Sports News-November 12, 2013

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew a 15-0, first-half lead last night before becoming the last NFL team to earn a victory this season beating Miami 22-19.  Bobby Rainey scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run with 10:19 left, capping an 80-yard drive that leaves the Bucs 1-8.  Ryan Tannehill tossed a pair of TD passes to Rishard Matthews, but the Dolphins gained just two yards on 14 carries and fell to 4-5.
 
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he plans to meet with Miami offensive tackle Jonathan Martin tomorrow.  Ross says he's appalled by Martin's allegations of daily harassment by teammate, including suspended player Richie Incognito.  A special investigator for the league will determine whether Incognito harassed Martin, and whether the Dolphins mishandled the matter.
 
The National and American League rookies of the year were announced yesterday, and both winners play in Florida.  The National League Rookie of the Year award goes to Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 172 2/3 innings.  Outfielder Wil Myers is the American League's top rookie after hitting .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in 88 games following his recall on June 18.

Injured Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez might have played his last snap for the Cornhuskers.  Asked yesterday about the possibility of Martinez playing again this season, coach Bo Pelini said, "I don't know if the chances are real good."  Martinez has been limited to four games because of injuries to his shoulder, hip, abdomen and foot.  Pelini said the injury to the second and third toes on his left foot has not "gotten much better."  Martinez has been the starter since his freshman year.  The senior holds career school records for total offense, passing yards and touchdown passes.  Tommy Armstrong Jr. has started five games in Martinez's place.
 
Nebraska's Randy Gregory and Tommy Armstrong Jr. have won weekly honors in the Big Ten Conference.  Gregory is the Co-Defensive player of the week after recording a career-high three sacks in a 17-13 road win against Michigan. He helped the Cornhuskers hold the Wolverines to minus-21 yards rushing.  The sophomore had the most sacks in a game by a Nebraska player since Ndamukong Suh in 2009 and increased his season total to a Big Ten-leading 7.5.  Armstrong was named freshman of the week after leading a come-from-behind drive in the fourth quarter.  He went 5-7 for 59 yards on the winning drive, flipping a five-yard pass to Ameer Abdullah for the go-ahead score with 2:03 to play.  Nebraska and Michigan State match up on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in a game that will play a major role in deciding the Big Ten Legends Division race.  Game time is set for 2:30 with the game televised nationally on either ABC or ESPN2.

The Nebraska volleyball team jumped from eleventh to ninth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after beating Wisconsin 3-1 and Minnesota 3-2 last week.  The 19-4 Huskers return to action this week when they host Michigan State and Michigan on Friday & Saturday respectively.  Texas remains first followed by Penn State, Washington, USC, and Florida.

Doug McDermott, the nation's top returning scorer and two-time First Team All-American, scored 37 points and collected seven rebounds to lead Creighton to a 96-70 thumping of Kansas City in front of a CenturyLink Center Omaha crowd of 16,859.  McDermott hit 15-25 shots and was 5-10 from beyond the arc.  Creighton is now 2-0.

Emily Cady had the ninth double-double of her career, 19 points and 11 rebounds, to lead the 15th ranked Nebraska women's basketball team to 62-48 victory over Alabama last night.  Sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot added 17 points and five assists.  Alabama was able to slow All-American Jordan Hooper to only eight points, but she still pulled down 13 rebounds.  The Huskers are now 2-0.

Shavon Shields of the Nebraska men's basketball team garnered Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors yesterday following his performance against Florida Gulf Coast last Friday.  The 6'7 sophomore had a game-high 28 points on 8-13 shooting from the field and a perfect 12-12 from the foul line in the win over 2013 Sweet 16 qualifier FGCU.  Shields, whose 28 points were the most by a Big Ten player last weekend, also led the Huskers in rebounds (six) and assists (35) while not committing a turnover in 35 minutes of action.

The Nebraska women's soccer team will battle Southeastern Louisiana in the first round of the NCAA Women's Division I Soccer Championships.  NU will battle the Lions this Friday at 2:00 at the Nebraska Soccer Field.  The 18-3-1 Huskers will make their eleventh NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2005, which is also the last time NU hosted a national postseason match at the Nebraska Soccer Field.  Southeastern Louisiana (14-3-5) won the Southland Conference Tournament title to clinch an automatic berth.

The Wayne State volleyball team dropped to 20th in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released yesterday. The 19-9 Wildcats dropped a pair of matches at home over the weekend, losing to then #20 Northern State 3-2 and MSU Moorhead 3-2.  Wayne State will play their final two road matches of the season this weekend, playing University of Mary Friday and Minot State Saturday.

