Sports News-September 26, 2013

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The Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 last night to capture their third straight American League Central title.  Max Scherzer earned his major league-leading 21st win by holding the Twins to two hits while striking out ten in seven innings.  The Tigers scored the lone run just two-batters into the game as Austin Jackson tripled and scored on Torii Hunter's single.
 
Tampa Bay has benched quarterback Josh Freeman and replaced him with rookie Mike Glennon, just two days after coach Greg Schiano insisted that Freeman remained the starter.  Freeman has completed just 45.7% of his passes for the winless Buccaneers for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
 
The United States has pulled off one of the finest comebacks in sports to win the America's Cup.  Skipper Jimmy Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Team New Zealand in Race 19 in San Francisco Bay yesterday.  All but defeated a week ago, Spithill and his international crew twice rallied from seven-point deficits to win 9-8.

Nebraska football great Johnny Rodgers has a date with the Nebraska Pardons Board.  His request for a full pardon for a 1970 gas station robbery is on the board's Oct. 8 agenda.  It is listed under "favorable applications for full pardon hearings."  The 62-year-old Heisman Trophy winner says the crime has been hanging over him since his 1971 conviction.  Rodgers was given two years of probation.  He had talked about seeking a pardon in 2007, when he launched an ill-fated sports bar and grill venture.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school softball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A" while Elkhorn South stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Raymond Central is once again first, Wayne jumps from sixth to fourth, Twin River moves up from eighth to fifth, West Point Guardian Angels drops from third to seventh, and Pierce falls from the rankings.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista remains first in Class 'A" while Beatrice stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Raymond Central is once again first, West Point Guardian Angels slips from third to fourth, Wayne remains fifth, and Twin River is once again eighth.

Local Schedule:  Wahoo at Nfk Cath (FB-7:00); Nfk High Vs. Lincoln High-6:00; Vs. Columbus-7:00 (Columbus VB Tri.); Nfk High at Yankton Inv. (CC-4:15); Nfk High at Lincoln East Inv. (GG-8:00 AM); Nfk Cath at Wayne Inv. (GG-9:00 AM); Marquette at Creighton (W Socc.-7:00).

Tonight:  The 3-1 Norfolk Catholic football team entertains 3-0 Wahoo at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Friday Night:  High School football action has Lutheran High Northeast hosting West Holt at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Elgin Public/Pope John goes to Creighton at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:35 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  Southwestern CC, IA 26-25-25 NECC 24-15-17 (VB).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final    Boston                  15    Colorado                5
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    L.A.  Angels          3    Oakland                  1
      Final    Cleveland              7    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final    Tampa  Bay              8    N-Y  Yankees          3
      Final    Baltimore              9    Toronto                  5
      Final    Texas                      7    Houston                  3
      Final    Detroit                  1    Minnesota              0
      Final    Seattle                  6    Kansas  City          0
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    N-Y  Mets                1    Cincinnati            0
      Final    St.  Louis              4    Washington            1
      Final    Chi  Cubs                4    Pittsburgh            2
      Final    Milwaukee              4    Atlanta                  0
      Final    Miami                      3    Philadelphia        2
      Final    San  Diego            12    Arizona                  2
      Final    San  Francisco      6    L.A.  Dodgers        4
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final          Buffalo            3    Columbus        0
      Final          Washington      4    Nashville      1
      Final          Ottawa              5    Montreal        2
      Final          Pittsburgh      5    Detroit          1
      Final          Minnesota        3    St.  Louis      1
      Final  OT    Phoenix            3    Calgary          2

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