Sports News-August 29, 2014

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It appears Texas A&M will do just fine without Johnny Football, thank you.  In his first career start, Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's single-game passing record with 511 yards and 21st ranked Texas A&M stomped ninth-ranked South Carolina 52-28, ending the Gamecocks' 18-game home win streak.
Nebraska opens its 125th football season Saturday when Florida Atlantic visits Memorial Stadium at 2:30.  Coach Bo Pelini says he expects the Cornhuskers to be better on both sides of the ball.  He has a second-year starter in quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., the nation's top returning rusher in Ameer Abdullah and one of the Big Ten's best receivers in Kenny Bell.  The Huskers also have what could be one of the conference's top defensive lines.  Florida Atlantic of Conference USA has a new coach in Charlie Partridge.  Partridge takes over after Carl Pelini, Bo's brother, was forced out with a month left in the 2013 season.  The Huskers were 9-4 last season while Florida Atlantic was 6-6.

The seventh ranked Nebraska volleyball team gets their season underway tonight when they host 13th ranked Florida State at 7:00 in the opening day of the AVCA Showcase at the Devaney Center.  The Huskers will then turn around and play third ranked Stanford at 12:00 on Sunday.  This year, Nebraska will play 13 of their 29 regular-season matches against teams ranked in the preseason poll.  They return all but one starter from last year’s team, which finished with a 26-7 record.  Seven teams from the Big Ten are currently preseason ranked in the top 16.

The FXFL announced that Sandy Buda will lead the Omaha Mammoths into the inaugural Fall Experimental Football League season that will start Oct. 8.  The Omaha World Herald reports that he is in the process of finalizing a staff and putting together a playbook as Omaha awaits its roster.  Buda was head coach at UNO from 1978-89 and then helped launch the Omaha Beef in 2000.  The Creighton Prep graduate last year was voted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame.  Once final NFL cuts are made and players are allocated to FXFL rosters, the Mammoths will have a small window before playing host to the Boston Brawlers on Oct. 8 at TD Ameritrade Park.  Buda coached the Beef from 2000-02, and again in 2005, and led the indoor team to a 44-20 record and 2001 league championship.  He is best known for his success with the Mavericks, leading UNO to the NCAA Division II playoffs in both 1978 and ’84.  Buda posted an 84-48 record, won two North Central Conference championships and was a three-time NCC coach of the year.

The Northeast Hawks men’s golf team placed third at yesterday’s Doane College Fall Invitational at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln.  The host team was the team champion with a score of 302.  Hastings was second at 313 while Northeast placed third with a 314.  The Northeast ‘B’ team was fifth with a 330.  Doane’s Jesse Nissen was the medalist shooting a 72.  He won by two strokes.  Michael Brockhaus, representing the Northeast ‘B’ team was fourth with a 76.  Michael Bergquist & Preston Peters, representing the ‘A’ team tied for fifth place with a 77.  Teammate Alex Dredge shot 78 to tie for ninth.

Checking out the high school football schedule for today, in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX &, the Norfolk Panthers host South Sioux City at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30.  In other games, Norfolk Catholic is at Arlington at 7:00, and Lutheran High Northeast visits Ponca at 7:00.  In area football games, in a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97.5 &, Pierce opens their season at North Bend Central at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30.  Elsewhere, Madison visits Central City, Boone Central/Newman Grove hosts Columbus Scotus, Schuyler is home versus Omaha Benson, Winside entertains Bancroft/Rosalie, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family goes to Elgin Public/Pope John, Scribner/Snyder is at Omaha Christian Academy, Plainview hosts Wausa, Creighton road trips to Niobrara/Verdigre, Twin River visits Shelby, Hartington Cedar Catholic goes to David City Aquinas, Tekemah/Herman entertains Wisner/Pilger, Battle Creek hits the road for Stanton, Archbishop Bergan goes to Oakland/Craig, Crofton hosts Homer, West Holt plays Cedar County at Laurel, West Point-Beemer is at Fort Calhoun, O’Neill is home against Wayne, Palmer visits Emerson/Hubbard, Lyons Decatur Northeast is home versus Parkview Christian, and Randolph hosts Wynot.

The Norfolk High girls’ golf team gets their 2014 campaign underway today when they compete in the Kearney Invitational at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course.  The Lady Panthers have 13 girls out this year on the team.  Returning from last year’s team are state qualifier Sami Bruening.  Also among the returners for Norfolk are Maddy Buettner and Allison Temple.  The Lady Panthers’ remaining schedule has them competing in invites at Kearney, Lincoln Pius X, Grand Island, Lincoln Southeast, and Lincoln East.  Norfolk will also host a triangular with Columbus & Fremont on September 8th, their own invitational on September 19th, the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet on October 3rd, and also visit Columbus in a dual.  

The Norfolk High boys tennis team gets underway on Saturday when they compete in Lincoln High/Lincoln Northeast Invitational.  The Panthers return no experience from last year’s team.  They have 17 boys out this season with five being seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, and five freshmen.  Norfolk’s schedule has them in invitationals hosted by Lincoln High/Lincoln Northeast, Columbus, Fremont, Lincoln East, Millard North, Papillion La Vista, Hastings, and the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet at Columbus.  The Panthers will host duals with Hastings, Columbus, and Kearney while South Sioux City, Columbus, Fremont, and Grand Island.  

Local Schedule:  South Sioux City at Nfk High (FB-7:00); Nfk Cath at Arlington (FB-7:00); LHNE at Ponca (FB-7:00); NECC vs. North Iowa Area-3:00; vs. Central CC-7:00 (NECC VB Tri.); Nfk High at Kearney Inv. At Meadowlark Hills GC (GG-9:00 AM); Nfk Cath vs. Columbus Scotus at Quail Run GC (GG Dual-4:00); Florida St. at Nebraska (VB-7:00); Creighton vs. Lipscomb-9:30 AM; vs. Utah Valley-5:30 (Kansas VB Inv.); Colorado Springs at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05); Stanford at Creighton (M Socc.-7:00); Butler at Nebraska (W Socc.-5:30).

Tonight:  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 &  Also, Pierce opens their season at North Bend Central at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on Lite Rock 97.5 &

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee East.  This week:  Nfk High’s Tom Olson & Sarah Klug; Nfk Cath’s Jeff Bellar; LHNE’s Darin Suckstorf & Kathy Gebhardt; we’ll also review Joe Tjaden’s day at Husker media day from earlier in the week.

Local Scores:  Kearney 4-7 Nfk High 1-10 (SB DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Colorado Springs 2 (Bsbl).

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      Final          Baltimore              5    Tampa  Bay              4
      Final          Cleveland              3    Chi  White  Sox      2
      Final          Minnesota            11    Kansas  City          5,  10  Innings
      Final          Houston                  4    Texas                      2
      Final          L.A.  Angels          4    Oakland                  3,  10  Innings
      Final          Cincinnati            7    Chi  Cubs                2
      Final          San  Francisco      4    Colorado                1
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      Final    Detroit                23    Buffalo                0
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      Final    Green  Bay            34    Kansas  City      14
      Final    Philadelphia      37    N-Y  Jets              7
      Final    Miami                    14    St.  Louis          13
      Final    Carolina              10    Pittsburgh          0
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      Final    Minnesota            19    Tennessee            3
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