Sports News-October 31, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adding Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason did not translate into an opening night victory for the new-look L.A. Lakers. Darren Collison scored 17 and the Dallas Mavericks placed six players in double figures and whacked the Lakers 99-91 last night.
MIAMI (AP) - The NBA champion Miami Heat opened the 2012-13 season just the way they ended last season -- winning. Dwyane Wade poured in 29 and LeBron James added 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Heat's 120-107 win over Boston.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers opened a 16-point lead in the third quarter and coasted by the Washington Wizards 94-84 in the first game last night. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and Anderson Varejao had a career-high 23 rebounds.
BROOKLYN (AP) - The Nets' first game at their new Brooklyn home against the crosstown-rival Knicks on Thursday could be in jeopardy. The new arena is heavily dependent on mass transit and New York City subways and commuter rail are out in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles were the only team with three Gold Glove winners -- first-time winner shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Matt Wieters. Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen, San Diego third baseman Chase Headley and Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick also were first-time Gold Glove winners.
Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio knows what Nebraska can do from four whippings as a Kansas aide, a pair of poundings as a Spartans assistant and a decisive loss last year in his team's second straight eleven-win season. His respect for the Cornhuskers doesn't change the fact that his team needs a win Saturday to have relevance in the Big Ten's Legends Division. The Spartans will need to beat Nebraska for the first time in seven matchups to have any hope of returning to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game. Michigan State needs to slow the Huskers and may need more late-game heroics from quarterback Andrew Maxwell, who has led four second-half comebacks this season. Nebraska is 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten Legends Division while the Spartans are 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Legends. Kickoff on Saturday is at 2:30.
The Creighton men's soccer team moved up five spots to 16th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll yesterday, after a 1-0 home win against Missouri State last week. CU stands at 17th in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA yesterday. CU has already wrapped up a first-round bye for the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and could clinch the regular-season title outright at Evansville this Saturday at 7:00. The Purple Aces are also in contention for a first-round bye in the MVC Tournament. A win or a tie over Evansville gives Creighton the outright MVC regular-season crown and the top seed overall at next week's conference tournament hosted by Bradley in Peoria, Ill.
Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas of the Penn State women’s basketball team carried the Nittany Lions to their first Big Ten championship since 2004, and conference coaches have picked them to repeat. The Lions are eighth in the Associated Press preseason poll after going 26-7 and reaching the NCAA regional semifinals last season. 18th ranked Nebraska is picked second. Jordan Hooper and guard Lindsey Moore are among four returning starters. 19th ranked Ohio State, led by preseason CO-player of the year Tayler Hill, also is expected to contend.
Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon won his second consecutive Gold Glove yesterday. The former Nebraska player became the first Royal to win back-to-back Gold Gloves since Frank White in 1986 and 1987. Gordon finished second in the majors with 17 outfield assists.
The Wayne State women’s basketball program is ranked 16th in the country in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. Ashland University of Ohio is ranked first while Defending National Champion Shaw University of North Carolina is second. Wayne State returns one starter and four letter winners from last year’s team that went 32-3 and won the NSIC regular season and postseason tournament titles along with the school’s first-ever Central Region crown which resulted in a trip to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats open the regular season on Tuesday, November 13th hosting York College at 7:00.
Lauren Sieckmann has left the Wayne State volleyball team according to the Omaha World Herald. The former Omaha Marian and Elkhorn South standout had earned a starting role with the Wildcats as a freshman before being sidelined by a shoulder injury. Her last game was Sept. 29. Sieckmann had originally committed to Nebraska as a setter. However, she decided that she wanted to be a hitter and switched to Wayne State. In 16 matches, she had five double-doubles and had twelve matches with double-digit kills. Sieckmann’s 4.16 points and 3.75 kills per set ranked fourth in the NSIC. Her father said she planned to finish the semester at Wayne State. The Wildcats have won six of its past eight matches and are 19-7 on the season.
