Sports News-October 29, 2012
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A Giant sweep
DETROIT (AP) - In one of the most dominating Fall Classic performances, the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers for their second World Series title in three years. It's their seventh title in franchise history. Marco Scutaro delivered the big hit, a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning to drive in Ryan Theriot with the winning run in the Giants' 4-3 win over the Tigers. That was the Giants' sixth straight win in the postseason. Buster Posey added a two-run home run in the sixth. But the Giants did it with pitching. Giants pitchers posted a 1.46 earned run average, the 12th-lowest ERA in World Series history. After throwing back-to-back shutouts in Games 2 and 3, the Giants got another clutch pitching performance. Matt Cain held the Tigers to three runs over seven innings. Three relievers delivered three hitless innings of relief. The Tigers got only five hits -- none after the sixth inning. Closer Sergio Romo closed out the victory by striking out the side in the ninth for his third series save. When he fanned Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to end it, the Giants broke into a wild celebration at the center of the Comerica Park diamond. Pablo Sandoval, who hit three home runs in Game 1, was named World Series MVP. Sandoval batted .500 for the series, and drove in four runs. Sandoval had 8 hits in 16 at-bats in the 108th Fall Classic.
Now Notre Dame is an ahead of Oregon in the BCS standings. The Fighting Irish became the latest team to move past Oregon on Sunday, taking third place behind Alabama and Kansas State. The Ducks remained fourth. Florida fell out of the top five with a 17-9 loss to Georgia, helping to set the field in the race for the BCS title game with a month to go in the regular season. Alabama is locked in at first, and if the Crimson Tide keep winning it will play for its third championship in four years. The Wildcats (.9400), Fighting Irish (.9147) and Ducks (.9136) need to remain unbeaten, and keep an eye on each other. The computers ratings are still holding the Ducks back because their strength of schedule lags behind the other contenders.
The fourth ranked Nebraska volleyball team took down the top ranked Penn State Nittany Lions in a five-set thriller at the Nebraska Coliseum yesterday. In front of over 4,100 fans, the Huskers produced its third five-set win of the season. Scores of the match had N-U winning 12-25, 32-30, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10. Gina Mancuso led Nebraska on the day with 16 kills and 17 digs. Morgan Broekhuis posted 13 kills and 13 digs, while Meghan Haggerty had twelve kills and seven blocks and Hannah Werth notched eleven kills and a career-high 27 digs. Lauren Cook paced the Husker offense with 52 assists, also contributing 18 digs. N-U posted a .171 hitting percentage in the match, while the Nittany Lions hit at a .237 clip. Nebraska was out-blocked 14-11, but out-dug Penn State 94-90. The Huskers are now 18-3 overall and 10-2 in the Big Ten while the Nittany Lions drop to 21-2 overall and 11-1 in the conference. Nebraska will now travel to Michigan to take on the Wolverines on Friday.
At long last, the Nebraska football team’s defense turned in a Blackshirt-worthy performance. Coach Bo Pelini said he actually thought the Cornhuskers were good enough against Northwestern the week before to merit the awarding of the iconic black practice jerseys. The players wouldn't accept them because they thought they could play still better, and they did Saturday in a 23-9 win over Michigan, holding the Wolverines to no touchdowns and 188 total yards. "Blackshirts" has long been known throughout college football as the alternate name for Nebraska's defense. The title stands for the black practice jerseys worn by the starters. The last two games the Huskers have given up and average of 137.5 yards rushing and 244 total, and have allowed the opponent to convert just 10 of 35 third downs. Because of the effort, Nebraska is ranked 20th in the Bowl Championship Series standings. They are also ranked 21st in the Associated Press & USA Today polls.
The Omaha World Herald has updated their high school football rankings. The Class “C-1” Two-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain fifth. The Knights are 8-1 on the season after routing Raymond Central in their opening round playoff game 57-13 last Thursday. N.C. is outscoring their opponents on average 39.4-14. The Knights will now visit 6-3 Boys Town in a second round playoff game on Wednesday at 5:30. The game can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com starting at 5:00. The Lutheran High Northeast Eagles remain second in Class “C-2”. The 9-0 Eagles whipped Yutan 62-13 in their first round playoff game last Thursday. They have outscored their foes on average through nine contests 42.4-20.8. Lutheran High Northeast will visit 6-3 Oakland/Craig on Wednesday in their second round playoff game at 6:00.
