Sports News-September 12, 2012

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The NFL confirms that Commissioner Roger Goodell has agreed to meet with four players whose suspensions in connection with the bounty investigation were recently lifted by an appeals panel. No specific dates have been set for the meetings.  Goodell is reconsidering whether to hand down revised suspensions to Saints linebacker Jon Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove.

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 Sweet 16 for Harrison...Tigers slice White Sox' lead
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     ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) cracked his 31st home run homered, and the AL West-leading Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4. Matt Harrison worked into the sixth inning for his 16th victory, the fourth American League pitcher to reach 16 wins.
 
     CHICAGO (AP) - - Doug Fister pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Austin Jackson hit a tying two-run homer and Miguel Cabrera delivered a go-ahead solo shot last night to lead the Detroit Tigers past the White Sox 5-3. That cuts Chicago's AL Central lead to two games with the Tigers and White Sox meeting twice more in this series.
 
     UNDATED (AP) - The American League East is tied again. Baltimore routed Tampa Bay 9-2 while the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat New York 4-3, leaving the Orioles and Yankees tied at the top with identical 79-62 records.
 
     NEW YORK (AP) - Pinch-hitter Tyler Moore cracked a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the seventh inning for the go-ahead runs in the NL East-leading Washington Nationals' 5-3 victory over the New York Mets. Dickey was trying for his 19th victory, and fell to 18-5.
 
     CINCINNATI (AP) - Mike Leake pitched seven innings and had a pair of hits in leading the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over fading Pittsburgh. The Pirates have lost five in a row and 22 out of 31, falling out of contention and now trail the Reds by a season-high 13 games.
 
     NEW YORK (AP) -Talks aimed at preventing hockey's fourth work stoppage since 1992 are scheduled today in New York where the NHL and the players' association will meet face to face for the first time since last Friday. If there is no deal by Saturday, the league says it will lock out the players.

The Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team were routed in Game One of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series last night in Reno, Nevada.  The Aces whipped the Storm Chasers 13-1.  Reno hit four home runs and led 9-0 after four innings.  Omaha mustered only three hits as pitcher Jake Odorizzi took the loss.  Reno hosts Game Two tonight at 9:05.

Indoor football is returning to Lincoln next spring in the form of the Lincoln Haymakers.  The Council Bluffs Express, formerly of the American Professional Football League, is moving lock, stock and shoulder pads to Pershing Center for at least six home games between April and June according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The Haymakers will join the newly formed Champions Professional Indoor Football League.  Although the name is unofficially “Haymakers,” there is talk of a contest to name the team that will play under eight-man football rules on a 50-yard field.  The quick-paced game is played with players in motion before the snap and on a field with little to no out-of-bounds lines except for the hockey-like dasher boards that surround the field.  Lincoln has had previous indoor football franchises that played in Pershing Center.  The Lincoln Lightning played from 1999-2000.  New owners changed the name to the Lincoln Capitols through 2005.  In 2006, the Lincoln franchise merged with St. Joseph, Missouri, and the team stopped playing in Lincoln.

Coming off back-to-back 1-0 victories on the road, the Creighton men's soccer team moved back to second in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll yesterday.  The second ranking equals the high earlier in 2012 and from the 2011 season when the Jays made a run into the College Cup, finishing the season 21-2-1 with a tie in the national semifinal match.  This week the Jays host Drake, 14th ranked Old Dominion, & William & Mary for the Creighton Invitational.

Creighton women's soccer senior Brittney Neumann was named the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week yesterday.  This the fifth time that Neumann has earned the MVC Offensive Player of the Week honor.  The Omaha native scored two goals in the Jays' 4-1 win over Nebraska-Omaha last Friday.  She leads the Bluejays with three goals this season, giving her 27 in her career to move her into a tie for fourth all-time for the Jays.

