Sports News-November 11, 2013

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Florida State took firm hold of second place in the Bowl Championship Series standings behind top-ranked Alabama and grabbed the inside track to the national championship game.  The Seminoles were second last week and solidified that position after Oregon was knocked off by Stanford Thursday night.  Florida State then went out and crushed Wake Forest Saturday.  Ohio State is third, followed by Stanford and Baylor.  The top two teams in the final BCS poll will meet for the national championship.

Embattled Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has told Fox Sports that teammate Jonathan Martin sent him a threatening text message only a week before their relationship mushroomed into a harassment case that has prompted an NFL investigation.  Incognito said he didn't take the threat seriously, which he says included a threat against his family.  Incognito said he regrets racist and profane language he used with Martin, but said it stemmed from a culture of "brotherhood" in the locker room, not from bullying.  Martin left the team two weeks ago and alleges he was harassed by teammates, including Incognito.  Teammates both black and white have said Incognito is not a racist, and they've been more supportive of the veteran guard than they have of Martin.  It's uncertain whether either will play again in the NFL.

The eleventh ranked Nebraska volleyball team handed the ninth ranked Minnesota Gophers their first home loss of the season with a 3-2 win yesterday in Minneapolis.  Scores of the match had the Huskers winning 25-22, 15-25, 27-25, 15-25, 15-11.  Kelsey Robinson led the way for N-U with 23 kills and 18 digs on the day.  Kadie Rolfzen notched a career-high 20 kills and posted eleven digs, while also hitting at a clip of .351.  Mary Pollmiller dished out 61 assists, as Justine Wong-Orantes guided Nebraska defensively with a career and match-high 24 digs.  The Huskers hit .254 for the match, while Minnesota hit .335.  Nebraska was out-blocked 11.5-9, but out-dug the Gophers 71-58.  The Huskers are now 19-4 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten.  Nebraska returns home next weekend as the Huskers host Michigan State and Michigan on Saturday.

The Nebraska football team has given itself a shot to get back to the Big Ten championship game with two straight wins on late touchdown passes.  Michigan, meanwhile, is relegated to playing for bowl positioning.  The Cornhuskers host Legends Division-leading Michigan State on Saturday with a shot to control their championship chances.  If Nebraska hands the Spartans their first Big Ten loss, it will move into a first-place tie in the division and would win the tiebreaker if both teams finish the regular season with two more wins.  The Wolverines lost hope of ending the school's Big Ten title drought at nine years by losing three of the last four games.  They play at Northwestern and at Iowa before hosting archival and potentially undefeated Ohio State with only pride at stake.

Aaron White had 20 points and 15 rebounds as Iowa came from behind to beat the Nebraska-Omaha men's basketball team 83-75 yesterday.  The Hawkeyes sunk 38 free throws to overcome 18 turnovers and a rough shooting night from the outside.  C.J. Carter scored 22 points for the Mavericks.  Teammates Devin Patterson scored 13 points and John Karhoff added eleven.  Nebraska-Omaha led for most of the game before faltering down the stretch.  Iowa improves to 2-0 while the Mavericks are now 1-1.

Wayne State nearly erased a 20 point Nebraska-Kearney lead with just over six minutes left but the rally fell short as the host team Lopers defeated the Wildcats 75-69 yesterday in the men's college basketball season opener for both teams.  Senior guard Ty Bauschek led Wayne State in scoring with a career-high 23 points.  Senior center Jared Bartling added 14 points while senior guard Adol Aluong also reached double figures with ten points.  The Wildcats will play their home opener Friday evening hosting Mount Marty College at 7:00.

The Lincoln Journal Star has announced is Super-State Softball Teams.  Wayne's Jalyn Zeiss reached the Super-State second team as a utility player.  She and teammate Victoria Kranz both reached the Class 'C' team as utility players as well.

The NSAA has released the State Championship Volleyball bracket.  In first round matches on Thursday at Grand Island Senior High, in the Class 'C-1' bracket, Wayne takes on Ogallala at 2:00 and Columbus Scotus plays Syracuse at 6:30.  In Class 'C-2', at Northwest High School, Lutheran High Northeast tangles with Hastings St. Cecilia at 9:00 AM, Crofton faces Palmyra at 11:00, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family battles West Point Guardian Angels at 4:00.  In Class 'D-1', at Grand Island Central Catholic High School, O'Neill St. Mary's plays Cross County at 2:00, Chambers/Wheeler Central goes head to head with Friend at 4:00, and Howells/Dodge meets Axtell at 8:30 PM.  In Class 'D-2', at Northwest High School, Stuart plays Falls City Sacred Heart at 8:30 PM.

