Sports News-September 4, 2012

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Rory McIlroy has won the Deutsche Bank Championship for his third PGA Tour title this year.  McIlroy closed with a 4-under 67 and got away with a few mistakes to hold off Louis Oosthuizen for a one-shot victory on the TPC Boston.  Oosthuizen narrowly missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.  He closed with a 71.  Tiger Woods made a charge on the front nine, though he never got closer than three shots until a birdie on his last hole for a 66 left him two off the pace.  Phil Mickelson finished fourth, six shots back.  Woods went over $100 million in PGA Tour earnings with his third-place finish.  McIlroy went to number one in the FedEx Cup.

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 Hokies rally in OT...Red Sox GM admits team is "hard to watch"
     BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The 16th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies outlasted Georgia Tech 20-17 on Cody Journell's 17-yard field goal that ended the first overtime game in the history of Lane Stadium. Journell forced overtime with a 41-yard field goal at the end of regulation after missing a 38-yarder earlier.
     OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics' season-best nine-game winning streak is over. The L.A. Angels got home runs from Chris Iannetta, Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter to beat the Athletics 8-3 to help C.J. Wilson win his 11th game.
     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The San Francisco Giants rallied past Arizona 9-8 on a game-winning hit in the 10th inning by Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-roh). The L.A. Dodgers remained four and a-half games back of the Giants after rallying to beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 in 11 innings on A.J. Ellis's game-winning single.
     SEATTLE (AP) - Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington admits his current team "is hard to watch." Cherington offered the assessment before Boston fell to Seattle 4-1 yesterday for the Red Sox' seventh straight loss to fall to 62-74.
     NEW YORK (AP) - They're into the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and there's a dandy women's matchup today at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Top-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) takes on defending champion and seventh-seed Sam Stosur.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini says injured running back Rex Burkhead is questionable for Saturday's road game against UCLA.  Pelini said yesterday an MRI confirmed Burkhead mildly sprained a ligament in his left knee early in the opener against Southern Mississippi.  The coach said if he were to put together a travel roster now, Burkhead would be on it.  Freshman running back Imani Cross said he's spoken with Burkhead and that the senior is determined to play against the 1-0 Bruins.  Pelini said he expects no drop-off if Burkhead can't play.  Backups Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard and Cross combined for 177 yards and touchdown on 29 carries in the 49-20 win over Southern Miss.  Abdullah also caught an eleven-yard touchdown pass for the 1-0 Huskers.

Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez was honored yesterday, as he shared Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors.  The Husker signal caller from California completed 26-34 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns in Nebraska's 49-20 win in the season opener over Southern Miss.  Martinez tied or set career bests in both passing yards and touchdowns, as he found ten different receivers in Saturday's win.  He shared the honor with Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell, who rushed for 210 yards on 44 carries against Boise State.

The Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team concluded their regular season yesterday with a 4-3 loss at Albuquerque.  Derrick Robinson had three hits while Will Myers collected two.  Blaine Hardy took the loss to drop to 3-2 on the season.  The Storm Chasers won the Pacific League North Division by 16 games with an 83-61 record.  They will host Albuquerque in the best-of-five American Conference playoff series starting on Wednesday at 7:05. The Isotopes won the Pacific League South Division with an 80-64 record.

Nebraska freshman middle blocker Meghan Haggerty was honored by the Big Ten Conference yesterday as she was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.  The award marks her first Big Ten weekly honor.  Haggerty hit .545 against UC Irvine over the weekend, recording seven kills on eleven swings to go along with four blocks to help the Huskers to a 3-0 victory.  The Huskers return to action this weekend as they host the 2012 Ameritas Players Challenge at the NU Coliseum.

Wayne State College is ranked twelfth in the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released yesterday.  It’s the first regular season poll of the season.  They opened the season going 3-1 over the weekend at the Oredigger Volleyball Classic in Golden, Colorado.  The ‘Cats posted 3-0 wins over Dallas Baptist, Colorado Mesa and St. Joseph’s of Indiana while falling 3-1 to Tarleton State of Texas.  WSC will be in action again this Friday and Saturday when the Wildcats travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the UC-Colorado Springs Tournament.  The team’s Melanie Placke and Leisa McClintock were two of seven players named yesterday to the All-Tournament Team.

Two ranked teams collide in the battle of Norfolk as the 4-1 Norfolk Catholic volleyball team hosts 5-0 Lutheran High Northeast tonight at 7:30.  The Class “C-1” Lady Knights are ranked sixth in the Omaha World Herald & seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star while the Class “C-2” Lady Eagles are third in the Omaha World Herald & fifth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  Lutheran High Northeast are the Class “C-2” Two-time Defending State Champions and have won 19 matches in a row dating back to last year.  They’ve beaten Wakefield, Oakland/Craig, West Point Guardian Angels, Scribner/Snyder, and Archbishop Bergan this season.  Norfolk Catholic has beaten Schuyler, Pierce twice, and Bishop Neumann with their lone loss coming to Columbus Scotus.  The Lady Eagles have beaten the Lady Knights all seven times they’ve played dating back to 2009.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings.  The Two-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain first in both media in Class “C-1”.  The Knights are 2-0 on the season after wins over two previously ranked opponents in Columbus Lakeview & Bishop Neumann.  Norfolk Catholic has won 28 games in a row dating back to 2010.  The Knights will visit fourth ranked 2-0 Boone Central/Newman Grove in Albion on Friday.  The Lutheran High Northeast Eagles remain third in the Omaha World Herald and fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class “C-2”.  The 1-0 Eagles opened with a 34-23 win over Omaha World Herald ninth ranked Archbishop Bergan last Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast will host 0-1 Wisner/Pilger on Friday.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln North Star (SB DH-5:00); LHNE at South Sioux City (SB-6:00); Hastings at Nfk High (B. Tenn. Dual-4:00); Nfk High & Columbus at Fremont Tri. (GG-4:00); Hartington CC & Pierce at Nfk Cath (GG Tri. At Eldorado Hills-4:00); Syracuse at Nebraska-Omaha (VB-7:00).

      Final            Cleveland              3    Detroit              2
      Final            Baltimore              4    Toronto              0
      Final            Tampa  Bay              4    N-Y  Yankees      3
      Final            Texas                      8    Kansas  City      4
      Final            L.A.  Angels          8    Oakland              3
      Final            Seattle                  4    Boston                1
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      4    Minnesota          2
      Final            Washington            2    Chi  Cubs            1
      Final            Atlanta                  6    Colorado            1
      Final            Miami                      7    Milwaukee          3
      Final            Philadelphia        4    Cincinnati        2
      Final            Houston                  5    Pittsburgh        1
      Final            St.  Louis              5    N-Y  Mets            4
      Final            San  Francisco      9    Arizona              8,  10  Innings
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        4    San  Diego          3,  11  Innings

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