Sports News-September 4, 2013

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Pinch-hitter Travis Snider homered in the ninth inning to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers last night that clinched the Pirates' first non-losing record in 21 seasons.  Snider drove a 2-2 pitch from Jim Henderson over the wall in center for his second pinch-hit homer of the season.  He also accomplished the feat against the Chicago Cubs on May 21.  It was the 81st victory for Pittsburgh, ensuring it will not finish with a losing record for the first time since it went 96-66 in 1992.  More importantly, it boosted the Pirates' lead in the National League Central to two games over St. Louis.
 
Seventh ranked Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel didn't speak to the media until late November last year because of coach Kevin Sumlin's ban on freshman talking to reporters.  Now he's a sophomore and a Heisman Trophy winner and he's once again being kept from the media.  Manziel has served his half-game NCAA suspension and played his first game for the Aggies, but hasn't spoken publicly since SEC media days this summer.  Sumlin says it isn't the right time for Manziel to talk, but that he will talk at some point this year.  Sumlin also brushed off the notion that Manziel disrespected him on Saturday by not responding when he talked to him following his fourth-quarter unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

The Nebraska football team's close call with Wyoming on Saturday night cost it four spots in the Associated Press Top 25, where it fell from 18th to 22nd.  The slip was a little less drastic in the USA Today coaches poll, with NU going from 18th to 19th.  The Huskers squeezed by Wyoming 37-34 at home in a game that they led 37-21 but finished with the Cowboys having the football in their possession one last time before the clock ran out.  Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson, and Stanford are the top five in the AP poll.

The Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team will visit Oklahoma City in the opening game of the best-of-five Pacific Coast League American Conference Championship series tonight at 7:05.  The Storm Chasers won the Pacific League American North Division by a single game over Memphis while the Red Hawks claimed the American Southern Division by six games over Albuquerque.  Oklahoma City went 82-62 while Omaha finished 70-74.  The Storm Chasers had a 9-8 record versus Oklahoma City this season.

The Creighton men's soccer team jumped four spots to second in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released yesterday after opening the season with a pair of shutout victories over then 14th ranked Tulsa and Cal Poly last weekend.  The Bluejays trail only North Carolina in the coaches' poll.  It marks the 38th consecutive week that Creighton is ranked in the NSCAA Top 25.  The Bluejays were awarded the top spot in the latest College Soccer News Top 30 poll released today.  Creighton moved up three spots from their preseason standing in the poll.  They host Socctoberfest on Friday, Sept. 6 when they battle Columbia at 7:30 p.m. inside Morrison Stadium.

Darrien Washington, a 6'3 center from California, has made an oral commitment to play for Connie Yori and the Nebraska women's basketball team according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Washington averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks per game for Skyline High School last season.  This summer she played with Husker commit Natalie Romeo for the Cal Stars on the AAU circuit.  Washington also had offers from Utah, Oregon, Oregon State and the University of Washington.

The Norfolk High girls golf team participated in the Lincoln Pius X Invitational at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln yesterday.  Grand Island was the team champion with a 319.  They won by 40 strokes.  The Lady Panthers placed tenth with a 436.  Grand Island's Tori Peers was the medalist after beating Lincoln Pius X's Maddie Koenig with a 75.    Norfolk was led by Sami Bruening's 95.

Local Schedule:  Kirkwood CC, IA at NECC (VB-6:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-7:05).

Local Scores:  Wayne 15 LHNE 1 (SB); Nfk Cath 221 Stanton 252 (GG Dual).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Jackson Love of the Norfolk Catholic football team.

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