The Omaha World Herald has updated their high school football rankings. Millard North remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Beatrice is once again first in Class “B”. In Class “C-1”, Adams Central stays at number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove remains second, Pierce is once again fourth, and Norfolk Catholic stays at number five. In Class “C-2”, David City Aquinas remains first, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number two, Crofton is once again fifth, and West Holt jumps from tenth to ninth. In “Eight Man-1”, Howells/Dodge remains first, Elgin Public/Pope John stays at number two, Hartington High is once again at number four, Creighton remains fifth, and West Point Guardian Angels stays at number eight. In “Eight Man-2”, Falls City Sacred Heart stays at number one, Humphrey St. Francis is once again second, and Lindsay Holy Family remains eighth. In “Six-Man”, Wauneta/Palisade is the new number one, Elkhorn Valley remains fourth, and St. Edward stays at number five.
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 remain third in the Lincoln Journal Star and fourth in the Omaha World Herald. The Lady Eagles are 25-5 on the season after winning their lone match last week over Omaha Concordia in four sets. They will be in action next when they take on either 11-18 Clarkson/Leigh or 4-23 Twin River in the semifinals of the C-2-4 Sub-District Tournament at Boone Central High School in Albion tonight at 7:30. Norfolk Catholic slipped from second to fourth in the Omaha World Herald and dropped from third to fifth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class “C-1”. The Lady Knights are 25-2 and winners of 21 of their last 22 matches after a 2-1 week. They beat Boone Central/Newman Grove & Crofton while falling to Hartington Cedar Catholic at the Mid States Conference Tournament last week in Pierce. N.C. will be in action next when they play 11-19 Battle Creek or 9-16 Madison in the semifinals of the C-1-8 Sub-District Tournament at Norfolk High tonight at 7:15.
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, Columbus Scotus jumps from fourth to second, and Norfolk Catholic slips from second to fourth. In Class “C-2”, Hastings St. Cecilia stays at number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic remains third, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number four, and West Holt is once again sixth. In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels is once again first, Howells/Dodge stays at number two, O’Neill St. Mary’s remains sixth, and Hartington High enters the rankings at number ten. In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High stays at number one, Ewing remains sixth, Stuart stays at number nine, and Wynot enters the rankings at number ten. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista South remains first in Class “A” while Northwest 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 falls from third to fifth. In Class “C-2”, Hastings St. Cecilia stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number three, Hartington Cedar Catholic remains fourth, and West Holt is once again fifth. In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels remains 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.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have announced their all-state high school softball teams. In the Omaha World Herald, Wayne outfielder Hannah Gamble made the Class “C” First Team. Reaching the Second Team were teammate infielder Jalyn Zeiss & outfielder Sydney Harris, West Point Guardian Angels’ pitcher Erika Probnow, infielder Cassidy Fredrickson, and designated player Skylar Peyton. Also reaching the squad was Twin River designated player Allyson Melcher. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Harris & Fredrickson reached the Class “C” Team.
Local Schedule: Nfk Cath Vs. Battle Creek or Madison at Nfk High (C-1-8 Sub-Dist. Semifinal-7:15); LHNE Vs. Clarkson/Leigh or Twin River at Boone Central High School in Albion (C-2-4 Sub-Dist. Semifinal-7:30).
Local Scores: Nebraska 12-32-19-25-15 Penn St. 25-30-25-23-10 (VB); Oakland 2 Nebraska-Omaha 1 (OT) (M. Socc.); Creighton 0 Drake 0 (8-7 in PK) (Creighton wins MVC Quarterfinal Match) (W. Socc.); North Dakota St. 1 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (W. Socc.); WSC 2 SW Minnesota St. 0 (W. Socc.).
NFL Scoreboard: Atlanta 30 Philadelphia 17; Chicago 23 Carolina 22; Indianapolis 19 Tennessee 13 (OT); Green Bay 24 Jacksonville 15; Miami 30 N.Y. Jets 9; New England 45 St. Louis 7; Cleveland 7 San Diego 6; Detroit 28 Seattle 24; Pittsburgh 27 Washington 12; Oakland 26 Kansas City 16; N.Y. Giants 29 Dallas 24; Denver 34 New Orleans 14.