Sports News-November 7, 2013

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A senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases has been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Miami Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report, which will be made public.  Goodell says Ted Wells has begun his work and does not have a timetable for completing it.
A source familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs have decided to name San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria their manager for 2014.  He replaces Dale Sveum, who was fired after the Cubs went 66-96 for another last-place finish in the National League Central.

The Omaha World Herald reports that the Nebraska men's basketball team is down to nine available scholarship players after coach Tim Miles revealed yesterday that senior guard and top returning scorer Ray Gallegos has been suspended and true freshman guard Nathan Hawkins is out indefinitely with an injury.  Add in a previous three-game suspension to junior guard Deverell Biggs and NU is down to nine on scholarship.  One previous scholarship slot is unfilled.  Also, junior walk-on Jordan Tyrance, a candidate for playing time, has left the team with Miles' blessing and counsel to finish his degree and care for his daughter.  Gallegos, who turns 23 next week, is sidelined for the Florida Gulf Coast opener on Friday night and for Tuesday's game against Western Illinois for "personal conduct."

A small-college athletic association is renaming its national football championship trophy for Tom Osborne, the legendary former coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Osborne was in Kansas City on Wednesday to give the keynote address at the NAIA's Champions of Character Foundation awards luncheon.  NAIA officials surprised him by announcing the football trophy will now be called the Tom Osborne National Championship Trophy.  NAIA president and CEO Jim Carr says Osborne embodies the association's commitment to balancing character and leadership development with athletics.  Osborne himself was a three-sport NAIA athlete at Hastings College in his Nebraska hometown of that name.  Osborne retired in January 2013 as athletic director at Nebraska, where he led the Huskers to three NCAA national titles and a record of 255-49-3 in 25 seasons as head coach.

The top-seeded Nebraska soccer team overcame an early Minnesota goal in the first minute of play to rally with four unanswered tallies as the Huskers advanced to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals with a decisive 4-1 victory yesterday.  Nebraska will face the four seed Indiana on Friday at 1:30 at the Illinois Soccer Stadium.  The Huskers have won seven consecutive matches for the second time this season.  The 18th-ranked Huskers are now 16-3-1 on the season.

Wayne State is ranked tenth in the initial NCAA Division II Central Region Volleyball Rankings released Wednesday yesterday. The Central Region includes teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Great American Conference and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.  Wayne State is ranked tenth with a record of 19-7 overall and a 16-7 mark against teams within the region.  Six-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul heads the region rankings.  

The NCAA has placed Chadron State on three years of probation and ordered the Division II school to vacate the results of all games in the 2011 and 2012 football seasons.  Those are among the sanctions announced Wednesday against the school in western Nebraska. Chadron State was found to have not exercised control over its athletic program when coach Bill O'Boyle held three private bank accounts for the football program, provided extra benefits to athletes and provided false or misleading information to the school.  A football player also competed while ineligible.  The NCAA also issued a show-cause order for retired athletic director Brad Smith and O'Boyle.  That means an NCAA school that wants to hire either man for an athletics-related job would have to get approval from the NCAA.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team survived Hartington Cedar Catholic in overtime 28-27 last night in a Class 'C-2' second-round playoff game at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  The Eagles blocked an extra point try by the Trojans after an overtime touchdown to seal the game.  Lutheran High Northeast's 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.  The Eagles survived a missed field goal by Hartington Cedar Catholic kicker Dalton Lammers with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter.  In overtime, Taylor scored on a one-yard touchdown run and Nate Stolze followed with an extra point to give Lutheran High Northeast the lead at 28-21.  The Trojans' Taylor Kathol threw a six-yard touchdown pass to James Kaiser to close within 28-27.  However, Lammers extra point was blocked by the Eagles' Cody Boche.  Kathol threw for 148 yards off 12-22 passing and three touchdowns.  He also ran for 145 yards off 14 carries and a score.  Kaiser caught two touchdown passes.  Dalton Lammers had 9 ½ tackles and a fumble recovery for Hartington Cedar Catholic.  The Trojans led at halftime 7-6.  The Eagles improve to 9-1 while Hartington Cedar Catholic's season ends at 7-3.  Lutheran High Northeast has now won 17 consecutive home games dating back to 2010.  They will now visit the Class 'C-2' two-time Defending State Champion 9-1 David City Aquinas Monarchs in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs on Tuesday.  The Monarchs won their playoff game yesterday over Archbishop Bergan 29-7.  They have eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs the last two years in David City.

The Class 'C-1' three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team has reached the quarterfinal round of the playoffs after blasting Adams Central of Hastings 33-7 yesterday afternoon in a second-round game at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  The Knights' Jackson Love ran for 143 yards off 25 carries and a touchdown and quarterback Zach Pospisil threw two touchdowns in the win.  Six players, in all, had a hand in a touchdown for Norfolk Catholic.  The Knights totaled 373 yards of offense compared to the Patriots' 141.  Norfolk Catholic led at halftime 13-0.  They improve to 8-2 while Adams Central's season ends at 8-2.  The Knights have now won 17 consecutive playoff games dating back to 2010.  They will now visit 10-0 Boone Central/Newman Grove in Albion in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.  The Cardinals won their playoff game yesterday over Kearney Catholic 35-28.  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.

The Norfolk High volleyball team's season came to a close yesterday falling to Papillion La Vista South in three sets in an A-5 District Semifinal match at Papillion La Vista High School.  Scores of the match had the Lady Titans winning 25-21, 25-15, 25-13.  Norfolk's Chelsea Johnson had eight kills and twelve digs.  Layne Mitchell added eight set assists and Taylor Thompson had three blocks.  The Lady Panthers' final record is 12-22.

