Sports News-September 10, 2012

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Memo to NFL defenses: Peyton Manning still has plenty left in the tank.  The 36-year-old Manning shook off four neck surgeries, more than a year's rust and a new set of teammates and led the Denver Broncos to a 31-19 opening night victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The four-time NFL MVP was 19-26 for 253 yards and two TDs and no interceptions in his first game for coach John Fox's club.  Manning look much like the same player he was during his standout 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, who let the 36-year-old Manning go in the offseason.  Manning was forced to sit out last season due to neck problems but he looked no worse for the wear in his Denver debut.  He connected with Demaryius Thomas on a 71-yard TD play in the first half, his 400th career touchdown pass.  He then hit Jacob Tamme on a 1-yard TD in the second half.  Tracy Porter sealed it with a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:58 left.

Serena Williams beat top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 for her fourth U.S. Open championship and 15th Grand Slam title overall.  Williams improved to 26-1 since a first-round exit at the French Open in late May, winning Wimbledon and the London Olympics.  It was the first three-set women's final at the U.S. Open since 1995, and Williams came through with a late charge.  She is the first woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season since she did it a decade ago.  Williams trails Steffi Graf's all-time record of 22 Grand Slams.  Martina Navratilova is next on the list with 18 Slams.  Defending champion Novak Djokovic found his game overnight and went out and beat four seed David Ferrer 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 to earn a berth in the U.S. Open final.  Djokovic will play Andy Murray for the title this afternoon in New York.

After UCLA embarrassed the Nebraska football team on the national stage, the Cornhuskers can take comfort in knowing the Big Ten still looks winnable.  Of course, even that will be a long shot for 1-1 Nebraska if coach Bo Pelini and his staff can't figure out how to shore up a defense that allowed 653 yards in a 36-30 loss in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday night.  In 124 seasons of Nebraska football, only the 1956 Oklahoma Sooners totaled more offense against the Huskers.  Nebraska fell out of The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in three years.  They host 1-1 Arkansas State on Saturday.  Pelini emphasized after the UCLA loss that his team's main goal of returning to the Rose Bowl as Big Ten champion remains intact.

The Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team has advanced to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series!  Omaha routed Albuquerque 16-7 in Game Five of the American Conference Champion Series yesterday on the road.  The Storm Chasers will meet Reno in the best-of-five championship series, which Omaha won last season.  The series starts in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday.  The Aces advanced with a Game Five victory on Sunday over Sacramento 7-4.  Will Myers and Mitch Maier homered in the game as part of the Storm Chasers 19 hits.  Maier was 5-5 while Myers, Clint Robinson, and Jason Bourgeois all banged out three hits.  Donnie Joseph earned the win in relief for Omaha.  The Storm Chasers led 10-1 after four innings en route to the victory.  

Augustana College scored one goal early and added two insurance goals in the final seven minutes to defeat the Wayne State women’s soccer team 3-0 yesterday in the NSIC Conference opener for both teams played in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The Wildcats drop to 0-4 on the season and 0-1 in the NSIC.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Millard North is the new number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Beatrice remains first in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Norfolk Catholic stays at number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again fourth, Columbus Lakeview remains fifth, and Pierce moves up from seventh to sixth.  In Class “C-2”, David City Aquinas stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast remains third, Crofton is once again fifth, West Holt stays at number six, Battle Creek remains seventh, and Hartington Cedar Catholic is once again eighth.  In “Eight Man-1”, Howells/Dodge remains first, Elgin Public/Pope John stays at number two, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, Creighton remains fifth, Hartington High enters the rankings at number seven, and Bloomfield falls from the rankings.  In “Eight Man-2”, Falls City Sacred Heart stays at number one, Humphrey St. Francis is once again second, Lindsay Holy Family jumps from tenth to eighth, Wausa enters the rankings at number nine, and Bancroft/Rosalie falls from the rankings.  In “Six-Man”, Elkhorn Valley remains first.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard North is the new number one in Class “A” while Aurora remains first in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Norfolk Catholic stays at number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again fourth, Columbus Lakeview remains fifth, and Pierce stays at number eight.  In Class “C-2”, David City Aquinas stays at number one, Crofton remains third, Lutheran High Northeast is once again fourth, Hartington Cedar Catholic stays at number six, Battle Creek remains seventh, and Oakland/Craig is once again eighth.  In “D-1”, Howells/Dodge remains first, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number two, Creighton is once again third, and Elgin Public/Pope John remains fourth.  In “D-2”, Giltner stays at number one, Humphrey St. Francis is once again third, Wausa enters the rankings at number nine, and Lindsay Holy Family enters the rankings at number ten, and Bancroft/Rosalie falls from the rankings.  In “Six-Man”, Arthur County Elkhorn Valley remains third.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings.  The Two-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain first in both media in Class “C-1”.  The Knights are 3-0 on the season after wins over three previously ranked opponents in Columbus Lakeview, Bishop Neumann, and Boone Central/Newman Grove.  Norfolk Catholic has won 29 games in a row dating back to 2010.  The Knights will host 1-1 Madison on Friday.  The Lutheran High Northeast Eagles remain third in the Omaha World Herald and fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class “C-2”.  The 2-0 Eagles have beaten Archbishop Bergan & Wisner/Pilger.  Lutheran High Northeast will visit 0-2 Laurel/Concord/Coleridge on Friday.

Local Schedule:  LHNE at David City Aquinas (SB-6:30); Fremont Vs. Nfk High at Nfk CC (GG Dual-4:15); Nfk Cath at O’Neill Inv. (GG-10:00); Nfk High at Lincoln East Inv. (B. Tenn-8:30 AM); LHNE at Neligh/Oakdale Inv. (CC-4:30).

Local Scores:  Creighton 3 Saint Mary’s 0 (M. Socc.); Nebraska-Omaha 3 Seattle 2 (M. Socc.); Cal State Fullerton 1 Creighton 0 (W. Socc.); Drake 2 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (W. Socc.); Augustana 3 WSC 0 (W. Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  Atlanta 40 Kansas City 24; N.Y. Jets 48 Buffalo 28; Chicago 41 Indianapolis 21; Minnesota 26 Jacksonville 23 (OT); Houston 30 Miami 10; New England 34 Tennessee 13; Philadelphia 17 Cleveland 16; Detroit 27 St. Louis 23; Washington 40 New Orleans 32; Tampa Bay 16 Carolina 10; San Francisco 30 Green Bay 22; Arizona 20 Seattle 16; Denver 31 Pittsburgh 19.

      Final          N-Y  Yankees        13    Baltimore              3
      Final          Toronto                  4    Boston                    3
      Final          Tampa  Bay              6    Texas                      0
      Final          Minnesota              8    Cleveland              7
      Final          Kansas  City          2    Chi  White  Sox      1,  10  Innings
      Final          L.A.  Angels          3    Detroit                  2
      Final          Oakland                  4    Seattle                  2
      Final          Philadelphia        3    Colorado                2    (first  game)
      Final          Philadelphia        7    Colorado                4    (second  game)
      Final          Atlanta                  3    N-Y  Mets                2,  10  Innings
      Final          Houston                  5    Cincinnati            1
      Final          Chi  Cubs                4    Pittsburgh            2
      Final          Miami                      8    Washington            0
      Final          St.  Louis              5    Milwaukee              4,  10  Innings
      Final          San  Diego              8    Arizona                  2
      Final          San  Francisco      4    L.A.  Dodgers        0

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