Sports News-August 20, 2014

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Ohio State says quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder.  The school says he will require surgery.  The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year left practice in pain Monday after making a throw.  The senior and three-year starter partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder in a loss to Clemson at the Orange Bowl.  He had surgery, did not face contact in spring practice and was held out of several practices this month due to soreness.  Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is Miller's top backup and will likely be the starter in the Aug. 30 opener against Navy in Baltimore.

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has not picked his starting quarterback as he had planned.  Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel haven't convinced him they deserve the job.  Pettine had been expected to announce whether Hoyer or Manziel, the hyped rookie, would start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh.  But the decision has been delayed and could carry through to Cleveland's third preseason game on Saturday.  Pettine says the coaching staff will meet tomorrow night and could then choose a starter.

The hottest team in baseball is the Washington Nationals.  The National League East-leading Nats ran their season-high winning streak to eight games by routing the Arizona Diamondback 8-1 to move 18 games over .500.  Stephen Strasburg and Jerry Blevins combined on a three-hitter.  Strasburg went a season-high eight innings, allowing just three hits, to even his mark at 10-10.  Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-clearing double capped a six-run third inning.  Ian Desmond had three hits and drove in four runs.  The Nationals have outscored teams 42-21 during their eight-game streak, their longest since 2012.

Nebraska's Ryker Fyfe has used his underdog attitude to fuel his drive to the top backup quarterback's job behind Tommy Armstrong Jr.  Fyfe's only scholarship offer coming out of Grand Island High in 2012 was from Division II Nebraska-Kearney.  He said he was confident he could play big-time college football and accepted Nebraska's invitation to walk on.  Starting his third year with the Cornhuskers, he's beaten out heralded 2013 recruit Johnny Stanton to be second on the depth chart.  Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said Nebraska didn't have a scholarship available for Fyfe after Armstrong verbally committed to the 2012 recruiting class.  Beck said he's surprised no Division I school offered Fyfe.  22nd ranked Nebraska opens Aug. 30 against Florida Atlantic.

The BIG EAST men's soccer coaches selected Creighton to place third in the 2014 preseason poll while CU senior Jose Ribas and junior Timo Pitter earned recognition on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.  The league’s two ranked teams, ninth ranked Georgetown and twelfth ranked Marquette, were tied atop the poll for first place.  Creighton finished last season unranked with a 9-9-2 overall mark following an NCAA Tournament First Round setback against Seattle.

Wayne State Director of Athletics Mike Powicki has announced two finalists for the vacant Head Softball coaching position at the school.  Sean Cotter will visit the Wayne State campus today.  He has served as head coach at Massachusetts Lowell for the past five seasons and has a 130-122-1 record at the school.  Shelli Manson, Head Coach at Westminster College in Missouri, will be on campus Friday.  She has served the last five seasons as head coach at the NCAA Division III school and inherited a program that was last place in the conference and elevated the team to second place in 2013 and fourth place in 2014.

Wayne State was picked to finish 15th in the annual NSIC Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll.  They are coming off a 2-14-2 record last season, finishing 13th in the NSIC with a 2-11-2 league mark.  Defending league champion Minnesota State was selected as the team to beat in the NSIC this season.  Seniors Mallory Hoyt and Alex Mathers were listed as Wayne State Players to Watch in the NSIC this season.  

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Tacoma (Bsbl-9:05).

Local Scores:  Las Vegas 10 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

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

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