Sports News-October 24, 2013

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David Ortiz and Mike Napoli drove in three runs apiece to support Jon Lester's shutout pitching as the Boston Red Sox pounded St. Louis 8-1 in Game One of the World Series last night.  Ortiz hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly after Napoli put the Bosox ahead with a three-run double in the first inning.  Lester held the Cardinals to five hits while striking out eight in 7 2/3 innings.  Cardinal outfielder Carlos Beltran was injured in the bottom of the second inning when he slammed into the right-field wall while making a spectacular catch to rob Ortiz of what would have been a grand slam.  The eight-time All-Star finished the frame but was rubbing his right side and disappeared down the tunnel to the clubhouse with a trainer between innings.  He was taken to the hospital, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that X-rays were negative and that Beltran is day to day.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will bring back manager Don Mattingly for at least one more season, team president Stan Kasten confirmed last night.  Kasten wouldn't elaborate beyond that, honoring a Major League Baseball policy that teams not make major announcements during the World Series, but sources with knowledge of the situation said the Dodgers intend to begin dialogue with Mattingly on a new contract in the next few days.  Mattingly put pressure on the front office during a news conference Monday with general manager Ned Colletti at his side to either extend him a multiyear contract offer or move on without him, saying he had been frustrated with his status as a "lame-duck" manager during the season.  The final year and $1.4 million of Mattingly's three-year contract vested after the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series.

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has had his two-game suspension cut in half by an appeals officer. Meriweather's suspension came for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players, including two in Sunday's Washington/Chicago game.  He was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Alshon Jeffery in the fourth quarter and for a helmet-first hit to the head and neck area of receiver Brandon Marshall.

The 13th ranked Nebraska volleyball team posted its ninth sweep of the season last night as the Huskers took down the Iowa Hawkeyes 3-0 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  Scores of the match had Nebraska winning 25-19, 25-21, 25-8.  Kadie Rolfzen led NU on the night with the fifth double-double of her career, posting eleven kills, a career-high twelve digs and hitting at a clip of .500.  Kelsey Robinson notched eleven kills on the night and chipped in three aces.  Mary Pollmiller dished out 33 assists and added four blocks.  The Huskers improve to 14-4 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten.  Nebraska returns to action on Friday as the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio to face the Ohio State Buckeyes at 6:00.

Nebraska's Jordan Hooper earned mention among the best women's basketball players in the nation, when she was named to the John R. Wooden Award's Preseason Top 30 yesterday.  Hooper, a 6'2 senior forward from Alliance, was named to the Wooden's preseason list for the second straight season.  Last year, she helped Nebraska to the NCAA Sweet 16 while earning honorable-mention All-America honors from both the Associated Press and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.  The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection averaged 17.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a junior in 2012-13.  Hooper enters her senior season in position to challenge Nebraska school records for points, rebounds and three-pointers.

The Wayne State women's basketball team was picked to finish third overall and third in the South Division in the 2013 Northern Sun Conference Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches Poll released by the league office yesterday.  Junior forward Jordan Spencer was listed as the Player to Watch from Wayne State in the league this season.  Defending NSIC regular season champion Concordia-St. Paul was picked as the preseason favorite in the league.  Wayne State College returns five starters and nine letter winners from last year's team that was 17-10 overall and 13-9 in the NSIC. The Wildcats open the regular season on Saturday, November 9th hosting Peru State in a 7:00 game at Rice Auditorium.

The Lincoln Journal Star has posted its final high school softball rankings.  Class 'A' Three-time Defending State Champion Millard South is the new number one in the class.  Class 'B' Champion Omaha Skutt is the new number one in the class.  Class 'C' Champion Wahoo remains first in the class.  Wayne jumps from fifth to second, West Point Guardian Angels slips from fourth to fifth, Twin River drops from sixth to ninth.

Local Schedule:  Wayne at Nfk Cath (FB-7:00); LHNE at Battle Creek (FB-7:00); Nfk High Vs. Hastings-5:00; Vs. Lexington-6:00 (Hastings VB Tri.); Central CC at NECC (VB-7:00).

Tonight:  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:  NECC 25-25-23-25 Iowa Lakes CC 13-22-25-23 (VB); (13) Nebraska 25-25-25 Iowa 19-21-8 (VB); (22) Creighton 3 Butler 2 (M. Socc.). 

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Boston                101    Brooklyn                97
      Final    Toronto              108    Memphis                  72
      Final    Minnesota          125    Philadelphia      102
      Final    Washington        101    Cleveland              82
      Final    Miami                  108    New  Orleans          95
      Final    Milwaukee          105    New  York                95
      Final    Dallas                  98    Atlanta                  88
      Final    Phoenix                98    Denver                    79
      Final    Chicago              104    Oklahoma  City      95
      Final    Sacramento          91    Golden  State        90
      Final    L-A  Clippers    103    Utah                        99
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Ottawa      6    Detroit      1
      Final    Boston      5    Buffalo      2

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