Sports News-September 18, 2012

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The NFL presented Jonathan Vilma and his attorney with a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying the linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre.  Vilma met with Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday in New York about his suspension, which has been temporarily lifted.  Attorney Peter Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit at the meeting.  Ginsberg called the $10,000 bounty offer "absolutely false."  Vilma tweeted on last night that Williams was "bullied to sign the affidavit," saying Williams signed it on Friday.

Peyton Manning kept throwing up wobbly passes.  And the Atlanta Falcons kept picking them off.  Taking advantage of Manning's three stunning first-quarter interceptions, Matt Ryan and the Falcons built a big lead and held on for a 27-21 victory over the Denver Broncos.  The erratic effort by Manning showed his comeback in the Mile High City is still a work in progress.  Ryan threw the 100th touchdown pass of his career, Roddy White had 102 yards receiving and the Falcons made a 20-0 lead stand up, if just barely.  Ryan completed 24 of 36 for 219 yards and two Tds.  The Falcons join the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles as the lone 2-0 teams after two weeks of the NFL season.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini says he has a "clean bill of health."  Pelini said yesterday at his weekly news conference that he had an upset stomach before he was taken to a hospital by ambulance during the Cornhuskers' game against Arkansas State on Saturday.  He was released late Saturday afternoon.  Pelini said, "I'm not just healthy. I'm very healthy."  The 44-year-old said he returned to work yesterday to break down film of Nebraska's 42-13 win over Arkansas State and to begin preparing for this week's game against Idaho State.  He said he has no heart problems or issues related to stress and that Saturday was "an isolated incident."  Pelini also announced that running back Rex Burkhead will play on Saturday against Idaho State.  Burkhead missed the past two games with a knee injury suffered in the season opener.

After losing its first match of the season last week to Iowa State, the Nebraska volleyball team dropped to third in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released yesterday.  The 8-1 Huskers had been ranked first the previous three weeks.  UCLA, which Nebraska beat to take over the top spot, returns to number one this week with an 8-1 record.  The Huskers face a pair of tough matches this week to begin Big Ten Conference play.  Wednesday, the Huskers play at fourth ranked Penn State.  Nebraska will then play at 23rd ranked Ohio State on Saturday evening.  In other volleyball news, Creighton’s Melanie Jereb was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week after posting a pair of double-doubles.

The Nebraska women's basketball team earned preseason top-25 mention from Lindy's when the publication released its annual poll recently.  The Huskers, who return four starters and ten letterwinners from a team that finished 24-9 overall in 2011-12, were picked 19th in Lindy's preseason rankings.  It was the second set of preseason top-25 rankings Nebraska has earned following a runner-up finish in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.  Earlier in the offseason, they were chosen 16th in Charlie Creme's early preseason rankings for ESPN.com that came out in late-April.

Giovanni Giattino of the Nebraska-Omaha men’s soccer team was named The Summit League Offensive Player of the Week yesterday for his performance at the Courtyard Invitational over the weekend.  Giattino is the second consecutive Maverick to pick up the conference award, as fellow freshman Devin Diego earned the honor last week.  Giattino, a California, native, garnered his first career award after accounting for both of UNO's goals against San Diego State on Friday.  The Mavericks begin Summit League play on Saturday at Western Illinois at 1:00.

Wayne State is ranked 21st in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released yesterday.  The Wildcats are 7-3 on the season.  They went 1-1 over the weekend to open up Northern Sun Conference play, falling 3-2 to Winona State while winning 3-1 against Upper Iowa.  Wayne State’s Courtney VanGroningen was selected yesterday as the Northern Sun Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week following her play in two home NSIC matches over the weekend.

The Wayne State men’s golf team shot rounds of 335 and 330 for a 36-hole team score of 665 to open the 2012-13 season at the Wildwood Lodge Concordia University Invitational played Sunday and Monday at Tartan Park Golf Course in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  O’Neill sophomore Blake Bauer was the top Wildcat finisher with rounds of 76 and 81 for 157.  Nebraska-Omaha captured the team title with a 601, three strokes ahead of second place Augustana College at 604.  Wayne State finished twelfth at 665.  Grand Island freshman Zandria Cole shot rounds of 96 and 92 to lead the Wayne State College women’s golf team at the season-opening Wildwood Lodge Concordia University Invitational played Sunday and Monday at Tartan Park Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  As a team, the Wildcats shot rounds of 432 and 418 to finish with a 36-hole team score of 850 to finish in 16th place.  Augustana College captured the team title with a 620, four shots better than Grand Valley State of Michigan.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school volleyball rankings.  The Two-time Defending State Champion Lutheran High Northeast Eagles dropped in both media in Class “C-2”.  They fell from first to second in the Omaha World Herald and from first to third in the Lincoln Journal Star.  The Lady Eagles are 12-2 on the season after a 2-1 week.  They beat Hartington Cedar Catholic and O’Neill while being upset by Ord.  Lutheran High Northeast will be in action next tonight when they visit Omaha World Herald top ranked in Class “D-1” Howells/Dodge at Howells at 7:30.  Norfolk Catholic jumped from fifth to third in the Omaha World Herald and moved up from sixth to fifth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class “C-1”.  The Lady Knights are 12-1 on the year after recording a 6-0 record in the past week.  They beat Hartington Cedar Catholic, Boone Central/Newman Grove twice, Madison, Raymond Central, and Central City.  Norfolk Catholic will be in action next when they host 5-5 Wayne tonight at 7:30.

The Lutheran High Northeast softball team participated in day one of the Mid States Conference Softball Tournament in O’Neill yesterday.  They went 2-1, claiming fifth place.  The Lady Eagles lost in the opening round to West Point Guardian Angels 2-1.  Lutheran High Northeast then whipped Madison in a consolation game 11-3 and then claimed fifth place with an 11-2 win over Boone Central.  The Lady Eagles are now 6-12 on the season.  The Tournament concludes in O’Neill today with the third place and championship games.

The Norfolk High boys tennis team competed in yesterday’s Papillion La Vista Invitational.  Lincoln Southeast won the 23-team invite with 60 points.  They won by 16 points.  Norfolk totaled six points.  Mitch Dudley went 1-1 in #1 Singles.  Jonathan Ingram recorded a 1-1 mark in #2 Singes.  Keaton Kreikemeier & Nick Collins had a 1-1 record in #1 Doubles, and Landon Marotz & Alex Busskohl were 1-1 in #2 Doubles.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln North Star (VB-6:30); Wayne at Nfk Cath (VB-7:30); LHNE Vs. Howells/Dodge at Howells (VB-7:30); WSC at Augustana at Sioux Falls, SD (VB-7:00).

Local Scores:  Elkhorn 9 Nfk High 2 (SB).

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