Sports News-September 12, 2013

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Dr. James Andrews confirmed yesterday that Mark Sanchez has a labral tear in his right shoulder, and the New York Jets quarterback is "likely to have surgery" that would end his 2013 season, according to ESPN.  Sanchez still was trying to make a final decision on whether to have the surgery now to repair the tear and instability in the shoulder following his injury in the team's third preseason game, the sources said.  He could opt to rehab the shoulder in an effort to play at some point this season, sources said, but still likely would need surgery at the end of the year.

Yahoo Sports is reporting that five SEC players received improper benefits during their college careers, including former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, casting yet another dark cloud over college sports.  The other players were Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and defensive lineman Maurice Couch, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and wide receiver Chad Bumphis.  The report cited text messages and financial records of former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis and an unnamed NFL source who said Davis was a go-between for the players with NFL agents and financial advisers.  All three schools have issued statements saying they are investigating the allegations.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he is appealing the NFL's $100,000 fine against him for his hit on a Vikings player over the weekend.  The former Nebraska Cornhusker spoke yesterday, a day after the league slapped him with what is believed to be the biggest monetary fine for on-field conduct, not including suspensions.  Suh says he knows the NFL is concerned about player safety and that's one of the reasons he apologized to Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan at halftime of Sunday's game after hitting him low during an interception return.  He insists he's not concerned about his reputation, saying you're never going to change people, including himself.  Suh says he plans to play "hard, blue-collar football" Sunday on the road against the Arizona Cardinals.

Brian Fletcher led off the bottom of the ninth inning by lining a pitch over the wall in right-center field to give the Omaha Storm Chasers a 2-1 victory over Salt Lake at Werner Park.  Earlier yesterday, in the completion of Tuesday's suspended game, Ben Broussard's eighth-inning single lifted the Chasers to a 3-2 win.  Omaha has won seven straight games, five in a row in the playoffs, four straight in come-from-behind fashion, and now the last three on their final at-bat.  Broussard & Irving Falu had three hits in game one.  Buddy Baumann was the winning pitcher and Michael Mariot got the save.  In game two, Fletcher & Paulo Orlando had two hits each.  Zach Jackson was the winning pitcher.  The rest of the best-of-five series will be played in Salt Lake, starting with Game Three on Friday at 7:35.  The Storm Chasers are just one win away from a second Pacific Coast League title in three seasons.

UCLA is a red-letter game for Nebraska's Terrell Newby.  The freshman running back was offered a scholarship from the 16th-ranked Bruins when he was coming out of Chaminade High in West Hills, California.  The 23rd ranked Huskers were one of the first schools to show serious interest in Newby, and he formed a strong bond with the coaching staff.  Now he's part of a three-back rotation along with Ameer Abdullah and Imani Cross. Newby's averaging 68 yards a game and teams with Kenny Bell on kick returns.  Newby says he models his game after Walter Payton and has always worn the same No. 34 of the late Chicago Bears great.  Kickoff between Nebraska & UCLA is Saturday at 11:00.

The Creighton women's basketball team finalized its 2013-14 schedule with yesterday's announcement of its first BIG EAST Conference slate.  The Bluejays will play each of its nine new league foes twice each as part of the conference's double round-robin format.  Creighton's first game in the BIG EAST will see them host Villanova on December 28th.  The Bluejays' first BIG EAST road trip will take the team to the nation's capital on January 1st to face Georgetown.  Creighton returns four starters from a team that went 25-8 last season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school softball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A" while Elkhorn South stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Raymond Central is once again first, West Point Guardian Angels moves up from fifth to third, Wayne stays at number seven, Twin River jumps from ninth to eighth, and Pierce enters the rankings at number nine.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista remains first in Class 'A" while Beatrice stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Raymond Central is once again first, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number three, Wayne slips from fourth to fifth, and Twin River jumps from tenth to eighth.

Local Schedule:  Fremont at Nfk High (FB-7:00); Nfk High Vs. Omaha NW-5:00; Vs. Omaha Benson-5:45 (Nfk VB Tri.); LHNE Vs. Lyons Decatur NE-7:30; Vs. Laurel/Concord/Coleridge-8:30 (Wakefield VB Inv.); Nfk Cath at Wahoo High (VB-6:30); O'Neill at Nfk High (SB-5:00); LHNE Vs. West Point-Beemer-5:45; Vs. Twin River-7:00 (Twin River SB Tri.); Nfk High at Lincoln SE Inv. At Holmes GC (GG-9:00 AM); St. Mary's at Nebraska (VB-7:00).

Friday Night:  High School football action has second ranked in Class 'C-1' 2-0 Boone Central/Newman Grove visiting top ranked 2-0 Norfolk Catholic at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, 1-0 Howells/Dodge hosts 2-0 Randolph at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:45 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  Iowa Central CC 25-25-25 NECC 22-23-20 (VB); Omaha Storm Chasers 3-2 Salt Lake 2-1 (PCL Championship Series Bsbl DH).

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