Senior guard Amry Shelby poured in a game-high 29 points to lead Wayne State College in a 64-46 men’s basketball exhibition victory last night over Midland University at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats will next face Morningside College in an exhibition game on Tuesday at 7:00.
The Norfolk Catholic & Lutheran High Northeast volleyball teams are both moving on to a district final. Norfolk Catholic won the C-1-8 Sub-District final last night at Norfolk High over Pierce in three sets. Scores of the match were 25-16, 28-26, 25-14. The Lady Knights were led by Amy Miller’s twelve kills. Teammate Michaela Barry had nine kills, 18 set assists, and seven aces. Rachel Wieser recorded 15 set assists and nine digs. N-C is now 27-2 on the season and have won 23 of their last 24 matches. They will play Wayne in a district final on Friday at a site & time to be determined. The Class “C-2” Two-time Defending State Champion Lutheran High Northeast Lady Eagles claimed the C-2-4 Sub-District final in Albion last night over Stanton in four sets. Scores of the match were 25-13, 25-9, 22-25, 25-23. The Lady Eagles were led by Megan Gebhardt’s ten kills, 24 set assists, and eleven digs. Morgan Uhlir & Kelsey Sunderman had eleven & ten kills respectively. Mandi Uecker recorded 22 set assists & 15 digs. Morgan Sunderman had four solo blocks & Hannah Knapp recorded six aces. Lutheran High Northeast is now 27-5 on the season and have won eight of their last nine matches. They will play Wisner/Pilger in a district final on Friday at a site & time to be determined.
The high school football playoffs continue for Class “C” & “D” today. In Class “C-1”, in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, in the east bracket, top seed 8-1 Norfolk Catholic visits nine seed 6-3 Boys Town at 5:30. Pregame coverage at 5:00. The Two-time Defending State Champions are looking to become the only team ever in Class “C-1” to win three consecutive titles. The Knights are outscoring their opponents on average 39.4-14 while the Cowboys are outscoring their foes on average 33.3-26.4. In Class “C-2”, in the east bracket, second seeded 9-0 Lutheran High Northeast is at ten seed 6-3 Oakland/Craig at 6:00. The Eagles are beating their foes on average 42.4-20.8 while the Knights are outscoring their opponents by an average score of 36.2-18. In a Class “C-1” game of area interest, 8-1 Pierce hosts 8-1 Wilber/Clatonia at 5:00. The game can be heard on Literock 97.5 & Literock97.com starting at 5:45.
High School Football playoff games for Classes “C” & “D” highlight the schedule for today. In Class “C-1”, in the east bracket, in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Norfolk Catholic visits Boys Town at 5:30. Pregame coverage at 5:00. In a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com, Pierce entertains Wilber-Clatonia at 5:00. Pregame coverage at 4:45. In the C-1 west bracket, Boone Central/Newman Grove is at Chase County at 3:00. In Class “C-2”, in the east bracket, Lutheran High Northeast goes to Oakland/Craig for a 6:00 kickoff and Hartington Cedar Catholic hosts Ponca at 6:30. In the west bracket, West Holt is at North Platte St. Patrick’s for a 3:00 kickoff and Crofton entertains Doniphan-Trumbull at 5:00. In Class “D-1”, in the west bracket, Elgin Public/Pope John visits O’Neill St. Mary’s at 6:00. In the east bracket, West Point Guardian Angels plays Howells/Dodge at Beemer at 7:00, Creighton goes to Shickley to play Bruning/Davenport/Shickley at 5:00, and Hartington High hosts High Plains Community at 3:00. In Class “D-2”, in the east bracket, Humphrey St. Francis travels to Lawrence/Nelson for a 5:00 kickoff, Wausa visits Sterling at 5:00, and Lindsay Holy Family is at Fullerton at 6:00.
Local Schedule: Nfk High Vs. Lincoln SW at Lincoln SW (A-5 VB Dist. Semifinal-4:30).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Nick Miller of the Hartington High football team.