 25-18
     Hartington def. Winside, 25-23, 25-16

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Indiana            107    Atlanta                  89
      Final    Detroit              99    Washington            96
      Final    San  Antonio    123    Orlando                101
      Final    Phoenix              88    Oklahoma  City      76
      Final    L-A  Lakers      108    Utah                        94
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Toronto            4    Anaheim                  2
      Final            Columbus          4    New  Jersey            1
      Final  OT      Vancouver        5    N-Y  Islanders      4
      Final  2OT    Chicago            3    Florida                  2
      Final            Edmonton          4    Montreal                3
      Final            Minnesota        2    Nashville              0
      Final  2OT    Washington      5    Winnipeg                4
      Final            Phoenix            4    Calgary                  2

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