Sports News-October 3, 2013

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Tampa Bay is two for two in elimination playoff games.  After beating Texas to get to the American League wild card matchup, the Rays got a great pitching performance from Alex Cobb and blanked Cleveland 4-0 to reach the American League division series against Boston.  Delmon Young got the Rays on the board early with a solo homer in the third.  Desmond Jennings followed with a two-run double in the fourth.  Rays right hander Alex Cobb made those runs stand up.  He scattered eight hits in his 6 2/3 innings.  But the Indians failed to get the key hit with men on base.  Three Rays relievers combined on the nine-hit shutout with Fernando Rodney closing out the Indians in a 1-2-3 ninth.  The Indians, who haven't won a World Series since 1948, were making their first postseason appearance since 2007.  They had won ten straight games at the end of the season to reach the wild card elimination game.
 
The National Football League conducted a two-decade campaign to deny a growing body of scientific research that showed a link between playing football and brain damage, according to a new book co-authored by a pair of ESPN investigative reporters.  The book, "League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth," reports that the NFL used its power and resources to discredit independent scientists and their work; that the league cited research data that minimized the dangers of concussions while emphasizing the league's own flawed research; and that league executives employed an aggressive public relations strategy designed to keep the public unaware of what league executives really knew about the effects of playing the game.  ESPN The Magazine and Sports Illustrated published book excerpts yesterday.

A senior defense official says United States military academy football teams will be on the field this weekend, despite the ongoing government shutdown because the games are paid for with non-appropriated funds, and have been long planned.  Army is scheduled to travel to Boston College this weekend, and Air Force will play at Navy.

University of Nebraska-Omaha women's basketball head coach Chance Lindley has stepped down from his position for personal reasons, effective immediately.  Assistant coach Brittany Lange has been named the interim coach for the 2013-14 season.  Lange joined the UNO staff in 2011-12 prior to the Mavericks' first Division I season.

The Nebraska men's basketball team will make a minimum of 13 appearances on Big Ten Network this season in the conference television schedule.  The Huskers will make twelve appearances during conference play, with the Nov. 8 season opener against Florida Gulf Coast also shown to a national audience.  Nebraska's game against Purdue at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Feb. 23, will be shown on either CBS or BTN.  With previous announcements by ESPN and Nebraska's non conference road opponents, every Husker road game will be available on TV or on the Internet during the 2013-14 season.  All of Nebraska's Big Ten games are nationally televised on either BTN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or CBS, while every game of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis will be shown nationally.

The Norfolk Catholic girls golf team participated in yesterday's Columbus Scotus Invite at Quail Run Golf Course.  Lincoln Pius X was the team champion with a 359.  They won by 15 strokes.  Norfolk Catholic placed sixth shooting a 463.  Maddie Koening of Lincoln Pius X was the medalist carding a 78.  She won by five strokes.  Norfolk Catholic's Ashlen Pospisil placed fourth with an 87.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school softball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A" while Omaha Skutt is the new number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Bishop Neumann is the new number one, Wayne jumps from fourth to third, Twin River remains fifth, and West Point Guardian Angels improves from seventh to sixth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista remains first in Class 'A" while York is the new number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Bishop Neumann is the new number one, West Point Guardian Angels remains fourth, Wayne is once again fifth, and Twin River jumps from eighth to sixth.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln SE at Seacrest Field (FB-7:00); LHNE at O'Neill St. Mary's (VB-7:00); Nfk Cath at West Point-Beemer (VB-7:30); Lincoln High at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); Madison at LHNE (SB-6:30); Nfk High at Columbus (B Tenn. Dual-4:15); Nfk Cath at South Sioux City Inv. (CC-1:30); LHNE at Stanton Inv. (CC-4:00); NECC at North Platte CC (VB-7:00); Iowa at Nebraska (W Socc.-4:00); Creighton at Providence at Providence, RI (W Socc.-3:00).

Tonight:  The 4-1 Norfolk High football team faces 2-3 Lincoln Southeast at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Friday Night:  High School football action Creighton visiting Bloomfield at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:35 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  Southeastern CC, IA 26-25-25 NECC 24-20-22 (VB); (22) Saint Louis 1 (4) Creighton 0 (M Socc.); Milwaukee 3 Nebraska-Omaha 1 (M Socc.).

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      Final    Toronto        3    Philadelphia      1
      Final    Detroit        2    Buffalo                1
      Final    Colorado      6    Anaheim                1

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