Sports News-September 13, 2012

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A person familiar with the situation says that Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun is retiring and plans to announce his decision today.  The Hall of Fame coach led the UConn program from obscurity to three national championships, but has struggled recently with health issues, including a fractured hip last month.  The 70-year-old Calhoun won 873 games in 40 years as a head coach, first at Northeastern and the last 26 years at UConn.  He guided four teams in the Final Four, winning national titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011.

Curtis Granderson hit two home runs, Robinson Cano also homered and New York defeated Boston 5-4 to remain tied for first place in the American League East.  Yankees staring pitcher David Phelps gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five.  Rafael Soriano got four outs for his 37th save.  Boston lost for the twelfth time in 14 games.

Manny Machado led off the ninth inning with a single and scored the winning run on a single by Nate McLouth, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 last night to retain a share of first place in the American League East.  The rookie also made a key defensive play in the top of the ninth for the 80-62 Orioles, who moved 18 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997 season.  B.J. Upton homered for the Rays, who fell three games behind the Orioles and Yankees.  Machado led off the ninth with a single off Kyle Farnsworth, took second on a bunt and scored when McLouth hit a liner off the right-field wall.

Notre Dame is leaving the Big East.  The new home for the Fighting Irish, for all sports but football, will be the Atlantic Coast Conference.  As part of the agreement the Irish will play five football games annually against ACC teams.  Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement that the Irish will also have access to the ACC's non-BCS bowl tie-ins.  The move allows the Irish to maintain football independence, while the ACC is making an exception to its all-or-nothing requirement for schools to be full members.  Along with inviting Notre Dame, the ACC also says it has increased its exit fees for the conference's schools to three times the league's annual operation budget, which would currently come to more than $50 million.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has announced that starting defensive tackle Chase Rome has left the team.  Pelini told reporters after practice yesterday that Rome's "personal goals and personal perception of where he should be on this football team doesn't match the team goals."  Rome's departure comes after the Cornhuskers' defensive line played poorly in a loss at UCLA on Saturday.  Defensive coaches said early in the week that personnel changes were being considered at several positions.  Rome, a sophomore from Missouri, had four tackles in the first two games.  Pelini also announced that backup receiver Tyler Wullenwaber injured his knee in practice Tuesday and would miss the rest of the season.

The Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team has tied the Pacific Coast League Championship Series at a game a piece.  A night after suffering a 13-1 loss, the Storm Chasers took Game Two last night beating Reno on the road 9-6.  Anthony Seratelli and Max Ramirez each hit two-run homers and Mitch Maier added a solo shot as Omaha built a 7-1 lead after six innings.  Four players collected two hits for the Storm Chasers in the win.  Ryan Verdugo was the winning pitcher.  Game Three is held at Papillion’s Werner Park tomorrow night at 7:05.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school softball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Millard West remain first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Omaha Skutt is once again first in Class “B”.  In Class “C”, Arlington stays at number one, Wayne moves up from eighth to fifth, and Logan View/Scribner-Snider & West Point Guardian Angels falls out of the rankings.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard South is the new number one in  West remain first in Class “A” while Omaha Skutt is once again first in Class “B”.  In Class “C”, Arlington stays at number one, Wayne moves up from sixth to fourth, West Point Guardian Angels slips from third to sixth, Logan View/Scribner-Snider drops from seventh to ninth, & Twin River remains tenth.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath & Boone Central at Madison Tri. (VB-5:30); LHNE at Hartington CC (VB-7:30); O’Neill & Pierce at LHNE Tri. (SB-4:00); Nfk High at Millard North Inv. (B. Tenn-8:30 AM); Nfk Cath & LHNE at Columbus Scotus Inv. (CC-4:30); Crofton Vs. Nfk Cath at Eldorado Hills GC (GG Dual-4:00); Missouri-Kansas City at Creighton (W. Socc.-7:00).

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.

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Seattle                  3    Toronto                  2
      Final    Texas                      5    Cleveland              2
      Final    Detroit                  8    Chi  White  Sox      6
      Final    Kansas  City        10    Minnesota              5
      Final    Oakland                  4    L.A.  Angels          1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Philadelphia        3    Miami                      1
      Final    San  Diego              3    St.  Louis              2
      Final    Cincinnati            2    Pittsburgh            1
      Final    Washington            2    N-Y  Mets                0
      Final    Chi  Cubs                5    Houston                  1
      Final    Milwaukee              8    Atlanta                  2
      Final    San  Francisco      8    Colorado                3
      Final    Arizona                  3    L.A.  Dodgers        2

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