Lincoln Southwest senior guard Lauren Works has accepted a scholarship from Creighton, ending a recruiting process that gained numerous Division I offers after a strong summer playing for the Cornhusker Shooting Stars.  Works chose Creighton over Colgate, the University of San Diego and Nebraska-Omaha according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The 5’7 Works, a first-team all-city selection last winter, is one of the top three-point shooters in the state.  She shot 42% from beyond the arc last season, while averaging a team-high 12.3 points per game and leading the Silver Hawks to a 17-8 record and berth in the Class A state tournament.

Former Oklahoma State guard Carolyn Blair-Mobley will join the Nebraska-Omaha’s women's basketball program for her final season of eligibility in 2012-13.  Blair-Mobley, a 5’10 native of Minnesota, played two seasons at Oklahoma State after one season at Cloud County Community College of Kansas.  At Cloud County, Blair-Mobley averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game to earn Jayhawk West Conference Player and Newcomer of the Year honors.  She was also a first-team all-region pick and a third-team NJCAA All-American.

The Norfolk Catholic cross country team participated at yesterday’s Wayne Invitational.  In the boys race, Pierce was the team champion with a score of 26.  Wayne was second with 50 and Norfolk Catholic took third with a score of 58.  Individually, Randolph’s Justin Korth was the champion in 18:14, winning by eleven seconds.  Norfolk Catholic’s Jared Maguire was second and teammate Matthew Wieser placed ninth.  The Lady Knights won the girls race with a score of 21.  Wayne was second with a mark of 31 and Pierce took third with a score of 47.  Individually, Wayne’s Cassie Heier won the race in 16:41.  She won by four seconds.  Norfolk Catholic’s Joelle Heng & Nicole Aschoff were third & fourth respectively.  Teammates Bailey Barnes & Jennifer Blank finished seventh and ninth respectively.

Friday Night:  The Omaha World Herald third ranked in Class “C-2” 2-0 football Lutheran High Northeast football team visits 0-2 Laurel/Concord/Coleridge at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Lincoln SW 25-25 Nfk High 17-12; Fremont 3 Nfk High 2 (Lincoln SW VB Tri.); Nfk Cath 22-26-25-22-15 Hartington CC 25-24-19-25-11 (VB); Nfk High 8-2 Lincoln SW 6-4 (SB DH); Nfk High 6 Columbus 3 (B. Tenn. Dual).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Amy Ahlers of the Boone Central girls golf team.

