Sports News-October 7, 2013

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Josh Freeman is headed to Minnesota.  He has agreed to a one-year deal for $3 million.  Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.  The winless Bucs made the latest move during their bye week after general manager Mark Dominik contacted every other team in the NFL in an unsuccessful attempt to trade Freeman, a 4,000-yard passer a year ago and the team's career leader with 1,144 completions and 80 touchdowns.  Freeman is owed the remaining $6.25 million on the contract he signed as the third quarterback selected in the 2009 draft behind Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez.

Denver won a 51-48 shootout against Dallas, capitalizing on a late Tony Romo interception to set up Matt Prater's game-winning 28-yard field goal at the final gun.  The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970

The Nebraska football team remains unranked in the Associated Press rankings after beating Illinois 39-19 last Saturday.  The USA Today coaches poll had a different opinion with 4-1 NU jumping from 25th to 24th.  Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State, and Stanford are the top five in the AP poll.  Nebraska will be in action next on Saturday when they visit West Lafayette, Indiana to play Purdue at 11:00.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha North remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Norfolk Catholic remains second, Columbus Lakeview stays at number four, Wayne moves up from tenth to ninth, and Pierce falls from the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast improves from third to second, Crofton jumps from eighth to sixth, Hartington Cedar Catholic remains seventh, and West Holt falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, and Creighton stays at number four.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot moves up from sixth to third, Fullerton falls from fourth to sixth, Humphrey St. Francis enters the rankings at number seven, and Lyons Decatur Northeast drops out of the rankings.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one and Elkhorn Valley slips from fourth to fifth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Westside remains first in Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Norfolk Catholic remains second, Columbus Lakeview stays at number seven, and Pierce falls from the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull is the new number one, Lutheran High Northeast jumps from third to second, Hartington Cedar Catholic drops from fourth to eighth, Crofton slips from eighth to ninth, and Battle Creek falls from ninth to tenth.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton is once again third, and West Point Guardian Angels stays at number four.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains second, Humphrey St. Francis jumps from sixth to fourth, and Fullerton, Lyons Decatur Northeast, and Stuart all fall out of the rankings.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one and Elkhorn Valley drops out of the rankings.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings today.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain second in Class 'C-1' in both newspapers after enjoying a bye last week.  The 4-1 Knights will visit 2-2 West Point-Beemer on Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast has moved up in both polls from third to second in Class 'C-2'.  The 5-0 Eagles whipped Hartington Cedar Catholic 34-12 on the road last Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast will host Omaha World Herald sixth ranked 4-1 Crofton on Friday night.  The game can be heard on 106 KIX.
 
The Norfolk High football team dropped a 26-20 overtime decision at Lincoln's Beechner Field to Lincoln Southeast on Saturday morning.  The game was suspended with 1:08 left in the third quarter on Thursday evening with the Panthers leading 20-9.  On Saturday, the Knights scored on a field goal with 10:01 left in the fourth quarter and then quarterback Luke Gifford hit Logan Beebe on a four yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter to crawl within 20-18.  Gifford then connected with Beebe on the two-point conversion pass play.  In overtime, the Panthers missed a 25 yard field goal and then Hunter Johnson scored on a ten yard touchdown run to win the game.  Norfolk drops to 4-2 while Lincoln Southeast improves to 3-3.  Norfolk will be in action next on Friday when they host 3-3 Lincoln Southwest.  The Silver Hawks beat Lincoln Northeast 34-3 last Friday.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team routed Hartington Cedar Catholic last Friday on the road 34-12 to improve to 5-0 on the season.  The Eagle offense ran for 378 yards as a team and Shaka Taylor collected four touchdowns rushing.  Taylor ran for 194 yards off 36 carries while teammate Nick Stolze scampered for 132 yards off 26 carries.  The Lutheran High Northeast defense collected four turnovers.  The Eagles are ranked second in the Omaha World Herald & the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  They will be in action next on Friday when they host 4-1 Crofton on Friday night.  The Warriors are ranked sixth in the Omaha World Herald & ninth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  Friday's game between Crofton and Lutheran High Northeast can be heard on 106 KIX.

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team is 12-11 on the year and snapped a three-match losing streak with a straight set road win at McCook last Friday night.  The volleyball program was rebooted under head coach Amanda Schultze after being suspended in 2003.  Their wins this year have come at the expense of McCook three times, Southeast twice, Marshalltown of Iowa twice, Cloud County of Kansas, North Iowa, Iowa Lakes, McCook, and Ellsworth of Iowa.  The Hawks return to action on Wednesday when they visit Clinton Community College of Iowa and then participate in the Central Community College of Columbus Tournament on Friday & Saturday.  

Local Schedule:  West Point-Beemer at LHNE (SB-6:30); NECC at Eagle Classic at Eagle Ridge GC, Marion, IA (MG).

Local Scores:  (21) Michigan 2 (23) Nebraska 1 (W Socc.); Creighton 1 Seton Hall 0 (W Socc.); Nebraska-Omaha 2 South Dakota 0 (W Socc.); St. Cloud State 2 WSC 1 (W Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  Baltimore 26 Miami 23; Green Bay 22 Detroit 9; St. Louis 34 Jacksonville 20; Kansas City 26 Tennessee 17; Cincinnati 13 New England 6; New Orleans 26 Chicago 18; Philadelphia 36 N.Y. Giants 21; Indianapolis 34 Seattle 28; Arizona 22 Carolina 6; Denver 51 Dallas 48; San Francisco 34 Houston 3; Oakland 27 San Diego 17.

Major League Baseball Division Series Playoffs:  Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 3 (2-1); Los Angeles 13 Atlanta 6 (2-1).  

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Denver      97    L-A  Lakers      88
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Carolina        2    Philadelphia      1
      Final          Anaheim          3    Winnipeg              2
      Final  OT    Vancouver      5    Calgary                4
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    Minnesota      84    Atlanta      59

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