The Class 'C-2' Defending State runner-up Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is 23-9 and will be in the State Tournament for the sixth time in a row after earning a wildcard berth.  The seventh seeded Lady Eagles will meet two-seed 25-8 Hastings St. Cecilia at Northwest High School in Grand Island on Thursday at 9:00 AM.  Lutheran High Northeast dropped a sub-district semifinal match to Stanton in five sets last Monday which put their season in limbo.  They are ranked fifth in the Omaha World Herald and eighth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  Other matches in the 'C-2' bracket have Crofton meeting Palmyra, Freeman battling Ord, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family plays West Point Guardian Angels. 

The Norfolk High volleyball team's season came to conclusion after a three set loss to Papillion La Vista South last Wednesday in a district-final at Papillion La Vista High School.  The Lady Panthers' final record is 12-22.  Their twelve wins came at the expense of Bennington, Omaha Benson, Omaha Northwest, Lincoln High twice, Kearney, Lincoln East, Bellevue East, Hastings twice, Lexington, and McCook. 

The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team's season reached the end of the road after a four set loss to Wayne last Friday in a district final at Wisner/Pilger High School.  The Lady Knights had beaten Boone Central/Newman Grove and Pierce earlier in the week to reach the final.  The Lady Knights final record is 9-21.  Their wins this year occurred against Pierce three times, Centura, Battle Creek, Allen, O'Neill twice, Boone Central/Newman Grove. 

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team's season concluded after a three set loss to Southwestern Community College of Iowa last Tuesday in an NJCAA Tournament match at Creston, Iowa.  The Hawks final record is 15-21.  Their wins this year have come at the expense of McCook three times, Southeast three times, Marshalltown of Iowa three times, Cloud County of Kansas, North Iowa, Iowa Lakes twice, McCook, and Ellsworth of Iowa.  The volleyball program was rebooted under head coach Amanda Schultze after being suspended in 2003.  The Hawks started their season 6-0 and then finished 9-21. 

Local Schedule:  Missouri-Kansas City at Creighton (MBB-7:00); Alabama at Nebraska (WBB-7:00).

Tuesday Evening:  The High School Football Playoffs continue with quarterfinal action.  In the Class 'C-2' bracket, Battle Creek visits Hastings St. Cecilia at 5:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:15 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.  Lutheran High Northeast is at Two-time Defending State Champion David City Aquinas at 6:00.  Pregame coverage at 5:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, in the Class 'D-1' bracket, Creighton entertains Howells/Dodge at 6:00.  Pregame coverage at 5:30 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  Nebraska 25-15-27-15-15 Minnesota 22-25-25-25-11 (VB); Iowa 83 Nebraska-Omaha 75 (MBB); Nebraska-Kearney 75 WSC 69 (MBB); Alcorn St. 50 Nebraska-Omaha 45 (WBB); Nebraska 1 Iowa 0 (Big Ten Women's Soccer Championship).

NFL Scoreboard:  Pittsburgh 23 Buffalo 10; Baltimore 20 Cincinnati 17 (OT); Detroit 21 Chicago 19; Jacksonville 29 Tennessee 27; N.Y. Giants 24 Oakland 20; Philadelphia 27 Green Bay 13; Seattle 33 Atlanta 10; St. Louis 38 Indianapolis 8; Carolina 10 San Francisco 9; Denver 28 San Diego 20; Arizona 27 Houston 24; New Orleans 49 Dallas 17. 

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          San  Antonio        120    New  York            89
      Final  OT    Oklahoma  City    106    Washington      105
      Final          Phoenix                101    New  Orleans      94
      Final          Minnesota            113    L-A  Lakers        90
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Montreal            4    N-Y  Islanders      2
      Final            N-Y  Rangers      4    Florida                  3
      Final            New  Jersey        5    Nashville              0
      Final            Chicago              5    Edmonton                4
      Final  2OT    Winnipeg            5    San  Jose                4  (SO  Winnipeg  1-0)
      Final            Anaheim              3    Vancouver              1
      Final            Colorado            4    Washington            1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Kentucky          93    N.  Kentucky      63
      Final    (21)  Notre  Dame      80    Stetson              49
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  2)  Duke                          70    (  9)  California                58
      Final          (  7)  Kentucky                  96              Wagner                        57
      Final          (  8)  Maryland                  89              Loyola  (Md.)            53
      Final          (11)  Oklahoma                  89              Wichita  St.              70
      Final          (13)  Penn  St.                  78              Fordham                      61
      Final  OT              Iowa                          97    (14)  Dayton                        93
      Final          (15)  LSU                            80              Saint  Joseph's        64
      Final          (18)  Purdue                      63              Ball  St.                    57
      Final          (21)  Oklahoma  St.          74              Texas-Arlington      35
      Final          (22)  South  Carolina      68              Louisiana  Tech        45
      Final          (23)  Iowa  St.                  84              North  Dakota            55
      Final          (24)  Georgia                    45              Presbyterian            30
      Final          (25)  Gonzaga                    91              UT-Martin                  54

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