Sports News-September 30, 2013

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The Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins yesterday to win the first American League wild-card berth and set up a one-game playoff against either Texas or Tampa Bay at Progressive Field on Wednesday.  The Rangers forced a one-game playoff for the second wild-card berth by defeating the Angels 6-2 after the Rays hung on for a 7-6 win at Toronto.  The Rangers have won seven straight and will host Tampa Bay tonight.
 
Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez has tossed the first season-ending no-hitter in the majors since Mike Witt of the Angels threw a perfect game at Texas in 1984.  However, the gem wasn't official until Giancarlo Stanton scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to give the Marlins a 1-0 win over Detroit.

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has a torn right Achilles tendon and almost certainly is out for the season, the Boston Globe reported.  Wilfork left last night's 30-23 win against the Atlanta Falcons with an ankle injury in the first quarter, limping off the field on the Falcons' first drive of the game and did not return.  He was later taken to the locker room on the back of a cart.  Wilfork, one of the team's captains, is a perennial Pro Bowler and vital cog to the team's defense, particularly against the run.
 
Lane Kiffin has been fired as football coach at Southern California. The dismissal came just hours after the Trojans dropped to 0-2 in conference play after a 62-41 loss at Arizona State.  Kiffin went 28-15 at USC in parts of four seasons, but his team is 0-2 in conference play for the first time since 2001.

The Nebraska football team's home football game against Illinois on Saturday will start at 11:00.  ESPNU will air the game.  The 3-1 Huskers are coming off a bye week into the game against the 3-1 Illini to start Big Ten play.  Throughout the rest of the season, most of Nebraska's game times and TV broadcasts will be announced either 6-12 days ahead of the game.  The Nov. 29 game against Iowa starts at 11:00.  Nebraska, despite a bye week, appeared in the Associated Press rankings at number 25.  Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State, and Stanford are the top five in the Associated Press poll.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha North remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Norfolk Catholic remains second, Columbus Lakeview jumps from fifth to fourth, Pierce moves up from seventh to sixth, and Wayne remains tenth.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast is once again third, Hartington Cedar Catholic is up from ninth to seventh, Crofton slips from fourth to eighth, and West Holt drops from eighth to ninth.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, and Creighton stays at number four.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Fullerton stays at number four, Wynot remains number six, and Lyons Decatur Northeast is once again seventh.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one and Elkhorn Valley remains fourth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Westside remains first in Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Norfolk Catholic remains second, Columbus Lakeview moves up from eighth to seventh, and Pierce is once again number nine.  In Class 'C-2', Sutton stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast jumps from fourth to third, Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from eighth to fourth, Crofton falls from third to eighth, Battle Creek is up from tenth to ninth, and West Holt falls from the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton is once again third, and West Point Guardian Angels stays at number four.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains second, Fullerton stays at number five, Humphrey St. Francis is once again sixth, Lyons Decatur Northeast remains at number eight, and Stuart is once again tenth.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one and Elkhorn Valley remains fourth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings today.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain second in Class 'C-1' in both newspapers after routing Wahoo at home 42-0 last Thursday.  The 4-1 Knights will enjoy a bye week this week.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked third in both polls in Class 'C-2'.  The 4-0 Eagles defeated West Holt at home 29-14 last Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast will visit Lincoln Journal Star fourth ranked 4-0 Hartington Cedar Catholic on Friday night.

The Norfolk High football team routed Lincoln Pius X on the road last Friday 38-14 to improve to 4-1 on the season.  Quarterback Gunner Fuelberth completed 14-24 passes for 154 yards, a touchdown along with a rushing touchdown, and two interceptions in the win.  Teammate Hayden Johnson ran for two scores and 61 yards.  The Thunderbolts had only 90 yards of total offense through three quarters.  The 4-1 Panthers return to action on Thursday when they visit 2-3 Lincoln Southeast at Seacrest Field at 7:00.  The Knights lost to Lincoln Southwest 13-10 on Friday night.  Thursday's game between the Panthers & Lincoln Southeast can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team routed Wahoo last Thursday night 42-0 at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  The second ranked Knights earned their first shutout of the season, as they held the Warriors to only 202 yards of total offense with only seven yards coming through the air.  Six players had a hand in a touchdown for Norfolk Catholic as they led 28-0 at halftime.  Kegan Ehlers had a touchdown run and reception.  Jackson Love ran for 122 yards off 20 carries and a score.  Austin Becker returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown.  He also had 4 ½ tackles.  The Knights improved to 4-1 while Wahoo drops to 3-1. Norfolk Catholic will now enjoy a bye week and return to action on October 11th at West Point-Beemer.  

Local Schedule:  LHNE Vs. Boone Central-4:30; Vs. West Point Guardian Angels-7:30 (LHNE SB Tri. At Liberty Bell Park); Fremont at Nfk High (B Tenn. Dual-4:15); Columbus at Nfk High (GG Dual at Nfk CC-4:30).

Local Scores:  Nebraska 3 Illinois 2 (W Socc.); Creighton 0 St. John's 0 (W Socc. Tie); Bemidji St. 3 WSC 0 (W Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  Kansas City 31 N.Y. Giants 7; Seattle 23 Houston 20 (OT); Buffalo 23 Baltimore 20; Arizona 13 Tampa Bay 10; Indianapolis 37 Jacksonville 3; Cleveland 17 Cincinnati 6; Detroit 40 Chicago 32; Minnesota 34 Pittsburgh 27; Tennessee 38 N.Y. Jets 13; Washington 24 Oakland 14; San Diego 30 Dallas 21; Denver 52 Philadelphia 20; New England 30 Atlanta 23.

     INTERLEAGUE
    
    Miami                      1    Detroit                  0
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
    Tampa  Bay              7    Toronto                  6
    Baltimore              7    Boston                    6
    Cleveland              5    Minnesota              1
    Kansas  City          4    Chi  White  Sox      1
    N-Y  Yankees          5    Houston                  1,  14  Innings
    Texas                      6    L.A.  Angels          2
    Oakland                  9    Seattle                  0
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
    N-Y  Mets                3    Milwaukee              2
    Pittsburgh            4    Cincinnati            2
    Atlanta                12    Philadelphia        5
    St.  Louis              4    Chi  Cubs                0
    San  Francisco      7    San  Diego              6
    Colorado                2    L.A.  Dodgers        1
    Arizona                  3    Washington            2

     NHL PRESEASON
 Sunday's Games
     N.Y. Islanders (ss) 5, Ottawa (ss) 2
     N.Y. Islanders (ss) 4, Ottawa (ss) 1
 Monday's Games
     No games scheduled
 
     WNBA PLAYOFFS
 CONFERENCE FINALS
 (Best-of-3)
 Eastern Conference
 Atlanta 2, Indiana 0
     Thursday, Sept. 26: Atlanta 84, Indiana 79
     Sunday, Sept. 29: Atlanta 67, Indiana 53
 Western Conference
 Minnesota 2, Phoenix 0
     Thursday, Sept. 26: Minnesota 85, Phoenix 62
     Sunday, Sept. 29: Minnesota 72, Phoenix 65
     
 FINALS
     Sunday, Oct. 6: Atlanta at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
 
     MLS
 Sunday's Games
     Portland 1, Los Angeles 0
     Columbus 4, FC Dallas 2
     Seattle FC 1, New York 1, tie
     San Jose 1, Chivas USA 0

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