     VOLLEYBALL
     Ashland-Greenwood def. Concordia, 18-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-8
     Boone Central/Newman Grove def. Crofton, 20-25, 25-21, 25-12, 15-25, 15-13
     Chase County def. Holyoke, Colo., 25-22, 25-15, 26-24
     Clearwater/Orchard def. Creighton, 25-27, 25-18, 25-15, 25-21
     Columbus Lakeview def. Fairbury, 25-14, 25-14, 25-15
     Columbus Scotus def. Aquinas, 25-11, 25-13, 25-14
     Crete def. Schuyler, 25-14, 25-21, 25-22
     Elgin Public/Pope John def. Stanton, 25-21, 19-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-9
     Elkhorn South def. Bennington, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19
     Elkhorn Valley def. Plainview, 25-27, 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9
     Elm Creek def. Maxwell, 25-10, 25-18, 25-16
     Elwood def. Cambridge, 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 26-24
     Grand Island def. Lincoln East, 25-21, 25-19, 14-25, 25-16
     Grand Island Northwest def. Kearney, 25-15, 25-14, 25-10
     Gretna def. Blair, 25-12, 25-18, 25-11
     Guardian Angels def. Wayne, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19
     Hampton def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 25-15
     Hartington def. Wynot, 12-25, 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 15-8
     Hastings St. Cecilia def. Blue Hill, 25-16, 25-15, 25-20
     Hitchcock County def. Maywood, 25-12, 25-8, 25-13
     Humphrey St. Francis def. Fullerton, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24, 25-23
     Leyton def. Paxton, 13-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18
     Lincoln Christian def. Bishop Neumann, 25-11, 25-19, 25-14
     Lincoln Pius X def. Omaha Skutt Catholic, 25-15, 25-20, 26-24
     Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln Northeast, 25-17, 25-20, 25-19
     Malcolm def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-7, 25-12, 25-17
     Mead def. College View Academy, 25-11, 25-9, 25-15
     Millard North def. Bellevue West, 25-14, 25-16, 18-25, 26-24
     Millard South def. Omaha South, 25-8, 25-7, 25-11
     Mitchell def. Bayard, 25-18, 25-14, 25-18
     Neligh-Oakdale def. Randolph, 24-26, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21
     Norfolk Catholic def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 15-11
     Norris def. Waverly, 25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 10-25, 15-7
     North Bend Central def. Wisner-Pilger, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 25-16
     North Platte St. Patrick's def. Gothenburg, 26-24, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16
     Ogallala def. North Platte, 25-22, 25-15, 25-19
     Omaha Bryan def. Omaha North, 25-20, 25-14, 25-27, 18-25, 15-5
     Omaha Central def. Omaha Mercy, 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-27, 15-12
     Omaha Duchesne Academy def. St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 15-25, 25-13, 25-18, 25-16
     Omaha Gross Catholic def. Bellevue East, 27-29, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15
     Omaha Roncalli def. Omaha Northwest, 25-14, 25-19, 25-15
     Papillion-LaVista def. Omaha Burke, 25-27, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 15-10
     Papillion-LaVista South def. Omaha Westside, 25-16, 25-14, 25-16
     Pender def. Logan View, 25-19, 26-24, 22-25, 19-25, 15-11
     Pierce def. Battle Creek, 25-20, 25-17, 25-19
     Savannah, Mo. def. Falls City, 25-6, 25-16, 25-19
     Scribner-Snyder def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21
     Seward def. Ralston, 25-20, 25-11, 25-13
     Sioux County def. Minatare, 25-7, 25-12, 25-23
     South Platte def. Banner County, 25-9, 25-15, 25-19
     Southwest def. Wauneta-Palisade, 25-16, 25-11, 25-15
     St. Paul def. Centura, 29-27, 21-25, 25-17, 25-14
     Stuart def. CWC, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24
     Sutton def. Superior, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 29-27
     Tekamah-Herman def. West Point-Beemer, 25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18
     Thayer Central def. Sandy Creek, 21-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12
     Wood River def. Ravenna, 25-10, 25-13, 25-18
     York def. Holdrege, 25-19, 11-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-13
 Ansley-Litchfield Triangular
     Ansley-Litchfield def. Elba/North Loup-Scotia, 25-15, 25-23
     Ansley-Litchfield def. Arcadia-Loup City, 25-14, 25-20
 Arthur County Triangular