Area Playoff Football Scores:  Nfk Cath 33 Adams Central 7; Boone Central/Newman Grove 35 Kearney Catholic 28; Columbus Lakeview 25 Syracuse 21; Cozad 34 Pierce 12 (C-1); LHNE 28 Hartington CC 27 (OT); Battle Creek 14 Sutton 8; Doniphan-Trumbull 26 Crofton 0 (C-2); Creighton 64 West Point Guardian Angels 34; Elm Creek 35 Burwell 26; Hemingford 42 Chambers/Wheeler Central 18; Howells/Dodge 70 Freeman 27; Randolph 50 Bruning/Davenport/ Shickley 32 (D-1); Falls City Sacred Heart 56 Lyons Decatur Northeast 14; Humphrey St. Francis 24 Fullerton 20; Stuart 40 Anselmo/Merna 12; Wynot 50 Sterling 26 (D-2).

Local Scores:  Papillion La Vista South 25-25-25 Nfk High 21-15-13 (A-5 Dist. VB Semifinal); NECC 108 North Dakota State College of Science 104 (OT) (MBB); NECC 70 North Dakota State College of Science 59 (WBB).

 Class C-1
 Second Round
     Ashland-Greenwood 28, Wilber-Clatonia 23
     Bishop Neumann 21, Wahoo 14
     Boone Central/Newman Grove 35, Kearney Catholic 28
     Columbus Lakeview 25, Syracuse 21
     Cozad 34, Pierce 12
     Gothenburg 32, Broken Bow 14
     Lincoln Christian 30, Falls City 14
     Norfolk Catholic 33, Adams Central 7
 Class C-2
 Second Round
     Aquinas 29, Archbishop Bergan 7
     Battle Creek 14, Sutton 8
     Centennial 42, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 23
     Doniphan-Trumbull 26, Crofton 0
     Hastings St. Cecilia 13, Hershey 7
     Lutheran High Northeast 28, Hartington Cedar Catholic 27, OT
     Malcolm 40, Tekamah-Herman 6
     North Platte St. Patrick's 28, Blue Hill 18
 Class D-1
 Second Round
     Creighton 64, Guardian Angels 34
     Elm Creek 35, Burwell 26
     Exeter/Milligan 24, High Plains Community 6
     Hemingford 42, CWC 18
     Howells/Dodge 70, Freeman 27
     Overton 38, Palmer 15
     Randolph 50, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 32
     Twin Loup 69, North Central 20
 Class D-2
 Second Round
     Amherst 60, Loomis 22
     Falls City Sacred Heart 56, Lyons-Decatur Northeast 14
     Humphrey St. Francis 24, Fullerton 20
     Medicine Valley 75, Shelton 50
     Nebraska Lutheran 44, Giltner 12
     Stuart 40, Anselmo-Merna 12
     Wallace 48, Hay Springs 28
     Wynot 50, Sterling 26

 A-1 Tournament
     Fremont def. Omaha Burke, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16
     Millard West def. Omaha Bryan, 25-2, 25-7, 25-4
     Millard West def. Fremont, 25-14, 25-14, 25-9
 A-2 Tournament
     Bellevue West def. Omaha Westside, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18
     Lincoln Southwest def. Lincoln High, 25-8, 25-12, 25-12
     Lincoln Southwest def. Bellevue West, 25-18, 25-19, 25-7
 A-3 Tournament
     Lincoln East def. Lincoln Northeast, 18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 21-25, 15-9
     Omaha Marian def. Omaha Northwest, 25-5, 25-7, 25-11
     Omaha Marian def. Lincoln East, 25-7, 25-18, 25-15
 A-4 Tournament
     Lincoln Southeast def. Omaha South, 25-6, 25-6, 25-11
     Millard South def. Omaha Central, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-9
     Lincoln Southeast def. Millard South, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21
 A-5 Tournament
     Papillion-LaVista def. South Sioux City, 25-7, 25-11, 25-9
     Papillion-LaVista South def. Norfolk, 25-21, 25-15, 25-13
     Papillion-LaVista def. Papillion-LaVista South, 27-25, 25-12, 25-13
 A-6 Tournament
     Grand Island def. Omaha North, 25-15, 25-15, 25-23
     Millard North def. Bellevue East, 25-13, 25-9, 25-17
     Millard North def. Grand Island, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14
 A-7 Tournament
     Kearney def. North Platte, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19
     Lincoln North Star def. Omaha Benson, 25-8, 25-11, 23-25, 25-19
     Lincoln North Star def. North Platte, 26-24, 14-25, 25-20, 25-18

      Final    Indiana                  97    Chicago                80
      Final    Orlando                  98    L-A  Clippers      90
      Final    Charlotte              92    Toronto                90
      Final    Washington          116    Philadelphia    102
      Final    Boston                    97    Utah                      87
      Final    Milwaukee            109    Cleveland          104
      Final    Golden  State      106    Minnesota            93
      Final    New  Orleans          99    Memphis                84
      Final    San  Antonio          99    Phoenix                96
      Final    Oklahoma  City    107    Dallas                  93
      Final    N-Y  Rangers      5    Pittsburgh      1
      Final    Chicago              4    Winnipeg          1
      Final    Nashville          6    Colorado          4
      Final    Anaheim              5    Phoenix            2

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