Sports News-September 18, 2013

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Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says he doesn't know if he'll be disciplined for his profane comments about Cornhuskers fans that were included in an audio recording leaked to sports website Deadspin.com.  Pelini said yesterday he was shocked when he found out the two-year-old audio had been posted online.  Pelini repeatedly uses an expletive to refer to what he calls "fair-weather" fans after a 34-27 win over Ohio State.  He was upset fans had left the stadium when Nebraska trailed in the third quarter.  Pelini said the off-air conversation with radio announcer Greg Sharpe was private and happened at an emotional time and not "representative of how I feel."  He said he didn't know who leaked the audio.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez missed practice yesterday, putting his availability for Saturday's game against South Dakota State in question.  Coach Bo Pelini said Martinez was wearing a walking boot on his left foot the last two days because of turf toe.  Senior Ron Kellogg III or redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. would start against the Jackrabbits if Martinez can't play.  Pelini said Martinez will play if he's healthy but "we're going to make sure he's 100% and feeling good."

The Omaha Storm Chasers are the Triple A National Champions!  They edged Durham 2-1 in the Triple A National Championship game at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania last night.  Storm Chaser left-hander relief pitcher Zach Jackson struck out Vince Belnome swinging to end it.  Despite going just 70-74 during the regular season, Omaha got some help on the final two days of the season to reach the Pacific Coast League playoffs as the American Conference North winner.  Then the Chasers blazed their way to their second Pacific Coast League title in three years by going 6-1 to knock out both league-best Oklahoma City and Pacific Conference champion Salt Lake.  Then, in last night's winner-take-all national championship, Omaha outlasted the International League's best team for their first victory in this postseason format.  The Storm Chasers outhit the Bulls 10-3.  Omaha leadoff hitter Irving Falu had three hits and drove in a run, while Lane Adams had two hits and scored a run and Manny Pina drove in a run and scored a run.  Chris Dwyer was the winning pitcher while Jackson earned the save.


The Creighton men's soccer team is ranked at number five in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll following a two-match split last weekend at the Stihl Classic hosted by Old Dominion.  The Jays' 2-1 double-overtime victory over Old Dominion on Friday coupled with their 3-2 double-overtime setback against William & Mary on Sunday dropped the Bluejays from number one in the NSCAA Top 25 after one week.  Creighton hosts BIG EAST foe St. John's this Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 for the Jays' annual homecoming match.

Defending champion and 2012 Olympic gold-medalist Jordan Burroughs brings a 60-match winning streak to the wrestling world championships in Budapest.  The American will face a wrestler from Tajikistan in today's first round in the 163-pound men's freestyle category.  Burroughs says the changes made this year to the scoring system - one of the key modifications credited with helping the sport regain its place at the Olympics favor his aggressive style.  Wrestlers, fans and coaches in Budapest agreed that cumulative scoring during two, three-minute periods instead of separate scores for each of three, two-minute periods has made the sport easier to follow and led to more dynamic matches.

The Northeast Hawks men's golf team participated in yesterday's Doane Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln.  The host team was the champion with a 310.  They won by twelve strokes.  The Hawks placed fourth with a 328 and the Northeast 'B' squad finished tenth with a 353.  Individually, Jonas Christensen of Doane was the medalist with a 74.  He won by two strokes.  Mitchell Smith of the Northeast 'B' squad tied for seventh with a 79 and Justin Bruntz of the Hawks varsity team finished tenth with an 80.

The Norfolk Catholic cross country teams competed in yesterday's Wayne Invite.  In the boys race, the host team was the champion with a score of 28.  They won by seven points.  The Knights finished third a score of 44.  Myles Sudbeck of Pierce won the race in 18:09.  He won by 23 seconds.  Norfolk Catholic's Matthew Wieser and Zach Ruppert placed seventh & tenth respectively.  In the girls competition, Wayne was the team champion with 17 points.  The Knights finished second with a mark of 25.  Sadie Petersen of Laurel/Concord/Coleridge won the race in 21:23.  She won by 16 seconds.  Norfolk Catholic's Joelle Heng placed fourth.  Teammates Jennifer Blank & Nicole Aschoff finished seventh & eighth respectively.

Local Schedule:  Ellsworth CC, IA at NECC (VB-7:00).

Thursday Night:  The 3-0 Norfolk Panther football team entertains 2-1 Grand Island at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Lincoln SW 25-25 Nfk High 17-24; Fremont 25-18-25 Nfk High 16-25-17 (Nfk VB Tri.); Hartington CC 25-25-25 Nfk Cath 20-13-23 (VB); Iowa Western CC 23-25-25-25 NECC 25-20-7-8 (VB); Nfk High 5 Columbus 4 (B. Tenn. Dual); Nfk High at Lincoln SW (SB DH-Ppd Rain); Southern Illinois Edwardsville 1 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (M. Socc.).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Robby Heesacker of the Humphrey High football team.

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