Sports News-September 9, 2013

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Top seed Serena Williams has earned her 17th Grand Slam singles title and fifth at the U.S. Open by dominating the third set of a 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 win over second seed Victoria Azarenka.  Williams blew a 4-1 lead in the second set before taking the last five games of the match.  Top seed Novak Djokovic battles two-seed Rafael Nadal in today's men's final.

The Nebraska football team, despite a 56-13 rout of Southern Mississippi, fell in the Associated Press rankings from 22nd to 23rd.  The USA Today coaches poll had a different opinion with 2-0 NU jumping from 19th to 15th.  Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State, and Stanford are the top five in the AP poll.  Nebraska's next opponent is ranked 16th UCLA.

The Wayne State women's soccer team lost to Washburn in the home opener for the Wildcats as Washburn defeated WSC 5-0 yesterday in Wayne.  The loss drops the Wildcats to 0-2.  Wayne State will be on the road on Friday afternoon at Missouri Western in a 4:00 contest that will be played in St. Joseph, Missouri.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Millard West remains first in Class 'A' while Elkhorn stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Norfolk Catholic is once again first, Boone Central/Newman Grove jumps from third to second, Columbus Lakeview moves up from seventh to fifth, Pierce falls from second to seventh, and Wayne enters the top ten at number ten.  In Class 'C-2', David City Aquinas remains first, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number four, Crofton is once again fifth, West Holt remains eighth, Hartington Cedar Catholic stays at number nine, and Oakland/Craig drops out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan remains first, Howells/Dodge stays at number two, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, Creighton remains fourth, Randolph improves from eighth to seventh, and Clarkson/Leigh drops out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is the new number one, Fullerton moves up from fourth to second, Wynot stays at number six, Bancroft/Rosalie improves from eighth to seventh, and Lyons Decatur Northeast jumps from ninth to eighth.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake remains first and Elkhorn Valley stays at number three.  The Lincoln Journal Star updated their Class 'A' & 'B' rankings.  Millard West remains first in Class 'A' while Gretna is the new number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Norfolk Catholic is once again first, Boone Central/Newman Grove jumps from fourth to second, Columbus Lakeview slips from fifth to eighth, and Pierce drops from third to ninth.  In Class 'C-2', David City Aquinas remains first, Crofton stays at number four, Lutheran High Northeast is once again fifth, and Oakland/Craig & Hartington Cedar Catholic drop out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan remains first, Howells/Dodge stays at number two, Creighton is once again third, West Point Guardian Angels remains fourth, Randolph enters the rankings at number ten, and Elgin Public/Pope John drops out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is the new number one, Wynot jumps from sixth to second, Fullerton enters the rankings at number four, Bancroft/Rosalie improves from seventh to fifth, Humphrey St. Francis slips from second to seventh.  In 'Six-man', Silver Lake is once again first and Elkhorn Valley remains fourth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings yesterday.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain number one in Class 'C-1' after routing Bishop Neumann of Wahoo 33-7 last Friday.  The 2-0 Knights will take on second ranked 2-0 Boone Central/Newman Grove at home on Friday night at 7:00.  The Cardinals have beaten West Point-Beemer & Pierce this season.  Norfolk Catholic defeated Boone Central/Newman Grove 24-13 in last year's State Championship Game.  Lutheran High Northeast remains fourth in the Omaha World Herald & fifth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  The 1-0 Eagles whipped Archbishop Bergan of Fremont on the road last Friday 47-34.  Lutheran High Northeast will visit 0-1 Wisner/Pilger on Friday at 7:00.  The Gators dropped a 23-8 decision to Crofton last Friday.

The Norfolk High football team rallied past Kearney on the road last Friday night 35-18.  The Panthers, who trailed 12-0 after one quarter, outscored the Bearcats 35-6 the rest of the way in the win.  Quarterback Taylor Reedy was 22-36 through the air for 253 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the win.  He left with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.  Backup Gunner Fuelberth completed 3-4 passes for 66 yards and two scores in relief.  Wide receiver Jake Hjorth caught 13 balls for 181 yards and three touchdown while teammate Brady Houdek caught eight passes for 104 yards and a score in the win.  Landen Thieman had eight tackles and ½ sack.  Norfolk totaled 396 yards of offense while Kearney had 293.  With the win, the Panthers snapped a personal three game losing streak to the Bearcats.  Norfolk will host 1-1 Fremont on Thursday at 7:00.  The Tigers routed Omaha Bryan last Friday 44-13.  

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team is coming off a 33-7 rout of Bishop Neumann last Friday in Wahoo.  Jackson Love ran for 262 yards of 31 carries and four touchdowns in the win.  The Knights led 21-7 at halftime.  With the win, Norfolk Catholic has won the last three meetings between the two teams.  They also extended their win streak to 21 games that are played away from Norfolk.  The top ranked in both polls in Class 'C-1' Knights will host second ranked Boone Central/Newman Grove on Friday at 7:00.  The Cardinals are 2-0 on the season after beating Pierce at home last Friday 48-7.  Norfolk Catholic and Boone Central/Newman Grove last met in the championship game last November, with the Knights winning 24-13.  Friday's game between Norfolk Catholic and Boone Central/Newman Grove can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com starting at 6:30.

Local Scores:  Nebraska-Omaha 1 Columbia 0 (M. Socc.); Arkansas 2 Nebraska 1 (2 OT) (W. Socc.); Creighton 6 Idaho 1 (W. Socc.); Wyoming 2 Nebraska-Omaha 1 (W. Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  New Orleans 23 Atlanta 17; Chicago 24 Cincinnati 21; Kansas City 28 Jacksonville 2; Miami 23 Cleveland 10; Detroit 34 Minnesota 24; New England 23 Buffalo 21; Indianapolis 21 Oakland 17; Seattle 12 Carolina 7; N.Y. Jets 18 Tampa Bay 17; Tennessee 16 Pittsburgh 9; St. Louis 27 Arizona 24; San Francisco 24 Green Bay 28; Dallas 36 N.Y. Giants 31.

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            N-Y  Mets                2    Cleveland            1
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          4    Boston                  3
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      4    Baltimore            2
      Final            Kansas  City          5    Detroit                2
      Final            Toronto                  2    Minnesota            0
      Final            Texas                      4    L.A.  Angels        3
      Final            Oakland                  7    Houston                2
      Final            Tampa  Bay              4    Seattle                1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Washington            6    Miami                    4
      Final            Philadelphia        3    Atlanta                2
      Final            St.  Louis              9    Pittsburgh          2
      Final            Milwaukee              3    Chi  Cubs              1
      Final            San  Francisco      3    Arizona                2,  11  Innings
      Final            San  Diego              5    Colorado              2
      Final            Cincinnati            3    L.A.  Dodgers      2
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Phoenix      79    Atlanta              71
      Final    Chicago      93    Washington        79
      Final    Tulsa          98    San  Antonio      65

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