Sports News-August 27, 2014

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Michael Sam remains on the St. Louis Rams’ roster after the team made the necessary moves to get to the league maximum of 75 players.  That Sam made it through the first round of cuts is of little surprise after he posted two sacks against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night.  Through three preseason games, Sam, the first openly gay active player in NFL history, has five tackles and three sacks.  Rams coaches' film review also credits the rookie defensive end with two quarterback pressures and a quarterback hit.

The Seattle Seahawks will forfeit two days of on-field minicamp practices next offseason after being penalized by the league for excessive physical contact during their 2014 minicamp.  ESPN.com first reported the violation and that Seattle would be fined $300,000 for the infractions.  Seattle will be docked the first two days of its 2015 mandatory minicamp and will be permitted one 2 ½ hour practice on the final day.  Seattle's players will be paid for all three days of the camp.  The minicamp this past June was highlighted by a fight between All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Phil Bates that was caught by television cameras.  Seattle also lost a pair of organized team activities during the 2012 offseason due to excessive contact.

Kevin Love says Cleveland Cavaliers fans shouldn't worry about the opt-out clause in his contract.  The newly-acquired forward can become a free agent next summer after just one season with the Cavs.  However, he said at a news conference yesterday that he intends to stay with LeBron James and the team.  Love never made the playoffs during his six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who acquired Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the deal that sent Love to Cleveland.  Wiggins and Bennett are the last two top picks in the NBA draft.

American Jack Sock retired from his first-round U.S. Open match because of a right calf injury.  The Lincoln native was trailing 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to Pablo Andujar of Spain when he decided he couldn't continue yesterday.  He said he strained the calf on a slide in the second set.  Sock hopes he can recover in time for doubles.  He and Canada's Vasek Pospisil won Wimbledon in their first tournament together, upsetting the 15-time Grand Slam champion Bryan brothers in the final.  The first-round doubles match will be played today or Thursday.  The 21-year-old Sock had reached the third round at the past two U.S. Opens.  He came in with a career-best ranking of No. 55.

The Wayne State men are picked to finish eleventh and the women are twelfth in the Preseason NSIC Cross Country Coaches Polls.  In the men’s poll, defending champion Augustana was selected as the team to beat again this season.  Junior Justin Brueggemann is listed as Wayne State’s Runner to Watch this season.  The Plattsmouth native was the top finisher for WSC last season in all seven races.  Defending champion Minnesota Duluth was a unanimous choice to repeat as women’s champion in the NSIC this season.  Pierce senior Skyler Lippman was listed as Wayne State’s Runner to Watch this season.  She is a fifth-year senior who competed in just one meet last season due to a foot injury after being the top Wildcat runner the previous two seasons.  Wayne State is scheduled to open the 2014 season on September 5th at the Augustana Twilight Invitational in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team has added another player to the roster.  Sophomore Sydney Whitmarsh is a 5’10” middle blocker who played at Arlington High School.  She competed for Southwest Iowa Community College in 2013.  During her freshman year at Southwest Iowa, Whitmarsh recorded 13 kills, six blocks and ten digs.  The Hawks are 2-2 on the season after last weekend’s Southeast Community College Invitational in Beatrice.  They swept McCook Community College and Highland of Kansas while falling to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in three sets on Friday and were beat by Southeast Community College in four sets on Saturday.  Northeast returns to action on Friday when they host North Iowa Area Community College and Central of Columbus in a triangular.

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

Friday Night:  The Norfolk Panther football team opens their 2014 campaign at home against South Sioux City at 7:00.  The Football Pregame Show gets underway at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Pierce opens their season at North Bend Central at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  Nfk High 9-9 Lincoln NE 1-0 (SB DH); Battle Creek 228 Nfk Cath 275 (GG Dual); Reno 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 6 (Bsbl).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Stephanie Sorensen of the Plainview girls golf team.

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      Final            Chi  Cubs                3    Cincinnati            0
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