Sports News-October 31, 2013

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Shane Victorino drove in four runs, Stephen Drew homered and John Lackey took a shutout into the seventh as the Boston Red Sox beat St. Louis 6-1 for their third World Series crown in ten seasons.  Victorino had been 0-10 in the series before hitting a three-run double in the third and an RBI single in the fourth.  Lackey allowed nine hits but just one run over 6 2/3 innings.  Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is the World Series MVP after hitting .688 with a .760 on-base percentage, two homers, six RBIs and seven runs scored.  He scored twice in last night's clincher and was 0-1 with four walks, three of those intentional.  Ortiz is the only player to be part of the Red Sox's last three World Series wins.

Dwight Howard made quite an impression in his Houston Rockets debut last night.  Howard had 17 points and tied a career high with 26 rebounds as the Rockets downed Charlotte 96-83.  He delivered a pair of thunderous dunks during a 14-4 run that put Houston ahead by 14 with 3 ½ minutes left.

The eleventh ranked Nebraska volleyball team swept the Illinois Fighting Illini 3-0 last night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  Scores of the match had N-U winning 25-21, 26-24, 25-12.  The Huskers produced a dominant blocking effort on the night, posting 16 total blocks, the most in a three set match this season.  Cecilia Hall led the Nebraska block against the Illini, recording a career-high of eleven.  Offensively, the Huskers were led by Kelsey Robinson as she had a match-high 15 kills on 36 swings for a .389 hitting clip.  Kadie Rolfzen recorded a double-double with 13 kills and eleven digs.  Nebraska out-blocked the Illini 16-6.5 and out-dug Illinois 43-40.  The Huskers hit at a clip of .318 on the evening and held Illinois to a .143 hitting percentage.  Nebraska improves to 16-4 overall and 9-2 in the Big Ten.  The Huskers return to action on Saturday as they host the Northwestern Wildcats at 7:30 at the Devaney Center.

Florida Atlantic says football coach Carl Pelini resigned yesterday after acknowledging to school officials that he used illegal drugs.  Pelini, brother of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini, was Nebraska's defensive coordinator from 2008-2011.  Defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis also resigned after a post-practice meeting with athletic director Patrick Chun, who says school officials received word about the matter earlier this week.  An investigation is continuing, Chun says.  Chun also says the investigation already suggests that only Carl Pelini and Rekstis were involved.  Chun says no criminal charges have been filed against either Pelini or Rekstis.  Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim head coach for the Owls, who are 2-6 and play host to Tulane on Saturday.

Doug McDermott's supporting cast at Creighton plans to show the Big East there's more to the Bluejays than just the two-time All-American.  Ethan Wragge says they plan to show right away that they belong in the reconstructed Big East after dominating the Missouri Valley Conference for a decade.  McDermott is the nation's top returning scorer at better than 23 points a game.  Creighton also brings back starters in Grant Gibbs, Austin Chatman and Jahenns Manigat and one of the nation's top three-pointer shooters in Wragge.  About the only personnel question is how the Bluejays will replace center Gregory Echenique.  The 6'11 Will Artino is in line to start, with 7-footer Geoffrey Groselle expected to play significant minutes.  The Bluejays open Nov. 8 against Alcorn State.

The Nebraska men's basketball team will have one of the nation's best college basketball venues with the opening of the Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Whether the product on the court is better in coach Tim Miles' second season is the question.  The Cornhuskers bring back starters Ray Gallegos, Shavon Shields and David Rivers from the team that finished 15-18 overall and in tenth place in the Big Ten at 5-13.  Miles was encouraged with how his first team finished.  With just eight scholarship players, Nebraska had wins over postseason qualifiers Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue in its last seven games.  This season, ten of the Huskers' twelve scholarship players are in their first or second years in the program.  Nebraska opens Nov. 8 at home against Florida Gulf Coast.

Local Schedule:  Gibbon at Nfk Cath (Class 'C-1' First Round Playoff FB Game-7:00); Johnson County Central at LHNE (Class 'C-2' First Round Playoff FB Game-3:00); Nfk High at Lincoln SE (VB-6:30).

This Afternoon:  The High School Football Playoffs get underway.  Lutheran High Northeast hosts Johnson County Central at 3:00.  Pregame coverage at 2:30 on 106 KIX &  Also, Pierce visits Ogallala at 2:00.  Pregame coverage at 1:35 on Lite Rock 97.5 &

Local Scores:  Des Moines Area CC 25-25-25 NECC 18-13-20 (VB); Nebraska 25-26-25 Illinois 21-24-12 (VB); Creighton 2 Drake 0 (M Socc.).

     Weeping Water def. College View Academy, 25-9, 25-15, 25-19
 Metro Tournament
     Millard North def. Omaha Burke, 25-14, 25-18
     Millard West def. Bellevue West, 25-6, 25-14
     Omaha Marian def. Omaha Westside, 25-16, 25-16
     Papillion-LaVista South def. Millard South, 25-20, 16-25
     Millard West def. Millard North, 25-16, 25-19
     Omaha Marian def. Papillion-LaVista South, 25-11, 20-25, 25-17 

      Final          Toronto                  93    Boston                87
      Final          Cleveland              98    Brooklyn            94
      Final          Philadelphia      114    Miami                110
      Final          New  York                90    Milwaukee          83
      Final          Detroit                113    Washington      102
      Final          Houston                  96    Charlotte          83
      Final          Indiana                  95    New  Orleans      90
      Final  OT    Minnesota            120    Orlando            115
      Final          Dallas                  118    Atlanta            109
      Final          San  Antonio        101    Memphis              94
      Final          Oklahoma  City    101    Utah                    98
      Final          Sacramento            90    Denver                88
      Final          Phoenix                104    Portland            91
      Final          Golden  State      125    L-A  Lakers        94
      Final          Pittsburgh        3    Boston            2
      Final          Toronto              4    Calgary          2
      Final          Detroit              2    Vancouver      1
      Final  OT    Los  Angeles      4    San  Jose        3

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