Jordan Spencer of Wayne State was announced yesterday as the Northern Sun Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her play in Saturday's season opening win over Peru State.  It's the second time in her career that Spencer has received NSIC Player of the Week honors.  The 5'11 junior forward from Millard West HS scored 26 points in just 20 minutes of playing time to help the Wildcats cruise in a 105-41 win over Peru State Saturday night.  Spencer made 8-11 shots and was 10-11 at the free throw line while also grabbing four rebounds to go with four assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

The Omaha World Herald has updated their high school volleyball rankings.  Millard West remains number one in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest stays at number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus is once again first and Columbus Lakeview slips from eighth to ninth.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia remains at number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family moves up from third to second, West Point Guardian Angels jumps from sixth to third, Crofton improves from seventh to fourth, Stanton slips from fourth to seventh, Lutheran High Northeast drops from fifth to eighth, Hartington Cedar Catholic drops from eighth to tenth, and Wakefield falls from the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Howells/Dodge moves up from fifth to third, Chambers/Wheeler Central improves from seventh to fourth, and Emerson/Hubbard stays at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Bertrand remains at number one, Stuart jumps from eighth to fifth, Ewing drops from third to sixth, and Wynot improves from tenth to ninth.

The Class 'C-1' three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team routed Adams Central last Wednesday 33-7 in the second round of the playoffs at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  Jackson Love ran for 143 yards off 25 carries and a touchdown and quarterback Zach Pospisil threw two touchdowns in the win.  The Knights have now won 17 consecutive playoff games dating back to 2010.  They are fourth in the Omaha World Herald & sixth in the Lincoln Journal Star and outscoring their opponents on average 37.7-13.8.  The 8-2 Knights will now visit 10-0 Boone Central/Newman Grove in Albion in the quarterfinals this evening at 6:00 in Albion.  Boone Central/Newman Grove beat Norfolk Catholic earlier this year in Norfolk 28-22 on September 13th.  The two teams played last year in the Class 'C-1' State Championship Game.  Norfolk Catholic is the three seed in the west bracket while Boone Central/Newman Grove is the two seed.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team rallied past Hartington Cedar Catholic 28-27 in overtime last Wednesday in the second round of the Class 'C-2' playoffs at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  The Eagles blocked an extra point try by the Trojans after an overtime touchdown to seal the game.  Shaka Taylor ran for 191 yards off 30 carries and two touchdowns in the win.  He also threw for a score and returned a punt for a touchdown with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter to bring his team within 21-19.  Taylor then ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game at 21-21.  Lutheran High Northeast has now won 17 consecutive home games dating back to 2010.  They are ranked sixth in the Omaha World Herald & seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star and outscoring their opponents on average 32.6-17.8.  The 9-1 Eagles will now visit the Class 'C-2' two-time Defending State Champion 8-2 David City Aquinas Monarchs in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs on Tuesday at 6:00.  They have eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs the last two years in David City.  The Eagles are the two seed in the east bracket while the Monarchs are the six seed.

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball has won three games in a row and are now 3-2 on the season after beating Iowa Central Community College at home last Saturday night 86-81.  Lyle Hexom led three players for the Hawks in double figures with 20 points and seven rebounds.  Northeast's three game win streak has occurred against North Dakota State College of Science, Iowa Lakes, and Iowa Central.  They are outscoring their opponents on average 92.4-91.2.  Northeast' remaining schedule for November includes home games with the Mt. Marty JV and ABCD Prep while visiting Burlington, Iowa to play Mineral Area College of Missouri and Lincoln College of Illinois as part of the Southeastern Classic.  Northeast returns to action on Saturday night when they host the Mt. Marty JV.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at Boone Central/Newman Grove at Albion (Class 'C-1' Quarterfinal Playoff FB Game-6:00); LHNE at David City Aquinas (Class 'C-2' Quarterfinal Playoff FB Game-6:00); Cloud County CC at NECC (WBB-6:00); Western Illinois at Nebraska (MBB-7:00); South Dakota State at Creighton (WBB-7:05); Creighton at Providence, RI (Big East M Socc. Tourn-1:00).

This 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:  Creighton 96 Missouri-Kansas City 70 (MBB); Nebraska 62 Alabama 48 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final            Atlanta              103    Charlotte            94
      Final            Indiana                95    Memphis                79
      Final            San  Antonio      109    Philadelphia      85
      Final            Boston                120    Orlando              105
      Final            Chicago                96    Cleveland            81
      Final  2OT    Houston              110    Toronto              104
      Final            Denver                100    Utah                      81
      Final            Portland            109    Detroit              103
      Final            L-A  Clippers    109    Minnesota          107
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Boston      3    Tampa  Bay      0
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  6)  Arizona              91    Long  Beach  St.      57
      Final    (15)  Gonzaga              93    Colorado  St.          61
      Final    (16)  Wichita  St.      66    W.  Kentucky            49
      Final    (19)  UConn                  80    Yale                          62
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  UConn                76    (  3)  Stanford                  57
      Final    (  4)  Tennessee        81    (12)  North  Carolina      65
      Final    (  5)  Louisville    100              Quinnipiac              82
      Final    (  6)  Notre  Dame      81    (19)  Michigan  St.          62
      Final    (15)  Nebraska          62              Alabama                    48
      Final    (16)  Texas  A&M        67              North  Texas            48

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