     Garden County def. Arthur County, 22-25, 25-21, 25-16
     Mullen def. Arthur County, 25-9, 25-21
 Bridgeport Triangular
     Chadron def. Bridgeport, 25-11, 25-13
     Chadron def. Sidney, 25-16, 23-25, 25-16
     Sidney def. Bridgeport, 25-18, 25-21
 Conestoga Triangular
     Elmwood-Murdock def. Louisville, 25-17, 17-25, 25-21
     Elmwood-Murdock def. Conestoga, 25-14, 25-18
     Louisville def. Conestoga, 25-17, 25-16
 Cozad Triangular
     Alma def. Cozad, 25-11, 25-13
     Alma def. Arapahoe, 25-20, 25-22
     Arapahoe def. Cozad, 25-14, 23-25, 25-15
 Eustis-Farnam Triangular
     Amherst def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 12-25, 25-20, 25-18
     Eustis-Farnam def. Amherst, 25-17, 25-23
     Eustis-Farnam def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 25-23, 25-18
 Gibbon Triangular
     Central City def. Gibbon, 25-14, 25-14
     Central City def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-15, 25-9
     Doniphan-Trumbull def. Gibbon, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23
 Harvard Triangular
     Kenesaw def. Harvard, 25-21, 25-20
     Lawrence-Nelson def. Kenesaw, 25-21, 25-15
     Lawrence-Nelson def. Harvard, 25-10, 25-13
 Hayes Center Triangular
     Dundy County-Stratton def. Hayes Center, 25-22, 25-11
     Dundy County-Stratton def. Wallace, 25-22, 25-13
     Wallace def. Hayes Center, 25-15, 25-12
 Hemingford Triangular
     Gordon/Rushville def. Hemingford, 23-25, 25-22, 25-15
     Kimball def. Hemingford, 25-13, 25-21
     Kimball def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-21, 25-10
 High Plains Community Triangular
     Cedar Valley def. High Plains Community, 25-22, 25-17
     Palmer def. High Plains Community, 25-15, 25-22
     Palmer def. Cedar Valley, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21
 Lincoln Southwest Triangular
     Lincoln Southwest def. Fremont, 25-17, 25-21
     Lincoln Southwest def. Norfolk, 25-17, 25-12
 Lyons-Decatur Northeast Triangular
     Humphrey def. Oakland-Craig, 25-16, 25-15
     Humphrey def. Lyons-Decatur Northeast, 25-15, 26-24
     Oakland-Craig def. Lyons-Decatur Northeast, 25-20, 25-17
 McCool Junction Triangular
     Cross County def. McCool Junction, 25-1, 25-18
     Heartland Lutheran def. McCool Junction, 25-11, 25-10
     Heartland Lutheran def. Cross County, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16
 MUDECAS Tournament
 Class B
 Semifinal
     Falls City Sacred Heart def. Johnson County Central, 25-15, 25-16
 Consolation Semifinal
     Lewiston def. Meridian, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23
     Southern def. Parkview Christian, 25-16, 25-13
 Class A
 Semifinal
     Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Palmyra, 25-13, 25-19
 Nebraska City Triangular
     Nebraska City def. Plattsmouth, 25-13, 25-17
     Syracuse def. Nebraska City, 25-18, 25-18
     Syracuse def. Plattsmouth, 25-13, 25-7
 Raymond Central Triangular
     East Butler def. Raymond Central, 25-20, 25-16
     Yutan def. Raymond Central, 25-20, 25-16
     Yutan def. East Butler, 25-20, 25-20
 Santee Triangular
     Niobrara/Verdigre def. Santee, 25-14, 25-7
     St. Mary's def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-12, 25-20
     St. Mary's def. Santee, 25-2, 25-7
 Shelton Triangular
     Axtell def. Shelton, 25-10, 25-9
     Axtell def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-11, 25-18
     Wilcox-Hildreth def. Shelton, 25-22, 18-25, 25-13
 SMC Triangular
     Hyannis def. SMC, 25-10, 25-15
     Sandhills/Thedford def. SMC, 25-17, 25-13
     Sandhills/Thedford def. Hyannis, 25-21, 25-23
 Stockton, Kan. Triangular
     Hoxie, Kan. def. Franklin, 25-4, 25-8
     Stockton, Kan. def. Franklin, 25-10, 25-4
 Twin Loup Triangular
     Pleasanton def. North Central, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20
     Twin Loup def. Pleasanton, 25-11, 25-6
     Twin Loup def. North Central, 25-20, 25-7
 Wakefield Triangular
     Howells/Dodge def. Bancroft-Rosalie, 25-17, 25-6
     Howells/Dodge def. Wakefield, 25-15, 25-20
     Wakefield def. Bancroft-Rosalie, 28-26, 25-19
 West Boyd Triangular
     Ewing def. Lynch, 25-14, 25-16
     Ewing def. West Boyd, 25-14, 25-19
     West Boyd def. Lynch, 25-10, 25-20
 Winnebago Triangular
     Allen def. Ponca, 25-8, 25-15
     Allen def. Winnebago, 25-9, 25-14
     Ponca def. Winnebago, 25-12, 25-16
 Winside Triangular
     Osmond def. Homer, 25-7, 25-12
     Winside def. Homer, 25-11, 25-22
     Winside def. Osmond, 25-16, 25-22

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